Outreach Efforts Assessment

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Sustainability Subcommittee


Educational, Research, and
Outreach Efforts Assessment
for 2007

Related Policy


UC Policy on Sustainable Practices does not include any
academic or research requirements



The American College and University Presidents Climate
Commitment requires specific actions be taken to make
climate
-
neutrality and sustainability part of the
curriculum and/or educational experience, as well as to
expand research and/or other efforts toward
achievement of greenhouse gas reductions.



Definition: Sustainability refers to the physical
development and institutional operating practices that
“meet the needs of the present without compromising
the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs.”


World Commission on Environment and
Development, 1987


Rating System

To evaluate UCI’s educational, research, and outreach

efforts our subcommittee created the following ratings:


1 Point


Contains a single focus area (or supports multiple
projects or events) related to the environment, but not
exclusively issues of climate change/sustainability


2 Points


Oriented toward education or research that may
hold beneficial applications for the environment, but the
overall purpose is not directly related to climate
change/sustainability


3 Points


Main purpose reflects significant and exclusive
emphasis on addressing issues of climate
change/sustainability.

Educational Efforts

Courses & Ratings


Climate change/sustainability courses offered in academic year
06
-
07 = 204


The chart below shows that most of these courses received a 2
rating

Courses by Rating
Rating 1
Rating 2
Rating 3
Courses by Graduate/
Undergraduate Level


Most of the courses are undergraduate courses: 56 graduate and
148 undergraduate courses

0
20
40
60
80
100
1
2
3
Rated Courses by Level
UG Courses
G Courses
Courses by School


Most courses are in the following schools: Social Ecology (74),
Physical Science (44), and Engineering (41)

Courses by School
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
School of Biological Sciences
The Paul Merage School of Business
Department of Education
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
School of Humanities
Donald Bren School of Information &
Computer Science
Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Physical Sciences
School of Social Ecology
School of Social Sciences
College of Health Sciences
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
School Courses by Level
UG Courses
G Courses
BioSci

PMSOB

Eng

Hum

InterStu

PhySci

SocEcol

SocSci

HS

U.S. News and World
Report Rankings

Following are the most current rankings for UCI

graduate programs and specialties offering courses

with a sustainability/climate change focus that have

been named among the nation’s top 50:



aerospace engineering (29)


mechanical engineering (30)


civil engineering (31)


biological sciences (34)


environmental engineering (34)

Additional Educational
Programs

UC Irvine Extension Certificates and Specialized

Studies



Certificate program in Environmental Management
-

prepares
individuals to conduct environmental management activities
such as permitting and regulatory compliance, site
assessment and remediation, developing/operating pollution
control systems, or performing facility environmental health
and safety functions.



Certificate program in Sustainability Studies
-

integrates
sustainable development and environmentalism into business
management strategy, advances the comprehension of
environmental compliance, contributes to an understanding of
regulatory trends, and adds to the achievement of corporate
social responsibility (being created).

Observations


The majority of courses with a climate change/sustainability
focus pertain to the following schools: Biological Sciences,
Physical Sciences, Engineering, Social Science, and Social
Ecology.



Few courses (if any) pertained to the humanities, arts, health
sciences, information and computer science, and business.



Only Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Social Ecology have
a greater ratio of courses than their percentage of campus
enrollment.



Research Efforts

2007 Centers and
Institutes


13 of the 93 Centers and Institutes focus on Climate
Change/Sustainability


2 centers have been created in 2008.

With Climate
Change/Sustainabi
lity Focus
Without Climate
Change/Sustainabi
lity Focus
Centers & Institutes by
Rating

1 Point
2 Points
3 Points

Average score of climate change/sustainability oriented
centers and institutes = 1.54 out of 3


Average score of all UCI centers and institutes = .22 out
of 3

2007 Research Awards


The Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing
(CHRS) at UCI was named a joint winner of the 2007
Great Man
-
Made River International Water Prize by the
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO).

Climate Change Website


In winter 2008, UCI launched a climate change
multimedia site at
http://www.uci.edu/climate/

that
features climate change researchers on campus.


Observations


Centers that deal with climate change/sustainability
remain a relatively small proportion of the total number
of centers



Most centers that incorporate climate change/
sustainability touch on an aspect of the issue, but not
the topic as a whole



The hard sciences comprise a strong majority of the
centers that received a score of 2 or higher



Few centers in the humanities and social sciences
feature an emphasis on climate change/sustainability


Outreach Efforts

2007 Events


UCI held 30 climate change/sustainability events (not including
most student events)


The chart below shows the events by ranking

1 Point
2 Points
3 Points
Additional Outreach


AirUCI Summer Program


A two
-
week course for local
middle & high school science teachers that exposes
participants to new issues in atmospheric chemistry &
atmospheric pollution chemistry.



UCI Arboretum
-

A botanical garden that contains areas
planted with floras adapted to climates similar to those
of Southern California. The Arboretum provides
materials and space for research and teaching needs
and its collections are also used as an educational
resource for the community.



San Joaquin Marsh
-

Environmental education programs
for local elementary/ secondary schools; regional hiking
and bike trail along the southern edge of the reserve;
public tours of the reserve.

Additional Outreach


Students teaching sustainability
-

Facilities Management
student interns, and the Anteaters for Recycling &
Conservation club, teach students at pre
-
schools about
recycling, energy conservation, and sustainability.



NFRC Hydrogen Courses for Industry
-

NFCRC offers a
short course for those endeavoring to better understand
this future. In parallel with the course, a Hydrogen
Workshop is presented jointly by the National Fuel Cell
Research Center and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.



NFRC Hydrogen Courses for Educators
-

NFCRC has
shown fuel cell vehicles and other hydrogen related
systems to educators through various events to
stimulate the education process.


Recommendations


Work with Scheduling & Conference Services to develop
and provide a “Sustainable Events Package” and a
recognition system to thank groups for holding events in
a sustainable manner



Encourage the Academic Senate to create a working
group to address sustainability and climate change
within academics and research, especially in those
schools with few/no climate change/sustainability
related courses



Work with faculty to develop curriculum resources for
other faculty. Post these resources on the Sustainability
website.

Recommendations


Create a resource for students that lists professors and
their research projects so students can determine who
to partner with.



Survey the campus community on their awareness of
sustainability programs, events, and research on
campus. Use this as a baseline and repeat each year.



Implement a UCI Sustainability communication
campaign (create a quarterly publication, new students
and employee sustainability materials, etc.)



Create a UCI sustainability calendar of events so that
the community can post their events for others to see.



Work with the Counseling and Career Center to develop
resources available to students regarding green
internships and job opportunities.