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Advisory Committee on Sustainability (ACS)

A variety of UC San Diego faculty, staff and students assist the Advisory Committee on Sustainability as needed based on their areas of expertise.


The Advisory Committee on Sustainability (ACS) provides a forum to bring together academic program, facility planning and campus operating interests in sustainability. By increasing awareness of our strengths in these areas and identifying areas for further improvement, the campus will continue to define itself as a leader in understanding the earth sciences, while putting into practice the principles of environmental stewardship in its operations.


  • Share information about education, research and outreach activities of UC San Diego in the context of environmental stewardship and sustainability and prepare periodic reports to the chancellor and the university community
  • Recommend and support efforts to improve environmental stewardship and sustainability in UC San Diego facility planning and operations
  • Make sustainability part of ongoing education, research, operations and outreach programs


The Advisory Committee on Sustainability includes representatives from faculty, staff and students (both graduate and undergraduate), including leaders of key campus organizations already involved in environment and sustainability activities. Representatives are appointed by the Faculty Senate, Associated Students, Graduate Student Association, Staff Association, Health System, Medical School, etc. The ACS is chaired by the Vice Chancellor of Resource Management and Planning.


Ex Officio

  • Sandra Brown, VC Research
  • Mark Cunningham, AVC Housing & Dining Services
  • Juan Gonzalez, VC Student Affairs
  • William Hodgkiss, AVC Academic Personnel Services
  • Joel King, AVC Design & Development Services
  • Margaret Leinen, VC Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Chair: Gary Matthews, VC Resource Management & Planning

Support Staff

  • Dave Weil, Campus Carbon Neutrality (RM&P)
  • Sara McKinstry, Sustainability (RM&P)
  • Jennifer Bowser, Sustainability (RM&P)


  • Subrata Chakraborty, PostDoctoral Staff, Chemistry
  • Teddy Cruz, Professor, Visual Arts
  • Viktoria Gisladottir, Graduate Student
  • Hugh Hagues, Staff Representative, University Centers
  • Ken Hall, Staff Representative, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Kimberly Hui, Undergraduate Student
  • Anna Levitt, Staff, UC San Diego Health System
  • Ping Liu, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering
  • Gordon McCord, Faculty representative
  • Wesley Neeley, Graduate Student
  • Sabira Parajuli, Undergraduate Student & AS AVP Environmental Justice Affairs
  • Keith Pezzoli, Teaching Professor, Urban Studies & Planning
  • Vacant, School of Medicine representative