News and Events

Demonstrating Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Through CEC Grant 6/14/17
What if EVs could be turned into virtual power plants, feeding energy back into the grid? Nuvve and UC San Diego plan to demonstrate how to do this.


UC San Diego Wins Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Awards 6/8/17
The campus’s electric vehicle leasing/charging program and monitoring-based commissioning project were cited as best practices.


Jennifer Bowser Named Principal Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year 5/25/17
As Sustainability Program Coordinator, Jennifer engages students as peer education leaders and inspires innovative projects that have contributed to UC San Diego’s reputation as one of the nation’s greenest campuses. Watch the video.


2017 Sustainability Awards Announced 5/24/17
Six recipients were honored for their efforts to make UC San Diego more sustainable.


Changing the Face of Campus 5/18/17
Five years from now, the UC San Diego campus will be almost unrecognizable to anyone who hasn’t watched the transformation unfold.


What Learning Looks Like 4/20/17
Mesa Child Development Center and Early Care and Education director Kathryn Owen were featured in a KPBS segment on the art and science of classroom transitions.


Residential Security Officers Honored at Diversity Awards 4/13/17
The RSO Program was recognized recently at the annual Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards.


UC San Diego Police Sergeant Cracks SDPD Case 4/13/17
Sergeant Scott Gustafson played a key role in solving a case for the San Diego Police Department.


Changes to Facilities Design and Construction Underway 3/30/17

Resource Management and Planning is pleased to announce that Facilities Design and Construction is restructuring to provide more efficient planning and implementation for future capital projects. With UC San Diego undergoing a significant transformation due to growth in student enrollment, the light rail coming to campus, a Long Range Development Plan update, the campus’s carefully crafted Strategic Plan and a system wide goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, this restructuring will better enable us to meet the needs of our campus customers.

Facilities Design and Construction currently implements the capital improvement program, which includes project planning, schematic design, design development, bidding and award of contracts. The department will now separate into two units as follows:

  • Campus Architect and Planning (CAP) – Responsible for capital program strategies, this unit will oversee all planning functions including physical, community, environmental, capital, transportation and space planning. CAP will also be responsible for development services functions including building permits and inspection services as well as quality control and standards peer review including Design Review Board, ADA, seismic and UCOP mandates. This unit will be led by Joel King, assistant vice chancellor and campus architect.
  • Capital Program Management (CPM) – Responsible for capital program implementation, this unit will handle program management and delivery, design and construction contracting and fiscal accounts payable. Recruitment is underway for a new executive director to lead this unit.

As part of the restructuring, Facilities Management will assume responsibility for all current and future projects under $750,000 including building renovations, rehabs and repurposing.


Regional Transportation Projects Impacting Campus Gear Up 3/9/17
Whether you are exiting I-5 at Genesee or traveling on Gilman Drive, plenty of construction is underway on and around campus.


Facilities Management Staff Recognized for Outstanding Work 2/2/17
Senior custodians Javier Garcia and David Miralles were commended by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for their efforts to keep Engineering Building Unit II sparkling. 


Mesa Child Development Center Expands Facilities and Programs 1/19/17
Mesa Child Development Center now offers full-time programs that will enrich its vibrant and diverse community.

2016

Safety First: Community Service Officers Expand Role on Campus 11/10/16
After more than 35 years on campus, Community Service Officers are now participating in one of the police department’s newest safety services – Triton Rides, a free, nighttime shuttle service.


U.S. DOT Commits $1 Billion to Mid-Coast Trolley 9/14/16
The top transit official in the U.S. handed over a symbolic check during a ceremony on the UC San Diego campus.


UC San Diego Named SDG&E Energy Champion  7/7/16
The campus was commended for its “remarkable commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and conservation.”


Campus Recognized for Water Efficiency Efforts  6/30/16
UC San Diego was named a 2016 Best Practice Award Winner for water efficiency/site water quality at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.


Transportation Services Working to Expand Parking, Commuter Options 5/19/16
Transportation Services is adding new spaces and changing policies to help ease parking challenges.


RM&P People, Units Win Sustainability Awards  4/21/16
Early Care and Education and Facilities Management staffer Chris Johnson were recognized for their dedication, advocacy and support.


Transportation Services Working to Expand Parking, Commuter Options 5/19/16
Transportation Services is adding new spaces and changing policies to help ease parking challenges.


UC San Diego Shines a Spotlight on Sustainability 4/21/16
Student organizations, campus departments and outside vendors partnered at the Sustainability Fair to raise awareness about the impact we have on our environment.


A Day in the sun 3/31/16
Solar Chill project team hopes to inspire others at Clinton Global Initiative University.


Move Over, Droids 1/8/16
Meet the real-life robots of UC San Diego, leading the way for a world of robot helpers, teachers, maybe even friends.


Looking Ahead at Early Childhood Education 1/1/16
The San Diego Union-Tribune talks to Kathryn Owen about her mission to modernize earlychildhood education by bringing more men into the classroom, and employing a robotic helper to lend a hand.

2015

Director of Early Care and Education Honored for Exemplary Leadership 11/30/15
Kathryn Owen, director of UC San Diego Early Care and Education, has been named an “Exceptional Master Leader in Education” by the Childcare Exchange, a U.S.-based partnership supporting early childhood professionals throughout the world.


Enhancing Campus Safety through New Tools and Tips 10/8/15
Soon, everyone with a “ucsd.edu” email address will automatically receive future Triton Alert emergency notifications when major incidents occur on or near UC San Diego.


New EV Chargers Help Usher in Future of EV Charging 9/21/15
The next generation of EV chargers are being used to test a new form of data communication at UC San Diego.


Sierra Magazine Names UC San Diego 7th Coolest School in Nation 8/11/15
Water conservation efforts were specifically cited by editors: “Since 2009, the campus has reduced its water use by more than 30 million gallons a year.”


UC San Diego Receives SANDAG Diamond Award for Green Transportation Programs 7/31/15
UC San Diego received a SANDAG iCommute Diamond Award in recognition of its outstanding efforts to encourage employees to use alternative transportation.


ECEC Employee Honored at Employee of the Year Awards 5/28/15
Angel Huerta, head of food services at the Early Childhood Education Center, was named “Principal Employee of the Year.”


New Partnership Supports Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technology 5/28/15
UC San Diego and UL, a global safety science organization, are working together to conduct research, share techniques and more.


Power to the Batteries 5/21/15
New center promises better batteries for low-carbon future.


Making Every Drop Count: UC San Diego Steps Up Water Conservation Efforts 4/30/15
From turning off fountains to eliminating turf, UC San Diego is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to conserve water and take additional action under Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent mandate to cut water usage.


UC San Diego Shows 23 Percent Drop in Water Use 4/28/15
A UT San Diego report shows that the university was the biggest water-saver in the 2014 budget year according to City of San Diego data.


Overnight Lane Closures for I-5/Genesee Avenue Interchange 3/19/15
Lane closures are planned for March 19 and 22 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. as part of ongoing construction on this project.


West Campus Parking Updates and Options 2/26/15
A variety of strategies are being implemented or are under consideration to help ease parking challenges.


Creating a More Bike-Friendly Campus 2/5/15
A popular pathway is about to get a makeover as part of UC San Diego’s efforts to create a more bicycle-friendly campus.

2014

UC San Diego Receives $3 Million to Help Advance Energy Storage 12/16/14
Federal grant will help the campus move innovative energy storage technologies out of the lab and into the market.


New Green Building Tours at UC San Diego to Blend Architecture, History and Sustainability 12/11/14
Blending architecture, campus history and sustainability, new Green Building Tours will be offered starting this winter, hosted by the UC San Diego Visitor’s Tour Program in collaboration with UC San Diego Facilities Design and Construction and Housing and Dining Services.


Regional Transportation Projects to Transform Campus 11/6/14
New projects will bring the trolley to campus, expand the Genesee Ave Bridge/I-5 interchange and much more.


Keeping Skies Clean and Clear in San Diego 10/29/14
UC San Diego received an APCD-IEA Blue Sky Leadership Award for its efforts to reduce air pollution and global warming.


Making a Commitment to Conserve Water 10/16/14
The campus has taken significant action to reduce water consumption to the greatest extent possible.


Bus Zone Changing for Faculty and Staff 10/14/14
Changes to the bus zone this fall will affect how faculty and staff access transit services.


Black’s Beach Gets Much Needed Public Restroom 10/10/14
The popular surf spot has its first ever environmentally-friendly restroom facility thanks to the combined efforts of the campus and community.


Environmentally-Friendly Battery Energy Storage System to be Installed 9/29/14
One of the largest, most environmentally-friendly, battery-based energy storage systems in the nation will be installed on campus.


UC San Diego’s Ongoing Commitment to Conserve Water 9/29/14
Turf conversions are just one of the ways UC San Diego is continuing to fight the drought.


Triton U-Pass Rolls Out for Students 9/14/14
The new universal transit pass program offers unlimited ridership to students on bus and trolley/light rail routes.


Campus Notice: Gilman Transit Center Becomes Operationa 9/12/14
The new transit center serves the campus community with an enhanced network of buses.


UC San Diego Ranked a ‘Coolest School’ 8/12/14
Sierra Magazine ranked the university the 17th “Coolest School” for displaying a deep and thorough commitment to sustainability.


New Chief of Police Announced 6/27/14
David S. Rose, a veteran law enforcement officer at UC San Diego, has been appointed the campus chief of police.


Largest Campus Transit Center to Be Constructed This Summer 5/30/14
The UCSD Guardian highlights the new Gilman Transit Center, which is under construction.


Students Vote on Fee Referendum to Implement New Transit Pass 5/22/14
Undergraduate and graduate students at UC San Diego are voting on a fee referendum this week that will determine whether a new transit pass program will begin this fall.


UC San Diego Wins SANDAG Diamond Award 4/24/14
Transportation Services wins the All-Star Award for its sustained commitment to alternative commuting programs.


Campus Celebrates Earth Week 4/17/14
The theme for the week of events, “Connecting the Drops,” helps illustrate UC San Diego’s water-saving strategies as California faces a severe drought.


Smart Car Meets Smart Charger 4/10/14
The nation’s first demonstration project featuring “intelligent” chargers and cars kicks off at UC San Diego.


When Computers Can Read You Like a Book 4/9/14
Emotionally sensitive computers aren’t anything new at UC San Diego’s Early Childhood Education Center. For the past 10 years, toddlers here have been playing with a robot named Rubi.


New Biomedical Research Facility Opens 3/20/14
Biomedical Science students and faculty now have access to one of the most sustainable laboratories in the country.


A Hotbed for Microgrids 3/10/14
The most sophisticated microgrid in the region is right here at UC San Diego.


Driving Change: Transportation Services Strives to Make Progress 1/23/14
The department is working hard to find new ways to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve service.

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