Policy & Popcorn: “How UC Davis is Leading on Campus Sustainability”

About the Session
UC Davis is known for its commitment to the environment, locally and globally. University researchers are known for their expertise on everything from water security to climate change to resilient agriculture. And as one of the most sustainable universities in the world, UC Davis is also leading by example at the campus level. This special virtual edition of Policy & Popcorn will welcome Camille Kirk, UC Davis Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner, to talk about UC Davis's sustainability accomplishments to date and how campus leadership is planning to keep pushing the envelope in coming years. The session will include a deep dive on relationships and intersections between Federal and state regulation, the “voluntary” University of California Regental sustainability policy, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and assessment tools that often push UC Davis in its voluntary policy and sustainability efforts.
About the Speaker
Camille Kirk provides vision and leadership for campus sustainability efforts and galvanizes action towards key sustainability goals. At UC Davis, Camille has delivered multiple high-visibility projects and programs, including the campus’ Climate Action Plan and Drought Response and Water Action Plan. She has undertaken complex performance assessment across a wide variety of sustainability metrics, which has led to numerous top rankings and ratings in sustainability for UC Davis. Camille has launched successful and award-winning communication and outreach efforts to raise visibility and awareness of campus environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts, effect behavior change, and create pride and enthusiasm for campus sustainability achievements. Beyond campus, Camille is one of the initiators of the Yolo Resiliency Collaborative and leads system-wide University of California sustainability committees and efforts. Camille currently serves on multiple regional and national boards, steering committees, and task forces, including the Yolo County Climate Compact, the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative Steering Committee, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Steering Committee. Trained as a systems thinker, Camille holds a master's degree in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles.