Environmental Planning

Geisel Library

Environmental Planning reviews the environmental impacts of UC San Diego projects, developing mitigation measures for potential impacts and overseeing ongoing monitoring of these measures.

Our goals:

  1. Promote the design and construction of environmentally appropriate campus projects.
  2. Manage the environmental review process required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) – the basis for environmental law and policy in California – and UC CEQA Handbook for proposed development on campus.
  3. Develop resource management plans that promote long-term sustainability of the campus' natural resources.

UC San Diego CEQA Process

Several paths ensure compliance with CEQA – the basis for environmental law and policy in California:

  • Categorical Exemptions
  • Mitigated Negative Declarations
  • Environmental Impact Reports
Environmental Planning is responsible for determining the appropriate path for UC San Diego project proposals. See the CEQA process flowchart (PDF) for more information.

UC San Diego CEQA Tiering Process

The CEQA concept of "tiering" refers to the coverage of general environmental matters in broad program-level Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), with subsequent focused environmental documents for individual projects that implement the program.

CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines encourage the use of tiered environmental documents to reduce delays and excessive paperwork in the environmental review process. This is accomplished in tiered documents by eliminating repetitive analyses of issues that were adequately addressed in the Program EIR and by incorporating those analyses by reference. The environmental reviews of currently proposed projects on campus are tiered from the UC San Diego 2004 Long Range Development Plan Environmental Impact Report.

Mitigation Monitoring

CEQA requires that a lead agency establish a program to monitor and report on mitigation measures adopted as part of the environmental review process to avoid or reduce the severity and magnitude of potentially significant environmental impacts associated with project development. The CEQA guidelines (Section 15097 [a]) require that a mitigation monitoring and reporting program be adopted upon certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) to ensure mitigation measures identified in the EIR or MND are implemented.

The Mitigation Monitoring Program describes monitoring and reporting procedures, monitoring responsibilities, and monitoring schedule. Environmental Planning oversees the implementation of the Mitigation Monitoring Program.

Projects Currently Under Environmental Review

Voigt Parking Structure – Notice of Public Review Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND)

The public review period for the Voigt Parking Structure project's IS/MND extends from October 10 through November 9, 2017.  Comments may be sent no later than 5 p.m. on November 9, 2017.

The draft IS/MND is available in PDF format to view or print using the links below. 

Projects Pending Environmental Approval

Currently, no environmental documents for UC San Diego projects are pending environmental approval.

Public Participation in the CEQA Process

UC San Diego encourages public participation in the environmental planning and review process. We post public notices, hold public scoping meetings and hearings, and receive and respond to comments.

If you would like to participate, you can:

Provide any comments on draft environmental documents by:

  • Email
  • By U.S. mail or delivery to:
Catherine Presymk
University of California San Diego
Campus Planning
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0074 (for U.S. Mail)
Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 355 (for deliveries)
La Jolla, California 92093-0074

If you are unable to view draft environmental PDF documents, you can review them in two other ways:

  1. By appointment at the Campus Planning office. Call (858) 534-6515 to schedule.
  2. Printed versions are available during normal operating hours at the following libraries:

Questions about Environmental Planning? Contact Catherine Presymyk, (858) 534-3860.