Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Dasha Ostrova
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California College of the Arts
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jennifer Juras
Director of Institutional Research
Office of Institutional Planning
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

One of the 5 strategic plan sections is "Lead Responsibly" which articulates the role of sustainability in the college's mission and operations.

Another goal is Cultivate Diversity:
Increase racial, socioeconomic, and global diversity among students, staff, faculty, and trustees.
a. Strengthen our financial aid strategy to foster diversity.
b. Develop more effective relationships with local and national schools with large
underrepresented populations.
c. Continue to grow international enrollment from 9 percent to 12 percent in the next five years.
d. Build and diversify the membership and leadership of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff.
Develop our pedagogy and curriculum to reflect social and cultural diversity.
a. Conduct an audit of diversity in the major curricula and implement a plan for ensuring
that diversity is a central programmatic learning outcome.
b. Strengthen Diversity Studies and its connections with other programs.
c. Deepen connections between our public programming and our diverse curriculum.
Build a campus community that supports and values diversity.
a. Increase co-curricular events and forums that address the diversity of our world.
b. Bolster administrative infrastructure with the goal of increasing retention of
underrepresented students.
c. Create a diversity resource center at the CCA website.

Dream Big Extension Goals 2016-20
Goal 6: Develop an integrated and environmentally sustainable campus in San Francisco with 1000 new beds.
Achieve all sustainability goals to create an environmentally responsible campus.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

CCA is developing a robust program of college-wide and individual program learning outcomes. Several of these outcomes speak directly to the issue of sustainability.

CCA is also developing a minor in Environmental Studies/sustainability.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The PSSG devised a statement of values that represents the college's core principles as they pertain to sustainability. These basic tenants are drawn upon frequently to ensure all future growth -- curricular, technological, architectural -- takes into consideration these best-practice guidelines.
Minimize harm and optimize benefits to the environment and society in our daily endeavors
Apply the sustainability values we teach to our students to our facilities, transportation, and purchasing and investing practices
Provide the tools and resources that motivate our community members to be sustainability leaders
Draw on and contribute to the resources, knowledge, and initiatives uniquely available in the San Francisco Bay Area
Foster an academic and operational culture of continuing sustainability innovation
Identify and promote career opportunities in sustainable practices for our students


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable elements of the plan include number of stories and readaership of those stories, level of engagement with social media, and number of story placements. Metrics are also tracked for the sustainability section on the website.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

We have both single year and multiyear objectives. We set objectives annually including budgetary, project planning, and communication based strategies to support sustainability initiatives selected for the following academic and/or fiscal year. We continue to develop and maintain a sustainability reporting website to track and communicate objectives, strategies, and timeframes.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

All new and renovated buildings conform to these standards

Our goals for our new campus currently in the design phase:
https://www.cca.edu/new-campus/sustainability


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

We have both single year and multiyear objectives. We set objectives annually including budgetary, project planning, and communication based strategies to support sustainability initiatives selected for the following academic and/or fiscal year. We continue to develop and maintain a sustainability reporting website to track and communicate objectives, strategies, and timeframes.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Metrics on sourcing, nutrition, and impacts


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

We have both single year and multiyear objectives. We set objectives annually including budgetary, project planning, and communication based strategies to support sustainability initiatives selected for the following academic and/or fiscal year. We continue to develop and maintain a sustainability reporting website to track and communicate objectives, strategies, and timeframes.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

- Launch strategic marketing plan with Mission Bay Carpool Coalition and Scoop by March 2018
-By Jan 2019, hit 500 SCOOP rides per month at a 10% staff penetration rate
-Decrease single person vehicles on the road by 20% be increasing use of public transportation and carpool
-Increase Commuter Benefits enrollment by 10% by Jan 2019

- Continuing partnership with Storer Transportation Services, to transport students via intercampus shuttle. Storer continues to provide its customers with clean, low-carbon and efficient transportation services and maintain all certifications and memberships as in priors years for this survey.
- CCA has joined the Mission Bay Carpool Coalition, a group of employers located in the Mission Bay Neighborhood of San Francisco, resourced by Carpool Partner SCOOP.
- CCA has also developed a relationship with the SF Department of the Environment and will be presenting CCA's Carpool and Sustainable Transportation plans to a group of Employers at a luncheon in March 2018, with the Goal of sharing and learning industry best practices.
-CCA has established a new Partnership with Mission Bay TMA, a privately funded public shuttle service, servicing Employers in the Mission Bay Neighborhood during peak commute hours (6AM-10AM and 3PM-8PM, Monday Through Friday). This service is free to all CCA students, staff and faculty, and picks up conveniently at the Civic Center Bart Station, which is also one block from Panoramic Residences.
- Launched new Transportation landing page which provides easy access to all sustainable transportation options, lists discounts, and features commute testimonials from staff, faculty, and students on CCA's Portal https://portal.cca.edu/campus/transportation
- Plans to launch strategic marketing effort to create buy-in and buzz for SCOOP carpool.
- New Ford GoBike station launched on campus, and near both off-campus residence halls. Negotiated and marketed CCA specific discounts for Ford GoBike.
- Joined the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, offered Urban biking workshops to the CCA Community
- Offer parking discounts for Electric Vehicles
- Provide all incoming new CCA students with Clipper Cards during orientation week, provide overview of sustainable transportation options and benefits.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

We have both single year and multiyear objectives. We set objectives annually including budgetary, project planning, and communication based strategies to support sustainability initiatives selected for the following academic and/or fiscal year. We continue to develop and maintain a sustainability reporting website to track and communicate objectives, strategies, and timeframes.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

We have both single year and multiyear objectives. We set objectives annually including budgetary, project planning, and communication based strategies to support sustainability initiatives selected for the following academic and/or fiscal year. We continue to develop and maintain a sustainability reporting website to track and communicate objectives, strategies, and timeframes.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Increase racial, socioeconomic, and global diversity among students, staff, faculty, and trustees
Develop our pedagogy and curriculum to reflect social and cultural diversity
Build a campus community that supports and values diversity
timeframe: 2015-18


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Equity investment in fossil fuels needs to be under 5% as does weight of total portfolio.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Wellness Committee of the Staff Advisory Council is working on Wellbeing Initiatives.

The Wellness Committee is working on developing measurable objectives in conjunction with an overall wellness strategy. The committee participated in an educational session in Feb. 2018 led by Willis Towers Watson to learn more about wellness options, and how to best develop an employee wellness program that is sustainable and successful


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Elimination of volatile and dangerous art making practices. Material and reuse measures recorded.


Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

www.epa.gov definition
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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