Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.14
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date July 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

California Polytechnic State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kylee Singh
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Utilities and Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment or ACUPCC)

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

Post Landfill Action Network

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

California State University - Sustainability Officers Affinity Group

Central Coast Climate Collaborative

UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership

CSU Energy Managers Affinity Group

CSU Waste Management Working Group

CSU STARS Working Group

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Sustainability staff at Cal Poly serve as presenters for a variety of conferences. Most recently the Sustainability Coordinator presented at the CSU Facilities Management Conference Sustainability and Energy Managers breakout session. The presentation focused on creatively funding student intern positions in sustainability departments.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Cal Poly is among six California State University campus partners to share global recognition for their efforts to reshape how the system teaches its nearly half a million students about climate change.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education — the leading organization for the advancement of sustainability in colleges and universities across 48 states, a U.S. Territory, nine Canadian provinces and 20 countries — bestows its prestigious awards on the institutions and individuals that help lead higher education to a sustainable future.

In 2022, AASHE announced 12 winners from 430 entries in five categories. The CSU entry received the coveted Campus Sustainability Achievement Award. Entries were judged on overall impact, innovation, stakeholder involvement, clarity and other criteria specific to each category.

“The 2022 AASHE Sustainability Award winners demonstrate an inspiring passion for progressing sustainability at their campus,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zanier. “They are raising the bar and evolving what sustainability in higher education looks like.”

Cal Poly was honored for its collaborative effort with five other CSU campuses — Chico, Humboldt, Monterey Bay, San Marcos and Stanislaus — to establish the CSU Faculty Learning Community in Teaching Climate Change and Resilience.

Last spring, 62 faculty members representing over 30 disciplines participated in the first multi-campus Faculty Learning Community in CSU history. Typically, FLCs are a faculty group on a single campus that collaborates during a semester or academic year to provide discussion, learning and development of relevant teaching practice, scholarship and community building.


Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Sustainability staff at Cal Poly serve on the planning committee for the annual Climate Solutions Now conference for the past 3 years.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

As one of the leading STARS campuses in the CSU the Cal Poly sustainability staff regularly provide guidance, mentorship, and advice to other CSU campuses working toward sustainability goals.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Yes in 2020 we reviewed the Cal Poly Humboldt STARS report for accuracy prior to submission. We also plan on reviewing another peer campus this year once our report is completed.

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.