Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.45
Liaison Monika Kamboures
Submission Date May 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 4.00 Monika Kamboures
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning & Management
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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:

The Strategic Plan added implementation of Cal Poly’s Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and work towards meeting the Plan’s benchmarks in the areas of  transportation, facilities, energy supply, agriculture, landscape, solid waste, and refrigerants.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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:

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

• Incorporation of climate change material in new student orientation and first year experience programs.
• The development of an environmental sustainability-themed General Education track.
• Development of a Minor in Climate Change Analysis and Responses as a supplement to the current Minor in Regenerative Studies offered by the John T. Lyle Center.
• Development and adoption of new curriculum on climate change mitigation and adaptation across the campus.


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

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

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

One objective is to establish the reputation of Cal Poly Pomona as a leader in research on climate change, its potential consequences and actions to mitigate and address its impacts. Approaches include: Incentive programs for externally-funded research proposals on climate change related topics, development of interdisciplinary research groups focused on specific topics and targeted faculty hires and endowed research positions to support development of expertise in promising research areas


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:

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

The objective is to establish the reputation of Cal Poly Pomona as a leader in community outreach related to climate change, its potential consequences and actions to mitigate and address its impacts. Approaches include:
- Incentive programs for service learning projects on climate change related topics
- Logistical support for interdisciplinary community outreach projects
- Targeted faculty hires and endowed research positions to support development of expertise in promising outreach areas
• Focus on climate change-related community outreach in University publications


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement 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 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:

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

Specific benchmarks include:
– Zero Emissions Associated with University Fleet Operations by 2030
– 100% offset of University air travel emissions by 2030


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:

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

The policy objectives include net zero emissions for new buildings will ensure that campus growth does not increase Cal Poly Pomona’s greenhouse gas emissions, 10% reduction in energy demand of 2005 building stock, and 5% reduction in building plug load.


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:

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

The Climate Action Plan calls for 100% of the electricity used by campus to come from renewable, greenhouse gas-free, sources by 2030. This will be achieved by a combination of on-site renewable energy projects, renewable purchase agreements with utility companies, or the purchase of renewable energy credits, and a 50% reduction in emissions associated with natural gas consumed on campus.


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining 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 Grounds?:
Yes

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

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

Measurable objectives include:
-Reductions in the use of synthetic fertilizers, and practices such as conservation tillage should be implemented, with the aim of reducing emissions associated with these activities by 25%.
-50% increase in carbon sequestration through campus landscape plantings.


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:

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

Transportation objectives include:
-Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled by Faculty and Staff by 10%
-Reduce commuting population to 73% of student body
–Reduce Commuting Trips to Campus by 30%


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:

http://www.cpp.edu/~sustainability/pdf/CPP_CAP_091109.pdf

Expansion of campus recycling programs to increase diversion rates, expansion of food and green waste composting on campus, and related educational programs to raise awareness by students, faculty, and staff, will aim to reduce the Campus’ solid waste by 50%.


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water 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 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:

https://www.cpp.edu/~diversity/docs/diversity_plan.pdf

Objectives:
-Increase the quality of each entering undergraduate class, while maintaining our
commitment to ethnic and cultural diversity.
-Increase the number and quality of graduate students and graduate programs.  
-Develop an admissions strategy to align each entering class with academic
program targets developed by the colleges.
-Increase access for military veterans, including the creation of a portfolio of
services responsive to their unique needs.  
-Implement prospective student outreach strategies that will position the
university for increased state‐wide recognition.
-Increase support for the development of undergraduate and
graduate student scholars and researchers.    


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance 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 Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work 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 other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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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):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Cal Poly Pomona signed onto the Carbon Commitment in 2007 and have used our Climate Action Plan as the guide in the university's efforts to reach carbon neutrality.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Our campus' Climate Action Plan and Chancellor's Office Sustainability Policy overlap quite a bit. We are using our GHG calculation to benchmark and as metrics for the Climate Action Plan. The Chancellor's Office has developed metrics for each area included within the policy. Each individual campus submits their campus data to the Chancellor's Office.

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