Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.15
Liaison Monika Kamboures
Submission Date May 15, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.50 / 4.00 Monika Kamboures
Sustainability Coordinator
Strategic Initiatives for Administrative Affairs
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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:

The CSU Sustainability Policy states that "the CSU will seek to further integrate sustainability into the academic curriculum."


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:

Included within our Climate Action Plan is Benchmark #17 – 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. Cal Poly Pomona’s polytechnic, learn-by-doing approach is well suited to advancing basic and applied research in climate change science, mitigation, and adaptation. A particular emphasis is cross disciplinary research projects that can address the wide range of technical and policy issues in climate change. Examples of areas of research already initiated include the bio-fuels research group, solar initiatives, carbon sequestration, and analysis of commuter travel behavior. Possible approaches to achieve this benchmark include:
• Incentive programs for externally-funded research proposals on climate change related topics
• Development of interdisciplinary research groups focused on specific topics
• 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:

As part of the CSU Sustainability Policy, there are several sustainability objectives that address student, employee, and community engagement for sustainability. Examples of such objectives include:
-The CSU will develop employee and student workforce skills in the green jobs industry, promote the development of sustainable products and services, and foster economic development.
-Each CSU is encouraged to designate a sustainability officer responsible for carrying out and/or coordinating campus sustainability program efforts.
-The CSU will cooperate with federal, state, and local governments and other appropriate organizations in accomplishing energy conservation and utilities management objectives throughout the state; and inform students, faculty, staff and the general public of the need for and methods of energy conservation and utilities management.


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:

As part of our Climate Action Plan update, the benchmarks include reportable metrics and is intended to ensure the campus meets and/or exceeds the 2030 goal to reduce our CO2 emissions to 20,500 metric tons.


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:

As part of our Climate Action Plan, Benchmark #3 – Net Zero emissions associated with new building construction and Benchmark #6 – 50% reduction in natural gas consumed on campus are used to measure sustainability objectives for buildings. Also, as part of the CSU Policy, the CSU includes measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations in several published policies, including the CSU Sustainability Policy and the Policy Statement on Energy Conservation, Sustainable Building Practices, and Physical Plant Management for the CSU (Executive Order 987). Examples of operational sustainability objectives included in these policies are:
-The CSU will strive to reduce systemwide facility greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels, or below, by 2020 consistent with AB 32, California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (HSC §38550)
-The CSU will strive to reduce facility GHG emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2040. Campus tracking and reporting of their GHG inventory will be grounded in the American College and University President's Climate Commitment guidelines or equivalent, with consideration to campus requested improvements. Metrics will include GHG emissions per FTE.
-The CSU shall design and build all new buildings and major renovations to meet or exceed the minimum requirements equivalent to LEED Silver. Each campus shall strive to achieve a higher standard equivalent to LEED Gold or Platinum within project budget constraints. Each campus may pursue external certification through the LEED process.


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:

There are many energy related objectives within the campus Climate Action Plan including a 30% reduction in energy demand of 2005 building stock and reduction in building plug load by 5%. Also, as part of the CSU System-wide Policy, the CSU includes measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in energy in several published policies, including the CSU Sustainability Policy and the Policy Statement on Energy Conservation, Sustainable Building Practices, and Physical Plant Management for the CSU (Executive Order 987). Examples of energy related sustainability objectives included in these policies are:
-The CSU will endeavor to exceed the State of California and California Public Utilities Commission Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) sooner than the established goal of procuring 33 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020.
- The CSU shall pursue energy procurement and production to reduce energy capacity requirements from fossil fuels, and promote energy independence using available economically feasible technology for onsite and/or renewable generation. The CSU shall endeavor to increase its self-generated energy capacity from 44 to 80 megawatts.


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:

The CSU Policy states that all campus food service organizations should track their sustainable food purchases. Such tracking and reporting will be grounded in the Real Food Challenge guidelines, or equivalent, with consideration to campus requested improvements. Campuses shall strive to increase their sustainable food purchases to 20 percent of total food budget by 2020.


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:

Our Climate Action Plan includes a 50% increase in carbon sequestration through campus landscape plantings.


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

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

As part of the CSU Sustainability Policy campuses will.
-Campuses will promote use of suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices in the provision of goods or services to the CSU under contract. This may include additional evaluation points in solicitation evaluations for suppliers integrating sustainable practices.
-To move to zero waste, campus practices should: (1) encourage use of products that minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; (2) participate in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increase recycled content purchases in all BuyRecycled program product categories.
-Campuses shall continue to report on all recycled content product categories, consistent with PCC § 12153-12217 and shall implement improved tracking and reporting procedures for their recycled content purchases.


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:

Our Climate Action Plan includes reduce commuting population to 60% of student body, reduce commuting trips to campus by 30% and a push for 50% of campus population uses alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles to commute on a daily basis.


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:

As part of our Climate Action Plan update an 80% waste diversion rate is included as a benchmark.


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:

The Climate Action Plan includes a benchmark to reduce our campus total water use by 25%.


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:

As part of the campus Strategic Plan, initiative 5 includes that "the university attracts, hires and retains a diverse workforce including increased faculty diversity and tenure density." One of the measurable goals will be to "provide search committees and hiring managers with additional support and tools to increase the size, strength and diversity of employee applicant pools."
There is a CSU Policy on Wellbeing and Student Mental Health (EO 1053) which addresses diversity.
-Campuses shall provide psycho-educational workshops, programs and services that address critical student issues as well as prevention and wellness programs. Programs must be responsive to the diversity of the CSU student population and enhance the ability of students to develop healthy and effective styles of living and learning.


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?:
Yes

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

Objectives included within the Strategic Plan include:
-Creating a culture that promotes well-being and resiliency
-Becoming and employer of choice and recognized as a great place to work
-Invest in our personnel by expanding professional development opportunities
There is a CSU Policy on Wellbeing and Student Mental Health (EO 1053) which addresses diversity.
-Campuses shall provide psycho-educational workshops, programs and services that address critical student issues as well as prevention and wellness programs. Programs must be responsive to the diversity of the CSU student population and enhance the ability of students to develop healthy and effective styles of living and learning.


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.

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.