Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.65
Liaison Jennifer Sanchez
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Bakersfield
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Jennifer Sanchez
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

A chartered club on campus, Students for Sustainability, are committed to advancing environmental sustainability through sustainability awareness, through community clean-up events, an upcoming campus tree inventory, and more.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Our university is establishing a campus garden and, although the garden is not yet physically planted, academic projects across multiple majors have been conducted with the planning of the garden. For example, the CSUB Edible Garden's business plan was written as a part of a Master in Business Administration


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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
No

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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

In 2018, our university will have the second annual CSUB Green Resource Fair that is geared towards educating students on the university's environmental sustainability programs, ways that students can commit to greener practices, and paid internships or service-learning opportunities related to environmental sustainability. This event is led by Associated Students, Inc., the university's student government representatives.


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
No

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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Come join us for an Adventure!
Have you ever wanted to explore California and do fun outdoor activities along the way? Outdoor Adventures is the program for you. We offer a variety of fun outdoor activities to help you experience all that California has to offer; including: bouldering, rock climbing, hiking, camping, surfing, horseback riding, zip-lining, kayaking, skiing/snowboarding, and more.


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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

CSU Bakersfield participates in the One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern program which will assign a book that is related to an environmental, community, or social responsibility topic. During the 2016 academic year, the book chosen was "The Big Thirst", by Charles Fishman.

"Fishman’s book explores our strange, complex relationship with water and how we take it for granted. California is in desperate battle to hold off a water catastrophe. In his text, Fishman demonstrates that a host of advances are underway, from the simplicity of harvesting rainwater to the brilliant innovations devised by large companies. According to Fishman, knowing what to do is not the problem; the hardest part is changing our water consciousness."


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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