Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.65
Liaison Jennifer Sanchez
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Bakersfield
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Evelyn Young Spath, Ed.D.
Chief of Staff to the President
Office of the President
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

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

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Energize Colleges - Network of 12 universities and colleges hosting full-time college graduate fellowships and paid student internships in sustainability and clean energy education.
Second Nature - Climate Leadership Network

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

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

California State University System-Wide Sustainability Officers Network
CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC)

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

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

CSU Basic Needs Conference - Presented edible garden and food pantry best practice projects.
CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) - Presented Energize Colleges as a framework for sustainability projects.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

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

CSU Bakersfield is one of 12 colleges and universities in the Energize Colleges program, which submitted a case study for the CHESC best practices award. This case study highlights the approach that Energize Colleges took to utilizing student interns to teach sustainability while making measurable improvements to a university's environmental sustainability.

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty 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):

CSU Basic Needs Committee - meeting the housing and food security needs of CSU students in the 23 CSU campuses statewide.
CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Food Systems Committee - Sustainability Coordinator served on Speaker Selection Committee

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:

Through the CSUB Energize Colleges program, paid CSUB student interns engage high school students in environmental sustainability and clean energy projects by going to Kern High School District classrooms, Kern County conferences and events, or hosting students at the CSU Bakersfield campus. Some of the CSUB interns' activities have included presenting to high school students on the environmentally sustainable projects at CSUB, leading a community trash pick-up day at a local wildlife preserve, and leading hands-on and worksheet activities in energy education.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

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

Through Strategic Energy Innovation's Energize Colleges program, CSU Bakersfield is part of a collaborative effort to advance high school and college course offerings in the clean energy sector and advance student interest in clean energy careers. The 12 colleges and universities share best practices and resources with each other in-person on a monthly basis and remotely on an on-going basis.
Through the Climate Corps program, CSU Bakersfield collaborates with partners in higher education, the public sector, and the private sector to advance education and work experience in sustainability.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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