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

California State University, Bakersfield
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jennifer Sanchez
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
AASHE STARS Paid Student Internship Team

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

To complete the University's first AASHE STARS report, the Office of the President (Chief of Staff to the President, in her role as Liaison to the President for Sustainability and the Sustainability Coordinator) led a team of 10 paid sustainability interns (funded by the Energize Colleges program) to complete the aggressive hunt for campus sustainability data. The students were hired specifically for the sole task of collecting data and submitting the STARS report. Throughout the entirety of the project, the interns worked alongside campus staff for data collection.
The student interns supported various campus departments in the submission of data to the STARS Liaison (Sustainability Coordinator). Student interns tracked down invoices and ledgers full of energy, water, mileage data and more. Some of this information spanned over the past decade. For information older than the three years prior to the STARS submission, student interns visited various campus storage facilities to track down physical hard copies of files.

The interns used the STARS Data-Tracking Sheets, provided by AASHE, to collect the information. They were supported by the Director of Facilities Operations, Director of the Environmental Resource Management Program and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee, and other campus staff members, who then completed final submission and review. Leveraging the students as a campus resource allowed CSUB to assemble the comprehensive STARS report. This structure also provided the paid student interns with work experience, and the opportunity to hone valuable skills, including teamwork and collaboration, professional communication, and research experience.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support 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.