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Liaison Dan Wakelee
Submission Date June 30, 2011
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STARS v1.0

California State University, Channel Islands
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Dan Wakelee
Assistant Provost
Academic Affairs
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

California State University Channel Islands has a sustainability portion of the school web site. The web site includes the mission statement and committee goals of the CI Advisory Committee on Sustainability. The main page of the site includes tips on how to save electricity, water, and other important resources. Under the tab Campus Sustainability Best Practices, there is a list of the institution's best sustainability efforts. Categories such as transportation, water, waste, and energy are included in the sustainability best practices. The web site also includes information about STARS along with details about each of the four categories, subcategories, and individual credits.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) Interface Newsletter and the Biology program's Bioscope Newsletter publish student research on sustainability.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Currently, CSU Channel Islands does not have building signage that highlights green building features. We are currently in the planning stages of installing dashboards that would primarily publicize energy usage on campus, but would also highlight green building features in the future.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
No

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

CSU Channel Islands acknowledges the use of reclaimed water for irrigation practices. We do have signs posted for the reclaimed water that is used for irrigation on campus (posted at front and back entrances of campus). The only signage that is posted on campus is on the 40-yard roll off containers that we use for recycling of Green Waste, Metal and cardboard. There is also signage on all 3-yard comingled bins around campus. Also all lawn mowers are equipped with mulching decks in turn this means that no clipping are picked up, they are placed back into the soil.


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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

California State University Channel Islands Alternative Transportation Program is a tremendous resource for students, faculty and staff looking for alternate ways to commute to and from campus. This program promotes alternatives to driving alone including carpooling, taking local transit, bicycling and walking. In addition, simple and accessible resources for ride matching for students, faculty and staff are provided. Each of these alternatives offers wonderful benefits to the user, as well as our campus community and our environment.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
Yes

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

A student representative is assigned as the sustainability senator in ASI Student Government. This individual is responsible for maintaining communication between the sustainability sector and other representatives within student government. In addition, this student is charged with increasing visibility and awareness of sustainability at CSUCI through workshops, events, word of mouth, the student newspaper and online based articles.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Housing and Residential Education at CSU Channel Islands includes an email to all students living in housing at the end of the academic year. The email is entitled Greening Your Move-Out. Students are encouraged to recycle, reuse, donate items, and divert everything recyclable from the landfill. Students who practice in these green activities will receive a designer grocery bag with sustainability designs. The grocery bags include images designed by CSU Channel Islands students. When a student receives a grocery bag, they will be automatically entered into a drawing for prizes to be mailed out after move-out. Prizes include Elements (Coffee) gift cards, Cove Bookstore gift cards, and Target gift cards.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Channel is an official publication of California State University Channel Islands. It is published twice a year for alumni, the University community, and the community at large by the Communication and Marketing department in University Advancement. Each issue of Channel includes one page dedicated to sustainability at CI.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Dr. Sean Anderson’s Roadkill Survey: No previous data existed documenting the number of animals killed on our roadways within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) or Ventura County, although some limited data has previously been collected for western Ventura County (Casterline, et al. 2003, Lindsey et al. 2005). Dr. Sean Anderson and students in his Environmental Science and Resource Management course entitled Conservation Biology have surveyed more than 25,000 miles of roads and recorded more than 2,600 dead animals from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles counties since 2006. This data is beginning to help us better understand wildlife corridors, important “pinch points,” and where we might direct our efforts to minimize both animal mortality and auto accidents. Our first citizen science iPhone App will be released in 2011 to allow a wider audience to collect data and educate themselves on the ecological impacts of roads throughout our region.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) Interface Newsletter is sent out electronically to students, faculty, staff and alumni once a year. Topics discussed in the ESRM newsletter include ESRM student profiles, ESRM faculty activities, ESRM faculty profiles, recent student accomplishments, recent faculty accomplishments, ESRM program accomplishments, and local published news articles mentioning the CSU Channel Islands ESRM program.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Wavelength is an electronic, internal newsletter that helps strengthen internal communication and participation across the University through timely updates on campus developments and participation. The publication is sent out via e-mail every other Thursday during the academic year. Many Wavelength issues have included articles focused on campus sustainability.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Biology Bioscope is the official electronic newsletter for the Biology program at CSU Channel Islands. Many Bioscope newsletters focus on environmental issues including sustainability, climate change, and conservation.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

A Sustainable Seafood Survey is conducted every fall semester at California State University Channel Islands in Dr. Sean Anderson’s Environmental Science and Resource Management course entitled Coastal and Marine Resource Management. Students in this course survey local (Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles Counties) supermarkets and restaurants for available seafood products sold. Students are then required to report where and how each seafood item is caught (wild or farmed), processed, fishery location, and list a price. Students also survey the fish mongers and waiters or waitresses on questions that include: how many people ask about sustainable seafood; are you familiar with MSC, Dolphin Safe, etc; how many customers ask where their seafood comes from? These results are added to an ever-growing database which began in 2007 and now spans 15,000 items/entries. It allows for the examination of trends in sustainable seafood options and the community's awareness of the issues involved. Work is currently underway to expand these assessment efforts across California and the Western U.S.


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Currently, CSU Channel Islands does not have building signage that highlights green building features. We are currently in the planning stages of installing dashboards that would primarily publicize energy usage on campus, but would also highlight green building features in the future.

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