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Liaison Dan Wakelee
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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California State University, Channel Islands
EN-3: Student Life

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Assistant Provost
Academic Affairs
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes Yes
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills Yes
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills No
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

The Green Generation Club officially became a sanctioned student club at CSU Channel Islands. Dedicated to raising environmental awareness on campus and throughout the community, the Green Generation Club works to establish CI as a positive environmental example through the promotion of education and awareness, while at the same time, advocating for sustainable development and initiating campus environmental programs.


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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

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.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

The CSU Channel Islands Bicycle Kitchen's primary mission is to provide low cost bicycle repair/maintenance education to the CI community and function as a social hub for the local cycling community. This program aims to provide workspace, tools and information about how to live more sustainably by choosing to commute to and from campus by bicycling. Furthermore, their mission augments CI's commitment towards building a green campus with respect to education, transit and recycling. In helping create a more active/engaged cycling community, it is hoped that the number of commuters coming to campus by auto would decrease, while the number arriving by sustainable energy (i.e. bicycle) would increase. A repair and maintenance shop was opened in the fall of 2009. The CI Bicycle Kitchen is also an official USA Cycling intercollegiate team and competes in road and mountain bike racing.
CI also operates the California Institute for Social Business which supports the development of sustainable social business enterprises.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

The Instructionally Related Activities Fund was established to provide support for essential educational experiences and activities that aid and supplement the fundamental educational mission of the institution.

The objectives of the Fee are:

To ensure stable and adequate funding for instructionally related activities as defined.
To reduce the demand on Associated Student Body funds for instructionally related activities so that the Student Body Fee can be used to underwrite authorized programs and services based on student priorities.
To supplement General Fund appropriated instructionally related activity funds.

All sustainability projects and initiatives are funded through the IRA. Some examples of the sustainability projects/initiatives the IRA has funded:
Rain Barrel System
Water Bottle Refilling Station
Green Screens


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Each year, CSU Channel Islands hosts a multitude of sustainability-related events. These events are as follows -

Poe Symposium: The Poe Symposium is held each year at CSUCI. The 9th Poe Symposium was held on Friday April 19th 2013, and was themed 'Global Warming.' There were six distinguished speakers. The event was well attended by students, faculty, and the community. There were over 200 registered guests, and twice as many people as this attended throughout the day.

Environmental Science & Resource Management (ESRM) Career Development Day: The ESRM Career Development Day is where students learn from practitioners about careers in sustainability related fields. Prospective employers and internship providers from the private sector (environmental consultants Impact Sciences, NCER, etc), governmental (federal, state, county, local) agencies , quasi-governmental (water agencies) and non governmental organizations (the Nature Conservancy, Ojai Valley Land Trust) are represented. This event occurs once each fall.

ESRM Lecture Series:The ESRM Lecture Series occurs each spring and involves a host of related speakers that come to campus to discuss various environmental topics. Usually 6-8 speakers each year present.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

CI's art and performing arts programs present numerous exhibits and activities that are related to sustainability issues. These include faculty and student art exhibits on the campus as well as student performances.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

'Outdoor Adventures' at CI offers the following programs that follow the Leave No Trace Principles: local daily hikes, overnight camping, and sunset kayaking to the Channel Islands Harbor; sport fishing; sailing; and various hiking excursions in Malibu, Ojai, Santa Cruz Island, the Matilija Creek, and Santa Rosa.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Water was the focus of the 2013 campus wide reading event, the Campus Reading Celebration. The event and related activities in the fall semester were focused on Charles Fishman's latest book, The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water. This book was used in freshman classes and other campus activities throughout the term.


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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

The institution opens two sustainability-focused student held positions. One Sustainability Intern works with the Academic Affairs and the other Sustainability Analyst is housed with Facilities Services. Both positions are strictly student held.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Student initiated sustainability projects are funded through the student Institutionally Related Activities fee and the student Materials Facilities Services and Technology fee. Additional activities are underway through Housing and Residential Education.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available:

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