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Liaison Dan Wakelee
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Channel Islands
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

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Assistant Provost
Academic Affairs
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians No
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

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.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

CI writes an annual Sustainability Report. This report reveals the different sustainability efforts the campus has done during the past year. It encompasses both from the facilities side and the academic side. The report is available in Sustainable CI's webpage.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

CI targets three social media outlets: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Each outlet teaches and interacts with the CI community to promote sustainability around the campus. These outlets are also heavily used when running a sustainability campaign, especially to get students to participate in activities.


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

Biology program's Bioscope Newsletter publish student research on sustainability.


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

We currently have three GreenScreens around the campus. The GreenScreens allow sustainability topics to be communicated among CI students and staff. The GreenScreens promote sustainability efforts and green building features of the building it is housed in while also communicating sustainability projects and awareness to the CI community.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Freudian Sip, the campus cafe, provides signage called "Supreme Green Roasting Innovation" on every counter about their "Eco-Roasted" coffee. It lets their customers know that the coffee being roasted in the cafe has a low carbon footprint (85% lower carbon dioxide), lower fossil fuel consumption and has zero particulate emissions.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

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). There is signage posted on campus for containers used 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 which result in no clippings to be collected.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A map of the hydration stations around the campus is provided in PDF form online for students to use or print out. The map shows current and future locations of the hydration stations around campus and is designed to make sure the community knows where the nearest hydration station is around.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Housing communicates to residents the importance of being sustainable here at CI. Each suite has their own recycling bin to help establish these sustainable habits among residents. Not only that, they also hire student assistant dedicated strictly to sustainability. Their efforts are tremendous considering what Housing has been able to conserve. Some best practice and awareness campaigns include:

Resident Assistants (RA) sharing sustainability practices, such as recycling, composting, water and paper conservation with their residents.
Avoiding the posting of paper announcements and using HRE TV channel to announce tips, news and events.
Using social media to connect and remind students how their efforts help us to practice sustainability.
Reminding residents to keep their utility bill lower than $100 per unit.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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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.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st 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 (2nd 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.
CI uses Facebook (www.facebook.com/sustainableci)and Twitter (@sustainableci) to communicate current information about sustainable practices and activities.


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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 (3rd 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 citizen science iPhone App (Splatter Spotter) was 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 (4th 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 (5th 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 (6th 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 (7th 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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