Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.23
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Channel Islands
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups 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. The Surfrider Foundation Club, 4Ocean Club, Santa Rosa Island Student Committee and Audubon Club are all additional clubs committed to raising awareness and educating the campus about environmental issues. These clubs provide various opportunities for student engagement centered around environmental awareness and sustainability, both on campus and in the community. Collectively, these clubs have played a significant role in advocating for positive changes on campus including a student led campaign to eliminate single use plastics on campus.

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
There is a small garden on campus that is managed by students with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The garden is used to help students explore local and global issues pertaining to sustainable agriculture. Students examine theoretical and practical aspects of food production from ecological, as well as social and economic perspectives. They gain experience with topics such as soil fertility, crop selection, irrigation, pest management and sustainable food delivery systems. The garden also teaches students sustainable practices in a garden setting and in local agricultural systems. Additionally, experiences in the garden provide opportunities to discuss the challenges of food production in hotter and drier conditions stemming from climate change. Produce harvested from the garden is donated to the campus food pantry and made available for students in need.

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:
In April 2019, the Biology and Chemistry Departments of CSU Channel Islands (CI) presented the annual Poe Symposium on campus. The program, entitled “Climate Change in the 21st Century” was free and open to the public. The symposium aimed to educate the campus and community about ongoing research on the topic of climate change, including the issues of human influence on climate and global warming. https://www.csuci.edu/news/releases/2010_CI_to_Present_Symposium_on_Climate_Change.htm In 2018, the Environmental Science and Resource Management program presented a spring speaker series entitled " Citizenship on Earth: Making Positive Change for our Planet". The series featured a variety of speakers who covered topics including coastal conservation, environmental justice, and policy and political action. https://www.csuci.edu/news/releases/documents/coe-2018-flyer.pdf

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:
In November 2018, CSUCI exhibited an art show that was a journey through time, space and color called “Vista,” a group show from the three UCSB MFA graduates: Lucy Holtsnider; Jimmy Miracle and Carlos Ochoa. Holtsnider used handmade paper and collage to create abstract prints and compositions similar to geologic layers or topographic maps. “Since these collages are abstract, they don't refer to a single place or natural phenomena, but rather a composite of places I've seen and experienced,” Holtsnider said. “My awareness of the ecological damage being wrought by climate change is always at the back of my mind, and often leads to my collages having a somewhat grave or solemn resonance.” https://www.csuci.edu/news/releases/2018-november-art-exhibits.htm In March 2019, CSUCI exhibited "The F Word" featuring artists Kayla Mattes and Elisa Ortega. Ortega and Mattes both tackle contemporary issues about power structures, politics and consumerism using an art medium traditionally associated with women – fiber and fabric. Ortega’s fiber sculptures are largely made from discarded fiber as she explores her experience as a woman living in the U.S. while maintaining her Spanish identity. She also is illustrating her objection to over-consumption and her commitment to environmental sustainability. Mattes works in handwoven tapestries and sculpture to analyze our political climate using texture, color, symbols and graphics — plus a healthy dose of irony. https://www.csuci.edu/news/releases/2019-spring-napa-shows.htm In October 2019 the Environmental Science and Resource Management program hosted a performance of "Man Cave: A One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy" by Tim Mooney. Swinging between urgency and irony, the existential comedy of "Man Cave" finds the last man on earth broadcasting advice to whatever Klingons or Vulcans may still be out there listening. Integrating science, economics, politics, ethics, psychology, history and religion, this performance considers the collective action necessary to escape the looming existential void. https://www.csuci.edu/news/releases/esrm-mancave-tragicomedy.htm

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
The Outdoor Adventure (OA) program provides students with experiences that promote personal growth, experiential learning, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. OA 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.

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
During Earth Week 2019, students hosted a craft table for two days where other students could plant their own herbs and learn about the beneficial properties of various herbs. Additionally, Dining Services regularly hosts cooking demonstrations to teach students how to make affordable, healthy meals. CI's sustainability office also offers bookmarks and digital screens that highlight easy "sustainable swaps" for everyday items, such as reusable bottles, zero waste hygiene products, and reusable food containers.

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
CSUCI offers one Sustainability Student Assistant position in Facilities Services. This student employee works directly with the Sustainability and Energy Manager to integrate and advance sustainability throughout campus operations.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

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