Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.65
Liaison Jillian Buckholz
Submission Date April 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, East Bay
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Jillian Buckholz
Director of Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Associated Students Sustainability Committee, SustainEastBay Club, Solar Club, Earth & Environmental Sciences Club, Sustainability Office Assessment Program (SOAP) Crew


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
No

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
No

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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

The Beyond the Chalk Guest Lecture Series sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Student Center, is rooted in educating the Cal State East Bay community on issues of social justice and activism. The yearlong series reflects the diverse student body of Cal State East Bay, promotes social consciousness, and a deeper understanding of the complex issues in our society as they relate to marginalized communities.

Each Spring, a speaker is brought to campus as the Earth Week Keynote Speaker. This topic for each Earth Week Keynote speaker is sustainability - whether that pertains to one or more environmental, social justice, or economic issues


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
No

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:
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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

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

All freshman at Cal State East Bay participate in first year learning communities, a program which allows freshmen to select a subject area of clustered courses and take these courses with other students who are interested in that subject. Themes for clusters include Earth Crisis, Energy and the Environment, Thinking Globally, and Viewing Diversity.


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

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

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Cal State East Bay offers an annual, paid internship program for students. The Sustainability Ambassador (SA) program hires students in the Spring Semester for the following academic year. The hiring process is competitive and based on an application process and in-person interview. Successful candidates are hired in 5 areas: Assessment & Analytics, Zero Waste, Marketing/Events/Communication, Sustainability Office Assessment Program (SOAP), and SustainEastBay student club. SAs may work up to 20 hours a week and participate in weekly staff and team meetings. Professional development trainings are incorporated into the program in addition to regular projects created and/or continued by the SAs.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student government representing all students living on-campus. RHA is structured around the importance of providing student representation and input in the decisions that affect residents. It is also the umbrella organization for the Area Councils - the student governments in each building. RHA coordinates events, advocates for residents, and holds regular assembly meetings and occasional town halls both of which are open to all residents. One area of focus by RHA is HOPE, Helping Our Planet Earth, which focuses on education and engagement related to sustainability in the residence halls.


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