Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.42
Liaison Janet Purchase
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Fullerton
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tony Pang
Interim Director, Student Life
Student 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:

American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

As members of the California State University, Fullerton Student Section of the Orange County ASSP, our mission is to promote professional development of members and students through advanced education, training, social service and networking events with professionals of Environmental Health and Safety related fields.

Fresh Air Advocates

CSUF has been a smoke-free campus since August 1, 2013. We are students who work together to use peer enforcement to promote our smoke/vapor-free policy.

https://www.facebook.com/FreshAirAdvocates/

Herbivore Club

We are an open club for anyone who wants to learn more about a variety of topics that intersect with animals rights and the vegan lifestyle. We strive to teach others about this lifestyle through tabling, potlucks, movie events and food sampling. If you are interested in learning about animal rights, health and the environment come join us!

https://dailytitan.com/2018/03/csuf-herbivore-club-megan-russell/

The Environmental Sustainability Commission, ASI, Inc. shall be responsible for raising awareness of environmental and sustainability issues on campus, developing events and programs, advocating for the inclusion of sustainability best practices within the context of ASI’s operations and corporate responsibility, and serving as a liaison between interested student groups and ASI.

https://asi.fullerton.edu/student-government


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The Fullerton Arboretum has an organic farm and orchard where students can gain farming/ gardening experience. The farm is approximately a quarter of an acre. Arboretum staff cultivates seasonal vegetables and herbs on the farm year round.

An organic orchard is also cultivated with over 200 fruit trees. This property is operated by the non-profit organization Friends of the Arboretum in a City-University-Organization collaboration effort, and provides a living laboratory for students, faculty, staff, and the public. This property features approximately 10 unique areas of plant collections, plant propagation and ecological educational facilities, plant sales, and local agriculture. As a non-profit, the Fullerton Arboretum offers many student volunteer opportunities and educational tours of the facility.

The Arboretum provides our visitors the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through collections that preserve and promote stewardship of worldwide plant diversity and regional agricultural heritage. Serve faculty, students and the broader community through education and scholarly activities.

U-Acre: U-ACRE, The Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) program at California State University Fullerton provides: hands-on community-based research experience for undergraduates; community outreach in areas of urban agriculture, and food security; a replicable model of urban agriculture as a tool to increase food security; knowledge and skill sets for jobs and careers in STEM and NIFA-related fields. Community-based research foci include: implementing and evaluating sustainable urban agriculture projects to increase community food security and influence dietary patterns of children; understanding food choices and dietary intake through childhood and in the context of food insecurity; understanding how agriculture can be integrated into the urban ecosystem leading to sustainable practices, conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.

The structure of the program begins with a 5-week intensive trans-disciplinary program of study during the summer session, followed by junior year community-based research experience working with a U-ACRE faculty mentor on an established research project, and culminates in a year of analysis and senior thesis.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

N/A


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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?:
Yes

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

The Environmental Sustainability Commission of Cal State Fullerton's Associated Students Inc. has sustainable microfinance initiatives where students are provided with an annual budget. They are responsible for allocating these green revolving funds to pay for programs, promotions, and events that pertain to educating the student body about sustainability.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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:

Earth Week
Cal State Fullerton's Center for Sustainability present CSUF's Earth Week annually. This is a collaborative effort that includes student organizations, faculty, staff, and a number of university divisions and departments. Participants in Earth Week events include educational institutions, NGOs, government agencies, and businesses, all bringing their perspectives on sustainability to campus to encourage the campus community as well as the greater community to live a sustainable life.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

During Arts Week 2018, on Tuesday, April 10, Sigma Alpha Iota hosted a Grow Your Knowledge event where students were invited to answer questions about music, arts, and environmental issues for a chance to win seeds to plant or have Sigma Alpha Iota plant for you.

‘Reclaiming Landscapes’ at CSUF transforms junk into an artistic representation of consumerism. Piles of worn clothing items arranged in a vivid spectrum of color carefully settle along the walls of the Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery at CSUF, resembling the rich sedimentary layers of Earth. The striking display of discarded belongings is intended to unearth the harsh realities that lie buried beneath landscapes.

https://dailytitan.com/2018/04/reclaiming-landscapes-csuf-transforms-junk-artistic-representation-consumerism/


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Adventure Club

The purpose of the club is to create a social platform for students of California State University Fullerton who are interested in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, etc. This club aims to help like-minded students with passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors find others with similar interests. It will also encourage students to explore the beautiful nature of California and to preserve the public lands we utilize. This club follows the "Leave No Trace" principle in all of their activities.

The CSUF Geography Club is an interactive organization that facilitates outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, service and policy advocacy opportunities, social events and an all around great time. We also hold an annual All Points of the Compass symposium which allows our students, faculty and professionals alike to share their personal and academic research. There is no need to be a Geography major to join the club and there are no fees.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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:

The Environmental Sustainability Commission of ASI chooses a theme each semester. The theme sets a base for meetings and events, which are related to sustainability and aim to educate and involve the campus community. In Spring 2018, their theme was "Oceans". They focused on plastic/trash pollution, over-fishing, consumer consciousness, nutrient pollution, climate change and its effects on ocean-life, and conservation and restoration practices.


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

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

N/A


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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:

Capital Programs and Facilities Management

This department recruits and employs students to learn about and work on various sustainability-focused projects for the campus. Projects include the STARS data collection and development of the campus report, the utilities enterprise data collection and analysis, sustainable waste management program support and auditing, and other various campus wide audits. For more information, please visit: http://fullerton.edu/sustainability/discover/

Center for Sustainability

The Center for Sustainability was established at CSUF in 2009 and is a campus focal point for sustainability-centered activities. These include facilitating the development and inclusion of sustainability-centered topics in the university's curriculum, supporting external grant-getting by faculty members and other members of the university community, encouraging interaction among faculty members from different disciplines, reaching out to members of the greater community interested in sustainability, providing leadership in efforts to make the campus more sustainable, and coordinating sustainability-related activities on campus. Typically, student internships in sustainability are available and recruited for on an academic year basis.


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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

A brief description of the graduation pledges:

N/A


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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

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

N/A


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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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