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
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.75 / 4.00 Michael Lotito
Associate Director of Plant Operations
Physical Plant
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan builds on successes from the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan and creates an ambitious roadmap for addressing our most compelling opportunities and enhancing our most successful endeavors.

The Mission of California State University, Fullerton is to enrich the lives of students and inspire them to thrive in a global environment. We cultivate lifelong habits of scholarly inquiry, critical and creative thinking, dynamic inclusivity, and social responsibility. Rooted in the strength of our diversity and immersive experiences, we embolden Titans to become intellectual, community, and economic leaders who shape the future.

This plan recognizes the need for students to understand the global sustainability challenges and be prepared to deal with issues such as social justice challenges, community service opportunities, cultural proficiency, equity-minded practices, and the ability to address the needs of a diverse global society.

Goal 1: Our Commitment to a Transformational Titan Experience
Goal 2: Our Commitment to Student Success and Completion
Goal 3: Our Commitment to Faculty and Staff Diversity and Success
Goal 4: Our Commitment to Our Learning Environment and Legacy

Each goal explains the objectives and strategies for achieving each goal.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

The first ever CSUF Academic Master Plan was signed on December 5, 2016. Some examples of the plan's goals that have objectives related to sustainability are:

GOAL 1 - Offer a comprehensive, dynamic, and outcome-driven curriculum that prepares students for success in academic, personal, and professional lives and for engagement with local and global communities.

GOAL 7 - Develop plans for future growth and sustainability of physical, financial, human and information technology resources


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Objectives from the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan
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Goal 1
•Ensure all undergraduate students participate in at least three high-impact curricular or co-curricular experiences.
•Support and implement models that build increased cultural competencies.

Strategies for these Objectives
Develop and expand inter/multi-disciplinary curricular programs.

Scale and institutionalize culturally responsive curricular/co-curricular High Impact Practices (HIPs).

Enhance global competencies through increased access to and participation in immersive learning experiences, including those focused on internationalization and home and study abroad.

Objectives from the Academic Master Plan
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Goal 1:
Offer a comprehensive, dynamic, and outcome driven curriculum that prepares students for success in academic, personal, and professional lives and for engagement with local and global communities.

Objectives:
Provide a liberal arts curriculum that lays a foundation for a fulfilling life with a broad general education base, interdisciplinary opportunity, and specialized majors that encourage free expression and together require critical thinking, problem solving and analytic skills, effective written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, cultural competency, global awareness, and professional preparation.

From the 2014 CSU Sustainabilty Policy Goals:

University Sustainability
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1. The CSU will seek to further integrate sustainability into the academic curriculum working within the normal campus consultative process.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Goals

Climate Action Plan with Objectives
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1. The CSU will strive to reduce systemwide facility greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels, or below, by 2020 consistent with AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (HSC §38550). Emissions will include both state and auxiliary organization purchases of electricity and natural gas; fleet, marine vessel usage; and other emissions the university or self-support entity has direct control over. The Chancellor’s Office staff will provide the baseline 1990 facility emission levels (for purchased electricity and natural gas)
for the campuses that existed at that time and assist campuses added to the CSU after 1990 to determine their appropriate baseline.

2. The CSU will strive to reduce facility GHG emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2040. Campus tracking and reporting of their GHG inventory will be grounded in the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment guidelines or equivalent, with consideration to campus requested improvements. Metrics will include GHG emissions per FTE.

3. The CSU will encourage and promote the use of alternative transportation and/or alternative fuels to reduce GHG emissions related to university associated transportation, including commuter and business travel.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Goals

Sustainable Building Practices with Objectives
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The CSU shall design and build all new buildings and major renovations to meet or exceed the minimum requirements equivalent to LEED "Silver."


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Goals

Energy Independence & Procurement
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1. The CSU shall pursue energy procurement and production to reduce energy capacity requirements from fossil fuels, and promote energy independence using available economically feasible technology for on-site and/or renewable generation. The CSU shall endeavor to increase its self-generated energy capacity from 44 to 80 megawatts (MW) by 2020.

2. The CSU will endeavor to exceed the State of California and California Public Utilities Commission Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) sooner than the established goal of procuring 33 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020.

Energy Conservation and Utility Management
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1. All CSU buildings and facilities, regardless of the source of funding for their operation, will be operated in the most energy efficient manner without endangering public health and safety and without diminishing the quality of education and the academic program.

2. All CSU campuses will continue to identify energy efficiency improvement measures to the greatest extent possible, undertake steps to seek funding for their implementation and, upon securing available funds, expeditiously implement the measures.

3. The CSU will cooperate with federal, state, and local governments and other appropriate organizations in accomplishing energy conservation and utilities management objectives throughout the state; and inform students, faculty, staff and the general public of the need for and methods of energy conservation and utilities management.

4. Each CSU campus will designate an energy/utilities manager with the responsibility and the authority for carrying out energy conservation and utilities management programs. The Chancellor’s Office will have the responsibility to coordinate the individual campus programs into a systemwide program.

5. The CSU will monitor monthly energy and utility usage on all campuses and the
Chancellor’s Office, and will prepare a systemwide annual report on energy utilization and greenhouse gas emissions. The Chancellor’s Office will maintain a systemwide energy database in which monthly campus data will be compiled to produce systemwide energy reporting. Campuses will provide the Chancellor’s Office the necessary energy and utility data, such as electricity and natural gas consumption; water and sewer usage; fuel consumed by fleet vehicles, boats, and ships; waste disposal for the systemwide database in a timely manner.

6. Each CSU campus is encouraged to develop and maintain a campuswide integrated strategic energy resource plan, which will include tactical recommendations in the areas of new construction, deferred maintenance, facility renewal, energy projects, water conservation, solid waste management, and an energy management plan. This plan will guide the overall energy program at each campus.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Goals

Sustainable Food Service
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1. All campus food service organizations should track their sustainable food purchases. Such tracking and reporting will be grounded in the Real Food Challenge guidelines, or equivalent, with consideration to campus requested improvements. Campuses shall strive to increase their sustainable food purchases to 20 percent of total food budget by 2020.

2. Campuses and food service organizations shall collaborate to provide information and/or training on sustainable food service operations to staff and patrons.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Objectives from the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan
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Goal 4: Expand and strengthen our financial and physical capacity.

Objectives:

•Complete the creation of a comprehensive campus physical master plan that provides the framework for future development of the campus physical environment as of 2020.

•Complete the final draft of the Campus Master Plan in February 2020 for approval and adoption by June 30, 2020.

The campus master plan is critical to adding more sustainable aspects to the campus grounds and infrastructure. Attached below is one of the displays from campus forum on the master plan. The sustainability objectives include:

GHG Emissions--Reduce GHG emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80% by 2040.

Trees along 60% of the street need to provide shade over 40% of the sidewalk to enhance pedestrian circulation.

To do this, the campus will need to building Net Zero Energy buildings, eliminate fossil fuels, add more solar PV, convert to all electric buildings and purchase clean energy. Also included is developing a minor in Sustainability, adding green feature signage and adding other building certifications, such as WELL and Living Building Challenge Petal Certification.

The link below shows all of the sustainability objectives for the campus master plan on pages 19-25.

https://masterplan.fullerton.edu/files/ForumBoards2.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Goals

Sustainable Procurement
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1. Campuses will promote use of suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices in the provision of goods or services to the CSU under contract. This may include additional evaluation points in solicitation evaluations for suppliers integrating sustainable practices.

2. To move to zero waste, campus practices should: (1) encourage use of products that minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; (2) participate in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increase recycled content purchases in all BuyRecycled program product categories.

3. Campuses shall continue to report on all recycled content product categories, consistent with PCC § 12153-12217 and shall implement improved tracking and reporting procedures for their recycled content purchases.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Goals

Waste Management
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1. Campuses shall seek to reduce the solid waste disposal rate by 50 percent (PRC § 42921) by 2016, by 80 percent by 2020, and move to zero waste.

2. The CSU will encourage the reduction of hazardous waste to the extent possible while supporting the academic program.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Goals

Water Conservation
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1. All CSU campuses will pursue water resource conservation to reduce water consumption by 10 percent by 2016, and 20 percent by 2020 including such steps to develop sustainable landscaping, install controls to optimize irrigation water use, reduce water usage in restrooms and showers, and promote the use of reclaimed/recycled water. In the event of a declaration of drought, the CSU will cooperate with the state, city, and county governments to the greatest extent possible to reduce water use.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Objectives from the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan
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Goal 1: Provide a transformative educational experience and environment for all students.

Objective:

•Support and implement models that build increased cultural competencies.

Strategy:

Enhance strategic enrollment management to increase outreach to underrepresented student populations.

Goal 2: Strengthen opportunities for student completion and graduation.

Objective:

•Eliminate equity gaps (underrepresented/non-underrepresented, Pell/non-Pell) for first-time, full-time freshmen.

Strategy

Increase interventions to support retention efforts, including focus on equity and opportunity gaps.

Goal 3: Recruit and retain high-quality and diverse faculty and staff.

Objectives:

•Increase the number of tenured or tenure-track faculty, with concentrated attention to those from historically underrepresented groups, and report annually.
•Increase the number of full-time staff with concentrated attention to historically underrepresented groups and report annually.

Strategies:

Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all assessment and annual goals for divisions, colleges, departments, and programs.

Develop, support, and promote an inclusive campus culture for the professional success of historically underrepresented staff and faculty.

Objectives from the Academic Master Plan:

Goal 5: Recruit and retain diverse faculty who are experts in their discipline, while also possessing a broader perspective, and who provide high quality and diverse learning opportunities for CSUF’s evolving/diverse student body, and recruit and retain the diverse staff essential to this mission.

Objective:

Maintain concerted efforts to improve the campus-wide tenure density with the aspiration to be at or above the CSU average tenure density level, and regularly re- assess faculty tenure-density as it relates to the University’s access mission and our institutional capacity for teaching, scholarship, and service.

Continue to build a culture of inclusivity and identify additional strategies to strengthen retention.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Objectives from the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan
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Goal 1: Provide a transformative educational experience and environment for all students.

Objective:

•Develop and implement a model of comprehensive student health and well-being support services

Strategy:

Create, enhance, and communicate programs and policies to narrow gaps in basic student health and well-being.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

From the CSU Sustainability Policy:

The policy “aims to not only reduce the university’s impact on the environment and educate our students, faculty, and staff on sustainable practices, but also to incorporate sustainability principles and climate science in our educational offerings” (CA State University Sustainability Policy Proposal, page 1).

The policy summarizes goals and intent in the first four numbered points, subtitled “University Sustainability”:

1. The CSU will seek to further integrate sustainability into the academic curriculum working within the normal campus consultative process.
2. The CSU will develop employee and student workforce skills in the green jobs industry, promote the development of sustainable products and services, and foster economic development.

3. The CSU will pursue sustainable practices in all areas of the university, including:
a. Business operations such as procurement; information technology; student
service; food services; facilities operations; design and construction; and
b. Self-funded entities such as student housing, student unions, parking,
children’s centers, and auxiliary operations.

4. Each CSU is encouraged to designate a sustainability officer responsible for carrying out and/or coordinating campus sustainability program efforts.

The policy goes on to call out objectives in the following subject areas: Climate Action Plan, Energy Independence and Procurement, Energy Conservation and Utility Management, Water Conservation, Waste Management, Sustainable Procurement, Sustainable Food Service, Sustainable Building Practices, and Physical Plant Management.


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

Sustainability consists of three elements:

Our natural world, the environment and natural resources - The endowment of renewable and non-renewable resources is critical to sustaining life on the planet.

The community and social structures - Respect for the cultures and social values that exist around the world is a fundamental dimension of sustainability.

Economic systems - These systems produce the goods and services necessary for survival and must be included when considering the full dimension of sustainability and sustainable development.

Sustainable solutions must include all of these dimensions.

Consideration of the future is also a key element of sustainability. The basic idea behind sustainability is that the current generation can meet its needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs (Brundtland Report, 1987). There are other considerations depending on the perspective of the person defining the term. For example, economists will include an element that addresses the efficient allocation of scarce resources with inter-generational considerations while an ecologist would frame the discussion in terms of temporal ecosystem functions, biodiversity, or resiliency. Regardless of the discipline, all decisions made around the world today should consider how to implement sustainability in practice.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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