Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.84
Liaison Stephanie Del Rosario
Submission Date May 26, 2022

STARS v2.2

California State University, Fullerton
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Miguel Macias
Education Program Manager
Fullerton Arboretum
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Yes
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) ---
Bee Campus USA ---
Demeter Biodynamic ---
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard ---
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard ---
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program ---
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM ---
Salmon-Safe ---
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) ---
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) No
An equivalent program approved by AASHE ---

A brief description of the institution’s third party certified land holdings:

The Fullerton Arboretum is a 26-acre botanical garden with a collection of plants from around the world, located on the northeast corner of the California State University, Fullerton campus in Fullerton, California, in the United States. It is the largest botanical garden in Orange County, with a collection of over 4,000 unique plant species. The garden provides a learning space for students at California State University, Fullerton, and schools from Orange and Los Angeles counties, as well as a recreation space for the community, and is a tourism destination.

Fullerton Arboretum is one of only 21 in the world to be awarded a level IV ArbNet Accreditation for its plant collection and educational value.

The Arboretum’s garden paths wander through four major collections: Cultivated, Woodlands, Mediterranean, and Desert Collections. Highlights include Southern California native vegetation, Rare Fruit Grove, historic Citrus and Avocados, Channel Islands Garden, an extensive Cycad Collection, Conifer Collection, Palm Grove, Subtropical Collection, Community Gardens, and a Children’s Garden.

In addition to the gardens, the Arboretum is home to The Heritage House, an Eastlake Victorian-style structure, built in 1894 that showcases the family life and medical practice of the 1890s. The garden is also home to The Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum, which highlights the region’s agricultural history as well as the contributions of the local Japanese American community and other pioneering farmers.


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