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

STARS v2.2

California State University, Fullerton
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Stephanie Del Rosario
Sustainability Analyst
Physical Plant
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
CSUF Sustainability

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:

Cal State Fullerton has a long history in the area of sustainability, in the areas of both operations and academics. CSUF also has an impressive track record in community outreach and engagement through internships, service learning, and through the Fullerton Arboretum. In terms of Cal State Fullerton’s efforts, many campus entities collaborate extensively:
1) CPFM Office of Sustainability
2) Center for Sustainability
3) Fullerton Arboretum
4) Parking and Transportation Services
5) Student Organizations
In particular, CSUF has developed programs in the areas of sustainability that that closely align with the University 2018-23 Strategic Plan. Some highlights of these efforts include initiatives in food and environmental justice, such as: The Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) Project, Center for Sustainability, Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation, and Project Rebound.

CPFM Office of Sustainability continues to promote carbon neutrality and the efficient preservation of resources through various initiatives. Recent sustainable projects include: additional 500 kw renewable energy, Eastside Parking Structure 2, green building projects, upgrading to MERV 13 filters, Club Car Sustainability Vehicle, Public Surplus, Bigbelly receptacles, electrification of the campus fleet, sustainable transportation programs, additional water refill stations, pilot Sustainability Literacy Survey, and expansion of the tree canopy.

In addition, during the COVID1-19 pandemic, Facilities took a comprehensive approach to improve conditions for return to campus. This included installation of sanitation stations and signage and plexiglass barriers at service counters and other locations. Regarding actions for ventilation of campus buildings, Facilities Operations reviewed all campus building HVAC system equipment and Engineering Controls made repairs/replacements along with routine preventative maintenance to maintain HVAC systems. Facilities installed the highest level of filtration efficiency compatible with the existing ventilation system, and implement the use of portable or mounted High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration units, or other air cleaning systems.

Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Coordination & Planning

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STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
OP-4, PA-1, PA-2

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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
CSUF Renewable Energy

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:

Cal State Fullerton has a 20 year plus history of instituting efficient and sustainable practices. The campus installed its first 1-MW solar system in 2012. An additional 4-MW solar power system was implemented atop the Eastside Parking Structure, Clayes Performing Arts Center, and Kinesiology & Health Sciences building. Canopy systems are also in place on top of the Nutwood and State College parking structures as well as the Titan Hall parking lot. This allows the campus to generate 17% of its energy from a clean, renewable energy source. The campus regularly upgrades its lighting efficiency, installs low-flow fixtures and irrigation meters, constructs LEED certified buildings, operates a tri-generation plant, and follows a sustainable landscape plan in response to California's drought.

In Fall 2020, CSUF completed the Eastside 2 Parking Structure project to improve East Campus Drive by building a six-story, 1,900 space parking structure. The structure features a 500 kW solar canopy, energy-efficient LED lighting, elevators and a staircase.

With the cost competitive solar power generated by the SunPower systems, the university can control electricity costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Air & Climate

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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
Cal State Fullerton Receives Prestigious Seal of Excelencia

A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:

Cal State Fullerton ranks No. 1 in the state and No. 3 in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented students, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100 Degree Producers” list, published in October 2021. https://news.fullerton.edu/2021/11/university-ranks-no-1-in-california-no-3-in-u-s-for-degrees-to-underrepresented-students/?utm_source=titans-today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=story-promotion

Underrepresented students at CSUF are overwhelmingly Latinx (95%). In fact, of the university’s overall student body of more than 41,000, 47.3% identify as Latinx.

Perhaps not surprisingly then, CSUF ranks No. 3 in the U.S. on Diverse magazine’s list for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics as well.

Hispanic Outlook on Education’s 2021 “Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics” list — also published in October — came to the same conclusion. CSUF captured their No. 3 spot nationally for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, up one spot from 2020.

CSUF, a U.S. Department of Education-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution recently recognized with the Seal of Excelencia for its work in advancing Latinx student success, ranks No. 19 in the nation for overall Hispanic enrollment among four-year schools. https://www.edexcelencia.org/seal/2021-seal-excelencia

Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Coordination & Planning
Diversity & Affordability

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STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):

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