Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.39
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date July 6, 2017
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Long Beach
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Holli Fajack
Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Planning and Facilities Management
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The university's Sustainability Task Force (STF) was established in 2011 to implement the actions and programs necessary to meet the Second Nature Carbon Commitment (then known as the ACUPCC). While the Climate Commitment has remained a central focus, the mission of the STF has evolved over time to include a broader range of issues. As a result, several Subcommittees and Working Groups have formed to tackle specific areas of focus, including:

- Zero Waste Working Group - focuses on increasing waste diversion and developing a Zero Waste Plan and program in collaboration with auxiliary partners.
- Water Conservation & Efficiency Working Group - focuses on identifying, researching, and implementing water conservation programs and strategies, including assisting with the update of the Water Action Plan.
- Clean Energy Working Group - focuses on identifying strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to energy, including assisting with the development of a Clean Energy Master Plan.
- Communications & Engagement Working Group - focuses on raising awareness about campus sustainability efforts and programs and building the CSULB Sustainability "brand."
- Sustainable Transportation Working Group - focuses on identifying and implementing programs and policies that will promote a shift toward more sustainable transportation modes and ultimately a reduction in the university's transportation related greenhouse gas emissions.
- Sustainability Curriculum Working Group - focuses on evaluating current courses that incorporate sustainability concepts and identifying strategies for increasing sustainability course offerings.
- Research Support Working Group - focuses on identifying faculty research, scholarly, and creative activities related to sustainability.
- Sustainable Procurement Working Group - focuses on researching best practices in sustainable procurement and developing sustainable procurement policies for CSULB.
- Resilience Working Group - focuses on creating connections with the City of Long Beach and the wider community to begin the process of fulfilling the deliverables for the Resilience Commitment.

In addition to these Working Groups which report to the STF, Associated Students, Inc. also has an ad hoc sustainability committee called Sustain U. Sustain U focuses on creating an awareness of sustainability throughout the Associated Students Inc. (ASI), the University Student Union (USU), and the University as a whole.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Sustainability Task Force Membership
- Vice President, Division of Administration and Finance (serves as Co-Chair)(staff)
- 6 Faculty representatives (one of which serves as Co-Chair)(faculty)
- Vice President, Student Services or designee (staff)
- Vice President, University Relations and Development or designee (staff)
- Associate Vice President, Academic Technology/Information Technology or designee (staff)
- Associate Vice President, Research and External Support or designee (staff)
- Associate Vice President, Physical Planning and Facilities Management (staff)
- Director, Parking and Transportation Services (staff)
- Director, Housing and Residential Life (staff)
- Director, Procurement (staff)
- General Manager, 49er Shops or designee (staff)
- Associate Executive Director, CSULB Foundation or designee (staff)
- Associate Executive Director, Associated Students, Inc or designee (staff)
- Associated Students, Inc President or designee (student)


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The sustainability office is located and operates under the office of Physical Planning and Facilities Management. Between the Planning and Sustainability Programs there are five full-time staff and (up to) four Student Assistants. The Office also works in collaboration with several faculty members who hold official leadership positions aimed at advancing campus sustainability programs and initiatives.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Holli Fajack, Sustainability Coordinator & Sylvia Palomera, Sustainability Program Assistant

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

After several years of work and collaboration, CSULB adopted its Climate Action Plan in December 2014. Since meeting this key deliverable of the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, the university, led by the Office of Planning & Sustainability and Sustainability Task Force, has completed a second comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory, created and launched a website and other communications platforms, completed assessments of sustainability course offerings and sustainability-focused faculty research, coordinated a Zero Waste pilot program, and become a charter signatory to the Second Nature Resilience Commitment.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Program Assistant

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Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Resilience Commitment Coordinator

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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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