Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.39
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date July 6, 2017
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California State University, Long Beach
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.50 / 4.00 Holli Fajack
Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Planning and Facilities Management
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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:

From the Strategic Goals and Priorities 2016-2019 Document:
CSULB aims for increasing excellence with six strategic priorities: Student Success, Academic Quality, Service Excellence, Campus Life, Sustainable Environment, and Public Good.

Sustainable Environment: CSULB’s distinctly beautiful campus provides an excellent environment for student learning and is much admired by visitors. As the campus Physical Master Plan is implemented in the coming decade, the university, guided by the Sustainability Task Force, aims to improve sustainability, update and expand the infrastructure, promote environmentally responsible behavior, and preserve campus beauty


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

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

A copy of the climate action plan:
The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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):

Water Action Plan - http://www.csulb.edu/sites/default/files/csulb_water_action_plan_2014.pdf

Strategic Energy Plan - http://www.csulb.edu/sites/default/files/groups/sustainability/csulb_strategic_energy_plan.pdf

Landscape Master Plan - https://issuu.com/ppfm-admin/docs/landscape_master_plan

CSU Sustainability Policy- http:/www.calstate.edu/cpdc/sustainability/policies-reports/documents/JointMeeting-CPBG-ED.pdf

Faculty & Staff Diversity Plan - https://web.csulb.edu/depts/oed/policies/faculty-staff-diversity-plan.html


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:

Goals outlined in CSULB Climate Action Plan:

- Inventory existing courses concerning sustainability and climate change
- Inventory faculty who teach courses
- Encourage development of new sustainability and climate related courses
- Inform students about the availability of these courses
- Explore approaches to structuring sustainability curriculum

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

The CSU will seek to further integrate sustainability into the academic curriculum working within the normal campus consultative process.
Required Metrics:
- Provide the number of sustainability- focused degree programs.
- Provide the number of sustainability-focused courses offered.
- Please list any courses or projects developed as part of the Campus as a Living Lab program.
- List any sustainability-related academic institutes at this campus.
Optional Metrics:
- Does the campus offer a SAGE/Sustainable City Year program or similar sustainability-related community partnership (Y/N)? If so, please describe.
- Please describe any other sustainability-focused academic programs or initiatives offered by the campus (Sustainability GE pathway, etc.).


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

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

Goals outlined in CSULB Climate Action Plan:
- Inventory faculty sustainability and climate related research
- Explore grant opportunities and other incentives to encourage faculty to initiate new sustainability-related research, in particular those which broadened our understanding of climate change and assist us in achieving climate neutrality

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

The CSU will seek to further integrate sustainability into the academic curriculum working within the normal campus consultative process.
Required Metrics:

- Provide the number of faculty conducting research related to sustainability.
- Please indicate the number of academic departments conducting research related to sustainability.
- List any sustainability-related academic institutes at this campus.


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

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

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

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.

Required Metrics:
1. Does the campus offer sustainability-related student internship opportunities (either paid or for credit) (Y/N)? If so, please describe, and provide the number of participating students.
2. Does the campus offer continuing education courses that address sustainability and/or a sustainability-themed certificate program (Y/N)? If so, please describe.
3. Does the campus have an institute or research center in a relevant area that provides instruction or training to students, employee, and/or the community, or focus on the research, demonstration, or deployment of sustainable products or services (Y/N)? If so, please describe.
4. Does the campus offer sustainability-related training or professional development opportunities to staff (Y/N)? If so, please describe and provide the number of staff participating, if known.
Optional Metrics:
5. Does the campus hold Green Jobs networking events, a Career Fair featuring green companies, or similar events (Y/N)? If so, please describe.
6. Does the university offer an ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program for students?
7. Please describe any other relevant campus initiatives or programs related to this policy goal toward the goal of climate neutrality.


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:

N/A


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:

The CSULB Climate Action Plan establishes our goal to mitigate our greenhouse gas emissions from scopes 1, 2 and 3 in order to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2030.

The CSU has established the following system wide goals in the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy:

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.


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:

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

1. All future CSU new construction, remodeling, renovation, and repair projects will be
designed with consideration of optimum energy utilization, low life cycle operating costs,
compliance with all applicable energy codes (enhanced Title 24 energy codes) and
regulations. In the areas of specialized construction that are not regulated through the current
energy codes, such as historical buildings, museums, and auditoriums, the CSU will ensure
that these facilities are designed to consider energy efficiency. Energy efficient and
sustainable design features in the project plans and specifications will be considered in
balance with the academic program needs of the project within the available project budget.

2. Capital Planning, Design and Construction in the Chancellor’s Office shall monitor building
sustainability/energy performance and maintain information on design best practices to
support the energy efficiency goals and guidelines of this policy. The sustainability
performance shall be based on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
principles with consideration to the physical diversity and microclimates within the CSU.

3. The CSU shall design and build all new buildings and major renovations to meet or exceed
the minimum requirements equivalent to LEED “Silver.” Each campus shall strive to achieve
a higher standard equivalent to LEED “Gold” or “Platinum” within project budget
constraints. Each campus may pursue external certification through the LEED process.


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 CSULB Climate Action Plan:

CSULB's overall strategy to reduce energy-related GHG emissions will involve eliminating energy waste, improving the efficiency of all energy consuming systems, incorporating net zero energy measures in all new construction, and transitioning to alternative renewable sources of energy as we phase out the use of fossil fuel based energy sources.

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

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 system wide program.

5. The CSU will monitor monthly energy and utility usage on all campuses and the
Chancellor’s Office, and will prepare a system wide annual report on energy utilization and greenhouse gas emissions. The Chancellor’s Office will maintain a system wide energy database in which monthly campus data will be compiled to produce system wide 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 system wide database in a timely manner.

6. Each CSU campus is encouraged to develop and maintain a campus wide 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:

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

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:

The CSULB Landscape Master Plan outlines the following initiatives related to sustainability and water conservation:

- Add site specific and drought tolerant plants to the campus plant palette
- Implement sustainable approaches to water usage, storm water filtration, and improving the urban forest


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:

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:
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 Buy Recycled 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?:
Yes

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

The CSULB Landscape Master Plan outlines the following initiatives related to sustainable transportation:

- Improve and enhance pedestrian promenades within parking areas to facilitate a safe campus
- Provide a central campus open space and pedestrian axis
- Improve pedestrian circulation
- Improve bicycle circulation and infrastructure

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

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.
Required Metrics:
1. Does the campus conduct a commuter survey of students to analyze mode share (Y/N)? If so, please provide the most recent survey results.
2. Does the campus conduct a commuter survey of employees to analyze mode share or otherwise report on employee commutes (as may be required by an Air Quality Management District or other entitity) (Y/N)? If so, please provide most current report.
3. Has the campus completed a Scope 3 GHG Emissions inventory (Y/N)? If so, please attach or provide a link to the results. If the campus is currently in the process of developing this inventory, please provide an anticipated completion date.
4. Does the campus have any programs or initiatives to reduce GHG emissions from campus fleet vehicles, including switching to low-carbon fuels (Y/N)? If so, please describe.
5. Annual fleet inventory and vehicle utilization data by campus.
6. Please provide the total number of vehicle parking spaces available on the campus, including both structure and surface parking.
7. Please provide the total number and type of parking permits sold by semester or quarter, from academic year 2014/15 to current.
8. Does the campus offer preferred parking or discounted parking passes for electric vehicles, other ZEVs, or carpools (Y/N)? If so, please explain.
9. Does the campus have a free or subsidized transit pass program for students and/or employees (Y/N)? If so, please describe.
10. Please provide the total number of bicycle parking spaces available on campus.
11. Does the campus have any other programs to reduce the single occupancy vehicle commuting rate for students and/or employees, such as car share or bicycle sharing programs (Y/N)? If so, please describe.
Optional metrics:
12. Please provide the number and type of electric vehicle charging or other alternative fuel stations available on the campus. Please note the level of access for these fueling stations (publicly accessible, requires paid parking permit, campus fleet vehicles only, etc.) and indicate whether charging or fueling services are offered for free or at a cost to users.
13. Does the campus conduct bicycle counts or other analysis of active transportation utilization? If so, please describe and provide any available data.
14. Does the campus have automatic or manual counts of parking utilization rates available (Y/N)? If so, please provide.
15. Please provide the number of registered ZEVs utilizing campus parking, if known.


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:

CSULB has adopted a Zero Waste goal to increase total waste diversion to 90% or higher by 2030.

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

Reduce per-capita landfill waste 50% by 2016 and 80% by 2020

The CSU will encourage the reduction of hazardous waste to the extent possible while supporting the academic program. Required Metrics:
1. Tons of hazardous waste produced by year.
2. Does the campus provide or facilitate an electronics waste recycling program (Y/N)? If so, please describe.
3. Please describe any campus efforts or programs to reduce hazardous waste.


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:

In pursuit of the target water reduction goal of 20 percent called for by Governor Jerry Brown, CSULB developed a Water Action Plan.

CSULB WATER ACTION PLAN
1. Perform a comprehensive water use audit.
2. Adopt and implement applicable best management water use practices for all campus
operations.
3. Identify opportunities to use reclaimed in place of potable water.
4. Implement low cost quick payback projects immediately.
5. Identify, plan, and phase implementation of high cost capital projects.
6. Develop a communication plan to encourage campus wide water conservation.
7. Collaborate with faculty and students on water related courses and projects.
8. Share best practice with campus auxiliaries and provide technical support to help develop water and implement conservation projects.
9. Strengthen partnerships and increase collaboration with local water utility and regional water agencies to support CSULB water initiatives.
10. Plan future campus development for water resiliency.

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

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:

CSULB's Faculty and Staff Diversity Plan articulates four key action areas for augmenting current program and principles. Sample objects for each of these Action Areas include:

1. Education and Training

- Expand diversity content in the current faculty recruitment and hiring workshops and training sessions provided by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Office of Equity and Diversity.
- Design, provide, and require an on-line faculty diversity recruitment/hiring module for search committee members, department chairs, and associate deans.

2. Recruitment

2a. Expanded Faculty Recruitment Initiative
- Hire candidates who can articulate a commitment to, or demonstrate expertise in, effectively educating a diverse student population. Examples of commitment and expertise might include teaching, research, creative activity, or community service in low-income communities or at minority-serving institutions.
- Encourage applicants to provide in application materials substantial evidence of commitment to, or expertise in, educating a diverse student population or, if relevant to the discipline, include evidence of research or creative activity related to diverse communities.

2b. Tenure-Track Searches
- Position descriptions must describe an expected commitment to, or expertise in, educating a diverse student population as essential qualifications.
- Where appropriate, departments will be encouraged to design tenure-track position descriptions that define the area(s) of teaching and scholarly emphasis in broad terms, potentially attracting a more diverse applicant pool.

2c. Meetings with Search Committees
- The AVP for Faculty Affairs and the Director of the Office Equity and Diversity will meet with each dean and the corresponding search committees to discuss recruitment issues and challenges related to the discipline, further develop the Recruitment and Advertising Plan, and discuss additional ways to enrich the diversity of the applicant pool.

2f. Staff and Administrator Recruitment
- Staff Human Resources will maintain a resource directory of websites and links to professional organizations designated to women and people of color.The directory will be updated and provided to hiring managers on a regular basis.

3. Retention and Campus Climate
- Exit Interviews for Faculty: The Office of Faculty Affairs will implement an exit interview process for faculty who elect to leave CSULB. Departing faculty will have the option of speaking to someone other than a University administrator.
- Expanded Exit Interview Process for Staff and Administrators: The current staff and administrator exit interview program, facilitated by Staff Human Resources, will include questions pertaining to campus climate and diversity on campus. Data will be analyzed and shared with University leaders in an effort to identify patterns and address particular concerns.

4. Assessment
- The Office of Institutional Research will gather, annually, campus data specific to the strategic plan for further diversifying the faculty, including comparing campus data to national data from sources that provide information specific to faculty hiring and demography (e.g., National Opinion Research Center that records annual Ph.D.s granted per discipline, by race and gender and Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education that surveys PhD candidates and tenure-track faculty in the U.S.) .

For the complete list of goals and actions called for in the Faculty & Staff Diversity Plan see: https://web.csulb.edu/depts/oed/policies/faculty-staff-diversity-plan.html


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:

N/A


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

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

N/A


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

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

Taken from 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy Draft Reporting Metrics:

Physical Plant Management
1. Each campus shall operate and maintain a comprehensive energy management system that will provide centralized reporting and control of the campus energy related activities.

2. To the extent possible, academic and non-academic programs will be consolidated in a manner to achieve the highest building utilization.

3. All CSU campuses will implement a utilities chargeback system to recover direct and
indirect costs of utilities provided to self-supporting and external organizations pursuant to procedures in the Integrated California State University Administrative Manual (ICSUAM).


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 (14-new)
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 (14-new)
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 (14-new)
4. Each CSU is encouraged to designate a sustainability officer responsible for carrying out and/or coordinating campus sustainability program efforts. (14-new)

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 CSU Sustainability policy may be downloaded here: http://www.calstate.edu/cpdc/sustainability/policies-reports/

Additional information about the CSU commitment to sustainability may be found here: https://www2.calstate.edu/sustainability


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

Often the term sustainability is associated primarily with the environment. Although the environment is an important dimension of sustainability, a more complete definition includes additional aspects.

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

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

CSULB became a signatory to the Second Nature Carbon Commitment in 2011 and a Charter signatory to the Resilience Commitment in 2016.


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