Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.88
Liaison Brad Haydel
Submission Date June 6, 2016
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California State University, Los Angeles
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.17 / 4.00 Brad Haydel
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes No
Research (or other scholarship) Yes No
Campus Engagement Yes No
Public Engagement No No
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes No
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation Yes No
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability No No
Health, Wellbeing and Work No No
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) University Sustainability: "The CSU will seek to further integrate sustainability into the academic curriculum working within the normal campus consultative process. 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."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Michelle Hawley, Dean, Office of Undergraduate Studies
Karin Brown, Dean, Office of Graduate Studies
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

The overarching goal of the Center for Energy and Sustainability is to research and develop new technologies that can potentially help the world meet its growing energy demand while considering the sustainability of these technologies and their impact to environmental systems. http://ceas.calstatela.edu/research.cfm


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

Phil LaPolt, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Feimeng Zhou, Director, Center for Energy and Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

The Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good is dedicated to working on behalf of the citizens of Los Angeles and the students of Cal State L.A. to generate positive change in Southern California. The Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good actualizes that role by linking students with their community through civic learning, applied research, and student success initiatives. A hub for service learning and neighborhood transformation, the Center serves as a catalytic force in the lives of our students and our neighbors. http://www.calstatela.edu/engagement/mission-vision

ASI's Environmental Policy Committee formulates and encourages the adoption of policies that will make ASI's internal practices more environmentally sustainable. The Environmental Policy Committee is composed of 12 voting members and 2 non-voting members. For more information go to Administrative Governing Policies 000-022 and review Policy 012 Environmental Policy Committee Code of Procedure. https://asicalstatela.org/committee/environmental-policy-committee


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

The Environmental Policy Committee seeks:
1. To collaborate with Cal State L.A. administrators to formulate and encourage the adoption of policies that will make Cal State L.A. a more environmentally sustainable campus,
2. To educate the on-campus community on the topic of environmental sustainability and environmental justice,
3. To formulate and encourage the adoption of policies that will make the California State University system more environmentally sustainable working primarily through the California State Student Association.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Taffany Lim, Senior Director, Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good
Marcus Rodriguez, Associated Students, Inc., Director of Programs and Leadership
Jen Miller, Dean of Students


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

Cal State LA is a charter signatory of Second Nature's Climate Commitment, which expands our carbon neutrality work by adding resilience targets. The integrated climate commitment includes carbon neutrality and resilience goal planning, including the development of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan. Over the next three years, Cal State LA is committed to developing internal institutional structures,
campus-community task force, a resilience assessment, a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and an annual evaluation of progress.

Cal State LA has also signed the American Campuses Act on Climate (ACAC) initiative, pledging to serve as a living laboratory that develops, tests, and implements sustainable principles and new technologies. Students will gain first‐hand experience in sustainable best practices and become leaders capable of confronting our urgent, shared environmental challenge of climate change.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Climate Action Plan: Cal State LA will help 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)." Cal State LA will also "reduce facility GHG emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2040."

As part of the American Campuses Act on Climate (ACAC) initiative, the CSU system pledges to 1) Reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2040, 2) Install 80 MW of renewable and clean on-site generation by 2020, 3) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by increasing use of low carbon transportation and on-campus housing and amenities.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Sustainable Building Practices: "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."

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) 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)."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

Cal State LA "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."


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Sustainable Food Service: "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... 2. Campuses and food service organizations shall collaborate to provide information and/or training on sustainable food service operations to staff and patrons."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Cal State LA will "increase their sustainable food purchases to 20 percent of total food budget by 2020."


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Daniel Keenan, Executive Chef, University Auxiliary Services Food Services
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Energy Independence and Procurement: "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."

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Energy Conservation and Utility Management: "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...
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."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

Cal State LA will "increase its self-generated energy capacity from 44 to 80 megawatts (MW) by 2020" and "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."


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

Sustainability goals listed in the 2014 Landscape Plan include:
• Conserve irrigation water by removing lawn areas not used as gathering spaces
• Replace lawn with decomposed granite, cobbles, gravel, mulch and low water
use groundcover plant materials
• Amend planting areas with organic compost collected and composted on campus
• Collect storm water runoff on-site using bioswales and rain gardens
• Provide shade in parking lots to reduce the heat island effect of dark paving
absorbing and radiating back the heat of the sun
• Introduce permeable paving in parking lots and pedestrian paths
• Invest in smart irrigation controllers with moisture sensing capabilities and
efficient irrigation systems with reduced pressure and matched precipitation
rate irrigation heads


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Sustainable Procurement: "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... 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."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Sustainable Procurement: "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."


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

Tom Johnson, Director, Procurement and Contracts
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Climate Action Plan: Cal State LA "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"


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

The H2Ride™ Hydrogen Shuttle Bus Demonstration Project describes a unique sustainability program at Cal State LA. The goals of the H2Ride Project are to:
1) Demonstrate 4 zero emission H2Ride™ fuel cell shuttle buses on real-world transit routes in Disadvantaged Communities in eastern Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley;
2) Rigorously test the demonstrated technology and gather robust data on the performance and efficacy of the technology;
3) Analyze the collected data to gain a deeper understanding of the fuel economy, reliability, and user feedback of demonstrated technology in order to inform the marketplace and ultimately speed up the rate of market adoption; and
4) Advance the state of the technology to market by breaking down barriers to commercialization.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Carmen Gachupin, Director, Parking and Transportation Services
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Waste Management: "1. Campuses shall seek to reduce the solid waste disposal rate... and move to zero waste. 2. The CSU will encourage the reduction of hazardous waste to the extent possible while supporting the academic program."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

Cal State LA will reduce solid waste "by 50 percent by 2016, by 80 percent by 2020" compared to 1990 levels. The campus is currently developing a Zero Waste Plan to achieve this ambitious goal by improving our recycling diversion rate and establishing an onsite composting program.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

California State University Sustainability Policy Proposal (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01) Water Conservation: "All CSU campuses will pursue water resource conservation to reduce water consumption... 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."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

Cal State LA will reduce water consumption "by 10 percent by 2016, and 20 percent by 2020" compared to 1990 levels.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
Brad Haydel, Energy and Sustainability Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

Executive Orders from the CSU Chancellor's Office are the primary driver for CSU campus plans, policies and practices of the campus. Regarding Health, Wellbeing, and Work, Executive Order 1039 states: "The California State University, its officers, and employees are responsible for developing and maintaining injury and illness prevention programs, and ensuring that activities and tasks are performed in a manner that reasonably control hazards that can cause injuries or illnesses."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

CSU Chancellor's Office, EH&S Department


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):

N/A


The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
No

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

N/A


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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