Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.50
Liaison Brad Haydel
Submission Date July 17, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Los Angeles
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Carol Roberts-Corb
Assistant Dean for Student Conduct
Student Conduct Office
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Under the leadership of the ASI Environmental Affairs Commissioner, the Environmental Policy Committee (EPC) formulates and encourages the adoption of policies that will make Cal State LA and the CSU System more environmentally sustainable. The Environmental Affairs Commissioner and EPC act as education agents with respect to environmental sustainability and environmental justice in our community.

The Environmental Policy Committee formulates and encourages the adoption of policies that will make ASI's internal practices more environmentally sustainable. In addition the committee also seeks:
1. To collaborate with the Campus Sustainablity Committee to formulate and encourage the adoption of policies that will make Cal State LA 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.

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) has a stated mission "to build a more sustainable world through new educational programs, sustainability-oriented design projects, and volunteer activities."

There are currently two sustainability related clubs that are recognized:
1. Naturalist Club
2. Association for Climate Action & Education for Sustainability & Adaptable Resources (CAESAR)


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Our Nutrition department and students have kept a small community garden up and running to teach students about sustainability and urban agriculture. Efforts continue to plan a larger community garden in collaboration with Associated Students Inc. (ASI).


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Cal State LA Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a nonprofit network of students, faculty and professionals, with a mission to create opportunities for students, to learn problem-solving skills and to gain practical experience in sustainability challenges.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Established in 2016, Cal State LA's Green Revolving Fund (GRF) is intended to empower all members of the Cal State LA community to help create a more sustainable world. The mission of Cal State LA's GRF is to financially support projects that promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, waste reduction and other sustainability initiatives with a demonstrated return on investment. The GRF looks to the university's students, faculty and staff to contribute ideas on the best ways to invest in energy and sustainability projects that reduce utilities consumption and generate cost savings.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Various faculty, student organizations, and student affairs offices collaborate with ASI to offer annual Earth Day events focused on sustainability.

Additionally, our Center for Student Involvement (CSI) organizes events such as the Cigarette Butt Cleanup project held on April 27, 2019 during which volunteers collected 500 cigarette butts from the campus grounds.

Finally, the U-SU added stations last year where people can refill their water bottles easily.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

The University Library hosts special exhibits related to sustainability. In 2018, JFK Library hosted "Climate Disasters, Climate Solutions", an art exhibit in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times featuring original wildfire photography from the last 50 years, presentations on campus climate initiatives, and a book display of recently-acquired literature on environmental history and the sciences.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

N/A


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

N/A


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

N/A


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

N/A


The website URL where information about the student employment opportunities is available:
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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:

N/A


The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

N/A


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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