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-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jocelyn Stewart
Director for Communications
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The website is maintained by students involved in the Associated Students Inc. The Environmental Policy Committee of A.S.I. formulates and encourages the adoption of policies that will make A.S.I.'s internal practices more environmentally sustainable. In addition the committee also seeks:

To collaborate with Cal State LA administrators to formulate and encourage the adoption of policies that will make Cal State LA a more environmentally sustainable campus,
To educate the on-campus community on the topic of environmental sustainability and environmental justice,
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.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

Students involved in ASI's Environmental Policy Committee maintain an Instagram account. They use the account to share information with others on campus about green events, issues, and tips.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

Sustainability issues are sometimes covered, but not regularly.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Sustainability issues are included in our social media coverage.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Facilities


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

We have signage regarding our ban on plastics in the food court and in other places on campus. We also have signage on our Big Belly waste stations that explain sustainable food systems.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

The campus posted "Brown is the New Green" signs on patches of grass to indicate the university's commitment to water conservation. These were seen around campus during the drought.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Orientation


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

Transit and Parking Discounts is a tri-fold brochure that explains the many ways that students can travel to the University other than in an automobile. The brochure is important because Cal State LA is primarily a commuter campus. Cal State LA is the only University in the region with a Metrolink station on the campus property. The brochure explains the options available to students, and also provides information about benefits: Metrolink offers students a 25 percent discount on tickets. Metro and Foothill Transit offer discounts up to 50 percent on monthly passes for college students. Visit the Metro and Foothill Transit websites for information. Faculty and staff receive monthly bus and train subsidies to help reduce the cost of transit passes.

The brochure also introduces our off-site parking lot, which provides a free shuttle to campus. The Loop Shuttle, which provides free transportation to location on campus, also helps reduce congestion and traffic on campus.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

We provide information on our website for bicyclists.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Housing


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Before the start of each academic year, and throughout the semester, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs launches a social media campaign designed to encourage student, faculty and staff to consider alternative forms of transportation. This campaign highlights the benefits and advantages of traveling to school via bus and train, and explains the support available for people who bike or rideshare.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Cal State LA's Office of Communications and Publications has designed creative outreach videos to encourage the university community to use public transportation. This effort includes the university's mascot, Edddie the Golden Eagle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxpB0m2Iq5U

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