Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.79
Liaison Brad Haydel
Submission Date June 20, 2022

STARS v2.2

California State University, Los Angeles
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jocelyn Stewart
Director for Communications
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:

Name of the campaign:
Green Your Move Out

A brief description of the campaign:

Working with USAgain, a for-profit textile recycler, Cal State LA students who were moving out of the dorms collected 3,077 pounds of clothing and shoes through the Green Your Move Out program. Through the program students lightened their move-out load by recycling and preventing clothes and shoes from ending up in a landfill.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

Students collected 3,077 pounds of clothing. USAagain estimated that the clothing collected amounted to 7 million gallons of water saved and over 46,000 pounds of CO2 prevented.

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Ridesharing and other alternative methods of transportation

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The purpose of the Ridesharing programs is to encourage faculty, students and staff to ride to work together, which reduces the amount of emissions on campus and on the highways and streets leading to campus. The University collects commute information from employees and shares with those who wish to participate. Employees, including student employees, who carpool and arrive at work before 11:00 am, may be eligible to receive free and preferred parking on campus. Employees who bring children to a licensed childcare facility within one mile from the campus may be eligible for carpool parking.

The University also encourages students, faculty and staff to use public transportation (trains and buses), bike or walk to campus. The University encourages and facilitates these uses by providing incentives such as discounts and bike rentals.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The numbers below demonstrate the number of staff and faculty participants in each program. The bike registry and rentals categories include students, however the other categories do not.

Transit: 165 receive monthly bus/train subsidies
Carpools: 14 carpools, 29 participants
Walkers/Bicyclists: 4 walkers, 1 bicyclist
Drop Off: 6

Bike Registries: 88
Bike Rentals: 20

The University also facilitates the use of public transportation by allowing students who use public transportation to fill their TAP (Transit Access Pass) cards on campus. This is a very popular service, yet the numbers below do not reflect the actual number of students who use public transportation to get to campus because students may purchase or fill their tap cards elsewhere.

2015 TAP Transactions on campus

Metro Foothill

January 370 3
February 448 4
March 193 1
April 227 5
May 271 9
June 197 0
July 199 1
August 152 1
September 177 2
October 126 3
November 88 0
December 60 0

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

In light of the drought in California and statewide efforts to reduce water consumption, the University embarked on an effort to conserve water, Water2Save. As a resort of this effort, campus consumption dropped by 31% from the previous year's figure. This number topped the number and the target.

This was accomplished through multiple measures
Reduced Watering of All Campus Lawns
Ended Regular Washing of Exterior Infrastructure
Stopped washing main campus pathways, decks and parking garage on a monthly basis; Stopped annual window washings
Ended Washing of Sports Facilities
Stopped washing tennis courts and stadium seating before all matches
Housing Water Conservation Board Posted list of water conservation tips for students living in on-campus housing
Ended Power Washing Substitute exterior power washing methods with dry sweeping and area spot cleaning

Bathroom Fixtures Retrofit
Lawn Reduction/Stop watering, then remove campus lawns by approximately 20,705 square feet.
Wireless Weather-Based Irrigation Control System
Hourly data captured and recorded with Water2Save. Over 202 million gallons of water savings realized so far, with savings over $1M. See attached for additional details
Leak Detection and Maintenance Repairs,
Have fixed major pipe leaks in Housing and throughout campus.
To replace Energy & Technology building back flow devices and upgrade water heaters and pumps in Housing
Drip Irrigation Replacing existing irrigation systems with low-flow drip systems throughout campus
Faucet Aerators and Low Flow Showerheads High efficiency water fixtures replaced throughout Housing. Aerators introduce air into the water stream to produce a larger and whiter stream soft to the touch and non-splashing
Climate Appropriate Landscaping Including climate appropriate low-water plants and permeable surfaces based on Landscape Site Assessment/Plant Palette prepared by Burton & Company, Landscape Architecture

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Cal State LA has banned the use of plastic straws and bags, a major step in an ambitious initiative to become a zero-waste university. As of April 8, food vendors at Cal State LA are no longer offering plastic straws or carryout bags. Instead, paper alternatives will be available.
The move is part of a new California State University system policy that aims to eliminate single-use plastic straws, plastic bags and water bottles on all 23 campuses by 2023 to support the CSU’s sustainability efforts. Styrofoam food service items will be phased out by 2021 and the use of single-use plastic water bottles will end in 2023. The university is informing the university community of the new plastic ban through banners and an informational video in the campus food court, notices near Salazar Café, social media, and university newsletters. The university published an article about the ban on its website. The story received coverage in other media outlets, including local televisions stations. The plastic-free initiative is the latest in Cal State LA’s sustainability efforts. http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/publicat/cal-state-la-goes-plastic-free-straws-bags-sustainability

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