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

STARS v2.2

California State University, Los Angeles
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Brad Haydel
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Cal State LA's Climate Action Plan

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In April 2016, Cal State LA became a signatory of Second Nature’s Climate Commitment that integrates the goals of carbon neutrality with climate resilience planning. The Climate Action Plan, with a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality, an assessment of the campus’s capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change,
and the direction to integrate these efforts into the University’s physical plans, research and curriculum, is the fulfillment of the Second Nature Climate Commitment.

The Climate Action Plan takes an integrated approach to climate change by covering both mitigation and adaptation planning. The first objective is to provide a strategy by which Cal State LA can reduce its carbon footprint to achieve operational carbon neutrality by the end of 2040, and full carbon neutrality by the end of 2045. Thereafter, Cal State LA commits to remain carbon neutral in perpetuity.

Cal State LA defines operational carbon neutrality as the point at which net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from scopes 1 and 2 equal zero. Full carbon neutrality expands this definition to include scope 3 emissions.

The second objective is for Cal State LA to achieve climate resilience by actively adapting to Los Angeles’s changing climate. The major climate hazards Cal State LA is exposed to include extreme heat events, wildfires and reduced air quality, drought conditions, and heavier storms and flooding. The resilience assessment reviews Cal State LA’s strengths and vulnerabilities in relation to these climate hazards, and how they connect to the University’s strategic priorities.

Cal State LA plans to achieve climate resilience with the completion of its strategic adaptation priorities by 2040. The University also intends to develop its community partnerships, curriculum and research opportunities to better integrate concepts of carbon neutrality and climate resilience. While these ambitions goals will require significant effort, Cal State LA is committed to pushing boundaries to create a more just, sustainable and resilient future.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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