Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.57
Liaison Lacey Raak
Submission Date May 20, 2019
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Monterey Bay
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jennifer Compton
Director
Student Housing & Residential Life
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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:

Associated Students-Environmental Affairs Committee - A student governed organization the EAC raises awareness of environmental impact issues on campus, the surrounding community, the region and state and shall promote and advocate for sustainable organizational and campus practices and operations.

Environmental Studies Club and Marine Science Club - support student learning and engagement in the community as it relates to those curricular areas of study.


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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:

The campus has a small student led garden which is situated on the "sustainability commons" an area of campus dedicated to sustainabililty-focused living learning opportunities. It provides open space for research, greenhouses for propagation of native plants and opportunities for student groups and courses to learn in a "hands-on" manner.


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:

Associated Students Food Pantry - Food insecurity is defined as "being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food." The financial burden of a college education has led to an increasing number of students that are food insecure. The Associated Students Food Pantry was implemented in an effort to address this issue at CSUMB. Through this service, we are able to provide students with a bag of nutritious non-perishable foods. The Associated Students strive to make getting an education affordable and accessible. The AS Food Pantry is one of the ways we can accomplish this task. While sustainabiity is not directly addressed within this mission statement the social justice issues addressed within this program fit within our campus definition of sustainability.

Sustainable Hospitality Club - Bring about awareness of sustainability to the local community and CSUMB students. We will educate the community on important environmental issues and what we can do to lessen or prevent our impact. Focus on the hospitality industry - what it entails, why its important to incorporate sustainability.


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:

CSUMB participates in the system-wide Green-ovation fund which funds sustainability related student projects throughout the CSU system.


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:

The School of Natural Sciences organizes seminars featuring different speakers focusing on different areas of the Natural Sciences. Conservation, environmental issues, and furthering education in natural science fields are some of the topics covered. The environmental and social/economic sustainability factors are integrated in each series.


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:

This includes everything from a sculpture hanging in the Otter Express, a campus dining facility, made entirely of recycled materials to other speakers and art installations. The campus also has a number of Senior Capstone Art projects focused on Sustainability.


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?:
Yes

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

We're here to help you explore the natural world in an area famous for its beauty, and strategically located for those who wish to dive, surf, sail, climb, hike, bike, and ski all in the same day. Our location offers endless possibilities for exploration with mild weather, year round.We are bordered by miles of public beaches and recreation lands. Our campus connects with 50 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horse back riding trails in the largest remaining coastal oak woodlands in California. Big Sur's mountains and canyons with their giant old growth redwood trees are our backyard. Out front is a marine sanctuary noted for whale watching, scuba diving and the home to otters, the university mascot. We are the first ever collaborative venture in outdoor recreation and education services between a California State University and the United States Army. This creates an incredibly comprehensive system of services and resources.Almost everything imaginable is available. Currently you can rent hiking and camping equipment as well as bicycles in the Student Center. In the future you will have a ropes course accessible to you along with other outdoor activities.


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:
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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:
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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?:
Yes

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

The Sustainability Office employs 4-8 students per year that work on sustainability outreach and engagement including developing campaigns for specific topic areas such as water and waste.


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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:
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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?:
Yes

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

The CSUMB Associated Students strives to be sustainable and promote sustainable practices throughout campus. The Sustainability Senator chairs the EAC, Environmental Affairs Committee. This committee works to advocate ecofriendly practices and on campus initiatives. Not only that but the EAC works to promote community engagement and enrichment. The committee strives to advocate and program green events. The sustainability branch of AS is relatively new and there is much room for improvement in this field; however, the team is making new strives every year and accomplishing more and more.


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