Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.15
Liaison Lacey Raak
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Monterey Bay
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Lacey Raak
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning and Development
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Metrics tracked on CAP that pertain to sustainable curriculum: # of courses that are sustainability focused as a percentage of total courses, student organizations and clubs that are sustainability focused as a percentage of total university clubs, # of sustainability focused events, and the average senior scores on NSSE Sustainability questions. CSUMB curriculum offers 39 courses focused on sustainability, and many others which incorporate sustainability topics. Four student clubs and organizations are focused on sustainability, and 18 campus events about sustainability happened in 2010/2011 Campus learning ILOs (Institutional Learning Outcomes) ILO2. Academic Strategic Plan. Actively developing assessment tools and rubrics specifically for the ILO.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Design and deploy a “Culture of Sustainability” behavior marketing campaign for all campus citizens to address energy, water, transport, food, etc.

# of events, newsletters, # of sustainability focused groups

https://csumb.edu/sustainability/planning-and-reporting - download Climate Action Plan


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Develop and implement an innovative Green Information Technology (Green IT) Plan.

Purchase and install a modular co-generation plant consisting of 2-3 250 kw each reciprocating engine-driven generators powered by natural gas, at the campus central power plant.

Build second 1MW Grid-tied Photovoltaic system on campus through a second power purchase agreement.

Research thermal energy storage systems for at least three small stand-alone situations at distance from the central power plant.

Buy Green Power if and when this option is again available in Central California at reasonable pricing.

GHG reductions, cost savings

https://csumb.edu/sustainability/planning-and-reporting - download Climate Action Plan


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

University Strategic Plan Priority #2: Inclusive Excellence
The University Strategic Planning Committee and the President’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion have been working on a campus inclusive excellence plan (“The University Strategic Plan Priority #2: Inclusive Excellence”). The Inclusive Excellence Plan is one of four priorities within the University Strategic Plan. This plan is informed by findings from the Diversity Mapping Project and the Campus Climate Study. The plan has four strategies: 1) Anticipate and respond to the needs of a diverse university community; 2) Support the development and professional growth of a diverse faculty, staff, and administration; 3) Strengthen outreach, recruitment, and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and administrators; and 4) Ensure graduates can engage in ethical reasoning and public action informed by historical, multicultural, global, ecological, and equity perspectives.


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Sustainability is the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations.

At California State University Monterey Bay, we,

Understand that education for sustainability is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions to support strong communities.
Support sustainability through classroom instruction, learning opportunities (including service learning) as well as partnering with community organizations and operational departments on campus to utilize our campus as a “living lab”.
Recognize the integration and application of systems thinking applied to the three areas of sustainability.
Acknowledge the disproportionate impact environmental degradation has on low-income and/or minority populations and communities.
Strive to achieve excellence in all areas of operational sustainability.
Support individuals in their efforts to align their personal behaviors and practices to support campus sustainability goals.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability ---
SDG Accord ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Second Nature Climate Commitment - signed the initial climate commitment then added the resiliency element in 2017 to become signatories to the integrated commitment.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Any action step listed in the Climate Action Plan that do not have a date are assumed to be 2030, because that is the climate neutrality deadline, which was the basis of the CAP.

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