|Submission Date||May 9, 2016|
California State University, Sacramento
AC-5: Immersive Experience
College of Continuing Education
Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:
Sac State Sustainability has an ongoing student program focusing on sustainability issues on campus and in the local community. Each semester 1-2 students join the campus sustainability team for an immersive sustainability experience. Students work on improving various sustainability topics/issues based on their areas on interest. Students work with the sustainability team to determine a sustainability issue or focus area that can be improved and has tangible results, then work to achieve the goal in a student driven active learning manner. Students work with various departments on and off campus in order to achieve project success, acquiring experience in the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability. This program gives students experience and networking opportunities in the field of sustainability, helping define their future career paths.
A recent example of this student program is showcased in the Infrared Faucet Study found at the link below. Under the guidance of the Sustainability Team the student worked with Sac State plumbers, Chicago Faucets and other students to perform a comparison on water usage from replacing standard manual faucets with automatic infrared faucets. The results of the study have been shared with the entire CSU system and with Chicago Faucets. As a result of the study Sacramento State will be installing infrared faucets in various bathrooms across campus, as well as new buildings.
California State University, Sacramento requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: Program description: • The Meeting and Event Planning program consists of 115 hours of instruction. • The program includes a focus on sustainability. Each component of the program encompasses “green” or sustainable initiatives aimed at maintaining and sustaining our environment, decreasing waste, minimizing carbon footprints, and facilitating a better and healthier living pattern. The program provides current trends and practices for greening events and creating sustainable event products. Courses and descriptions: Introduction to Meeting and Event Management: This course addresses some of the major trends and successful business practices in meeting and event management. Participants will learn valuable tools to improve day-to-day effectiveness and efficiency as an event manager or marketer. The course explores sustainability and its benefits. Financial Management for Meetings and Events: This course covers basic accounting techniques, as well as the principles of managing a comprehensive meeting or event budget. Participants will learn one of the most important components in a successful meeting or event: making sure the budget is both comprehensive and realistic. Meeting and Event Design and Décor: This course explores aspects of design in meeting and event management with a focus on green/sustainable design. Participants will learn the fundamentals of design, explore different design options for creating a meeting or event, and learn the basic vocabulary and theories of design. Meeting and Event Coordination: This course covers the day-to-day dynamics of coordinating a successful professional meeting or event. Participants will discuss best practices in on-site management, and learn the standard techniques used to coordinate and manage meeting and event planning as well as crisis management. Participants will learn how to conduct a sustainability assessment as well as different sustainable onsite practices and initiatives. Utilizing Technology in Meeting and Event Planning: This course provides an understanding of how technology can improve the efficiency and functionality of meeting and event professionals. Participants will be introduced to the latest technologies and software, relevant to meeting and event planning and ways that technology can reduce your event’s carbon footprint. Food, Beverage and Venue Planning: This course explores the behind-the-scenes world of event planning from venues to catering. Participants will be exposed to negotiation techniques and critical information on suppliers: the hotel, restaurant, and catering industries. Focus will be on supply chain, transportation and outsourcing. Participants will learn how to make food and beverage sustainable and responsible; common practices and trends in sustainable food and beverage; identify and coordinate special menu requests; and how to manage the food and beverage budget by making sustainable food options affordable. Risk Management for Meeting and Event Planners: This course focuses on analyzing and responding to meeting and event management risks and ethical burdens. Participants will examine common legal, physical and ethical challenges that meeting and event planners encounter, and the appropriate responses to said challenges. Special attention will be given to planning around contracts, laws and regulations, insurance, and ethical standards and stances. Meeting and Event Marketing and Communication: This course will cover the key tools for advertising and marketing meetings and events. Participants will focus on the principles for strategic communication, marketing, promotion and fundraising plans. This course will develop the creative thinking necessary to create and implement meetings and events that will be appealing while raising significant funds. Green Event Planning - The Future of Event Professionals: This course covers hot topics and green trends for the forward thinking event professional. Participants will learn valuable tools to educate clients and navigate sustainable choices in all events, small and large.
Explanation: Upon review this section has been updated with a more appropriate Immersive Experience Program. The new program more closely meets the intent of AC-5.
The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:
California State University, Sacramento requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value:
Explanation: A recent example of this student program is showcased in the attached Infrared Faucet study.
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.