Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date May 9, 2016
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Sacramento
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Kristina Cullen
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management—Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above No

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The sustainability website contains information about the Sustainability Department's mission to "seek leadership and excellence in sustainable practices throughout the campus." It includes information about the Sustainability Department team, including contact information, to provide direct accountability for our sustainable efforts. The website includes a calendar to keep students posted on upcoming events as well as our biannual Sustainability Report. The website also posts helpful tips and what to recycle as well as an outreach section so students can get involved with the sustainability department.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Department, housed under Facilities Management, which is a department of Administration and Business Affairs (ABA) is featured in ABA's quarterly published newsletter. The Green News section features highlights of the latest accomplishments of the Sustainability Department, such as sustainable lighting projects and campus Earth Day celebrations.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Sustainability Department has a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account that features students participating in sustainability events. The social media accounts also highlight less well-known efforts of the Sustainability Department such as mulching and river clean-ups.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Sustainability Annual Report, published campus-wide via the sustainability website contains information about student research on sustainability projects such as One World themes and projects developing at the Sustainable Technology Optimization Research Center.


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Sac State has two LEED Gold buildings: American River Courtyard and The WELL. In both LEED Gold campus buildings, signage exists near the LEED plaque explaining the rating as well as sustainable building attributes. The WELL even offers a self-guided walking tour of the facility highlighting sustainable attributes via signage throughout the building.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

A webpage exists to promote that Campus Dining at University Enterprises, Inc., (UEI) is committed to supporting Sacramento State in reducing the environmental impact of our food service operations with:
•Sustainable food purchasing
•Recycling and waste reduction
•The use of environment-friendly packaging and materials
•Green custodial and cleaning
•Energy efficiency


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

Sacramento State has recently implemented LID stormwater systems throughout campus. These sites are marked with signage. Sac State has also implemented a rigorous mulching strategy to prevent evapotranspiration during California's devastating drought; areas where mulching is prominent are marked with signage to inform students of the process and why we mulch.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

One way Sac State's Sustainability Team highlights sustainability efforts is through a Campus Sustainability Tour, with over 20 points of interest and discussion.

The tour begins at The WELL, which is LEED Gold certified, and continues through the Library quad, learning about sustainable attributes such as the Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater project and the SMART GRID grant. The tour concludes at the Sustainability Technology Optimization Research Center (STORC). There, participants can learn about the many projects currently underway, including stormwater research, biodiesel production, aquaponics and wicking beds, which prevent over watering of plants using a passive drip water system.


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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

UTAPS provides commuters with information on public transportation and Zipcar.


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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

UTAPS provides navigation and educational tools for bicyclists. Sacramento is a very bike and pedestrian friendly city; Sacramento State receives a high volume of foot (and bicycle) traffic from the American River Parkway which is a 23 mile path through Sacramento County designated for sole pedestrian and bicycle use.


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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The California State University System (CSU) and Sacramento State are committed to integrating sustainability into teaching, service, research and facilities management—in other words, to weave “green practices” into every facet of the University. Thus, Housing and Residential Life staff encourages residents to make environmentally-conscious decisions while in living in the residence halls, and to reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever they can.


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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

Every semester, a sustainability beat reporter for the State Hornet campus newspaper is assigned to assist the campus sustainability department with coverage on all things sustainability related. Articles written have included coverage about Earth Day, Water Conservation Awareness Day, and campus-wide water conservation efforts to support reduction goals through the drought.


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