Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.18
Liaison Miguel Martin
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Bernardino
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Miguel Martin
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

SAGES; Student Association of Geography and Environmental Studies: The California State University, San Bernardino, student organization for the promotion of sustainable living, policy, and practices on our campuses and in our communities. We encourage students from all academic interests to join!

Our student organizations have adjusted their event platforms to accommodate the digital platforms by hosting a volume of virtual events that engage both students and guests of membership. Our student organizations routinely provide Movie Nights as well as informational sessions focused on presenting global issues with local action opportunities through community/nonprofit organizations.


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project 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 Cal State San Bernardino Community Garden, which was formally planted in October, had its first harvest recently that yielded more than seven pounds of produce donated to The Obershaw DEN, the university’s food pantry.

Students picked a crop of lettuce, arugula, kale and romaine that would yield an estimated 15 to 20 meals.

The garden is located in university’s student housing area, next to the Serrano Village Quad.


Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

"We are the Student Association of Geography and Environmental Studies of California State University of San Bernardino"
The Student group promotes sustainability in their pursuit of their degrees and whiling gaining their personal and professional development.


Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative 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:

The student financial literacy program defines it as: Financial Literacy, which can be defined as an understanding of how to earn, manage and invest money, has a critical impact on students’ ability to make smart choices about which institute of higher education to attend, what to study, how to pay for college, and how to manage student loan debt after graduation. Financial Literacy is the possession of a set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources. The ability to understand and effectively apply various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. This information helps individuals become self-sufficient so that they can achieve financial stability. It encompasses conceptual financial knowledge, procedural financial knowledge and applied financial knowledge.


Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

Achieving Equity and Social Justice in Transportation, Oct. 20, 8-10 AM
Accessible, affordable transportation is vital to everyone. Experts will discuss how we define equity in the transportation sector and then look at how policy influences the transportation access for low-income Americans. Speakers are Matt Clic from HNTB, Kome Ajise from SCAG, and the CSUSB Leonard Transporation Center (LTC) Research Challenge Students/Alumni from CSUSB, UCR, &CSUPomona). For more LTC conversations visit the online collection of Inland Empire Regional Mobility Series.


Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

World Food Wednesdays,
Travel the globe with your taste buds by joining world food recipe challenges every Wednesday. Our bonds are strengthened as we celebrate diversity and appreciate the differences within our Coyote family. Follow the recipe, take a picture, then enjoy! Post pics to Instagram using the hashtag #YotieEats #ResilientCSUSB, or email resilient@csusb.edu to be entered into the prize drawing.


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

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

CSUSB Outdoors mission is to provide the community with a diverse range of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. We incorporate "Leave No Trace" and cultural/historical knowledge about the areas we visit. Participants will learn how to recreate safely in the great outdoors, develop an appreciation and understanding of our natural surroundings, experience personal growth and leadership development, learn teamwork and healthy communication skills, form new relationships and of course... have fun!


Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

World Food Wednesdays,
Travel the globe with your taste buds by joining world food recipe challenges every Wednesday. Our bonds are strengthened as we celebrate diversity and appreciate the differences within our Coyote family. Follow the recipe, take a picture, then enjoy! Post pics to Instagram using the hashtag #YotieEats #ResilientCSUSB, or email resilient@csusb.edu to be entered into the prize drawing.


Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Cook with Chef Ashley,
Sign up for the sustainable cooking class with Chef Ashley of Yotie Eats. Be sure to register in advance to get a list of ingredients so you can cook during the event. You will enjoy a delicious healthy meal at the end. Using the hashtag #ResilientCSUSB, or email resilient@csusb.edu to be entered into the prize drawing. Give a shout out to your group, club, or department so they will receive recognition for participation in Sustainability Month.


Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

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

STARS Student Interns (SIs) are CSUSB students who are committed to helping the Office of Sustainability (OOS) build, operate and nurture a healthier more resilient campus community.
The SIs will play a big part in the success of this inaugural program and receive acknowledgement for their contribution. SIs will collaborate with campus stakeholders by:

• Collecting, compiling qualitative and quantitative data for various topics such as food accessibility, sustainability coursework, environmental justice, diversity, inclusion, affordability and access to education.

• Using established calculators or creating spreadsheets to analyze:
o Building Energy Consumption
o Clean and Renewable Energy On-Site Generation
o Waste Minimization & Diversion
o Water Use


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

Small Paw Pledge: Join the pack as we create healthy, resilient communities on and off campus. The Small Paws Pledge is a program to encourage the continued efforts of sustainability as the students venture into their professional arenas before and after graduation.


A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

The CSUSB Sustainability office offers rotating student internships, with optional academic credit and paid opportunities funded through the Career Center: Student Communications Liaison, Student Outreach Program Coordinator, and Projects Assistant.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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