Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.75
Liaison Jennifer Daniels
Submission Date May 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Stanislaus
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Wendy Olmstead
Sustainability Coordinator
Capital Planning & Facilities Management
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

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

Eco-Warriors is a sustainability club, open to all students at Stan State, with a mission to promote sustainable practices and environmental awareness through service and peer education. Eco-Warriors strives to empower students to participate and take up environmental activities and projects on campus and the local community. They are committed to developing an outlook to help students obtain a set of values and feelings of concern for the environment and the motivation for actively participating in environmental improvement and protection. More information may be found at: https://csustan.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/ecowarriors

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?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The Agriculture Department offers on-campus delivery to offices for CSU Stan customers and for customers within a 5-mile radius from campus of fruits and vegetables grown in the university's sustainable garden.

For more information, go to: https://www.csustan.edu/agriculture/sustainable-garden/stanfresh-csa

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

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The University Student Center's Mission Statement is as follows:
"The University Student Center of California State University, Stanislaus is the hub of campus life. As a not-for-profit organization, our mission is to provide quality facilities, services and programs to complement and enhance the academic experience. The Student Center is designed to create a sense of belonging, a welcoming environment, and a safe space for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community."

Vision Statement:
The University Student Center will strive to be the center of student life and student success by providing a student-centered gathering place for our diverse student population. We will commit to offering exceptional facilities, services, and programming to encourage student involvement and enhance student life at our university."

The Student Center's values include: PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY

"We are committed to conscientiously managing our human, natural, and material resources wisely by reviewing our facilities, programs and services to ensure we are following the appropriate sustainable practices. We aspire to increase awareness about sustainable practices that will reduce negative impacts on the environment."

More information may be found at: https://www.csustan.edu/asi-sc/university-student-center

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?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

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?:

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

In 2017, 2018, and 2019, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences hosted a conference about "Community-Focused Social Justice Advocacy for the Central Valley: confronting social, political & environmental hazards to our personal & community health." More information is available at: https://www.csustan.edu/social-justice-conference.

As part of the university's efforts to raise awareness about the climate crisis, in 2018 and 2019, the Stanislaus State chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, sponsored a Climate Crisis Symposium. "Stan State professors and outside speakers delivered presentations on various aspects of the present and future crisis, including its effects on society and the natural world, who will be hit the hardest and what all of us can do about it." More information is available at: https://www.csustan.edu/climate-crisis-symposium/speakers-presenters.

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?:

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

Indigenous Peoples Day is a holiday that commemorates Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. and beyond. Indigenous Peoples Day is a growing social movement that brings to light Indigenous cultural preservation and revitalization. The holiday is observed in various cities and states throughout the country. For the past three years, at Stanislaus State, we have celebrated the Indigenous Peoples Day holiday with a series of events that include speakers and communities who came together to learn, share, and appreciate historical and contemporary cultures of Indigenous peoples. The 2019 theme was “Indigenous Sustainability: Protecting Land, Water, Human, and More than Human Kinships.” More information is available at: https://www.csustan.edu/article/stan-state-hosts-third-annual-indigenous-peoples-days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Sustainability Student Assistants are employed by the Sustainability Program to assist with data collection for STARS; to conduct outreach during tabling, New Student Orientations, and via social media; to assist with the creation of new programs such as the Green Office Program; and to identify and assist with campus initiatives including the transformation of campus recycling.

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

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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