STARS v2.1

Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold - expired 69.28 Katie Koscielak April 21, 2017 Download
Curriculum
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Humboldt State University provides ample opportunity for students to explore, practice, and apply sustainability concepts and skills in the classroom. The University has designated courses that either focus on or relate to sustainability, which cumulatively ... read more
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Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
Research
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Humboldt State University researchers explore a wide variety of topics that marry economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Projects span research about markets for alternative fuel vehicles in Northern California to development of Fishing ... read more
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Research and Scholarship Complete
Support for Research Complete
Open Access to Research Complete
Campus Engagement
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Students comprise the core of campus sustainability engagement activities, primarily within sustainability-oriented student groups such as the Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP), Green Campus, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT), and the ... read more
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Student Educators Program Complete
Student Orientation Complete
Student Life Complete
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete
Outreach Campaign Complete
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete
Employee Educators Program Not Pursuing
Employee Orientation Complete
Staff Professional Development Complete
Public Engagement
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HSU enjoys an active relationship with many local and regional community organizations. The campus has partnerships in the areas of energy, waste, and food, among others. Furthermore, HSU is an active participant in CSU Sustainability ... read more
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Community Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete
Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Complete
Participation in Public Policy Complete
Trademark Licensing Complete
Air & Climate
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Humboldt State University tracks greenhouse gas emissions from Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and from business travel, commuting, and waste in the Scope 3 category. The campus has decreased emissions by a percentage reduction of ... read more
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Complete
Buildings
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While the campus does not have any building space certified under a rating system focusing on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g. LEED O+M), Humboldt State University maintains 92% of the ... read more
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Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Energy
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Humboldt State University makes a concerted effort to reduce energy consumption. Since the baseline year of 2005, the University has reduced energy consumption by approximately 12%. The efforts and programs of Green Campus's Powerdown events ... read more
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Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Food & Dining
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The auxiliary entity of Dining Services at HSU seeks to obtain as much food product as possible from local, organic, and fair trade vendors and farmers. In 2015-2016, 15% of all food expenditures made by ... read more
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Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Sustainable Dining Complete
Grounds
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The campus is very fortunate to be situated in the heart of Coastal Redwoods with hundreds of them scattered among buildings and sports fields. Another fortunate aspect of the campus location is receiving >50 inches ... read more
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Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Complete
Purchasing
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In the area of procurement, HSU adheres to CSU policies such as the Buy Recycled Products Campaign, the CSU Sustainability Policy, the Staples Business Advantage $50 Order Minimum, Contractors Building Demolition Waste & Recycling Meeting ... read more
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Sustainable Procurement Complete
Electronics Purchasing Complete
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Transportation
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Humboldt State University is committed to alternative transportation. 23% of the on-campus vehicle fleet uses alternative fuels, including either 100% electric or B20 biofuel. When surveyed, 80% of students use sustainable commuting options as a ... read more
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Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
Waste
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Humboldt State is proud to claim a significant landfill diversion rate of about 51% via recycling, composting, donating, and reselling materials in following categories: recyclable containers, food, cooking oil, plant material, animal bedding, appliances, lab ... read more
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Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Water
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In 2014, Humboldt State University committed to reducing water use per state mandated drought measures. Since the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the campus has successfully implemented a 28% reduction in total water use. In addition, the ... read more
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Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Coordination & Planning
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Humboldt State University provides resources for planning, coordinating, implementing, and governing sustainability activities on the campus. From 2012-2015, the campus utilized a Sustainability Steering Committee, after which time the group was absorbed into a variety ... read more
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Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Complete
Participatory Governance Complete
Diversity & Affordability
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HSU hosts an Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), which is the official group charged with developing policy to institutionalize diversity as a core part of the educational experience on campus. ODI supports cultural competency ... read more
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Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Affordability and Access Complete
Investment & Finance
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The Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation is an auxiliary of the CSU and a non-profit benefit corporation that provides expertise, fiduciary oversight, and advocacy to increase charitable giving and manage the university's endowment. In April ... read more
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Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete
Sustainable Investment Complete
Investment Disclosure Complete
Wellbeing & Work
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Humboldt State is committed to providing a living wage to employees, with 96% receiving local living wage (benefits excluded) and the lowest paid employee receiving 144% of local living wage when benefits are factored in ... read more
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Employee Compensation Complete
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete
Wellness Program Complete
Workplace Health and Safety Complete

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