Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.07
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date May 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
EN-3: Student Life

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Katie Koscielak
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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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:

o Green Campus: Green Campus seeks to improve environmental sustainability at HSU by achieving measurable energy, water, and waste savings, educating the campus community about sustainability, encouraging daily behavioral changes, preparing future professionals for green workforce jobs, and collaborating with other sustainability organizations across the campus. Current projects include Power Down HSU, Weigh the Waste, Residence hall Energy & Water Conservation Competition, Green Workplace Assessment, and Green Speed Networking. This group operates under the mentorship of the Office of Sustainability and is funded by Facilities Management. https://greencampushsu.weebly.com/
o Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT): The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology is student managed, student funded live-in demonstration home for appropriate technology. CCAT is part of a registered non-profit organization and home for three student co-directors who live in the house and manage the program for one-year periods. CCAT co-directors also manage the student employees that CCAT hires every semester. Motivated by an ethic of “education by example,” CCAT offers tours, workshops, and opportunities for hands-on involvement to university students and the general public. CCAT tries to balance the benefits and harms of a technology to determine if it is appropriate. CCAT is funded by Associated Students and has a rotating staff or faculty advisor. https://ccat.humboldt.edu/
o Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP): The Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California strives to encourage alternative perspectives on consumption and provide a means for landfill substitution in our campus community. The five departments of WRRAP; the Bicycle Learning Center, Compost, Education, ROSE (Reusable Office Supply Exchange), and Zero-Waste Events; offer a diverse student outlet for hands-on learning experiences that helps students take responsibility for the campus’ waste flow and make a positive contribution to the quality of our campus environment. WRRAP endeavors to bridge awareness and action through all of its programs. Through five branches, WRRAP can effectively reach out to the HSU community through interaction, hosting events, and providing environmentally sound resources where needed. WRRAP is advised by a staff member in the Office of Sustainability and funded by Associated Students. https://wrrap.humboldt.edu/about-wrrap
o Earth Week Every Week: The Earth Week Every Week Committee is an Associated Students Committee charged with planning programs, events, and workshops that seek to educate, create community, and foster dialogue revolving around the theme of sustainability specifically related to issues of social and environmental justice, human and non-human rights, and healthy lifestyles. The group is chaired by an elected student member of the Associated Students Executive Board, and maintains membership from appointed members of various groups throughout campus, including but not limited to WRRAP, CCAT, Green Campus, Housing and Residence Life, MEChA, Black Student Union, Vegan Club, ITEPP, INRSEP, and the Multicultural Centers. The group typically meets weekly and plans events associated with Earth Day and Earth Week, in addition to other events throughout the year. Read more at https://associatedstudents.humboldt.edu/committees/earth-week-every-week-committee
o Other student groups that may have a mission or project aligned with or interrelated to sustainability include: Youth Educational Services (YES House), American Fisheries Society, Check It, Conservation Unlimited, Res Life Education and Engagement Club, Energy & Climate Professionals Club, Engineers Without Borders, Environmental Resources Engineering Student Association, Environmental Studies Club, Eric Rofes Multicultural Queer Resource Center, Forestry Club, Forever Humboldt, Geospatial Science Club, Global Connections, Graduate Forest Ecology Research Network, Humboldt Sunrise Movement, Latinx Center for Academic Excellence, Marine Science Student Research Association, Natural Resources Club, Oceanography Society, Redwood Chapter of Environmental Educators and Interpreters, Renewable Energy Student Union, Roosevelt Institute at Humboldt State University, Scholars Without Borders, Society of American Foresters, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Student Association for Fire Ecology, Surfrider Club HSU, Vegan Club, Water Resources Club, Wildlife Grad Student Society, among others. Read more at https://clubs.humboldt.edu/categories/all-clubs

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:

o Fisheries Biology Program- This program gives students a field-based understanding of the relationships between freshwater and marine fishes and the habitats upon which they depend, and provides specialized training in fish population dynamics and fishery management, restoration ecology, systematics, marine and freshwater aquaculture, fish health management and water pollution biology. The program also hosts an on-campus Fish Hatchery, which is a unique classroom-setting for hands-on education. Faculty mentored student research activities expose HSU students to current aquaculture technologies and develop opportunities for students to learn about the operation of recirculating aquaculture systems. Read more at http://www2.humboldt.edu/fisheries/index.html
o CCAT Edible Landscape, Gardens, and Greenhouse: CCAT coordinates a vast array of teaching opportunities for food cultivation on their grounds, including: u-pick beds on the south-side of their grounds, a food forest of apple and plum trees, herb spirals near their yurt, and volunteer Fridays where students may assist with and participate in skill shares and completion of grounds project. Visit the CCAT website for more information https://ccat.humboldt.edu/content/home
o CCAT Community Garden: This garden provides space for students to learn about and practice growing food and other plants organically and is managed by CCAT and located west of the Jensen House. The garden also serves as one avenue to practice collaboration and learn to care for the commons. Fall of 2019 was the first official term for this garden, though applications for plots opened during Spring 2019. Framed as a pilot project throughout the negotiation, future iterations and success will be determined by student interest and involvement, and therefore this project has the potential to demonstrate the need for an expansion of garden opportunities elsewhere on campus. Students may submit an application for a plot via an online form. Read more at https://ccat.humboldt.edu/content/community-garden
o CCAT Organic Gardening Classes: This one unit course is managed by CCAT and listed through the Department of Environmental Studies (ENST 123). The course is intended to create a foundation that enables each student to successfully plan, plant and harvest an organic garden of their own. Read more about it on the CCAT website https://ccat.humboldt.edu/content/classes
o Bayside Park Farm: The Bayside Park Farm is a 3-acre vegetable farm located in the City of Arcata's Bayside Park. The Farm is dedicated to cultivating connections between our community and sustainable agriculture. Started in 1993 when a group of Humboldt State University professors approached Arcata City Manager about the potential of partnering with the city to create an Educational Farm, the Bayside Park Farm became the first CSA in Arcata and is funded to this day by the community. In 2010 the Bayside Park Farm became a program under the City of Arcata with Educational Farmers working as employees of the City. As well as being a running CSA, the Bayside Park Farm is a permaculture park, and hosts a community garden. For more than 25 years, the farm has acted as an incubator to fledgling farmers by providing a space for the development of practical skills in organic and sustainable agriculture. Though technically a program of the City of Arcata, all community members (including campus stakeholders) are invited to participate in the farm via the CSA and to learn about organic and permaculture gardening. Read more at https://www.cityofarcata.org/440/Bayside-Park-Farm
o Food Sovereignty Lab: A resulting idea from Indigenous Natural Resource Management Practices course (NAS 331) during Fall 2019, students at Humboldt State University are pursuing funding and planning for a potential food sovereignty lab. On Dec 10, 2019 the students held a community dialog event requesting input on how the lab could best serve the community. Citing the Declaration of Nyeleni in 2007, the first global forum on food sovereignty Mali, the students stated: “Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods and their right to define their own food and agriculturel systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than demands of markets and corporations." Additional details are forthcoming. See flyer at https://diversity.humboldt.edu/news/food-sovereignty-lab-december10th

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:

o The Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) hosts two additional activities that seem to meet criteria for student-run enterprises. They are:
 The Bicycle Learning Center: The Bicycle Learning Center (BLC) is the newest branch of WRRAP, which is geared towards bicycle maintenance and operates much like a non-profit entity offering bike services at no cost to campus stakeholders. The BLC seeks funding from Associated Students (their granting and funding entity) each year to educate and advocate for the safe use of bicycles as an affordable, healthful and sustainable form of transportation and recreation.
 Mobile Coffee Table: WRRAP hosts a mobile coffee table that serves as both a way to solicit donations to support other WRRAP programs and as a demonstration hub for zero waste coffee cart practices. Students use donated coffee from community businesses, durable beverage containers to serve coffee to their peers for a low price, and diverts all associated waste from the landfill by way of recycling, repurposing, and composting.

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:

o HEIF: The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund, also known by its acronym "H.E.I.F.", is a concept championed by students whereby student fee money collects into a fund that is then available for sustainability projects on the Humboldt State University campus. Over the life of the fund (started in 2007), it has evolved from the original intent to fund solely energy independence projects (e.g. energy generation) to funding projects that now include broader concepts that have potential for positive natural resource, sustainability, or carbon impacts. Projects the fund has paid for in the past include a small solar array, lighting upgrades, water bottle refill stations, and compost bins, among many others. Over its lifetime, HEIF has employed a significant number of students who have generally worked on various elements of project proposals. HEIF is funded via student instructionally related activities (IRA) fees, at a rate of $13.41 per semester for students enrolled in 6+ units. Students who sit on the governance Committee for this group and those that serve on development teams get experience negotiating and navigating the types of criteria that influence investment in sustainability projects, often hearing/considering both assertions for and against funding the project from faculty and staff, as well as making these assertions themselves and holding their own vote to influence action. Read more at https://heif.humboldt.edu/about-heif
o Go Green Fund: The Go Green Fund was set up by the HSU Advancement Foundation to support programs and campus improvements that enhance the energy efficiency and environmental responsibility of the campus. Today, the fund supports student interns, who are paid to participate in activities of Green Campus. Eventually, HSU hopes that money saved through energy efficiency projects will be reinvested into the fund. The Go Green Fund appears to fit STARS criteria here in that it funds wages for students employees with the intent of giving them experience and knowledge that will allow them to develop skills related to green revolving fund and sustainable investment funds (they learn concepts like payback, return on investment, and participate directly in the conversations with decision makers about why or why not certain projects will receive funding, etc.) Read more at https://giving.humboldt.edu/crowdfundingcfpage=project&project_id=16083&t=1543671302

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:

o Sustainable Futures Speaker Series: Sustainable Futures is a visiting speaker series that stimulates interdisciplinary collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. All lectures are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the Environment & Community graduate program, the Schatz Center, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Humboldt State. Read more at https://envcomm.humboldt.edu/sustainable-futures
o Campus & Community Dialogue on Race: The Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. The program's mission is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression. In addition, students can earn a unit of credit in ES 480, Campus & Community Dialogue on Race. Read more at https://dialogue.humboldt.edu/
o Social Justice Summit: The Social Justice Summit is an annual event space that challenges and questions the dominant narratives that have been instilled into our minds and bodies. Historically, the Summit has been a weekend of learning and growth, where attendees have the opportunity to use different forms of expression that further their understanding of Social Justice. The Social Justice Summit is also a one-unit class offered in both Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Registration is through Extended Education. The Summit is free for students, faculty, staff, and community members. Read more at https://summit.humboldt.edu/
o Zero Waste Conference: The Zero Waste Conference is a week-long series of free events hosted by the Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) that are designed to engage students, professors, scientists, activists, and community members to unite in exchanging and generating a new wave of ideas, experiences, and expertise. The conference includes a diverse array of public events including keynote speakers, workshops, film screenings, and other festivities aimed at encouraging an inclusive and comprehensive Zero Waste community. Read more at https://wrrap.humboldt.edu/upcoming-events-0
o Earth Week Every Week: The Earth Week Every Week Committee is a Planning Group sponsored by Associated students that is charged with planning programs, events, and workshops that seek to educate, create community, and foster dialogue revolving around the theme of sustainability specifically related to issues of social and environmental justice, human and non-human rights, and healthy lifestyles. The group hosts a series of activities annually during earth week in April. Read about the activities and workshops held during April 2019 at http://now.humboldt.edu/news/build-resilience-during-earth-week/

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:

o HSU sponsored arts events, installations and performances are held at a number of spaces on campus including: Reese Bullen Gallery, Native American Arts Goudi’ni Gallery, Fulkerson Recital Hall, and sometimes in the Goodwin Forum or Kate Buchanan Room. Occasionally arts events put on by the University are held off campus at the Arkley Center for the Performing arts in Eureka. Many of the exhibits held in these spaces focus on sustainability issues and concepts, or on the intersections of social, environmental and economic dimensions. Examples from the 2018-2019 Academic Year include:
 Sept & Oct 2018 Sing Our Rivers Red: An exhibition of earrings aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence. A long cloth hanging, covered with hundreds of earrings, will occupy the Goudi'ni Gallery. Displayed alongside will be supplementary material, such as letters to missing women from their loved ones. The remainder of the space will be left unoccupied, leaving conceptual space for the missing and murdered.
 Sept 2018 A Woman’s Place Is In Her Home: A dramatic play about homelessness, featuring a talented cast of local actors from the campus and community.
 Oct 2018 Jessie Vala’s Exhibition Object ^ Time^ Conduit: Using a range of mixed media, Jessie Vala aims to investigate historical and mythological narratives surrounding ecological events that shape and change our world.
 Nov 2018 Geri Montano Exhibit: Inspired by her own personal experiences relating to cultural and feminist themes, Geri Montano's work juxtaposes aesthetic qualities with subversive imagery. In her exhibition, Resistance in the Land of the Red Apples, Montano fills the space with mixed media drawings, sculpture and installation dealing with concepts relevant to her experience as an Indigenous woman in the 21st century, challenging the viewer to contemplate controversial and taboo subjects.
 Dec 2018 Canned Food Creations & Food Drive: In the Library Lobby, student teams compete to build the most amazing snow-person sculptures out of canned food. The winning team designates a $150 donation to a campus organization of their choosing.
 Feb 2019 Art by Lyn Risling: This exhibit draws strongly from Lyn’s ancestral connections with the Karuk, Yurok, and Hupa peoples of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in Northern California. Her colorful paintings are reflections of her cultural heritage and the landscapes of her ancestral homelands. Her work is a continuum, connecting past, present, and future with Earth and Spirit, synthesizing traditional designs with contemporary experiences, issues, and perspectives. Her colorfully illustrated books welcome youngsters (and their parents) from all cultures into the abundant world of Native California.
 March 2019 Place: Migrations & Interventions- This two-person multimedia exhibition will explore ideas of place - both the physical and the conceptual. San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell creates clusters of Google Satellite image cutouts - landfills, waste ponds, parking lots, cargo ships - in her series Satellite Collections, creating images that force viewers to step back and consider fundamental questions of humanity, our presence and impact on the Earth. California-born, Brooklyn-based artist Ellie Irons foregrounds ecology and the Anthropocene in her myriad and multifarious projects. Projects featured in this show, Invasive Pigments and Flight Lines, both raise questions about relationships between humans and plants, bringing to mind ideas of migration and proliferation across place and time. This show asks visitors to interrogate ideas of place - near and far, abstract and personal - both actively and passively, in new and complex ways.
 April 2019 Ikyav, Pikyav: Making, Re-Making- This two-part exhibition will open with a celebration of the HSU Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP)’s 50th anniversary. Alumni’s customized graduation sashes, portraits, information, and stories will highlight ITEPP’s key moments and memories, its impact on the lives of its students, and its important presence within the HSU community as a whole. The exhibition’s second half will explore the 1970s-80s fight against the building of a road between Gasquet and Orleans, through traditional ceremonial sites of the Karuk, Yurok, and Tolowa tribes. Gallery displays will honor those who stood up against the destruction of sacred spaces and spiritual traditions, who fought back peacefully with marches, demonstrations, speeches, and tireless pleas. As a whole, this exhibition pays homage to Indigenous peoples’ reclamation of agency, sovereignty, and power, highlighting examples of making and re-making, of fixing the earth.
 April 2019 52nd Annual HSU International Film Fest: Since 1967, Humboldt State University students have produced this internationally recognized festival. The call-to-entry is open to independent filmmakers of all ages and countries for films with a running time of 1-30 minutes in the Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental categories. Submissions in the documentary category frequently examine issues of sustainability and intersections between society, economy, and ecology.
o Center Arts & AS Presents: Center Arts offers a variety of events year-round, and some usually relate to sustainability, whether they are speakers, performances, or music. Each semester a few Center Arts events are co-sponsored by Associated Students via a program called “AS Presents”. To see a list of current offerings visit https://centerarts.humboldt.edu/Online/default.asp
o Toyon: Toyon is a multilingual journal of literature and art that is edited and produced by Humboldt State University students from all disciplines. While Toyon receives submissions from all over the planet, it is also a journal of North Coast writing and art, and particularly welcomes new voices. Toyon charges no reading fees, and all selections are made through blind review. While Toyon is an art magazine and therefore does not explicitly focus on sustainability issues, past submissions have included narrative and content that revolve around themes of identity, community, inclusion, oppression, and other topics that are relevant to sustainability discussion. Read more at: http://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/toyon/
o Cultural Times: The Cultural Times is a publication produced by students once per semester and features poetry, illustrations, creative writing. The journal is coordinated by the MultiCultural Center (MCC) on campus, which is a student-centered program that fosters acceptance and respect of all people. Furthermore, the MCC seeks to provide opportunities for students to explore identity and history, experience cultures and traditions, express feelings, ideas and observations, empower each other to advocate for social justice, and engage to build and sustain community. Read more at: http://www2.humboldt.edu/multicultural/cultural_times_archive.php
o CCAT Harvest Festival and Annual May Day Event: The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) hosts two consistent annual events (among others), one in the fall (Harvest Fest) and one in the spring (May Day). Both offer workshops, activities, information, and hands-on learning opportunities for on and off-campus stakeholders alike, focused on themes including but not limited to vermiculture, food preservation/canning/fermentation, composting, and other permaculture topics. Art and performance are sometimes integrated to each event, wherein users are provided raw, natural, or upcycled materials to make wreaths, crowns, textiles, or other adornments, learning sustainable approaches for festive decorations. Find more information at https://ccat.humboldt.edu/file/437

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:

o Center Activities is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing outdoor, recreational, fitness, educational and social experiences to the Humboldt State University (HSU) students and surrounding community in order to promote personal development, discovery, and foster involvement in the community. Annually or biannually, Center activities hosts one Leave No Trace (LNT) Instructor Certification Course, at which participants learn to become LNT trainers themselves. In addition, Leave No Trace principles are incorporated to all outdoor programming. For reference, Center Activities generally hosts between 40-100 outdoor events per year, and these include: backpacking trips, sailing lessons, kayaking activities, rafting trips, day-long hiking events, camp outs, stand up paddling activities, surfing lessons, climbing trips, cross country ski trips, and youth camp programs. Read more at: http://www2.humboldt.edu/centeractivities/.
o Other programs that integrate Leave No Trace and/or responsible environmental stewardship to their training and principles are: Rec Administration Classes, Leadership Education Adventure Program (LEAP, hosted through YES House, http://yes.humboldt.edu/leadership-education-adventure-program), and the Outdoor Nation Challenge (named changed to AORE in 2019, HSU named 1st place for the Western Region in 2019 and 4th place nationally for "environmental champ", http://now.humboldt.edu/news/hsu-the-outdoors-champion-of-the-west/).

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:

o Place Based Learning Communities (PBLC’s): These programs are learning experiences where first time students engage in a peer group with structured activities and schedules aimed at bolstering success and retention, generally framed around applied local field experiences and experts. Each community shares in common that students are clustered into the community based on their major, are automatically enrolled in block class schedules, are given the option to live together in on-campus themed housing, participate in summer immersion programming, are given opportunities to network and work closely with local community professionals and peer mentors, and usually develop skills to solve social and environmental problems.
 Klamath Connection: Klamath Connection gives students the opportunity to learn to understand relationships between science, traditional ecological knowledge, the environment, and community, all via the lens of the Klamath River and watershed. Launched during Fall 2015, the Klamath Connection program was the first PBLC launched at HSU and is for students in the following majors: fisheries biology, forestry, environmental resources engineering, environmental science and management, rangeland resource science, and wildlife. Read more here: https://www2.humboldt.edu/klamathconnection/press
 Among Giants: This community teaches broad scientific perspectives and approaches to studying topics ranging from ecosystems to gene expression underlying disease by taking students to venture into the forest to study animals, identify ferns, and examine soils. . This program is for Biology, Botany, and Zoology majors. Read more at https://cnrs.humboldt.edu/learning-communities
 Representing Realities: This program connects representations of the world in local Native American art with ideas about patterns and structures in math and computer science. Students become immersed in problem-solving, listen to renowned mathematicians at Kieval lectures, and give students opportunities to compete in the LumberHacks Hackaton or the Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Read more at https://representingrealities.humboldt.edu/
 Rising Tides: This program allows students explore the depths of the ocean aboard a 91 foot research vessel, wade into rocky tide pools to study sea stars and marine life, and is a pathway to becoming a marine scientist. This program is for Biology (Marine Biology Concentration) and Oceanography majors. Read more at https://risingtides.humboldt.edu/
 Stars to Rocks: This program allows students to venture to hilltop observatories, peer at stars, use state-of-the-art technology to look for clues about the nature of gravity, chemically analyze rive samples to determine human impact the natural environment, or take field trips to study the Mendocino triple junction on the Cascadia subduction zone and San Andreas fault. This is a cross-disciplinary learning community for Chemistry, Geology, and Physics & Astronomy majors. Read more at https://starstorocks.humboldt.edu/

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:

o CCAT: The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) is pleased to offer 1-credit courses in sustainable living to both HSU students and community members through the Environmental Studies Department. All CCAT classes are free to HSU students. In 2019, these include: Indigenous Perspectives on the Environment, Green Building, Foundations of Organic Gardening, and Urban Homesteading. Employees and community members also lead-free workshops on appropriate technology and community building throughout the semester ranging from solar lighting to herbal remedies. Workshops are announced when on a monthly basis as they become available. Read more at https://ccat.humboldt.edu/content/get-involved
o Virtual Green Room: HSU encourages campus residents to practice healthy and sustainable living habits while residing on campus and hosts a “Virtual Green Room”, which displays actions that residents may apply when trying to reduce the amount of energy and water used, waste created, and overall consumption of natural resources. Visit the webpage here: https://www.humboldt.edu/greenroom/
o WRRAP: The Education branch of the Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program educates the HSU student body in numerous comprehensive ways. By organizing composting workshops, zero waste events, Take Back the Tap events, tabling in the quad, performing educational outreach presentations, designing interpretative displays, and making personal contact with the campus community, WRRAP’s education branch works to show the connections between individual choices and the waste produced on campus. Read more at https://wrrap.humboldt.edu/about-wrrap
o Resident Sustainability Advisor activities: The Residence Sustainability Advisor (RSA) is a student staff member that works in Housing to promote awareness and plan events regarding energy consumption and conservation. The Resident Sustainability Advisor works in conjunction with Housing and university staff to foster a sense of community and promote a quality environment for all residents. This person is expected to produce numerous events and activities throughout the semester, as well as provide information and facilitate resources for composting, recycling, waste sorting, and other conservation activities. Read more https://housing.humboldt.edu/resident-resources/sustainable-living
o Extended education: Extended Education and e-Learning at HSU offer several courses/programs that instill sustainable life skills, including but not limited to: Practical and Advanced Beekeeping, Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, among others. Read more at https://extended.humboldt.edu/extended-education/programs-and-courses/courses

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

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

o The campus offers many sustainability-focused student employment opportunities. These are offered through the following groups, clubs, and departments:
 Housing & Residence Life
 Green Campus
 Office of Sustainability
 Schatz Energy Research Center

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):

o Graduation Pledge: The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility is a campus tradition that started at HSU in 1987 and has since spread to campuses around the world. The Pledge is a simple, personal vow to consider the social and environmental consequences of the decisions that we make after we acquire our degree here at Humboldt State. Narrative for the pledge includes: “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.” Read more at: https://www2.humboldt.edu/gpa/
o HSU Pledge: While the campus community was proud of the impact and enthusiasm born from the Graduation Pledge, students/staff/faculty felt they didn’t need to have a graduation ceremony to be thinking about ways to make a positive impact. Out of this sentiment, the HSU Pledge was born. The HSU Pledge is a simple reminder that students, faculty, staff and alumni have the power to build our campus into one that we’re all are proud of. The HSU Pledge is represented by a yellow ribbon, meant to be worn proudly. It is an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with one another and share ideas on how we can make our campus more environmentally friendly and socially aware. Read more at https://forever.humboldt.edu/pledge

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

o Climate Resilience Deliberative Forum: Presented by the CAHSS Deliberative Democracy Initiative & the Office of Sustainability. Held in April 2019, the purpose of this event was to educate fifty student participants about efforts, on campus and in the local community, to collectively address and prepare for climate change-related hazards. This event also provided a forum for deliberation on community resilience, and for development of recommendations to strengthen resilience. Participants provided the Office of Sustainability and the City of Arcata Community Development Department with a diverse set of recommendations.
o HSU Student Leadership Institute in Climate Resilience (SLICR): This is a three-day immersive residential program (March 16-18, 2020) with a service learning project held through the Environmental Studies program and offered as a 2-unit Special Topics course for alternative spring break. The SLICR curriculum is designed to build knowledge, leadership skills, and agency to help create community resilience.
o Read more about both programs at https://facilitymgmt.humboldt.edu/sustainability-climate-change-resilience-initiatives

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