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

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katie Koscielak
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

1. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

2. Second Nature

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

CSU Sustainability Officers Affinity Group

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

1. 2019 CA Higher Education Collaborative (CHEC, October)- Director of Sustainability from HSU presented on the concept and model of the Green Campus student group in partnership with Sustainability Officer from CSU Dominguez Hills

2. 2018 CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC, July)- Sustainability Analyst from HSU presented on best practices and lessons learned from using STARS as an iterative improvement sustainability planning tool

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

At the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) in July 2017, HSU was honored with a best practice award for Innovation in Waste Reduction with a project entitled "Food Recovery: Addressing the Food Insecurity and Climate Disruption Nexus." Then in July 2018 CHESC, though not selected as a winner, HSU received an honorable mention in the Large Scale Planning Best Practice category for work utilizing STARS as a planning tool for sustainability across campus.

Most recently, in July 2019, HSU was honored with a best practice award for submission in the category Student Sustainability Leadership. For this award, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) submitted information and gave a presentation as follows: Tuesday, July 9th, 8:00am – 9:15am, Brean Hall, Room 1424, “Holistic Engagement on Campus”. Description: CCAT is a sustainable living demonstration home & laboratory at Humboldt State University. Founded in 1978, this Associated Student’s program provides 3 student Co-Directors with a home on-campus where they manage a small-scale homestead operation with a team of student assistants, course facilitators, & interns. Using skills developed on and off campus, these students are proving that living sustainably is possible when done collectively and in collaboration with the local community & fellow programs on campus. Read more at https://chesc.org/best-practice-awards/2019-best-practice-award-winners-2/

As an active member of AASHE's resource sharing community, Kate Lancaster, Professor in the School of Business at HSU, presented an online webinar entitled "The Decolonization of Curriculum for a Sustainable Future" in June 2018. Read more at https://www.aashe.org/calendar/decolonization-of-curriculum/

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

During the Academic Year 18-19, the Environmental Sustainability Executive Officer for Associated Students at HSU, Isabel Sanchez-Pacheco, was also elected into the Sustainability Officer Role with the Cal State Student Association. The Cal State Student Association (CSSA) as a student-led organization strives to improve the lives of California State University (CSU) students by advocating for student needs and engaging students in systemwide, state, and federal higher education policymaking. Read more at https://calstatestudents.org/

Faculty member and department chair for Environmental Studies, Sarah Ray, is one of four members of the Planning Team for the UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network (KAN). The KAN emerges out of the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group of the UC President’s Global Climate Leadership Council. The working group, comprised of UC faculty from across the state, seeks to connect with and learn from faculty peers across the CSU who are similarly engaged in questions regarding rapid diffusion of climate and sustainability education to broader California audiences. The Planning Team is informed by an advisory committee comprised of UC and CSU principals engaged in P-20 education training, carbon neutrality, and sustainability. Read more at http://climatechampions.ucop.edu/uc-csu-knowledge-action-network-for-transformative-climate-and-sustainability-education-and-action/

The Chancellor's office for the CSU convened a set of working groups during the 18-19 Academic Year to inform revision and updates to the CSU Sustainability Policy. Sustainability Officers from Humboldt State University served on several of these working groups, including:
-Waste, Purchasing & Food- (Morgan King, Climate Action Analyst)
-Resiliency & Climate- (Andrea Alstone, Energy Planner & Analyst)
-Culture & Community- (Katie Koscielak, Sustainability Analyst)

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Humboldt State University has served in a leadership role collaborating with a rotation of Cal Poly SLO, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Chico and the Chancellor's office over the previous three years to develop a system-wide collaborative forum, best practices model, and inaugural funding pathway for the Green Campus student intern concept. This collaboration effort intends to eventually accomplish two goals: create a bi-annual student conference for Green Campus teams throughout the CSU system and provide a recruitment avenue for other campuses to start Green Campus student groups.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Humboldt State completed an external review of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo STARS report in September of 2019 prior to their submission, checking for consistency/accuracy and providing detailed feedback. HSU will receive this service in Spring 2019, having Cal Poly SLO review this current draft of our STARS report prior to submission. This activity allows both campuses to review detailed program information and gather new ideas, as well as observe and learn best practices for sustainability report writing via peer review.

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Attached document is a resulting outcome from HSU's collaborative mentoring effort to bring the Green Campus intern model to other campuses across the CSU.

Attached document is a resulting outcome from HSU's collaborative mentoring effort to bring the Green Campus intern model to other campuses across the CSU.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.