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

STARS v2.2

Humboldt State University
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katie Koscielak
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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Has the institution banned or eliminated the on-site sales and distribution of at least one type of single-use disposable plastic?:
Yes

A brief description of the single-use disposable plastics that have been banned or eliminated:

​​By 2023, the California State University's 23 campuses will be eliminating the use and sale of all single-use plastics including plastic straws, water bottles and bags.

A new system policy enacted in December establishes purchasing practices aimed at eliminating disposable plastic items—which make up a significant proportion of the waste campuses send to landfills—while giving preference to reusable, compostable or recyclable products instead.

According to the policy, all CSU campuses must eliminate plastic straws and carryout bags beginning in 2019. In addition, campuses must phase out Styrofoam food service items by January 2021 and discontinue sales and distribution of single-use plastic water bottles before January 2023.

The plan expands upon the Board of Trustees' Policy on Sustainability by making sustainability central to the CSU's business processes.


Website URL where information about the single-use disposable plastic ban(s) is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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In addition to the robust steps that the CSU system as a whole is taking to outlaw single use plastics as general policy across all 23 campuses, Humboldt State has been an early adopter an leader in banning and phasing out plastics at HSU as both policy and general practice, having banned plastic water bottles in 2011, banned plastic bags in 2014, removed most styrofoam from Dining in early 2010's, and is currently working to reduce plastics further.

Read more at:
https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/CSU-Says-Goodbye-to-Single-Use-Plastics.aspx
http://now.humboldt.edu/news/university-phases-out-plastic-bags/
http://now.humboldt.edu/news/new-extinct-species-on-campus-bottled-water/
http://magazine.humboldt.edu/spring12/campus-nixes-bottled-water/

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