Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.57
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date April 11, 2023

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
PRE-3: Institutional Boundary

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Katie Koscielak
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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Institution type:

Institutional control:

A brief description of the institution’s main campus and other aspects of the institutional boundary used to complete this report:
Cal Poly Humboldt (previously known as Humboldt State or it's simple acronym "HSU") is a public institution of higher education with a main campus located at 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521. The main campus is nestled in the redwoods on the east side of a small northern California town that roughly doubles in population with the addition of students during each academic year. The campus is located approximately 280 miles north of San Francisco, but sits close to the coast, just 5 miles inland from the beach when measured as the crow flies. The campus sits on hilly terrain overlooking the Humboldt Bay, the Arcata Marsh, and as can be seen from higher elevation vantage points on campus further in the southern distance, Old Town Eureka. Programs in natural resources and sciences are nationally known, and faculty take full advantage of the many applied learning opportunities that the Northern CA coastal landscape affords by utilizing a variety of field study practices and case studies. Visual and performing arts are also popular areas of study, along with social science and justice-oriented fields. The campus was founded as a teacher's college in 1913. Over the last century, it has grown from an institution focused solely on teacher education to an accredited university with extensive research facilities. There have been plenty of name changes over the years, spanning Humboldt State Normal School, Humboldt State Teachers College, Humboldt State College, CSU Humboldt, Humboldt State University, to our most recent name which is now Cal Poly Humboldt. The change to a Polytechnic campus brings even greater emphasis on science and technology, and the growth/addition of more than 20 new degrees and programs in the coming years. Campus sits on land that is un-ceded territory of the Wiyot people. It is surrounded by the traditional, ancestral, and present homeland of several indigenous nations including the Hupa, Karuk, Mattole, Tolowa, Wailaki, and Yurok, among others, that make up Humboldt County and surrounding regions. By some accounts, this part of CA hosted/hosts some of the largest, most prosperous and thriving populations of Tribal Nations in the state. The University holds several satellite parcels of land that should be noted for institutional activities, including: the Telonicher Marine Lab in Trinidad, CA; the L.W. Schatz Demonstration Tree farm in Korbel, CA; the Natural History Museum also known as the Figueiredo Building located approximately a half mile from main campus in Arcata, CA; the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center on the Waterfront of Eureka, CA; the Corp Yard on Samoa Blvd in Arcata, CA; and an 800+ acre parcel of forested land in Jacoby Creek. Auxiliary facilities and operations of Housing and Dining (located within the boundary of main campus) are included in the calculation for institutional boundary of campus here.

Which of the following features are present on campus and which are included within the institutional boundary?:
Present? Included?
Agricultural school No No
Medical school No No
Other professional school with labs or clinics (e.g. dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary) No No
Museum Yes Yes
Satellite campus Yes Yes
Farm larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres No No
Agricultural experiment station larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres Yes Yes
Hospital No No

The rationale for excluding any features that are present from the institutional boundary:
Several buildings owned by the University were excluded from the Institutional Boundary. Rationale for these exclusions falls into three categories: a) the building does not experience institutional use, or b) the building is leased out to a third party entity whose primary activity is not related to the institution, or c) space does not contain a structure with usable square footage. Accordingly, the following buildings were excluded from total building square footage and total acreage tallies because these facilities do not currently experience any sort of use: 570 Granite Avenue, Building 20, Cogeneration Unit, Housing Cogeneration Unit, Entrance Gates, KHSU Kneeland Transmitter Site, Redwood Bowl West Bleachers, Redwood Sciences Lab, Stewart Building, Tenth Street Children's Center, Trinity Annex, Turner House, Union Street Duplex Residence, Water Tower, and the Wells Fargo Building.

Additional documentation to support the submission :

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
See detailed information on the buildings and space that comprise the University in the attached worksheet for PRE 4 Operational Characteristics.

See detailed information on the buildings and space that comprise the University in the attached worksheet for PRE 4 Operational Characteristics.

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