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

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
PRE-4: Operational Characteristics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Katie Koscielak
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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Endowment size:
38,642,162 US/Canadian $

Total campus area:
1,498.77 Acres

Small town

IECC climate zone:
4 - Mixed

Gross floor area of building space:
2,013,068 Gross square feet

Floor area of laboratory space:
42,130 Square feet

Floor area of healthcare space:
10,402 Square feet

Floor area of other energy intensive space:
41,453 Square feet

Additional documentation to support the submission :
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
• Endowment size - The endowment market value on 6/30/22 was $38,642,161.30 and is a figure emailed to STARS reporters by Jamie Rich, Financial Analyst for University Advancement on 10/26/2022.
• Total Campus Area was calculated by summing the main area of campus (252 acres) with acreage at the Telonicher Marine Lab (1.3 acres), Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm (353 acres), Natural History Museum (.23 acres), Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (.94 acres), Corp Yard (Samoa Facility, 7.3 acres), and a significant land acquisition called the Jacoby Creek Forest & Upper Watershed that came under University ownership in February 2019. The Jacoby Creek Forest adds a significant portion of land (884 acres) to the institution's holdings and will be used for research, education, fish and wildlife habitat conservation, and demonstration of working forest land best practices. Assessor parcel numbers for the Jacoby Creek parcel include: 404-121-020, 404-121-021, 404-121-026, 404-121-027, 404-12 1-028, 404-121-029, 406-041-001, 314-111-001, 314-111-002 and 314-131-030. The campus has significant new land and real estate acquisitions planned due to the anticipated growth as a Cal Poly and the outlook by the Advancement Foundation Investment Committee that real estate is a priority investment strategy, which include: Foster Avenue, Stewart Building, and the Craftsman's site off of St. Louis Road. However, no significant University activity was happening at these three sites yet at the time of submission of this STARS report so they've been excluded in reported square footage; (meaning, campus Grounds Shop was not caring for landscape, the University was not consuming electricity or water or other utilities at each site, and no business/class activities were taking place there). In the 2026 STARS report, these new properties (and likely others) will demonstrate increased acreage footprint of the campus.
• Gross floor area of building space is equivalent to the campus measurement called Basic Gross Square feet, which eliminates covered/unenclosed square feet. It also does not include buildings that do not experience any kind of functional use, buildings leased to third parties whose primary activities are not related to the institution, and spaces that do not contain structures with usable square footage (e.g. playing fields).
• Floor area of lab space includes only information about research laboratories, which are given the space codes 0016 and 0017 in the internal database called Facilities Link. Readers may notice that the calculation for lab space in this report has changed over time and differs here from previous STARS reports, which is due to the fact that researchers and instructors frequently change the way they use campus spaces, from teaching to research activities and vice versa, and this is reflected in the way the campus categorizes space. In other words, most of the change in this report is reflective not of the campus completing new construction for additional research space, but instead reflects re-categorized space from other uses.
• The calculation for floor area of health care space adheres to Technical Manual specifications, which stipulates the exclusion of non-care space. This number was accordingly calculated using “assignable square feet” for the Student Health Center only. Furthermore, in accordance with the STARS Technical Manual, only spaces given the codes in the 800 series under the Space Use Codes in the U.S. Department of Education's Postsecondary Education Facilities Inventory and Classification Manual have been included here (reference https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/2006160.pdf). This means that electrical, custodial, restrooms, hallways, stairs, telecom, elevators, and mechanical spaces were removed from this summative figure. Offices were included because they were thought to be occasionally used for doctor/nurse medical discussions with patients or as break rooms for staff.
• To calculate energy intensive square footage, reporters made estimates regarding which spaces have an average energy use intensity (EUI) that is at
least twice that of office/administrative space, using the examples given from the Tech Manual of food production spaces and data centers. At this time, it is not possible for the campus to calculate detailed EUI figures because specific rooms are not sub-metered. The estimation for energy intensive square footage therefore included all room types given the “telecomm” designation in Facilities Link (internal database), which aligns to our campus Information Technology definition that data centers would include space where the primary function is to house servers and network drives. Reporters also calculated food production square footage by determining square footage in the five buildings where Dining Services (an auxiliary department managed by third party vendor Chartwells) prepares food on campus. Last, mechanical rooms and spaces with heavy use electrical equipment with space ID numbers 1010 (Mechanical Space), 1000 (Electrical) were analyzed but ultimately not included in the sum figure of energy intensive space.

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