Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.40
Liaison David Liebman
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Santa Rosa Junior College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 4.00 David Liebman
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Facilities Planning and Operations
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

In the Santa Rosa Junior College Strategic Plan goal E is to establish a strong culture of sustainability. We intend to establish the culture to expand, support, and monitor district-wide sustainability practices and initiatives along with infuse sustainability across the curriculum and promote awareness throughout District operations, promote social and economic equity in the communities we serve, and ensure economic sustainability by leveraging resources, partnering with our communities, and contributing to the economic growth of the region. It states that we value sustainability which includes teaching of sustainability principles and concepts, research on sustainable development projects/issues, incorporating ecological values and practices in the District's operations, support and promotion of sustainability efforts in our community, and fiscal solvency and stability.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

2030 Facilities Master Plan. One of the guiding principles throughout the document is Sustainability.
https://bond.santarosa.edu/facilities-master-plan-district-standards


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

One of the goals in the Greenprint is to infuse Sustainability throughout the Curriculum so that students have a well-rounded view of sustainability and how it connects to and affects all parts of our lives. There are several key faculty that are working on these issues and are best to lead this aspect of the project. PDA workshops and other training should be encouraged.

https://www.santarosa.edu/sites/sustainability.santarosa.edu/files/Greenprint_3%2013%2015.pdf

https://strategic-planning.santarosa.edu/2014-19-strategic-plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Facilities Master Plan calls for Carbon Neutral Operations by 2030.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Objectives to establish roof gardens, lighting upgrades, improve glazing and more are included in the Facilities Master Plan. Almost all of our building goals are related to energy, and have been included in that section below.

Goals include:
- Buildings will be Zero Net Energy by 2030
-Carbon Neutral Operations by 2030
-Zero Net Non Potable Water Ready by 2030

https://bond.santarosa.edu/facilities-master-plan-district-standards


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Energy efficiency measures such as lighting upgrades, more efficient cooling and heating along with ground source heat pumps are included in the Facilities Master Plan.

Goals include:
- 67% Reduction in campus average EUI achieved by Energy Efficiency Measures, such as LED lighting, and more efficient HVAC.

- All new buildings and major renovations shall be modeled to determine what the target Energy Use Intensity (EUI) is for the project to achieve ZNE (Source) performance.

- All new buildings and major renovations shall be at least 15% more energy efficient than required by current California Title 24 energy requirements.

- Passive design strategies (eg natural daylight, operable windows, correct solar orientation) shall be the primary focus in order to lower buildings loads as much as possible before active systems are designed.

- New buildings shall be designed to result in an EnergyStar rating of 95 or higher.

- All new buildings and deep retrofits to existing buildings must be designed to accommodate roof top renewable energy systems (eg PV, CSP or solar hot water) or green roofs/ terraces for at least 75% of the available roof surface. Alternatively, provision is to be made to procure energy from some other on-site renewable source

- Provide preferred parking for alternative fuel vehicles and carpooling

- Provide electric vehicle charging stations powered by on-site PV.

https://bond.santarosa.edu/facilities-master-plan-district-standards


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measures addressing the sustainability efforts of the groups are included in the Facilities Master Plan. Some of the objectives include treating storm-water management, using dought-tolerant and native plants, along with shifting toward sourcing local, durable materials that will require little maintenance.

Goals:
- Strive to be a permaculture rich college, connecting students, faculty and the community through experiential garden based ecological learning and practice.

- Implement landscape based integrated stormwater capture including use of bioswales, french drains, mulched basins, pervious pavement, and bio-retention basins.
https://bond.santarosa.edu/facilities-master-plan-district-standards


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

A sustainable purchasing policy is currently under development.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Transportation measure such as shifting toward commuting via bicycle by creating more bicycle facilities such a bike paths and locks is included in the Facilities Master Plan.

Goals:
- Adding bike barns on campus for students
- Adding more electric vehicle parking around campus

https://bond.santarosa.edu/facilities-master-plan-district-standards

A Draft Sustainable Transportation Plan is currently being reviewed by Constituent Groups


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The following measures are included in the Facilities Master Plan
SCJCD aspires to reduce waste all of its construction projects and ensure adequate recycling and composting facilities are designed in their new facilities.
1. Promote source reduction in all aspects of facility design, construction and operations.
2. Exceed statewide landfill diversion goal of 75% by 2020.
3. Include building and campus infrastructure for collection and storage of recycles, trash and on-site composting, including appropriate signage.
4. Provide at least on recycling and one composting collection bin in every 2000 sf of building space.

https://bond.santarosa.edu/facilities-master-plan-district-standards


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

There are several water measures which address low flow plumbing, swimming pool covers, and black water treatment. These measures are all included in the Facilities Master Plan.

Goals include:
- Being Zero Net Non-Potable Water by 2030

- Achieve the Districts Watershed Budget by 2030

- All new buildings, surrounding pathways and roads must be designed to integrate with the campus stormwater management system, which is to capture 100% stormwater on site from a 10 year magnitude storm.

- Provide water bottle filling stations in all buildings.

https://bond.santarosa.edu/facilities-master-plan-district-standards


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Student Equity Plan with the success indicators of; access, course completion, ESL/Basic Skills, Degree/Certificate, and Transfer.

Goals:
- Increase accessibility to Shone Farm. Shone Farm is the college's main agriculture campus and is located 14 miles from the main campus. Providing transportation for students to Shone would be a way for diverse students interested in pursuing sustainable agriculture studies to get to the campus without the need for a personal vehicle since there are no county bus routes serving that area.
https://bussharepoint.santarosa.edu/committees/ssec/Committee%20Documents/SRJC%20Student%20EquityPlan_UPDATED%20FINAL.pdf

- Future on-campus, below-market housing to address the affordability need, and also support sustainable transportation mode shift and reduce the number of vehicles traveling to and from campus in line with transportation goals.
https://bond.santarosa.edu/sites/bond.santarosa.edu/files/SCJCD%2003_Master%20Plan%20FINAL.pdf (p. 53)

-The District's Strategic Plan - Goal C: "Serve our diverse communities, and strengthen our connections through engagement, collaboration, partnerships, innovation, and leadership"
uses two core indicators to measure success. Those indicators are student headcount (including a comparison to county and employee demographics), as well as participation rate.
https://strategic-planning.santarosa.edu/2014-19-strategic-plan and https://strategic-planning.santarosa.edu/2014-19-strategic-plan-scorecard


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Facilities Master Plan incorporates health and well being into the building design standards with a focus on Indoor Air Quality and design that focuses people on active mobility

https://bond.santarosa.edu/facilities-master-plan-district-standards

SRJC also offers FITSRJC which are weekly 1 hour exercise and health workshops for all college employees


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

SRJC passionately cultivates learning through the creative, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and ethical development of our diverse community.

We focus on student learning by preparing students for transfer; by providing responsive career and technical education; and by improving students’ foundational skills.
We provide a comprehensive range of student development programs and services that support student success and enrich student lives.
We support the economic vitality, social equity and environmental stewardship of our region.
We promote personal and professional growth and cultivate joy at work and in lifelong learning.
We foster critical and reflective civic engagement and thoughtful participation in diverse local and global communities.
We regularly assess, self-reflect, adapt, and continuously improve.
https://strategic-planning.santarosa.edu/2014-19-strategic-plan


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

We value Sustainability that includes:
The teaching of sustainability principles and concepts
Research on sustainable development project/issues
Incorporating ecological values and practices in the District's operations
Support and promotion of sustainability efforts in our community
Fiscal solvency and stability
https://strategic-planning.santarosa.edu/2014-19-strategic-plan


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

The highlight of SRJC’s Earth Day celebration on April 20, 2011, outside the Bertolini Student Center on the Santa Rosa Campus was the signing of the Talloires Declaration by President Agrella. The declaration is a comprehensive, internationally accredited plan that provides educational institutions with a framework for achieving a sustainable future. The declaration was drafted in 1990 in Talloires, France by an international group of university presidents, outlining the role that higher education administrators, faculty, staff, and students can play in helping tackle urgent environmental concerns.

During the ceremonial signing, several speakers gave brief presentations about the meaning of the Talloires Declaration (pronounced Tal-Whar) for SRJC, including: student Jessica Jones; Earth and Space Sciences Instructor Katie Gerber; Dean of Arts, Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences Tyra Benoit, and Dean of Facilities Planning and Operations Tony Ichsan. By signing the declaration, President Agrella and SRJC agree to take actions that address “the unprecedented scale and speed of environmental pollution and degradation, and the depletion of natural resources.” The signing brings SRJC into a select group of more than 300 colleges and universities worldwide that have pledged to support environmental sustainability and advance global environmental awareness.
Recently Dr. Frank Chong President of SRJC has signed the Second Nature Presidents Climate Commitment.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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