Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.52
Liaison Megan Varnadore
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Megan Varnadore
Director of Resiliency and Sustainability Operations
Risk Management & Safety Services
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
STEP Up (Seawolves Targeting Earth-friendly Practices)

A brief description of the campaign:

The Residential Community is committed to doing its share in helping the University become a more sustainable SSU. Residential Life staff recognizes the valuable role they can play in educating and empowering its residents to move towards a more sustainable ideology and set of practices.
Throughout the year Residential Life staff will coordinate the STEP Up for Sustainability initiative using educational campaigns and challenges in the residential community and beyond, focusing on three areas. They are:
* Water and Energy Conservation
* Responsible Consumerism
* Resource Stewardship
What Sonoma State students will learn in regarding sustainability:
* Students will know Sonoma State’s commitment to sustainability, especially as it relates to water and energy conservation, responsible consumerism, and resource stewardship.
* Students will understand the implications of their behavior and learn tools that meet the University's commitment to sustainability.
* Students will be able to demonstrate what practices they must engage in and actions they must take to live.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

As part of the educational campaigns and initiatives, STEP Up conducts a Skyfactor Survey asking the students on awareness and knowledge of sustainability issues. In the fiscal year 2017-2018, 63.4% of the 1940 respondents living in the residential community indicated that they were satisfied with their overall level of learning about sustainability within the housing community. Students also showed a greater desire for taking action towards living a more sustainable lifestyle and acquiring more sustainable behavior. As per the survey, 65% of the students were able to alter their actions to live a sustainable life and 60% of the students were confidently able to discuss the sustainability issues with their family and friends.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
President's Climate Leadership Commitment

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

It is a comprehensive roadmap for mitigating and adapting to a changing climate by reducing carbon emissions as well as integrating sustainability into the education curriculum, expanding research efforts and public reporting and creating and revising an action plan. The leadership commitment states that "We, the undersigned presidents and chancellors of colleges and universities, believe firmly in the power, potential, and imperative of higher education’s key role in shaping a sustainable society…carbon neutrality and resilience are extremely high priority areas of action for all institutions and we aim to lead the nation in these efforts."


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

Under the principles of the agreement, the university will be committing to adopting a Climate Action Plan that calls for achieving carbon neutrality for electricity-powered campus operations by 2045, as already required under SB100, which then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year. The commitment calls for integrating sustainability and resilience into curriculum and research. The university also will be committing to self-identified target dates including completing a baseline inventory of Sonoma State's carbon footprint by year one and writing a Climate Action Plan by year three that includes committing to a date for achieving complete carbon neutrality.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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