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

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Claudia Luke
Director of the Center for Environmental Inquiry
Science and Tech Instruction
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

CSU, Sonoma State is an active member of several national sustainability networks. SSU uses these networks to collaborate and share information with other higher education institutions.


* APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities - https://www.appa.org/

* Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - http://www.aashe.org/

* Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment or ACUPCC) - http://secondnature.org/who-we-are/network/

* Resilience Coalition - https://www.resiliencestudiesconsortium.com/

* Organization of Biological Field Stations - https://www.obfs.org/

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

The California State University Sustainability Officers Affinity Group has regular conference calls and collaborates with all CSU campuses. There are also separate in-person meetings of this group 2-3 times per year. The purpose of the group is to share best practices and find out what other CSU campuses are doing in the sustainability arena.

Other regional, state/provisional or local sustainability networks that Sonoma State University is involved in are:
* Center for Climate Protection - https://climateprotection.org/
* North Bay Forward - http://northbayforward.org/
* Sustainable Enterprise Conference - https://www.northbaysec.org/

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Water Resources & Policy Initiatives (WRPI) - https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/research/wrpi

As part of the 9th Annual WRPI Conference: "Water Management in a Changing Climate," students from Sonoma State University submitted a poster on "Evaluation of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Levels in Sediments Deposited in the Laguna de Santa Rosa." The location selected was the Stony Point Road site within the Laguna de Santa Rosa. More information on the project can be found on this website:



Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):


Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Sustainability Program Director, Claudia Luke serves on national and international planning committees to develop sustainability programs at university field sites. The two most recent sites (last five years) are IKIAM Universidad Regional Amazonica in Ecuador, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and CSU Channel Islands in California.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:


A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Sonoma State University has long-term multi-year contracts with Sonoma Water (7 years) for project related to water (WATERS Collaborative) and the TREE Fund (3 years) for projects related to fire safety (Nature!Tech). We hosted the Living with Fire Symposium after the 2017 wildfires in the North Bay with 300 attendees (http://cce.sonoma.edu/fire-response).
Some of the accomplishments of WATERS Collaborative for 2019 can be found in the document below:

Center for Environmental Inquiry: Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry is a public-private endeavor that provides research and training to advance careers, technology and innovation at SSU’s three preserves totaling 4,200 acres (Galbreath Wild-lands Preserve in Mendocino County, Fairfield Osborn Preserve in Penngrove, and Los Guillicos Preserve the Valley of the Moon).The Center is part of Sonoma State's effort to make environmental understanding integral to university education, regardless of major.
The Center engages faculty, students and community in real-world projects focused on sustainability and environmental inquiry


Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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