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

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Megan Varnadore
Director of Resiliency and Sustainability Operations
Risk Management & Safety Services
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Has the institution banned or eliminated the on-site sales and distribution of at least one type of single-use disposable plastic?:

A brief description of the single-use disposable plastics that have been banned or eliminated:

This policy articulates the CSU’s requirements related to single-use plastics to ensure procurement and contracting activities are in compliance with CSU’s sustainability goals and applicable regulations.

Campuses shall establish purchasing practices that assure, to the maximum extent economically feasible, the purchase of single-use plastics including plastic straws, plastic water bottles, and plastic bags are eliminated. Purchase preference shall be given to reusable products, followed by locally compostable and/or recyclable products. Procurement, auxiliaries, and all relevant stakeholders will work with campus sustainability staff to assess and select the most sustainable alternatives.

CSU sustainability policies, including but not limited to 5236.00 and 5235.00, apply to Auxiliary Organizations incorporated to support the California State University.

Campus responsibilities:
● Eliminate single-use plastic water bottles by January 1, 2023, or upon contract renewal if existing contract terms prohibit. A 25% reduction in single-use plastic water bottles purchased and supplied will be achieved annually.
● Eliminate plastic straws no later than January 1, 2019.
● Eliminate single-use plastic carryout bags no later than January 1, 2019.
● Eliminate single-use polystyrene (e.g. STYROFOAM™) foodservice items no later than January 1, 2021.
● Replace single-use plastic items with materials that are reusable, locally compostable and/or recyclable.

Exceptions to the above are only to be made for complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements4 or when it is demonstrated that compliance with the above will result in undue hardship on students or campus organizations.

Website URL where information about the single-use disposable plastic ban(s) is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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