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

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 Claudia Luke
Director of the Center for Environmental Inquiry
Science and Tech Instruction
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sonoma State approved a new GE curricular revision on May 23, 2019.

1. The revision contains an objective to implement a graduation requirement of either a class in sustainability and environmental resilience or a class in global awareness. The plan approved is to begin the approval process for classes that will meet the graduation requirements this Spring 2021. This is ongoing and should be ready for Fall 2021.

2. A second objective is to begin assessment of the graduation requirement. An assessment plan has been developed and begins Spring 2022 to design assessment rubrics for this requirement.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

From the CSU Sustainability Policy:

The policy “aims to not only reduce the university’s impact on the environment and educate our students, faculty, and staff on sustainable practices, but also to incorporate sustainability principles and climate science in our educational offerings” (CA State University Sustainability Policy Proposal, page 1).

The policy summarizes goals and intent in the first four numbered points, subtitled “University Sustainability”:

1. The CSU will seek to further integrate sustainability into the academic curriculum working within the normal campus consultative process.
2. The CSU will develop employee and student workforce skills in the green jobs industry, promote the development of sustainable products and services, and foster economic development.

3. The CSU will pursue sustainable practices in all areas of the university, including:
a. Business operations such as procurement; information technology; student
service; food services; facilities operations; design and construction; and
b. Self-funded entities such as student housing, student unions, parking,
children’s centers, and auxiliary operations.

4. Each CSU is encouraged to designate a sustainability officer responsible for carrying out and/or coordinating campus sustainability program efforts.

The policy goes on to call out objectives in the following subject areas: Climate Action Plan, Energy Independence and Procurement, Energy Conservation and Utility Management, Water Conservation, Waste Management, Sustainable Procurement, Sustainable Food Service, Sustainable Building Practices, and Physical Plant Management.


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Sustainability is one of the most critical global and ethical challenges of our time. We are dedicated to infusing sustainability into everything we do – in our academic and co-curricular programs, our physical campus and operations, our services, and our collaborations with communities of the North Bay. Our students graduate prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to make an impact in the community and the world.


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
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
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:

Sonoma State University will define, organize, fund, and implement sustainability programs and structures. Students, faculty, staff and administrators will build a campus environment that focuses on the environmental, economic, and cultural implications of sustainability. The university will expand academic programs for students and faculty, support sustainable technology and planning on campus, and partner on and off campus to improve the University’s sustainability profile.
Goals:
 Empower students to contribute to sustainability in their careers through curricular and co-curricular programs engaging the campus and the community.
 Continually lower campus natural resource use, considering best sustainable practices in
buildings, water use, energy, food service, facilities, residential life, procurement, grounds, and waste diversion.
 Promote sustainability in the SSU service area through partnerships between community
organizations, faculty, staff, administrators and students.
 Build common cause across campus constituencies to develop a sustainable campus environment.
 Seek external support for sustainability programs and activities.
 Position SSU as a leader in regional sustainability.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/sustainability/Documents/2014-17-Sustainability.pdf

The Draft document highlighting the details and objectives of the above sections can be provided upon request.

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