University Park Needs Assessment Report Available

A Needs Assessment Report by Rincon Consultants, Inc., a leading California Environmental consulting and engineering firm has been completed and is posted on the CI University Park webpage at

CI hired the company in 2012 to seek and engage broad-based community input to explore their vision of what the Park might be.

The report supports goals outlined in CI's original Program of Utilization (POU) from 2007 that included preserving and protecting native species, restoring wetlands, creating educational opportunities, maintaining open spaces, developing trails, and keeping the Park open to all for passive recreational uses.

For more information, contact Caroline Doll, Director of Special Projects, at ext. 3232 or

Newly Approved Campus Administrative Policies

The following administrative policies have been approved by President Rush following recommendation from the President's Planning and Policy Council (PPPC).

FA.40.004 - Policy on Access Management and Facility Security

Revisions to this policy has several minor revisions as well as a change to the manner in which student codes and access devices are handled.

FA.45.001 - Policy on University Space Allocation

This policy was developed to manage space utilization at CSU Channel Islands. The allocation of space is critical to accomplishing the Mission of the University. Like other University assets, space is a finite resource. This policy was constructed with the understanding that decisions regarding space must be made both thoughtfully and in agreement with criteria that meets the needs of the University.

Full text of these and all administrative policies may be found on the Administrative Policy Website at

Please direct questions regarding specific policies to the individual(s) or area(s) listed in the accountability section of each policy.

Sustainable Landscaping Update

Landscape throughout the campus has been carefully installed with sustainability and water conservation in mind.  CI has been working diligently to replace traditional landscaping with California-native and drought-tolerant landscaping.  Drought-tolerant plants are strategically grouped together while plants that require more water are placed elsewhere.  This allows our irrigation specialist to precisely water zones throughout campus and avoid overwatering. CI has recently acquired a propagation house that will be installed behind Modoc Hall. This new structure will allow the campus to grow native drought-tolerant vegetation. Having the ability to grow our own vegetation will not only save the University money, it will also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions due to the cut in transportation of vegetation from an outside source.

Currently, 99% of the campus is irrigated with reclaimed water, saving thousands of gallons of potable water every year. Protecting the natural habitat is a primary goal at CI, which is why Long Grade Creek, the wetlands creek that runs through the entrance road, is under continuous restoration so that native plant and animal species may thrive.

Through the continuation of these projects and many others, the landscape may continue to flourish, keeping CI beautiful while remaining environmentally sound.

To connect with CI Sustainability, visit their webpage here.

For more information, contact Austin Eriksson, Sustainability Analyst, at ext. 3507 or

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