STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that have made a formal commitment to developing and maintaining their physical campuses with sustainability in mind by including the principle at a high level in their campus master plan.  
  • Environmental Benefits: An institution’s master plan shapes the development and maintenance of its physical campus. Incorporating sustainability into the campus master plan may help an institution realize sustainability objectives when making decisions about its facilities.
  • Scoring: Institution earns 4 points for having a plan that meets the criteria outlined above.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

Physical Campus Plan:

CSU Channel Islands does meet the criteria for this credit by having made a formal commitment to developing and maintaining their physical campus with sustainability in mind by including the principle at a high level in their campus master plan.

arial view of CSU Channel IslandsAs individuals and communities, CSU Channel Islands has a responsibility to future generations to reduce our impact to the environment. One way to fulfill this responsibility is by embracing sustainable practices in our day-to-day lives. CI has made a strong commitment to sustainability and to creating a green campus. Through the implementation of CSU.PER along with conscientious student, faculty and staff participation, future campus growth and improvements will provide great opportunities for incorporating green practices into campus planning, implementation, maintenance and operational processes.

Sustainable practices to consider include:

  • Preserve and retrofit of existing buildings to support current and future uses
  • Maximize natural daylight
  • Incorporate operable windows to minimize dependence on conditioned air
  • Incorporate systems and products with recycled/recyclable content
  • Update building systems to maximize energy efficiency
  • Update building fixtures to reduce water usage
  • Provide recycling bins throughout campus to encourage campus participation
  • Preserve mature trees, vegetation, and green space
  • Incorporate native vegetation to reduce water usage and utilize reclaimed water for irrigation
  • Research alternative energy sources including wind turbines and solar panels
  • Incorporate bioswales into surface parking lot design to support drainage and runoff

Information Received From:

John Gormley: Campus Architect/Interim Director, Planning, Design & Construction

Examples of Physical Campus Plans at other STARS rated institutions:

University of Florida

Michigan State University

Babson College (PDF)