STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that have developed a comprehensive plan to move towards sustainability. Institution should have a sustainability plan that was developed with input from faculty, staff, and students. The plan should include measurable goals with corresponding strategies and timeframes to achieve the goals. The plan need not be formally adopted.
  • Environmental Benefits: Developing a sustainability plan provides an exceptional learning opportunity for an institution’s stakeholders to use the campus as a laboratory and learn what it takes to become sustainable. A sustainability plan provides a road map for achieving sustainability and may help guide decision-making. Having measurable goals with corresponding timeframes may help motivate institutions to maintain their commitments to sustainability and implement sustainable practices.
  • Scoring: Institution earns 3 points for having a sustainability plan that meets the criteria outlined above. Partial points are not available for this credit.

 

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

Sustainability Plan:

CSU Channel Islands does meet the criteria for this credit by having a sustainability plan that was developed with input from faculty, staff and students, and includes measurable goals with corresponding strategies and timeframes to achieve the goals.

CI’s Sustainability Plan (PDF, 161KB)

The STARS Assessment, the CSU Sustainability Summit, and the Channel Islands Sustainability Task Force documents were all used in the development of the ideas presented in the Plan. Multiple stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators have been consulted in the development of these strategies and metrics.

Currently, there are no measurable goals; there is only a plan to develop measurable goals at a later date.

Progress in meeting the plan's goals will be measured by success factors developed for each of the following areas related to sustainability:

  • Academic programs
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Climate Action Plan
  • Community outreach, public engagement, and education
  • Research and innovation
  • Web-based campus sustainability dashboard that tracks water and energy use, carbon footprint, and other metrics of general interest

Information Received From:

Dan Wakelee: Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs

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