STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that produce outreach materials and publications that enhance student learning about sustainability outside of the formal classroom.
  • Environmental Benefits: Having sustainability articles published at an institution helps spread the word of sustainability throughout campus. Including sustainability articles within regular campus publications allows for the campus community to become better informed about important sustainability topics that they might not have heard about. Sustainability articles not only inform the community about current on-campus sustainability issues, but encourage individuals to live more sustainably while at home.
  • Scoring: Institutions earn 0.5 points for each publication and/or outreach material described above. Institutions with eight or more publications or outreach materials earn the maximum of 4 points available for this credit.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

CSU Channel Islands does produce outreach materials and publications that enhance student learning about sustainability outside the formal classroom.

CI Sustainability Website:

California State University Channel Islands has a sustainability portion of the school web site. The web site includes the mission statement and committee goals of the CI Advisory Committee on Sustainability. The main page of the site includes tips on how to save electricity, water, and other important resources. Under the tab Campus Sustainability Best Practices, there is a list of the institution's best sustainability efforts. Categories such as transportation, water, waste, and energy are included in the sustainability best practices. The web site also includes information about STARS along with details about each of the four categories, subcategories, and individual credits.

CI Sustainability website

Sustainable Grounds-keeping Signage:

CSU Channel Islands has signs posted for the reclaimed water that is used for irrigation on campus (posted at front and back entrances of campus). The only signage that is posted on campus is on the 40-yard roll off containers that we use for recycling of Green Waste, Metal and cardboard. There is also signage on all 3-yard comingled bins around campus. Also all lawn mowers are equipped with mulching decks in turn this means that no clipping are picked up, they are placed back into the soil.

Alternative Methods of Transportation Guide:

California State University Channel Islands Alternative Transportation Program is a tremendous resource for students, faculty and staff looking for alternate ways to commute to and from campus. This program promotes alternatives to driving alone including carpooling, taking local transit, bicycling and walking. In addition, simple and accessible resources for ride matching for students, faculty and staff are provided. Each of these alternatives offers wonderful benefits to the user, as well as our campus community and our environment.

Alternative Methods of Transportation Guide

CI View

CI View:

CI View is CSU Channel Island’s online student newspaper. A student representative is assigned as the sustainability senator in ASI Student Government, who is in charge of collecting articles about sustainability for the student newspaper. This individual is also responsible for maintaining communication between the sustainability sector and other representatives within student government. In addition, this student is charged with increasing visibility and awareness of sustainability at CSUCI through workshops, events, word of mouth, the student newspaper and online based articles.

CI View

ASI Student Government

Greening Your Move-Out:

Housing and Residential Education at CSU Channel Islands includes an email to all students living in housing at the end of the academic year. The email is entitled Greening Your Move-Out. Students are encouraged to recycle, reuse, donate items, and divert everything recyclable from the landfill. Students who practice in these green activities will receive a designer grocery bag with sustainability designs. The grocery bags include images designed by CSU Channel Islands students. When a student receives a grocery bag, they will be automatically entered into a drawing for prizes to be mailed out after move-out. Prizes include Elements (Coffee) gift cards, Cove Bookstore gift cards, and Target gift cards.


Channel is an official publication of California State University Channel Islands. It is published twice a year for alumni, the University community, and the community at large by the Communication and Marketing department in University Advancement. Each issue of Channel includes one page dedicated to sustainability at CI.


Dr. Sean Anderson’s Roadkill Survey

No previous data existed documenting the number of animals killed on our roadways within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) or Ventura County, although some limited data has previously been collected for western Ventura County (Casterline, et al. 2003, Lindsey et al. 2005).  Dr. Sean Anderson and students in his Environmental Science and Resource Management course entitled Conservation Biology have surveyed more than 25,000 miles of roads and recorded more than 2,600 dead animals from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles counties since 2006. This data is beginning to help us better understand wildlife corridors, important “pinch points,” and where we might direct our efforts to minimize both animal mortality and auto accidents. Our first citizen science iPhone App will be released in 2011 to allow a wider audience to collect data and educate themselves on the ecological impacts of roads throughout our region.

Roadkill Survey

Environmental Science and Resource Management Interface Newsletter:

The Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) Interface Newsletter is sent out electronically to students, faculty, staff and alumni once a year. Topics discussed in the ESRM newsletter include ESRM student profiles, ESRM faculty activities, ESRM faculty profiles, recent student accomplishments, recent faculty accomplishments, ESRM program accomplishments, and local published news articles mentioning the CSU Channel Islands ESRM program.

ESRM Interface Newsletter

Biology Bioscope Newsletter:

The Biology Bioscope is the official electronic newsletter for the Biology program at CSU Channel Islands. Many Bioscope newsletters focus on environmental issues including sustainability, climate change, and conservation.


Published Student Research on Sustainability:

The Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) Interface Newsletter and the Biology program's Bioscope Newsletter publish student research on sustainability.

wavelength cover page


Wavelength is an electronic, internal newsletter that helps strengthen internal communication and participation across the University through timely updates on campus developments and participation.  The publication is sent out via e-mail every other Thursday during the academic year. Many Wavelength issues have included articles focused on campus sustainability.




Information Received From:

Dan Wakelee: Associate Dean of the Faculty