STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: Institution has chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first year experience during the past three years. This could take the form of choosing a sustainability-related book for the common reading.
  • Environmental Benefits: Having a sustainability-related themed semester or year speaks to the entire campus community that sustainability is an important issue within a particular institution.
  • Scoring: Institution receives 0.25 points for meeting the criteria outlined above.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

Sustainability Related Book:

CSU Channel Islands currently does meet the criteria for having a themed semester, year or book.

In the academic year of 2005-2006, the book chosen for the Campus Reading Celebration was The Open Space of Democracy by Terry Tempest Williams. In The Open Space, Terry Tempest Williams presents a sharp-edged perspective on the ethics and politics of place, spiritual democracy, the environment, and the responsibilities of citizen engagement.

In academic year 2009-2010, Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the future of Capitalism by Dr. Muhammad Yunus was chosen. Creating a World without Poverty describes how Yunus launches social businesses in partnership with some of the world's most visionary business leaders. In both cases, many courses had themes based on these books, and the authors spoke on campus to students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Information Received From:

Debra Hoffmann: Assistant Professor, Library

Learn More:

Examples of Themed Semesters or Years at other STARS rated institutions:

http://www.pdx.edu/unst/freshman-inquiry-sustainability

http://www.dso.ufl.edu/nsfp/firstyearexperience/commonread/

http://www2.furman.edu/academics/globalcitizen/whatisit/Pages/default.aspx