STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that engage their student bodies in community service, as measured by how widespread participation is at the institution.
  • Environmental Benefit: Volunteerism and the sense of compassion that community services help develop are fundamental to achieving sustainability. From tutoring children to removing invasive species to volunteering at a food bank, students can make tangible contributions that address sustainability challenges through community service. In addition, community engagement can help students develop leadership skills while deepening their understandings of practical, real-world problems.
  • Scoring: Institutions earn the maximum of 6 points available for this credit by engaging their entire student body in community service. Incremental points are available based on the percentage of students that contribute community service.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

Community Service Participation:

CSU Channel Islands currently does meet the criteria for this credit by engaging its students in community service. During the 2009-2010 academic year, 600 students completed 7500 community service hours.

Learn about community service at CSU Channel Islands

Information Received From:

Pilar Pacheco: Associate Director, Center for Community Engagement

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Examples of Community Service Participation at other STARS rated institutions: