STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that collaborate with other colleges or universities to help build campus sustainability broadly.
  • Environmental Benefit: Institutions can make significant contributions to sustainability by sharing their experiences and expertise with other colleges and universities. Sharing best practices and lessons learned can help other institutions realize efficiencies that accelerate the movement to sustainability.
  • Scoring: Institution earns 2 points for collaborating with other colleges or universities to help build campus sustainability broadly.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability:

CSU Channel Islands currently does meet the criteria for this credit by collaborating with other colleges and universities to help build campus sustainability.

During the summer of 2010, CSU Channel Islands prepared an information packet to share with other CSU campuses interested in understanding our "lessons learned" for the STARS Program, including organizational charts, database templates, and contact email examples used in receiving STARS information from various departments on campus. This was shared with Cal Poly Pomona for their use. Additionally, CSU Channel Islands initiated a monthly conference call with other CSU campuses. These discussions included other topics such as greenhouse gas inventory/reduction plan procedures, Innovation credit ideas, and overall STARS progress.

CSU Channel Islands is a member of the Talloires Network, an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. Two goals of the Talloires Network that relate to sustainability are to foster partnerships between institutions of higher education to increase the relevance of higher education, and facilitate the creation of regional networks of universities dedicated to civic engagement and sustainability.

The following institutions (with the exception of the Chancellor’s Office) are Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System charter participants who are involved in the monthly sustainability conference calls with CSU Channel Islands:

CSU Channel Islands has presented white papers and participated in several conferences related to campus sustainability issues, including the annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, a jointly organized conference by the University of California, California State University, California Community College systems and other independent/private colleges/universities in state to promote sustainable practices in higher education within the state. We have also participated at the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference at the University of Maryland, which has allowed us to hear what other institutions across North America are doing to promote sustainable practices and initiatives.

Information Received From:

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