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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Overall Score Expired
Liaison Dan Wakelee
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Channel Islands
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jose Antonio Chanes
AD of Infrastructure and Energy
Facilities Services
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Reduced GHG Emissions by Implementing Environmentally Responsible Engine Oil

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

In 2013 Facilities Services began purchasing two stroke oil for the landscaping equipment used by grounds keeping support crew. This change was made after a student's research project showed that two stroke engines running on the oil made from plant matter generated exhaust with substantially lower HC, CO, CO2, and NOx emissions when compared against engines running on conventional petroleum based oils.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

A smog test ran on landscaping equipment using both types of two stroke oils showed that the equipment running off of the plant oil based two stroke oil generated significantly less harmful emissions.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research Yes
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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