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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
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Raudel Banuelos
Assistant Director
Operations, Planning & Construction
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 339.12 Tons 226 Tons
Materials composted 165.60 Tons 785 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 226.32 Tons 251.85 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,020 795
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 4,315 3,040
Full-time equivalent of employees 520 438
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013
Baseline Year July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
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A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

California State University Channel Islands' (CI) Swap Meet was held in August of 2009 in front of the John Spoor Library. A committee was formed to advertise, serve refreshments, and make it a social affair. CI departments contributed inventory that was no longer needed, due to change in equipment. This gave a chance for other departments to “shop” through the material(s) at no charge. Any left-over material was taken to OPC stores, where they discarded or recycled. (i.e. case of print toner)


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

California State University Channel Islands' (CI) default is not to print; however, depending on what the school needs, the course catalog is printed on recycle paper. In addition a DVD is made with the course catalog to reduce cost. It is, however, available online as well.

The campus makes the class schedule available online and no longer prints this material; although, the bookstore has this available to students wanting a printed copy through a printed demand service. No directories are printed, due to it being online.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

Printing is controlled by use of student ID card accounts in the Broome Library and other locations on campus. Additional limitations are under consideration.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

At the end of the semester, California State University Channel Islands (CI) staff communicates the importance of continuing to live green during move-out by donating items that can be reused and providing many recycle bins for those materials that can be recycled. Suggestions of specific items that could be reused or recycled are provided to residents. During the actual move-out week, housing staff helps monitor this process to reduce waste and encourage reuse and recycling. In 2010, this was a four-step process: students swap meet; donation for reuse; recycling, and as a last resort…disposal.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:
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A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

California State University Channel Islands eliminated all trays from the Islands Café and Student Union.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):
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A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):
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A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:

CI offers a discount to customers at its Freudian Sip cafes who use a reusable mug for beverage purchases.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.