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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.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.41
Liaison Fletcher Alexander
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Chico
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 James Pushnik
Director and Rawlins Professor of Environmental Literacy
Institute for Sustainable Development
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Sustainable Manufacturing

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The program is built on a foundation of lower-division math, science, economics, business, and manufacturing concepts. Upper-division sustainable manufacturing (SMFG) classes integrate that foundation into a unified body of knowledge on the management of materials, processes, costs, lifecycle, waste stream, and personnel.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):
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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Sustainability Studies General Education Pathway (GE Minor)

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

"Sustainability" means developing an awareness of planetary constraints, behaving as a caretaker for the earth, and planning for future generations dependent on the wellbeing of the planet. The Sustainability Pathway introduces the multiple dimensions surrounding environmental issues and needed skills to enter both the workforce and public life as a socially-responsible and environmentally-minded citizen. To deepen awareness of the complexity of environmental problems and the pressing need for novel solutions, the Sustainability Pathway curriculum addresses such questions as: how can societies be vital, while maintaining healthy ecosystems and creating strong and just economies? How has the natural world shaped our political, social, and economic systems? How can human innovations and commitment repair ecological damage and lead to a shift in problem solving? This course of study intentionally links the perspectives of multiple academic disciplines around the concept of sustainability, emphasizing systems thinking to address global issues, examining barriers and potential solutions to climate change, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration. Sustainable behaviors flow from knowledgeable, participatory citizens with an intra-generational awareness of the connections and interdependencies among equitable societies, vital economies, human innovation, and the goods and services provided by stable global ecosystems.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Managing for Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

Using a combination of theory and application, this minor focuses on the human side of organizations, including issues of 1) making good decisions, 2) enhancing performance, 3) steering through a turbulent global environment, 4) combining and unifying multiple business functions and 5) enabling change. Students gain an understanding of management and how and why organizations are structured.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Planning and Development

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

This curriculum examines economic, social, demographic, and political bases for sustainable community and regional development and planning. Introduces the theory, evolution and practice of planning for sustainable communities and regions through examination of environmental, economic, and equity issues.


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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Environmental Economics
http://catalog.csuchico.edu/viewer/13/ECON/ECONNONEUN.html
Meets most criteria but is an option within Economics

Environmental Science
http://catalog.csuchico.edu/viewer/13/GEOS/ENSCNONEUN.html
Meets most criteria

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.