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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
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Chico
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Fletcher Alexander
Sustainability Programs Manager
Institute for Sustainable Development
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitment (SNCLC)

Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N)


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

California State University System-Wide Sustainability Officers Network

CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC)


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

“Sustainability & Citizenship: New Initiatives at Chico State” F. Alexander & T. Herren, This Way to Sustainability Conference, Chico, CA, 3/2017

“Funding Models for Programs” F. Alexander (Moderator), J. Barlow (SDSU) & M. Banks (U of O), EPIC-N Sustainable City Year Conference, College Station, TX, 3/2017


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

N/A


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network Board of Directors

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Institutionalizing Sustainability Committee

Second Nature Data Metrics Working Group


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

CSU, Chico was the first of the 23 CSU campuses to establish a sustainability office and full-time sustainability officer positions, the first to sign the ACUPCC and to add sustainability to the Campus Strategic Plan as a priority. Given the University's strong early commitments and continued follow-through it has maintained a position of leadership within the system for over a decade and has taken many opportunities to mentor and model best practices for the 22 other CSUs and other schools across California and beyond. In particular, CSU, Chico hosted CSU system-wide sustainability summits for sustainability staff from across the system on an annual basis from 2009 - 2016.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:

N/A


Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

CSU, Chico's Institute for Sustainable Development has partnered with our local community college, Butte College, to collaborate on highlighting and sharing regional best practices in sustainability as part of our annual This Way to Sustainability Conference. Additionally, faculty from both institutions have worked together in numerous partnerships over the years developing complementary sustainability curriculum offerings for students.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.