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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.16
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, San Marcos
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Sustainability Manager
Safety, Risk and Sustainability
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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):

We are members of AASHE and USGBC


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):

We are members of the California State University Sustainability Officers network (a group of all CSU institutions), the SoCal Sustainability Officers Network (this is open to all southern California institutions and meets on a quarterly basis). In addition, we are members of UC/CSU Energy Partnership and the Energy and Utility Managers Committee for the CSU.


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):

Presentations include
- AASHE 2016 in Baltimore ("Starting the Conversation: Bridging Diversity and Sustainability in the California State University System")
- California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) 2016 at CSU Fullerton: "Partnerships for Action: Higher Education and Community-Engaged Learning for Sustainability"


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

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

CSUSM was the 2016 recipient of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) national award under the category Innovation Award of Merit. This award was granted to CSUSM for our innovated hazardous waste management program.

Over the past three years, CSUSM has worked to create the most environmentally friendly program to dispose of biological waste from our research and educational laboratories. As our campus has grown, so has the hazardous and non-hazardous waste that cannot be placed in the landfill due to environmental regulations. Our laboratories are conducting important and impactful research which Safety, Risk & Sustainability wants to cultivate. However, as research programs expand so does the waste resulting from their projects and programs. This effort was developed to meet the needs of our academic programs but do so with sustainability and waste management at the forefront.

We also won the CSU Facilities Management Best Practice Award for our recent Energy Retrofit project: http://www.calstate.edu/CPDC/FPM_Conference/2016/best-practice-awards/energy-retrofit.shtml

Also, we won a CHSEC Best Practice award for Sustainability in Academics: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: https://chesc.org/best-practice-awards/2016-best-practice-award-winners/


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):

Our Energy Management and Utilities Director has been on the CHESC and CSU Facilities Management Conference committees for Best Practices for the past three years.


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?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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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:
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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:

We have been collaborating on a sustainability and diversity initiative across the CSU institutions. This has included joint planning for conference presentations (CHESC and AASHE) and training sessions and by providing information to the Chancellor's Offices.

In addition, on the energy side, we collaborate on the UC/CSU Energy Forums- a quarterly event that connects UC and CSU institutions with utility providers across the state.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.