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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.

Silver

STARS v1.2

Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date President's Letter
Silver 55.01 TallChief Comet May 8, 2013 Download

Characteristics

Full-time Equivalent Enrollment 7,618
Number of Undergraduate Students 7,386
Number of Graduate Students 660
Full-time Equivalent Employees 1,168
Institution type Baccalaureate
Institutional control Public
Endowment size 23,000,000
Percentage of students that are Residential 25.9
Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter 64.1
Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter 9.1
Percentage of students that are On-line only 0.0
Gross square feet of building space 2,287,476.0
Gross square feet of laboratory space 1,049,435.0
Acres of cultivated grounds 154.0
Acres of undeveloped land 0.0
Climate region Marine

Campus Features

Feature Is Present? Is Included in Report
Agricultural School No No
Medical School No No
Pharmacy School No No
Public Health No No
Veterinary School No No
Satellite No No
Hospital No No
Farm No No
Agricultural experiment station No No

Additional Details

In addition to the main campus Humboldt State is also including in its physical boundary auxiliary facilities and operations of Housing and Dining, the University Center, the Natural History Museum, the Telonicher Marine Lab, the Aquatic Center, and the First Street Gallery.

HSU offers a broad range of co-curricular programs focused on sustainability. Every April is Water Awareness month at the University where students are informed about water consumption issues. Humboldt State runs an online forum, The ... read more
Credit Status Points
Student Sustainability Educators Program Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Sustainability in New Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Outreach and Publications Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Student Group Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Organic Garden Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Model Room in a Residence Hall Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Themed Housing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Sustainable Enterprise Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Sustainability Events Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Outdoors Program Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Themed Semester or Year Complete 0.25 / 0.25
All of our sustainability focused courses on campus explore the relationship between the environment, economics and society. Humboldt State University currently offers 137 sustainability-focused courses and 192 sustainability-related courses to students in a broad list ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Course Identification Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Sustainability-Focused Courses Complete 5.39 / 10.00
Sustainability-Related Courses Complete 2.52 / 10.00
Sustainability Courses by Department Complete 5.40 / 7.00
Sustainability Learning Outcomes Not Pursuing 0.00 / 10.00
Undergraduate Program in Sustainability Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Graduate Program in Sustainability Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Sustainability Immersive Experience Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
The Office of Sustainability currently offers internship opportunities that promote student sustainability research. This for-credit internship is offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters and allows for students to chose from projects that allow ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Research Identification Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research Not Pursuing 0.00 / 10.00
Departments Engaged in Sustainability Research Not Pursuing 0.00 / 6.00
Sustainability Research Incentives Complete 3.00 / 6.00
Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
In August 2006 HSU adopted a CSU wide policy ordered by the Office of the Chancellor pertaining to energy conservation and sustainable building practices. HSU has not completed any LEED certified new construction or renovations ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 2.63 / 7.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.50 / 4.00
Indoor Air Quality Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Complete 1.25 / 2.00
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Complete 1.78 / 14.00
Air Travel Emissions Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Offsets Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Sustainability is given great consideration for Dining throughout all of the department’s operations. A majority of Dining’s seafood and dairy purchases are from local businesses, some of which are just miles away from ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 2.04 / 6.00
Trayless Dining Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Vegan Dining Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Trans-Fats Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Guidelines for Franchisees Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Food Donation Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Recycled Content Napkins Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Reusable Container Discounts Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Reusable To-Go Containers Complete 0.25 / 0.25
HSU’s total building energy consumption has decreased by 38,659 MMBtu since 2005 while the total campus building space has increased by 293,076 sq ft. This decrease is due to a number of ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 5.14 / 8.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.09 / 7.00
Timers for Temperature Control Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Lighting Sensors Complete 0.25 / 0.25
LED Lighting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Vending Machine Sensors Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Energy Management System Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Energy Metering Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Much of the grounds perimeter and some of the inner campus interfaces with a Redwood Forest Ecosystem. For this reason, HSU has made a commitment to non-disturbance of wildlife environments whenever possible. HSU also prides ... read more
Credit Status Points
Integrated Pest Management Complete 1.87 / 2.00
Native Plants Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Wildlife Habitat Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Tree Campus USA Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Snow and Ice Removal Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Landscape Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
While current state law requires that at least 30% post-consumer recycled paper is used, HSU created a policy in 2005 indicating 100% post-consumer recycled content for 20 lb. bond paper shall be purchased. To reduce ... read more
Credit Status Points
Computer Purchasing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete 1.28 / 2.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 1.80 / 2.00
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Historically Underutilized Businesses Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Local Businesses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Based on the most recent Parking & Mobility Survey rendered by Humboldt State, 50.83% of students use more sustainable modes of transportation when commuting to campus. HSU’s Jack Pass is a free mass transit ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.35 / 2.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 2.03 / 4.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.56 / 3.00
Bicycle Sharing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Facilities for Bicyclists Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Mass Transit Programs Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Condensed Work Week Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Telecommuting Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Cash-out of Parking Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Carpool Discount Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Housing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Prohibiting Idling Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Car Sharing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
HSU has a number of programs in place to promote waste reduction. The Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) helps facilitate on-campus events like student BBQ’s and staff luncheons to ensure that they are ... read more
Credit Status Points
Waste Reduction Complete 0.00 / 5.00
Waste Diversion Complete 1.80 / 3.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.97 / 1.00
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Materials Exchange Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Limiting Printing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Materials Online Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Chemical Reuse Inventory Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Move-In Waste Reduction Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete 0.25 / 0.25
The University follows the Executive Order 987 of the CSU Chancellor’s Office to conserve energy and resources by adopting an approach that includes sustainable materials and practices. HSU is actively partnering with the City ... read more
Credit Status Points
Water Consumption Complete 0.00 / 7.00
Stormwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Waterless Urinals Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Building Water Metering Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Non-Potable Water Usage Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Xeriscaping Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Weather-Informed Irrigation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Both the University’s Master Plan and the Sustainability Plan have standards in place that promote progress in University-wide sustainability. For example, according to HSU’s Master Plan, all new buildings must meet the minimum ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Strategic Plan Complete 6.00 / 6.00
Physical Campus Plan Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Sustainability Plan Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Climate Action Plan Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
HSU has a range of systems in place to support diversity and affordability on campus. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion recommends and coordinates the implementation of campus policies that seek to institutionalize diversity as ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support Programs for Future Faculty Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Affordability and Access Programs Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Gender Neutral Housing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Employee Training Opportunities Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Student Training Opportunities Complete 0.25 / 0.25
There are a number of collective bargaining units to ensure that faculty, non-management, and graduate student assistants are given a sustainable compensation. While management positions are non-union, they are protected by the CSU Chancellor’s ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Compensation Complete 8.00 / 8.00
Employee Satisfaction Evaluation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Staff Professional Development in Sustainability Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability in New Employee Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Employee Sustainability Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 5.00
Childcare Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Employee Wellness Program Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Complete 0.25 / 0.25
The HSU Advancement Foundation has a Finance and Investor Responsibility Committee that monitors and reviews investment reports on a quarterly basis as a way of addressing social and environmental concerns. All meetings of the FIRC ... read more
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Shareholder Advocacy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 5.00
Positive Sustainability Investments Not Pursuing 0.00 / 9.00
Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Sustainable Investment Policy Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.25 / 0.25
In the past year alone HSU has teamed up with more than 74 community organizations. The HSU Center for Service Learning and Academic Internships (CSLAI) has created numerous partnerships and volunteer programs with outside organizations ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Sustainability Partnerships Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability in Continuing Education Complete 7.00 / 7.00
Community Service Participation Complete 1.32 / 6.00
Community Service Hours Complete 3.05 / 6.00
Sustainability Policy Advocacy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Graduation Pledge Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Community Service on Transcripts Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Farmers' Market Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Innovation 1 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 2 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 3 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 4 Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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