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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.

STARS v1.2

Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA, US

Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Expired Expired TallChief Comet May 8, 2013 Download


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
Student Sustainability Educators Program Complete
Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Complete
Sustainability in New Student Orientation Complete
Sustainability Outreach and Publications Complete
Student Group Complete
Organic Garden Complete
Model Room in a Residence Hall Complete
Themed Housing Complete
Sustainable Enterprise Complete
Sustainability Events Complete
Outdoors Program Complete
Themed Semester or Year Complete
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
Sustainability Course Identification Complete
Sustainability-Focused Courses Complete
Sustainability-Related Courses Complete
Sustainability Courses by Department Complete
Sustainability Learning Outcomes Not Pursuing
Undergraduate Program in Sustainability Complete
Graduate Program in Sustainability Complete
Sustainability Immersive Experience Not Pursuing
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing
Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses Not Pursuing
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
Sustainability Research Identification Not Pursuing
Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research Not Pursuing
Departments Engaged in Sustainability Research Not Pursuing
Sustainability Research Incentives Complete
Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion Not Pursuing
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
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
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
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Trayless Dining Complete
Vegan Dining Complete
Trans-Fats Complete
Guidelines for Franchisees Complete
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Complete
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Complete
Food Donation Complete
Recycled Content Napkins Complete
Reusable Container Discounts Complete
Reusable To-Go Containers Complete
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
Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Timers for Temperature Control Complete
Lighting Sensors Complete
LED Lighting Complete
Vending Machine Sensors Complete
Energy Management System Complete
Energy Metering Complete
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
Integrated Pest Management Complete
Native Plants Not Pursuing
Wildlife Habitat Complete
Tree Campus USA Not Pursuing
Snow and Ice Removal Complete
Landscape Waste Composting Complete
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
Computer Purchasing Complete
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete
Historically Underutilized Businesses Complete
Local Businesses Not Pursuing
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
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Bicycle Sharing Not Pursuing
Facilities for Bicyclists Complete
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Complete
Mass Transit Programs Complete
Condensed Work Week Complete
Telecommuting Not Pursuing
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Not Pursuing
Cash-out of Parking Not Pursuing
Carpool Discount Not Pursuing
Local Housing Not Pursuing
Prohibiting Idling Not Pursuing
Car Sharing Complete
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
Waste Reduction Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Materials Exchange Complete
Limiting Printing Complete
Materials Online Complete
Chemical Reuse Inventory Complete
Move-In Waste Reduction Complete
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete
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
Water Consumption Complete
Stormwater Management Complete
Waterless Urinals Not Pursuing
Building Water Metering Complete
Non-Potable Water Usage Complete
Xeriscaping Complete
Weather-Informed Irrigation Not Pursuing
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
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Strategic Plan Complete
Physical Campus Plan Complete
Sustainability Plan Complete
Climate Action Plan Not Pursuing
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
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Complete
Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Support Programs for Future Faculty Complete
Affordability and Access Programs Complete
Gender Neutral Housing Complete
Employee Training Opportunities Complete
Student Training Opportunities Complete
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
Sustainable Compensation Complete
Employee Satisfaction Evaluation Not Pursuing
Staff Professional Development in Sustainability Complete
Sustainability in New Employee Orientation Complete
Employee Sustainability Educators Program Not Pursuing
Childcare Complete
Employee Wellness Program Complete
Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Complete
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
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete
Shareholder Advocacy Not Pursuing
Positive Sustainability Investments Not Pursuing
Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund Complete
Sustainable Investment Policy Complete
Investment Disclosure Complete
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
Community Sustainability Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Complete
Sustainability in Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Participation Complete
Community Service Hours Complete
Sustainability Policy Advocacy Not Pursuing
Trademark Licensing Complete
Graduation Pledge Complete
Community Service on Transcripts Complete
Farmers' Market Not Pursuing
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Complete

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