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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.

Gold

STARS v2.1

Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold 69.28 Katie Koscielak April 21, 2017 Download
Humboldt State University provides ample opportunity for students to explore, practice, and apply sustainability concepts and skills in the classroom. The University has designated courses that either focus on or relate to sustainability, which cumulatively ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 9.77 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 7.38 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 2.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Humboldt State University researchers explore a wide variety of topics that marry economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Projects span research about markets for alternative fuel vehicles in Northern California to development of Fishing ... read more
Credit Status Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 8.23 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 2.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Students comprise the core of campus sustainability engagement activities, primarily within sustainability-oriented student groups such as the Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP), Green Campus, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT), and the Humboldt ... read more
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 3.42 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 1.77 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 0.25 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.50 / 2.00
HSU enjoys an active relationship with many local and regional community organizations. The campus has partnerships in the areas of energy, waste, and food, among others. Furthermore, HSU is an active participant in CSU Sustainability ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 4.29 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 2.09 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Humboldt State University tracks greenhouse gas emissions from Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and from business travel, commuting, and waste in the Scope 3 category. The campus has decreased emissions by a percentage reduction of ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 6.66 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
While the campus does not have any building space certified under a rating system focusing on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g. LEED O+M), Humboldt State University maintains 92% of the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 0.96 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.25 / 3.00
Humboldt State University makes a concerted effort to reduce energy consumption. Since the baseline year of 2005, the University has reduced energy consumption by approximately 12%. The efforts and programs of Green Campus's Powerdown ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 2.39 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.00 / 4.00
The auxiliary entity of Dining Services at HSU seeks to obtain as much food product as possible from local, organic, and fair trade vendors and farmers. In 2015-2016, 15% of all food expenditures made by ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.64 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
The campus is very fortunate to be situated in the heart of Coastal Redwoods with hundreds of them scattered among buildings and sports fields. Another fortunate aspect of the campus location is receiving >50 inches ... read more
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 0.00 / 2.00
In the area of procurement, HSU adheres to CSU policies such as the Buy Recycled Products Campaign, the CSU Sustainability Policy, the Staples Business Advantage $50 Order Minimum, Contractors Building Demolition Waste & Recycling Meeting Form ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.54 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.64 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.96 / 1.00
Humboldt State University is committed to alternative transportation. 23% of the on-campus vehicle fleet uses alternative fuels, including either 100% electric or B20 biofuel. When surveyed, 80% of students use sustainable commuting options as a ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.24 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.61 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.71 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 0.80 / 2.00
Humboldt State is proud to claim a significant landfill diversion rate of about 51% via recycling, composting, donating, and reselling materials in following categories: recyclable containers, food, cooking oil, plant material, animal bedding, appliances, lab ... read more
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 4.20 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.65 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
In 2014, Humboldt State University committed to reducing water use per state mandated drought measures. Since the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the campus has successfully implemented a 28% reduction in total water use. In addition, the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 3.83 / 4.00
Rainwater Management Complete 0.50 / 2.00
Humboldt State University provides resources for planning, coordinating, implementing, and governing sustainability activities on the campus. From 2012-2015, the campus utilized a Sustainability Steering Committee, after which time the group was absorbed into a variety ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 2.00 / 3.00
HSU hosts an Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), which is the official group charged with developing policy to institutionalize diversity as a core part of the educational experience on campus. ODI supports cultural competency trainings ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.56 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 2.96 / 4.00
The Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation is an auxiliary of the CSU and a non-profit benefit corporation that provides expertise, fiduciary oversight, and advocacy to increase charitable giving and manage the university's endowment. In ... read more
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 1.65 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.75 / 1.00
Humboldt State is committed to providing a living wage to employees, with 96% receiving local living wage (benefits excluded) and the lowest paid employee receiving 144% of local living wage when benefits are factored in ... read more
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 1.23 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.79 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Course Designation Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Green Athletics Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Green Event Certification Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Hospital Network Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Fair Trade Campus Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Certified Green Cleaning Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Green Laboratories Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Pay Scale Equity Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Adjunct Faculty Compensation Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Serving Underrepresented Groups Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Credit Status Points
Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation B Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation C Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation D Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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