Sustainability

Administration

To meet the ambitious objectives set forth in the Sustainability Plan, CSUN will need to create and maintain a culture of sustainable thinking on the campus and invest in a sustainability infrastructure.

Main Strategies

  1. Incorporate the objectives defined for sustainability into established campus, division, and program planning processes
  2. Improve coordination, infrastructure, data collection and record keeping in support of sustainability efforts
  3. Utilize sustainability as a branding opportunity, particularly for recruitment

 Objectives for 2023

  1. Establish a culture of sustainability that is evident in policy and practice across the institution
  2. Allocate sufficient resources to support sustainability programs
  3. Coordinate sustainability efforts across campus to reduce resource use, including unification of data and data management
  4. Establish and promote CSUN as a destination campus for students interested in sustainability

2016-17 Priorities and Outcomes

  • Investigate STARS Trademark credits.
    • To receive the STARS credit EN-15 The University Corporation must register with the Worker Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association organizations, which both require annual fees. The benefits of joining the organizations will be evaluated and a decision to do this will be considered in 2018.
  • Increase STARS worker satisfaction score.
    • During the original STARS evaluation an error was made on credit PA-10: Assessing Employee Satisfaction. The error was due to a miscalculation and corrected this year with the help of Human Resources. This single credit increases the campuses overall score by .36 points.
  • Overhaul division planning process and include sustainability reporting.
    • ACAF planning process incorporates all university priorities, including sustainability. BASC has a list of projects including sustainability projects tied to the plan.
  • Adopt City of LA Sustainability pLAn.
    • CSUN has officially adopted the City’s Sustainability Plan and will be reporting on our progress annually.
  • Develop a committee on Investor Responsibility.
    • This credit (PA-13) was evaluated and it was determined that this priority should be moved to another year due to the complexity of the task and limited staffing.
  • Investigate possible solutions for electronic/digital signatures on liability, field trip, internship, etc.
    • Purchasing, IT, Sustainability as well as other key departments on campus reviewed several companies to  provide a software solution which will be implemented in the 17/18 FY.
  • Coordinate sustainability related outreach through social media efforts and/or portal notifications with incoming students.
    • CSUN Sustainability efforts have been featured in CSUN Today, The Sundial, Matador News, CSUN On Point as well as our own social media outlets and The Footprint newsletter.

Other Highlights

  • The second Greenhouse Gas Report was completed this year and will continue on an annual basis.
  • The IS Footprint Newsletter has grown in popularity and the distribution list has increased by 61% since last year.
  • The Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing held several sustainability themed Walkability Wednesday’s including a general campus sustainability tour, garden and compost tour, tree walk tour, etc.

 2017-18 Priorities

  • Begin implementation of managed print services.
  • Begin implementation of E-Signature platform with a target of completing 10 forms.
  • Expand use of OnBase across all divisions.
  • Overhaul division planning process and add sustainability reporting.
  • Continue the promotion of Alternative Transportation, Transit Center, etc.
  • Explore CSUN and CSUN Navigator programs as an opportunity for developing and promoting  sustainability.
  • Establish a culture of sustainability evident in policy and practice across the institution.

 

 

Sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

Issue:

AD1.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Sign the ACUPCC (American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment) and develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP)

Status:

The University signed the ACUPCC on March 11, 2013.
GHG Inventory & Report were completed December 2014.
CAP is being developed and will be ready January 2016. IS and FPDC are taking the lead on this with support from Digital Energy and the Spring 2015 SUST 401 class. TWG will contribute to the CAP transportation section, with 2 IS student interns doing research on this now.

Party Responsible:

President, IS, FPDC

Next/Action Items:

Look into possible modification to system-wide e-travel system since ACUPCC campuses are required to report business travel (IT, Fin)

CAP needs to be developed.

Integrated Planning

Issue:

AD1.2

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Campus integrated planning, including strategic planning, annual planning, and published priorities of units on the campus, should include statements related to sustainability

Status:

Colleges have been asked to integrate the campus sustainability plan into their annual plans.  AS has a standalone sustainability plan. TUC has launched Sustainability 2.0 plan. 
AA has published a plan that incorporates sustainability.

Party Responsible:

VPS

Next/Action Items:

AR (Stephens) will pursue sustainability integration into strategic planning in other divisions.

Campus Sustainability Coordinator

Issue:

AD1.3

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Create Campus Sustainability Coordinator position with dual reporting through Administration and Finance and the Institute for Sustainability.

Status:

Completed, Austin Eriksson is now on board as the Campus Sustainability Program Manager.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, IS

Next/Action Items:

Sustainability Program Manager now on board.

Sustainable Office Program (SOP)

Issue:

AD1.4

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Implement Sustainable Office Program (SOP) throughout all campus offices/units.

Status:

SOP has moved to AS. There is a team of students working on the SOP and they have completed 50 offices.
The SOP team has created a new rating system that is intended to create competition between offices.

Party Responsible:

IS, AS, HR

Next/Action Items:

Plan is to institutionalize program and conduct assessments across campus (AS).

CSUN Shine

Issue:

AD1.5

Priority:

2

Strategy:

CSUN Shine

Status:

IS and FDPC will work with Advancement to leverage CSUN's social media, CSUNShine weekly (faculty and staff emails), CSUN Today. The Institute for Sustainability has launched a bi-weekly newsletter, The Footprint.

Party Responsible:

University Advancement, IS, FPDC

Next/Action Items:

In-progress: Need to develop a communication plan.

Electronic Processes

Issue:

AD2.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Expand processes carried out electronically through implementation of electronic signatures and electronic forms for all campus processes

Status:

E-Travel completed and rolled out campus wide in Fall 2014. Chancellor’s Office has adopted this process.
META Lab is piloting a system that will allow longitudinal assessment of individual students. Faculty additional pay is being converted to electronic. Discussion of movement to automated system. Paperless UDWPE (test and payment now online). 
Human Subjects IRB delayed. MyCSUNBox used widely for meetings. PCard upgrades have been done. IRA and AS annual and supplemental budget processes now electronic.
A&R, Financial Aid, Financial Services using OnBase system for digital record/file keeping. Financial Aid submission process is now a fully electronic workflow. CoH developing standards for AA to use OnBase. AA and IT investigating OnBase for curriculum workflow.
Cost allocation entries will be automatic starting in July.
HR- has moved benefits to E-Benefits. Recommended acceptance of electronic submission of academic work approved by Faculty Senate (May 2014).

VA and credential application process is now electronic.

Party Responsible:

FIN,IT, IS, HR, RGS

Next/Action Items:

Investigate whether data can be collected form e-travel to allow for calculation of carbon footprint from this. TUC needs to implement E-Travel.
Field trips still need to be done and will use S4 product. 
EAS (electronic course-level assessment system) is in initial rollout.
Policy issue to be addressed to request/require all materials be shared electronically for meetings (use MyCSUNBox). 
Look into the use of OnBase for e-signatures.

 

Electronic Storage

Issue:

AD2.2

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Implement electronic document storage and retrieval for record-keeping throughout campus

Status:

MyCSUNBox now has ability to create boxes for units/depts. etc. 
Scholar Works now includes A&R, AR, HR administrative records and faculty senate standing committee agenda and minutes. Sport clubs registration and risk management records are stored electronically using Do Sports Easy.

Party Responsible:

IT

Next/Action Items:

OnBase (workflow piece just being started) AA in progress (storage). Work needs to be done on integrating systems. 

Web Interface

Issue:

AD2.3

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Continue to develop a standardized web interface for the campus

Status:

Combined FPDC and IS CSUN Sustainability website was launched in June 2015.

Party Responsible:

 IT, Advancement, ARP

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Electronic Forms

Issue:

AD2.4

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Continue to develop a standardized web interface for the campus

Status:

Develop and utilize electronic forms for internal procedures wherever possible.

Party Responsible:

FIN, IT, IS, HR, RGS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

GIS Facility Database

Issue:

AD2.5

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Continue development of geographic information system (GIS) to store and maintain campus facility and infrastructure data with cross-linking capability to class scheduling software

Status:

Moved to FPDC (along with support). Adding infrastructure data (lighting, ADA facilities…). Integration with SFDB taking place to address any data and area inconsistencies.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC, ARP, IS

Next/Action Items:

Need to Integrate the GIS with SOC.

Maintain GIS Data

Issue:

AD2.6

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Utilize and maintain data in GIS including tree inventory, space management and CAD plans

Status:

Migrated support to FPDC.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC, ARP, IS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Data Management

Issue:

AD2.7

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Develop and maintain data management system for sustainability-related campus data including energy and other resource use.

Status:

Utility data has been migrated to Siemens Advantage system and will allow for building level monitoring. Waste data is reported monthly through Google Drive.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC, IS, IT, IR

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Use of SOLAR

Issue:

AD2.8

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Utilize SOLAR portal for aiding in sustainability efforts, (e.g., collecting commuting data, implementing rideshare and connecting to other sustainability initiatives).

Status:

Investigating the ability to use SOLAR for determining commuting modes of transportation. Information on transportation options is now in the Student Portal. 

Party Responsible:

IT

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. Cannot include local address and mode of transport on class enrollment checklist because local address is often established after enrollment.

Cohesive Story

Issue:

AD3.2

Priority:

3

Strategy:

"Tell our story” of sustainability efforts in a cohesive and consistent way.

Status:

Working with UA on marketing and outreach opportunities that will aid in telling the CSUN Sustainability Story. 

Party Responsible:

IS, Advancement

Next/Action Items:

On-going.