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CSU Channel Islands Upgrades to Gold Rating for Sustainability

 CSU Channel Islands (CI) is now one of only three CSU campuses to have been named a STARS Gold Institution by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

STARS, which stands for Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, has four levels of achievement: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

CI was one of the charter participating campuses in STARS when it received its first rating, Silver, in 2011. The ratings are valid for three years, so this is the second rating for CI.

The only other CSU campuses with a Gold rating are CSU Chico and Cal Poly Pomona.

"Our Facilities Services department has really been a leader in terms of water and energy conservation," said CI Associate Provost Dan Wakelee, Ph.D. "We have academic programs conducting research related to sustainability. CI has a host of faculty and student sustainability projects, many of which were showcased at our SAGE Student Research Conference in May."

The ecologically-conscious SAGE research projects included methods for more efficient water pumping, an examination of the effects of the climate on bees, mercury concentration in rice and the effects of Camarillo weather conditions on the ozone, to name just a few. 

Efforts to become an increasingly sustainable campus have been ongoing, according to Jose Chanes, associate director of infrastructure and energy for CI.

"Even as we add new buildings, we're continuing to apply conservation standards," Chanes said. "We design new buildings with conservation in mind."
Chanes compares the campus to a small, thriving city where everyone collaborates to keep the campus green and sustainable.

Campus conservation practices include hydration stations to limit use of plastic water bottles, irrigation with recycled water and the ongoing replacement of water-hungry turf with drought-tolerant landscaping.

For the third year in a row, CI was designated a "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The student-run Earth Day celebration grew from one booth in 2014 to a 30-display extravaganza in 2015.

About California State University Channel Islands

CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County, and it is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, as well as its emphasis on experiential and service learning. 

CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond.

Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world's largest yearbook.

The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state.

Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones.

For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit

—Nancy C. Gill represents CSU Channel Islands.


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