Campus Sustainability Committee

The California State University East Bay (CSUEB) Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) was created in Spring 2015 in order to fulfill: the California State University System Sustainability Policy; CSUEB Shared Strategic Commitment to “contribute to a sustainable planet through our academic programs, university operations, and individual behavior”; its sustainability Institutional Learning Outcome to “act responsibly and sustainably at local, national, and global levels”; and in response to the signing of the American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) by President Morishita, which includes a requirement to establish an institutional structure to oversee the development and implementation of the associated requirements.

Purpose

Through transparent decision-making and open discussion forums, the CSC will advise campus entities on issues related to environmental, economic, and social sustainability at CSUEB.

Function

The objectives of the CSC include, but are not limited to:

  • Promote and support a culture of sustainability at CSUEB;

  • Enhance the sustainability literacy of students, faculty, and staff;

  • Review research of past and current sustainability initiatives in higher education;

  • Coordinate and implement plans, projects, programs, policies and procedures to make campus operations more sustainable;

  • Review new and existing campus sustainability goals and program metrics;

  • Assess, monitor, and update sustainability practices and procedures;

  • Recommend new or enhanced sustainability strategies to campus divisions for consideration, as appropriate;

  • Partner and collaborate with campus entities and the community;

  • Advise the Office of Sustainability; and

  • Disseminate information about campus sustainability efforts throughout the campus, community, and beyond.

Structure

The CSC will include representatives from CSUEB faculty, staff, and students, as well as leaders of key campus organizations and community partners.

Ex-Officio Members

  • Co-Chairs

    • Provost

    • Vice President of Finance and Administration

  • Director of Sustainability

  • Associate Vice President of Campus Life

  • Associate Vice President of Facilities Development and Operations

  • Associate Vice President of University Extension

  • Executive Director of University Communications

  • University Diversity Officer

  • Director of Center for Community Engagement

  • Environmental Services Manager, The City of Hayward

  • Chief Facilities Officer, Hayward Unified School District

Two-Year Term (with option of renewal)

  • Faculty (4)

  • Presidential Designee (1)

One-Year Term (with option of renewal)

  • Associated Students, Incorporated

    • President

    • Director of Sustainability Affairs

    • Student Nominee

Faculty positions are filled based on a nomination process. Self-nominations and nominations from campus community members will be reviewed and appointed by the Executive Committee to the CSC.

Faculty and the Presidential Designee serve a two-year term with the option of renewal and students serve a one-year term with the option of renewal. Initial appointments were staggered to avoid terms ending at the same time for each committee member.

Ex-Officio members are permanent appointments to the committee based on position. Ex-Officio members are subject to review based on institutional change of position or restructure.

Being a member of the CSC is deemed service to the university and will be considered positively in the tenure promotion process for faculty and position review process for staff.

The CSC will create area-specific task forces as needed to carry out its responsibilities, which will include committee members, other faculty, staff, students, community members, and volunteers as required. Task forces will be organized as specific initiatives develop and may be dormant when a given project has been implemented.

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