Reporting System

Progress Report for California State University-Monterey Bay

Submitted on Jan. 15, 2012; Last updated on Jan. 13, 2012

The Progress Report is intended to help signatories assess and track progress toward the goals outlined
in their Climate Action Plans and to share that progress with their stakeholders and the general public.

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General Statement of Progress

The President’s formal commitment to fulfill the goals laid forth in the ACUPCC has given the University impetus and justification to pursue campus wide sustainability initiatives and efforts. As described below, CSUMB is working on a wide range of actions by student staff and faculty. These actions often rely on the President’s formal and public acknowledgement that we must take collective action to reduce and mitigate the effects of climate change. In 2011 CSUMB earned a Gold STARS rating. During 2012, CSUMB will be updating and enhancing its CAP.


CSUMB reuses 66 former Army buildings for academic and administrative purposes and 1,219 former Army apartment units for students, staff, faculty and university partner housing. A recent renovation of the Dining Commons and the newly constructed Library both earned a LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council, and the next new building is being planned to exceed these standards.

Furthermore, CSUMB is committed to the recycling and reuse of building materials that are not feasible for reuse due to environmental, structural and access issues. The campus has deconstructed 188 structures recycling approximately 90-97% of the non-hazardous building materials (by weight), which has included metals, concrete and wood.


Between 2009-11 the campus partnered with 21 agencies in the tri-county area on a $3 million grant to improve recycling and educate the community. As a result CSUMB received staffing and outreach for 2 annual Move Out events, diverting over 2 tons per year from the landfill. The campus also received educational signage and recycling bins for every student occupied room or apartment on campus, 30 permanent recycling and trash cans, two dumpster enclosures and additional staff and outreach materials.

CSUMB is now in its third year participating in Recyclmania and has a paid student recycling intern who works 20 hours per week. The intern recently completed an audit of the Main Campus recycling and waste dumpsters. As a result, the campus is working to reduce its trash pick up service from 3 days to 2 days per week. The intern is also involved in summer and fall orientations as well as other events to educate the campus community on waste reduction.


CSUMB has also put more effort into alternative transportation and transportation demand management. In 2010 the university hired a transportation planner to focus on developing, implementing and managing transportation programs, infrastructure, and outreach. In just the first year of effort, the new planner was given a Transportation Excellence award by the regional Transportation Agency for her efforts and development of the TRIPwise program. In just the past year, we’ve seen transit ridership increase from approximately 20,000 trips per month to 30,000 trips per month with the rollout of a UPASS, added bus lines funded in perpetuity by regional funds, and a variety of outreach efforts. CSUMB recently won the tri-county region RIDESHARE MONTH competition for colleges, attributable to outreach efforts by TRIPwise and collaboration with a class for a transportation online pledge project.

Web Links for Transportation

TRIPwise Online

TRIPwise Facebook page

TRIPwise in Metro Magazine

CSUMB Bike Map (posted on local biking website)

Bike Garage Green Building Design Contest

Staffer Honored by Transportation Agency

GHG Emissions & Reduction Targets

Climate Neutrality Target Date: 2030
Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target Target Date Baseline*
10% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2019 relative to baseline emissions in 2011
10% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2019 relative to baseline emissions in 2011
10% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2019 relative to baseline emissions in 2011
10% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2019 relative to baseline emissions in 2011
[click to view Climate Action Plan - Climate Action Plan ]

GHGs summary

GHGs for California State University-Monterey Bay
Reporting Year Gross Emissions Net Emissions Full Time Enrollments Total Bldg. Sq. Ft. [action]
2007 22348.0 22348.0 4080.0 1377982.0 [ view ]
2009 12263.0 12008.0 3904.0 1167328.0 [ view ]
2011 129802.0 129672.0 4727.0 1801142.0 [ view ]
  • Change in GHG gross emissions


  • Change in GHG emissions per 1000 sq.ft. building space


  • Change in GHG emissions per full time enrollment (FTE)


Education, Research, & Community Engagement


  • How is your institution making climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students?

    While many of our programs contain sustainability learning outcomes within the major learning outcomes, all of our programs have a service learning requirement at both the upper and lower division and the service learning outcomes address sustainability directly. Therefore, all of our programs have sustainability learning outcomes embedded within them. On our campus, service learning is also a part of our GE package, so sustainability has been integrated into our General Education.

  • Education methods in use

    • Included sustainability learning outcomes, tracks, or certificates in every academic major.
    • Included sustainability learning outcomes into institutional General Education Requirements.

  • Does your institution offer an undergraduate degree program(s) related to climate change/sustainability?

    see STARs report for California State University-Monterey Bay

  • Does your institution offer a graduate degree program in climate change/sustainability?

    see STARs report for California State University-Monterey Bay



  • If applicable, how is your institution expanding research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality research?

    Student research: CSUMB's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC) provides our students with funding, support through faculty mentorships, workshops, and support through connections with internships, both on and off campus, to pursue research, the majority of which meets our criterion for sustainability research. A list of students and their associated research internship placements obtained through UROC are provided at the following URL: Faculty research: The COAST Faculty Research Incentive Award Program provides support to CSU tenured/tenure-track faculty members to develop and submit full proposals to external funding agencies and organizations for marine and coastal research and educational projects. Much marine and coastal research has a focus that addresses sustainability of marine and coastal resources.

  • Does your institution have a program to encourage student climate and or sustainability research?

    see STARs report for California State University-Monterey Bay

  • Does your institution have a program to encourage faculty climate and or sustainability research?

    see STARs report for California State University-Monterey Bay

Community Engagement

  • How is your institution expanding community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality?

    From the dozens of partner groups listed on this site ( ), it is clear that CSUMB’s service learning program addresses full-on issues associated with the social justice aspect of sustainability, where our students work with dozens of agencies that address issues of homelessness, education, health care for low-income populations, child abuse, poverty, and many others. Additionally, the environmental aspects of sustainability is addressed through our university’s watershed institute which, among other things, for years has received funding to promote planting days where school-aged children from across the county as well as the public at large engage in native plantings several times per year. The university also runs a yearly "Focus the Region" event where students, faculty, staff and members of the community engage in presentations, free vegetaqrian food and discussion associated with climate change at this low-waste event (see For many other examples of how CSUMB interacts with the community related to the topic of sustainability, please see:

  • Does your institution participate in community climate change and or sustainability partnerships?

    see STARs report for California State University-Monterey Bay

  • Has your institution advocated for federal, state, and/or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance your goal of climate neutrality?

    see STARs report for California State University-Monterey Bay

Many of the above questions correspond to AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) credits. For signatories that are STARS participants you may find more detail on their efforts in the areas of education, research, and community engagement by accessing their STARS report.

Energy & Finances

Energy Efficiency Projects

  • Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects planned, but not yet implemented:


  • Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects completed since signing the ACUPCC:


  • Number of buildings that have received a green building certification since signing the ACUPCC:


  • Number of green buildings planned or scheduled for completion in the next 2 years:


  • For all buildings, the green building certification/rating used is:


Renewable Energy

  • Annual output (in kWhs) for each renewable energy system utilized by California State University-Monterey Bay

    • Solar output: 1757526 kWh

    • Annual renewable energy purchased: 1261375 kWh

Financial Data

  • Has your Climate Action Plan and/or related sustainability efforts saved your institution money so far, e.g. by reducing operational expenses?


  • Amount spent on CAP projects:


  • Estimated amount saved to date from implementing your CAP projects:


  • Additional information or context to support expected savings:

    We will be developing a full financial scope with IRRs during the coming year as part of our update and expansion of our CAP.
finance methods...
  • Financing Methods utilized for Mitigation or Renewable Energy Projects:
    • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
    • Revolving Loan Funds

Non-public data

This data is available to signatories with reporting system access.
"" fields in which no data was submitted have been omitted from this report

For more information about California State University-Monterey Bay's climate & sustainability efforts please click here