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Report Card 2010

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California State University–Monterey Bay
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of California State University-Monterey Bay

School details:

Endowment: $8 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Seaside, California

Enrollment: 4,340


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


An application was submitted by Bob Brown to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2010.  A grant was awarded to cover the cost of inclusion.    Learn more   about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
B -
The university's master plan calls for renewable energy, water efficiency, and preserving the campus's oak forest. The Campus Climate Commitment Committee has implemented energy efficiency projects and improved the recycling program. The California State University purchasing policy encourages the school to buy products that have been or can be recycled. All cleaning products are Green Seal-certified.
A new 1-megawatt solar installation on campus will generate 16 percent of the campus's energy. The university has achieved an 8 percent reduction in carbon emissions since 2007 and purchases renewable energy credits to offset 4.7 percent of its energy consumption. Energy efficiency projects have included upgrading building management systems to direct digital control, retrocommissioning buildings, and switching to T-8 energy-efficient bulbs.
The university spends 18 percent of its dining budget on local foods from up to 30 farms. All dairy products and some meat products are hormone- and antibiotic-free. One restaurant serves exclusively sustainably caught fish. All coffee is fair trade. Used cooking oil is donated to community members who run their cars on biodiesel, and facilities has developed an on-site pumping and filtering system to make transfer of the used oil to vehicles easier.
All new buildings and major renovations must meet LEED certification standards. The Tanimura and Altle Library meets LEED Silver criteria. Some buildings feature occupancy sensors that control the heating and cooling. All residence halls have low-flow showerheads, at least seven buildings have waterless urinals, and toilet valves in need of maintenance are replaced with dual-flush handles.
The Environmental Committee has addressed recycling, water conservation, and composting. In the past year, they have worked on a community garden and improving the recycling program. They also publicize an annual Earth Hour during which students living in dorms are encouraged to shut off everything that uses electricity. There is an environmental senator position in the student government.
The university has a free shuttle that goes downtown and to local shopping centers on the weekend, as well as a shuttle between the main campus and east campus housing. University members can ride the local bus system for free from within campus boundaries. There is a bike-sharing program with 50 bikes available for rent.
No evaluation was made of Endowment Transparency because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
No evaluation was made of Investment Priorities because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
No evaluation was made of Shareholder Engagement because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
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