Humboldt State University’s stunning coastal location near the Oregon border in northern California perfectly situates it to be a thought leader in environmental issues, and several influential organizations on campus are doing just that. Coordinating many of HSU’s sustainability efforts is the 35-year-old Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT), which was the first of its kind and has inspired similar projects at wide-ranging colleges. Driven by student engagement, the CCAT aims to demonstrate environmental responsibility through tours, workshops, presentations, hands-on projects, and even courses taught by students. Also notably, HSU students voted to approve a student fee of ten dollars per semester in order to support the Humboldt Energy Independent Fund (HEIF), which invites students to create, design, and implement projects that reduce the campus’s environmental impact from energy consumption. Seventeen student projects have already been commissioned, including a 10.5 kilowatt solar installation and new lighting for the sports stadium that reduces electricity and light pollution and saves $9,000 a year in energy costs. For student transportation, HSU has launched the online ridesharing service Zimride in addition to hosting two Zipcars on campus. Humboldt State Schatz Energy Research Center recently opened a hydrogen fueling station to power two hydrogen-powered Toyota Highlanders. Academically, eco-minded HSU undergrads can take advantage of its coastal location with majors in botany, environmental management and protection, fisheries biology, forestry, geology, oceanography, rangeland resource science, wildlife, or zoology. Students also motivate campus sustainability efforts like the Graduation Gown Rental, the HSU Power Save Green Campus Program, the Waste-Reduction and Resource Awareness Project, Reusable Office Supply Exchange, HSU Takes Back The Tap, and Donation Dash. Beginning with the 2012–2013 school year, HSU implemented the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) to manage its overall sustainability impact.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.