Sustainability

Habitat

Habitat

Habitat is vital for maintaining the health of wildlife and natural systems. The University’s natural habitats also contribute to its sense of place, student health and wellness, and promote a connection to and concern for our natural environment. CSUMB’s natural habitat should honor the history of place, including indigenous communities and military uses.

Achievements

  • Campus restoration fund established for native plants and trees.
  • New buildings support infill development and reduce impact to natural open space.

What is habitat?

Habitat is the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism. A sustainable habitat is an ecosystem that produces food and shelter for people and other organisms, without resource depletion and in such a way that no external waste is produced. CSUMB strives ensure the campus works symbiotically within its natural environment.

    • Plant 2,030 native trees and plants.
    • Grow campus plants for formal landscape and habitat restoration projects.
    • Improve formal and informal outdoor spaces for people to gather (areas for sitting in groups and for being reflective and contemplative). (EJ&I)
    • Highlight the history and changing geography of place, including indigenous, ranching, and military uses. Seeking to integrate natural habitat that reflects cultural and historical uses and planting. (EJ&I)
    • Integrate edible landscaping into landscape design and maintenance, Create a method for sharing (map, signage, etc.).
    • Create a Special Area Plan for the Sustainability Commons and explore funding opportunities.
  • Habitat Restoration

    R.O.N. is a community and school based environmental education program dedicated to involving students (Kindergarten through University) and the community in native habitat restoration in Monterey County, CA.

    Our mission is to bring nature closer to people, and people closer to nature through hands-on experiences in community based habitat restoration and environmental education.

    Return of the natives - restoration and education project

    The Cycle of Restoration is a program for 3rd-6th grade students focusing on habitat restoration and planting native plants.

    RON provides environmental science and expressive art lessons to every 4th and 5th grade class in all eleven elementary schools in the district.

    Salinas Creeks to the Bay is a curriculum program connects 4th-6th grade students to their watershed and the Monterey Bay.

    For many years, RON has planted thousands of native plants to restore Fort Ord National Monument.

    Young plants growing in R.O.N.'s nursery
    Young plants growing in R.O.N.'s nursery

    Green Thumbs

    Over the years the Greenthumbs have provided immeasurable service at the RON nursery. Every week groups from all over the peninsula volunteer at the greenhouse transplanting thousands of native plants.

    Some of the participating groups include Gateway Center, Monterey Transition Program, Salinas Transition Program, and HOPE Services.

    Contact Green Thumbs: CMcKnew@csumb.edu

    Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology

    In the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab, students study responses of wildlife to changes in land use and cover. Students test ecological theory while providing wildlife managers with the information, methods, and tools needed to make science-based management decisions.

    Want to get involved? Contact: jduggan@csumb.edu

    Kendall Emerick conducting field work
    Kendall Emerick conducting field work
    • Continue to utilize and expand existing programs, staff and faculty expertise to care for our natural environment.
    • Plant all native and/or drought tolerant plants in 100% of the new and “refresh” planting projects.
    • Form a landscape and habitat advisory committee to support campus ecosystems and habitat. Ensure the committee memberships reflects cultural and natural knowledge as well as operational stakeholders. (EJ&I)
    • Restore and Improve degraded habitat and soil on campus.
    • Reduce the use of in-organic herbicides by reducing opportunity for weeds to grow: increase native plants, add mulch and manage irrigation. Use herbicides as a last resort.
    • Create a campus position to oversee land and soil restoration, habitat management and landscape support.
    • Create an adopt-a-zone program by 2025 for groups or departments to take care of specific areas on campus.
    • Create an easy to use best management practices guide to manage campus landscape and special status species and train Main and East Campus landscapers.
    • Create and follow an Integrated Pest Management Plan.

 

 

 

 

In order to strengthen and provide structure around certain aspects of sustainability, the campus is integrating the 7-petal Living Community Challenge into the Master Plan.

I like inter-connection. I like being aware of what's happening on campus. I also enjoy being a part of a community and having a place where everyone can feel comfortable in their own skin.
Andrea Cedillo | 4th Year, ENSTU Major
Habitat is where food is.
Alexander Morales | 4th Year, VPA Major

What's your ideal habitat? Submit your answer to: trandazzo@csumb.edu

Monte Rey at the beach near CSUMB
Monte Rey in his natural habitat.