Inclusive Sustainability Plan 2020

Student Affairs and Co-Curricular

Co-curricular education encompasses all areas of learning that happen outside the classroom. This is a great opportunity for the campus to weave sustainability throughout the student experience, especially in the areas of Student Life. By developing co-curricular opportunities, different groups can help unlock each other’s potential and create programs that are greater than the sum of their parts.


  • The Campus Planning Department, School of Natural Sciences, and CSUMB Basketball team collaborated to plant trees and develop an innovative Fog Collection project.
  • 3 Campus as a Living Lab grants received, supporting class projects that support campus sustainability.
  • Over four campus departments offer sustainability-focused student positions on campus, including in the Sustainability Office, Otter Cross-Cultural Center, Associated Students and Dining Services.
    • Encourage campus clubs to identify a sustainability advocate or representative within each club and meet with each other on a regular basis. Incorporate 2 new sustainability efforts into regular club operations (i.e. food, waste, Otter ware. promotion and advertising, sustainable swag)
    • Partner with the Sustainable Otters Living Learning Program in Student Housing & Residential Life to identify 2 campus projects annually to implement for campus beautification and care.
    • Identify additional opportunities for student positions that will support sustainability and provide leadership and professional development opportunities. Aim for 10 new positions by 2025, ensuring the recipients reflect the demographics of our student population. (EJ&I)
    • Improve data collection regarding student learning impacts from co-curricular sustainability-related engagement activities. Using 2018-19 as the baseline, increase the number of students volunteering or participating in nature-based, social justice opportunities. (EJ&I)
    • Develop a Sustainability Co-Laboratory (or Collective) to: provide support for students working to advance sustainability efforts on campus, host trainings, events and speakers, and provide resources to our campus and regional community. (EJ&I)
    • Partner with International Programs to integrate global perspectives on sustainability into their campus programs, (EJ&I)
    • Ensure at least 5 students are serving on the President’s Sustainability Committee each year.
    • Continue to build the Green Office Certification Program as a student-led program, increasing student assistant positions, expanding the number of offices certified to 25% of campus departments certified by 2025. Incorporate modules for Green Living as well as Green Classroom/Lab Certification Programs. (EJ&I)