Academics & Governance
We promote and support campus activities that achieve economic vitality, environmental health, strong families and communities, and encourage stakeholder involvement. We implement sustainability systems such as the Environmental Management System recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Colleges and Universities.
We promote excellence in learning and responsibility for the environment, with a commitment to preserving our resources as an inheritance for future generations.
All colleges, schools, and program centers on the campus strive to infuse their organizations and educational activities with sustainability strategies that improve economic development, environmental health, campus safety, food production safety, energy conservation, and social organization.
Our governance structure includes a Presidential committee. This committee exists as an advisory body to the President. Its primary responsibilities include:
- Continuously assessing Sac State's current practices in order to incorporate best available technologies into University sustainability efforts.
- Considering and recommending new methods/techniques for incorporating sustainable practices into our operational activities and in the basic design for construction and renovation of facilities.
- Working in partnership with the community that we serve.
- Identifying and tracking critical performance indicators which are used to keep these practices and strategies on course
Sacramento State is committed to preserving our natural resources, which is a key feature of sustainability. Where practical, we utilize renewable energy sources to reduce costs and energy use. We maintain and promote a computerized energy management system designed to reduce the amount of energy use as is reasonably possible considering occupant comfort and program needs.
When replacing and repairing worn out or damaged equipment, facilities personnel strive to identify replacements and apply techniques and technologies that reduce the consumption of energy. Such equipment includes installing motion sensors that turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied; replacing old lamps and ballasts with the most energy-efficient lighting systems available; turning off heating and cooling systems after hours; maintaining temperatures within certain parameters; installing high efficiency motors; taking advantage of new strategies as they are available and reliable. All of these strategies must consider occupant comfort as well as optimum efficiencies.
Environmental Health & Safety
An important facet of sustainability is the health and safety of campus human resources. Sacramento State's Health and Safety programs protect the physical health of the entire campus population, ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Significant resources are committed to indoor and outdoor air quality along with ergonomics in the workplace.
A comprehensive Risk Management program reduces the likelihood of campus-related activities harming our environmental and people resources. Risk Management efforts focus on minimizing risk through identification, analysis, and management techniques.
Planning, New Construction & Building Renewal
In keeping with this commitment, we use building design techniques and guidelines, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), to construct new buildings and remodel existing facilities.
We are committed to implementing technologies that promote the purchase and use of goods that are made from recycled materials and renewable resources. Working with our purchasing partners and vendors, we implement policies and procedures that ensure that all hazardous materials, whether for academic or maintenance purposes, are acquired in amounts that serve but do not exceed our needs.
Campus efforts focus on purchasing materials that are environmentally friendly and can be easily and efficiently recycled. In this manner, we reduce the amount of waste generated by the campus. Educational programs implement micro-laboratory/chemistry techniques that reduce the amount of non-renewable materials purchased and hazardous wastes produced.
Recycling & Waste Management
Campus programs promote the collection and recycling of beverage containers, paper, tires, waste oil, metals, green waste, and other recyclable products. Construction projects are carefully monitored to ensure their work is done in accordance with environmental best practices.
All campus organizations at Sacramento State actively engaged in reducing the consumption of natural resources through the implementation of conservation strategies, which include: Reducing the use of resources, reusing to the fullest extent possible, and recycling all materials that can be recycled.
The campus maintains active recycling and hazardous waste management programs. Waste streams (municipal, hazardous, universal, etc.) are separated to promote the recycling of used materials to the highest degree possible.
Creative and environmentally friendly techniques (e.g., a paperless work environment) are promoted in our classrooms, in the administration of the institution and in our facilities construction and maintenance functions.
Easy access to refuse and recycling containers throughout the campus promotes the proper disposal of waste, as even cigarette butts, paper and chewing gum have the potential to enter into and diminish the beauty of our environment and the health of the American and Sacramento Rivers.
The University Transportation and Parking office promotes the benefits of alternative transportation and carpooling. Their efforts result in reduced vehicle and highway use, reduced air pollution and reduced personal transportation costs. The campus has a large fleet of alternative fuel vehicles which conform to the vision and best practices of sustainability.
Our storm and waste water management programs, along with our spill prevention program, protect the American and Sacramento Rivers from potentially harmful constituents that can flow into the rivers as a result of our operational activities.