UC Santa Barbara

July 7th – 10th, 2020

Webinar Series Registration

CHESC is launching a new webinar series in February.  Our first event will focus on the impressive commitment that the California State University made to ban single use plastics. For a full description, please read below. Register Here

CSU Bans Single Use Plastics

Registration Deadline:  February 11, 2020   Start Date: February 12, 2020    Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The California State University includes 23 campuses, 500,000 students and sustains more than 150,000 employees. A new system policy enacted in December establishes purchasing practices aimed at eliminating disposable plastic items-which make up a significant proportion of the waste campuses send to landfills-while giving preference to reusable, compostable or recyclable products instead.

According to the policy, all CSU campuses must eliminate plastic straws and carryout bags beginning in 2019. In addition, campuses must phase out Styrofoam food service items by January 2021 and discontinue the sale and distribution of single-use plastic water bottles before January 2023.

This presentation would have the following learning objectives:
-Identify strategies for engagement with campus procurement offices
-Discuss the broader concepts of large organizational change management
-Advocate for business partner engagement to find feasible milestones to product elimination

The elimination of single-use plastics across the largest university system of campuses (by population), will have an extensive impact on-campus purchasing choices, vendor engagement, local landfills, and on our environment.

Stakeholder engagement is critical, particularly with our campus communities and business partners, to ensure enforcement of policy.

In this first year, there are many lessons learned that can be shared with our peer colleges and universities in the areas of:
-internal and external communications
-procurement tracking processes
-bench-marking strategies
-organizational education and change management

Topic Areas:

-Purchasing, Food & Dining

Intended Audience:

  1. Administrators
  2. Businesses and Community
  3. Faculty
  4. Graduate Students or Above
  5. Other Staff
  6. Sustainability Staff
  7. Undergraduate Students