CSU, Chico News

SCOOP Scoops First Place at Facilities Conference

Date: 12-05-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Courtney Bell

Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) won first place for student projects at a California State University systemwide Facilities Management conference in November.

The students prepared a PowerPoint presentation of their project’s intent, goals and results. SCOOP competed against other entrants, including UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Irvine, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz.

SCOOP works with offices on campus to assess current office practices and make recommendations for improvements. The students assess computers, printers, FAX machines and copiers, paper and recycling, lighting and energy use, purchasing and health. As part of the assessment and recommendation process, they educate students and staff in sustainable solutions.

SCOOP consultants collaborate with staff supervisors and representatives from other sustainable groups on campus. They’ve received support from AS Sustainability, Green Campus, Net Impact and AS Recycling. This past summer, they became part of the campuswide sustainability movement. The Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico is part of the collaborative and funds the director’s position. So far, SCOOP has assessed 10 offices.

SCOOP got its start when the Green Campus Program, which was doing office energy audits, joined with Tami Kautz, Katherine Bajjaliya, Marni Merrill, Brittan Carlson and Courtney Bell, who is now the director of SCOOP, to combine forces for comprehensive sustainable consultations.

“The assessments are making differences in staff behaviors Gulling, director of the Green Campus Program, “and the impact is immense. We’ve calculated that if the University Housing and Food Services, for example, made the recommended changes regarding their energy, it would be like taking a car off the road!”

“I first heard about the SCOOP program when they attended a Staff Council meeting to give details of their program,” said Sandy Miskella, University Public Events. “Three students came to our office for less than an hour and had some very good comments about what we were already doing right. When we got our evaluation report, it gave us insight on other areas where we could make improvements. I would recommend an energy audit for every department on campus.”

Gulling said that she is amazed that a group of students thought of the idea, then with some key staff and faculty help, made it such a big success. Other CSUs are adopting SCOOP on their campuses (Cal Poly is one of them).

You can contact SCOOP by e-mailing scoop@csuchico.edu or calling the director Courtney Bell at (530) 898-4335.