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President's Report
President Jackson
The Spring semester is well underway and our campus is becoming more vibrant with students attending class, studying in the library, socializing in the Student Activities Center and engaging in other activities. It's good to see both new and familiar faces throughout the campus.
While we are rapidly moving in the Spring semester, I would like to take a moment to reflect on hosting our first ever Fall Commencement, which was a resounding success and reminder that we're here for our students first. It was a great way to end 2021 and the new year has brought some exciting news for the University.
As you're now well aware, we've been designated California's third polytechnic University, Cal Poly Humboldt. It's more than a historic moment—it's a huge opportunity for all of our students, staff and faculty, our communities on the North Coast, and California. Learn more about what it means to be a polytechnic university here.
I'm immensely grateful to everyone for your contributions to this effort. Our self-study and prospectus were conducted quickly under challenging circumstances, and they spotlighted our incredible strengths and areas for growth. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, donors, and community members were all integral to our success, and we will continue to seek input from and participation as we transition into a full polytechnic university.
Alongside our campus' hard polytech work, we've made great strides in sustainability efforts. Sustainability at Cal Poly Humboldt is not just an initiative, but a culture. The definition of sustainability touches on a wide variety of programs and populations, with the intent of achieving the university's sustainability goals and educating our students to be ambassadors of sustainability.
  • Climate Action Plan: We are updating the ClimateAction Plan (CAP 2.0) and we want your input! The CAP 2.0 is a roadmap to guide the University toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2045, and to build resilience to climate change impacts.
  • STARS: The campus has completed a plan to pursue a platinum rating in a large and well-adopted sustainability assessment called STARS. This ambitious goal will position the campus to become the best performing CSU in the system by 2026, and one of very few campuses worldwide to secure the elusive Platinum rating. Read the Path to Platinum Plan here. A few examples of current programming underway that supports this effort includes professional development for faculty on sustainability topics, refining our process for designating courses as sustainability focused or related, better documenting landscape management and integrated pest management protocols, and incorporating sustainability criteria more formally into contracts and procurement policy. Read more about STARS as a general assessment tool here.
  • Microgrid: The University has partnered with the Schatz Energy Research Center to develop a campus microgrid. A microgrid is a system of energy generation, storage, and controls that will provide electricity to campus in the event the grid goes down and to lower the university's electricity demand. Components will include solar PV, large battery, backup generator, and associated controls. Local microgrids developed by the Schatz Center are at the Blue Lake Rancheria and the Redwood Coast airport
  • Social Justice in Sustainability: The Sustainability Office continues to work toward implementing a sustainability movement that elevates justice and liberation along with the environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability. A few programs underway for Spring 2022 include various book circles and speaker series, supporting Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence’s Black to the Land farming initiative at the Bayside Park Farm, and supporting a campus-wide food summit led by El Centro Académico Cultural (and supported by the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund) in April 2022.


Diver with kelp

VIDEO: Helping Kelp Come Back in California

Cal Poly Humboldt is working to restore kelp populations throughout the North Coast by growing bull kelp in Humboldt Bay. A pilot project of the University's Telonicher Marine Lab, the project is California's first open-water commercial seaweed farm.
Learn more about the kelp project
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Library Reopens its Doors

Welcome back to the Cal Poly Humboldt Library! The $34 million seismic retrofit project began in 2018 and improved the safety and integrity of the Library, added new LED lights and ceiling tiles in the north side of the building, modernized the central elevator, upgraded ADA parking and accessibility and added many other enhancements. You're invited back to utilize the Library's many programs and services, students can access scholarly research, relax in the Brain Booth, or learn something new in a SkillShop.
Read about the Library reopening

New Minor Offers Education in Sustainability for Every Major

Starting this Fall, the Sustainability minor will explore real-world problems from a variety of academic perspectives, incorporating curricula from across the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities and the arts. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor will catalyze intellectual inquiry, systems thinking, and students' agency to tackle the most pressing socio-ecological challenges of our time. The new program marks a major milestone in Humboldt's campus-wide goal to foster sustainability literacy across all colleges.
Learn more about the Sustainability minor

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Improve Your Tomorrow: A Brotherhood of Support on Campus

Founded by Cal Poly Humboldt alumnus Michael Lynch ('11, Business Administration), Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT) has served thousands of young men across California through mentorship, tutoring, college advising, and community investment. Last Fall, IYT kicked off their first semester of programming at Humboldt, a longtime goal for Lynch who recalls his own transformative experience at Humboldt.
Learn more about Improve Your Tomorrow

Community Engagement & Impact

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Partnership with CR

College of the Redwoods President Keith Flamer and Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson, Jr. have continued to strengthen the ties between the two institutions. Read President Jackson's recent column in the Times-Standard. Read President Flamer's recent column in the Times-Standard.
Learn about the partnership
Voluteers cleaning up on MLK Day

'A Day On' for the Community in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Twenty-two students and 18 faculty and staff members spent the day at multiple community and campus sites, working together to beautify the community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King.
Read about 'A Day On'

Humboldt Joins California’s Historic College Service Program

California Governor Gavin Newsom and the leaders of California’s college and university systems launched the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history: #CaliforniansForAll College Corps. The program will help create debt-free college pathways for low-income students who commit to serve.
Learn about the historic college service program


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Renovations Underway on New University Children’s Center, Child Development Lab

Humboldt recently broke ground on the renovation of the historic Trinity Annex, located just off campus at 14th and B streets. The extensive remodel and expansion will be the future home of the University’s Children’s Center and Child Development Lab; the project is slated for completion June 2023.
Read about the renovations

Contactless Digital Payment for Parking through New App

Partnering with transportation software and payments company Passport, Humboldt recently began utilizing a digital parking payment system for the first time. The app, Passport Parking, allows for a contactless experience where motorists pay for and manage their parking sessions with their smartphones. Those who prefer to pay via traditional meters or purchase passes from the parking kiosk can still do so.
Learn about the digital payment system

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