About

At Stan State, we recognize that higher education plays a critical role in addressing environmental and social justice issues. Our 2020 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) report reflects our academic, engagement, operations, administrative, and innovative accomplishments towards a sustainable campus and the empowerment of our students with the understanding and tools to address the challenges of our time.

View Stanislaus State's STARS Report (PDF)

Meet the Sustainability Coordinator 

As California State University Stanislaus' Sustainability Coordinator, appointed in September 2019, Wendy Olmstead led the university through its first AASHE STARS report to a Silver rating in May 2020. Wendy is responsible for fostering widespread student, staff, and faculty engagement in sustainability initiatives and scholarly activities. She  works collaboratively with the campus Council for Sustainable Futures to develop short and long-term goals for the campus that comply with policy directives from the Chancellor’s office and to coordinate activities associated with the campus’ membership with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Wendy provides outreach and guidance to academic programs, administrative units, and student organizations on integrating initiatives designed to fulfill the shared strategic commitment on sustainability.

In January, 2022, Wendy was appointed to the AASHE Advisory Council, which consists of leaders from higher education, business, nonprofits, and government, and provides advice and guidance to AASHE on higher-level strategy as well as specific programs and services.

Hailing from Northern Ontario, Wendy was an international student at Stan State earning her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Studies and master’s degrees in Ecology & Sustainability and Public Administration. She is also a lecturer in the university’s Department of Political Science, Public Administration, and Leadership Studies.