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CSUN Institute for Sustainability
The Footprint

Issue No. 22
October 17, 2016
The Institute Celebrates 8 Years of Sustainability!
 
Santa Susana HallWe welcome everyone to join in our shared vision for a more sustainable CSUN as we celebrate our eighth anniversary. On October 27, 2008, former Provost Harry Hellenbrand formally announced the establishment of the CSUN Institute for Sustainability and the appointment of Dr. Ashwani Vasishth as its first Director. In 2009, Dr. Helen Cox was appointed Director and still serves in that role.

The Institute mission to promote, facilitate, and develop educational, research, and university and community programs related to sustainability continues to guide all of our work. We serve five primary functions: curriculum support, education, community engagement, research and grants, and leadership.
 
Over the past eight years, the Institute established the foundation for sustainability at CSUN with research, reports, and planning. Our commuting reports in 2010 and 2015, use campus-wide surveys of student and employee commuting habits and preferences to provide useful information which allows the campus to lobby for improved transit services for campus.

An Energy Analysis and Greenhouse Gas inventory conducted in 2012 and 2015 help us understand our energy use and carbon emissions, and inform our 2016 Climate Action Plan, CSUN's road map for reducing campus emissions to zero by 2040. In 2013, we worked with stakeholders across campus to develop the CSUN Sustainability Plan, a comprehensive 10-year guide to achieving sustainability across all university divisions. The plan lays out actions to be taken in ten different topic areas from administration, dining, and education to transport, water and waste.

New curriculum in sustainability includes core courses in which over 250 students are currently enrolled, a minor with 72 students currently enrolled and 91 students completing it to date.

Our educational food garden and compost facility that was first established as a small organic garden in 2010, has now grown to process green waste from dining facilities and coffee shops across campus. Almost 20 tons of food waste is processed annually and used to provide nutrients to our organic garden, where students learn to grow fruit and vegetables that are donated to volunteers and the community.

We are proud of all that's been accomplished thus far and are grateful for our strong partnership with CSUN's Facilities division, Associated Students, and support from all divisions across campus. Thank you to everyone who has made sustainability a reality at CSUN.
CSUN Selected to Partner on Climate Resilience Initiative
 
Second Nature logoCSUN has been selected along with Arizona State University and Portland State University to partner with Second Nature on action to build climate resilience. The Kresge Foundation awarded Second Nature a grant of over $400,000 for the Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) initiative to work with these three campuses and their partners; each is partnering with a local community college and community organization. CSUN's partners will be LA Valley College and Northridge Vision.
 
CRUX will pilot the implementation of the resilience-related elements of Second Nature’s newly launched Climate Commitment, a public commitment to climate neutrality and resilience made by higher education leaders. The CRUX project supports campus/community task forces for resilience planning, and will learn from these as they introduce planning frameworks and complete resilience capacity assessments. The lessons learned will facilitate a nationally-scalable strategy to increase climate resilience by campuses and communities.

Second Nature is seeking applicants for a Fellow to coordinate the CRUX project for Los Angeles. The Fellow will disseminate resilience planning information and learning between city clusters, campuses, and local experts. The position is approximately 10 hours per week, beginning November 2016 and offers a $7,200 annual stipend for two years. Graduate students, legal students, highly motivated undergraduates, and recent graduates are invited to apply.
Student Spotlight: Darien Siguenza
 
Darien SiguenzaDarien Siguenza currently serves as the Chair for the Associated Students Sustainability committee. She is Family and Consumer Sciences major with an emphasis on Apparel Design and Merchandising and is minoring in Sustainability. Siguenza credits her sustainability classes and environmental documentaries, such as The Big Fix and Tapped, in motivating her to pursue a leadership role on the Committee.

The committee is hosting the AS Sustainable Lifestyle event on Tuesday, November 15th to launch their sustainable student initiative. Siguenza hopes to provide students with “realistic, easy, and effective ways of tweaking daily habits to be more sustainable”. In addition to campus events, the committee is also hoping to make policy changes that will affect AS and lead to a more sustainable student body.

The AS Sustainability Committee is always looking for more students to join the sustainability efforts and volunteer their time. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the weekly committee meetings on Wednesdays from 2-3 pm in the USU Executive Board Room. Learn more about AS sustainability initiatives and programs.
Join us for Sustainability Day!
 
Sustainability DayThe Institute's annual Sustainability Day event is this Wednesday, October 19 11am-5:15pm in the USU Northridge Center and Lakeview Terrace room. This event is co-sponsored by the USU and is open to students, faculty/staff and the community.

Students - Volunteer opportunities are available to help at the event. Sign-up for a time slot to help us make this day a success!

Faculty - Email us if you would like to bring your class or offer extra credit to students attending and we can have sign-in sheets available.

11:00am–12:15pm - “Your Water: Now and the Future”
 
12:30-1:45pm - “Watts up With Your Utility Bills?”
*Attend this session and receive a FREE low-flow shower head, LED light bulb, AND bathroom and kitchen sink aerators!* (Must be an LADWP customer)
 
2:00–3:45pm - "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” documentary screening
 
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm - "Federal Lands & Waters: Re-Imagining Latina/os Relationship to the Great Outdoors"
Small Changes at Home Lead to Smaller Electric Bills
 

LADWP bag and LED lightLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the “Save Energy LA” campaign this summer that encourages locals to conserve energy and provides tips and details on various rebate programs. The goal of the initiative is to conserve electricity, reduce energy bills, and protect the environment.

LADWP has many programs aligned with this campaign to help local residents save energy and money including the Residential Lighting Program. LADWP is giving each household two LED light bulbs between September and December 2016. They plan to distribute 2.7 million LED light bulbs across the city! We will also be giving away free LED bulbs on Wednesday at Sustainability Day!  See above for details.

Switching from incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to LEDs can save $238 in electric costs over the lifetime of each bulb. If your household receives these bulbs, make sure to install them to conserve energy and reduce your energy bill!

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day


Thursday, November 17th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. CSUN will be celebrating America Recycles Day on November 17th and this year's theme is the 1970's, where the Green Movement started!

Through interactive games, crafts, and giveaways, students will learn about America Recycles Day and campus and community services. CSUN clubs and organizations will be promoting their programs and services as well.
Tree Guide

Campus Tree Tour


Wednesday, October 26
12:00 - 12:45 pm
RSVP: wellbeing@csun.edu


Join us on a walk around campus and learn about the various tree species that make CSUN beautiful. Institute Faculty Associate, Mario Giraldo, and Geography students will lead a walk that will highlight some of the trees found in our Tree Walk Brochures. The walk will start at Santa Susana Hall room 115 (the brick building west of the Bookstore) and is open to all mobility levels!
Innovate LA event

Innovate LA 2016


October 6th-23rd
Throughout Los Angeles


InnovateLA is a two week, county-wide celebration of the breadth of innovation and creativity within our region. From clean tech to gaming, aerospace to digital media and beyond, Los Angeles is a leading global center for innovation and entrepreneurship.

This event showcases and celebrates innovation with a series of events, lectures, and talks all over LA.

Find upcoming events,  including a few hosted at CSUN!
LADWP StudentsFollow us on Social Media!
 
Follow the Institute for Sustainability on your favorite social media outlets to stay up-to-date with the latest sustainability news, events, and stories. Connect with @sustainCSUN on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Post something sustainable happening on campus or in the community, tag us and use #sustainCSUN and we can share your post!
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Institute for Sustainability
18111 Nordhoff Street
Santa Susana Hall 116
Northridge, CA 91330-8444

Phone: (818) 677-7710
Email: sustainability@csun.edu
  
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