We 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
, 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.