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Issue No. 13
March 7, 2016
CSUN Students Work to Fight Food Waste and End Hunger
 
The CSUN chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) is taking the initiative to help end hunger in the San Fernando Valley while decreasing campus food waste. Diwata Macalino, chapter founder and president, noticed the amount of edible food being thrown away on campus and decided to take action. Last semester marked the chapter's start and FRN is now partnering with CSUN Dining to collect sandwiches, yogurt cups, fruit cups, veggie sticks, pastries, and bagels from every Freudian Sip location averaging 60-80 pounds a week that otherwise would have been thrown away. The food is distributed every Wednesday to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission and every Friday to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Since September 2015, FRN has collected and donated a total of 1,300 pounds of edible food waste.

"Our goal is not only to divert the food to feed people in need, but also to reduce waste," said Macalino. She is hoping that the program will expand to every dining location on campus, but in order for that to become a reality more volunteers are needed. To volunteer, email frn@my.csun.edu or go to their Facebook page.
Faculty Spotlight

CSUN Professor Mintesnot Woldeamanuel has a Ph.D. in Urban and Environmental Planning with a specialization in urban transportation planning and has been teaching at CSUN since 2011.  Through his courses, he educates students about sustainability and environmental issues. During his first year teaching at CSUN, he heard about an interdisciplinary sustainability course, SUST 300, and became intrigued. Soon after, Woldeamanuel was invited to join the Institute for Sustainability faculty to teach a module on urban development and transportation in this team-taught course.

The environmental issues that are most pressing for Woldeamanuel are population growth and transportation because without reducing the global population and the rate of consumption it will be “extremely difficult to reach a sustainability goal,” said Woldeamanuel. Transportation is the second largest greenhouse gas emitting sector, with two thirds of those emissions coming from personal vehicles, which makes each person responsible for their travel mode choice. Woldeamanuel was the lead researcher and analyst for the 2015 commuting survey, and he led his students in the data analysis. "The lack of action in creating a sustainable future is directly related to the lack of information and awareness about environmental issues and personal responsibility," said Woldeamanuel. His research and classes are devoted to creating awareness and teaching the science behind these issues to help empower every individual to make a change.
 
2015 CSUN Commuting Report Published
 
With the emissions from commuting playing a crucial role in climate change, the Institute for Sustainability wanted to assess the commuting habits of CSUN staff, faculty and students in a follow-up survey to its 2010 Commuting Report. The 2015 Commuting Report compares commuting practices from five years ago to those of 2015. In the most recent survey, 59 percent of students commute to school via private vehicle compared to 72 percent in 2010. There has been little change for faculty and staff on campus with staff single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) use improving slightly from 75% in 2010 to 73% in 2015, and faculty SOV use increasing slightly over the past five years from 87% to 90%; though these small faculty and staff changes are not statistically significant.

Overall emissions have risen by 5% but this is slower than the campus growth rate (10%) over the same time period. It continues to be CSUN’s goal to reduce total emissions, even under growth. The university will continue to promote alternative means of commuting, encourage a commute mode shift away from single vehicle occupancy, and provide incentives to those using mass transit, and higher fuel efficient and electric vehicles. These strategies are discussed in the 2015 Climate Action Plan. Learn how you can travel smart to and from CSUN
Get Caught Green-Handed during RecycleMania!
 
RecycleMania is back! It began February 8 and will end April 2.  Universities have the opportunity to earn recognition through this friendly competition. Students must recycle paper, plastic, cans and electronics in designated areas. If spotted by an AS Recycling team member, lucky recipients will win a prize! Every Tuesday from 10am - 2pm AS Recycling will table at the Farmers Market where prizes can also be won.

RecycleMania is designed to educate the campus about what items are recyclable and where they can be recycled. This competition also helps the campus reach our ultimate goal of being zero-waste.
Historisizing
Environmental
Justice Failure


Wed, March 16 
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Lake View Terrace (USU)


Laura Pulido, American Studies and Ethnicity professor at USC, will be discussing the importance of improving environments of vulnerable communities and gaining a better understanding of environmental racism and how it is fundamental to racial capitalism.
Innovations in Health and Wellness Series: The Workplace

Tuesday, March 15
5:30 - 7:30 pm
800 Wilshire Blvd
16th Floor

Health and wellness are imperative to green building and market transformation in this generation. The built environment, natural environment, and humankind should exist together to optimize health and foster wellness. Join this four-part series exploring the innovations in design exemplified in the workplace, higher education, healthcare, and transportation sectors. This speaker series is cultivated by BuroHappold & USGBC-LA. Take part to learn, share, and lead green! The event is $25 for non-members. Register here.

California Friendly Landscape Training

Saturday, March 12
Downtown LA

Saturday, March 26

Van Nuys

FREE residential landscape classes are offered for LADWP customers. Both workshops will be held from 9am - 12pm with free parking available. Class space is limited.
*YOU MUST RSVP for location information by
 emailing: waterconservation@ladwp.com -or- calling (800) 544-4498, press 5. Indicate what date you want to attend, include your name, LADWP service address, phone number, and name of guest (limit one).

Mailing address:
Institute for Sustainability
18111 Nordhoff Street
Santa Susana Hall 116
Northridge, Ca 91330

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