CSUN Institute for Sustainability
Issue No. 29     |    March 13, 2017
Students Aim To Ban Plastic Bottles On Campus

Ban The BottleSustainability 401 is an applied sustainability course and the capstone class for the Sustainability Minor. Students take on their own projects on campus and in the community to gain knowledge through addressing a community problem and evaluating alternative solutions, taking sustainability considerations into account. 

This semester, one group of students is taking on a daunting task of trying to remove all single-use plastic water bottles on campus. To do this, they are surveying students and staff to get opinions on a ban. The students realize that before they can make this big change and completely ban bottled water, they must educate the campus community about the issues surrounding one-time use bottles and work to gain campus-wide support of the issue. Genna Gold, one of the students leading the campaign, talked with Ban the Bottle and was told "it seems to all come down to student support." In North America, over 84 schools have started a campaign to remove plastic bottles from their campuses because students felt strongly that they were unnecessary. 

You can share your opinion by taking the survey or joining a focus group (email the Institute for more info). In addition to gathering support and raising awareness, the 401 students are also hoping to build a platform that younger CSUN generations can use to continue working toward the ban even after this class is over.
Upcoming Sustainability Events
The Institute is hosting two events this week: Join us on 3/14 for Water Day and on 3/15 for a lecture about global population growth.
Upcoming EventsTuesday 3/14, USU Northridge Center:
9:30 am-10:45 am: 
"A Plastic Ocean" Documentary Screening 
11:00 am-12:15 pm: Michael Quill, Los Angeles Waterkeeper
12:30 pm-1:45 pm: Cheyenne Phoenix and George Funmaker, Red Earth Defense

Wednesday 3/15, Kurland Hall (LA 181):
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:
 John Seager, President of Population Connection will address global population growth, its causes, impacts, and how we can respond to the challenges.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Erica Wohldmann

Erica WohldmannErica Wohldmann earned a joint Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Psychology and Cognitive Science, with an emphasis in Education and Philosophy of Mind.  At CSUN, she teaches classes about ecopsychology, psychological and social influences on food choices, cognition, and sustainability. She was one of the original founders of the Institute for Sustainability, serves on the Green Core Team and helped develop the sustainability minor. Erica also helped start and provided funding for the campus food garden and composting program in 2009. She is an active member of the campus sustainability community working to ban Styrofoam and plastic bags, to decrease campus waste, and to increase sustainable food options on campus. She is currently serving as a transition team member for the Institute while a search for a new director is underway.

Erica tries to infuse environmental responsibility, social justice, and policy into every class she teaches because she thinks that they are such important topics. She says that humans are a smart species, we are just making bad choices that are messing up our world. "I believe we’ve forgotten our innate love for life—biophilia—and the consequences that’s had on our health and the health of this planet are obvious," she explains.

Dr. Wohldmann recently put her love for nature to the test and lived in the forest for six months, wild-foraging all of her food and medicine. She "wanted to know what it was like to live like our hunter and gatherer ancestors." Last summer, she gave a TED Talk at UCLA titled "An Urban Dweller's Guide to Rewilding" that discusses her experiences and explains the many psychological and physical health benefits provided by spending time in nature. 

Students who take one of Erica's classes or talk with her in person, will see her passion for the environment and the joy she has for educating future generation of change-makers. She says "it’s so satisfying to teach someone something they didn’t know, something that can be immediately applied to solve real-world problems. Sometimes the harsh facts of climate change and social injustice can be overwhelming.  I enjoy sharing healthy tools that help people cope with ecological grief and to find joy in working to create better."

Dr. Wohldmann says that "the purpose of education is to teach people about the realities that exist around them and to inspire people to create a better world than what previous generations have left them. She is always interested in working with and mentoring students and encourages people to stop by her office if you’d like to talk about working together!
CSUN Public Policy Day

Public Policy DayThe CSUN Marilyn Magaram Center is hosting their annual Public Policy Day on April 3rd in the Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room.  The event will run from 8 am to 3 pm and this year's theme is "Combating Hunger Through Sustainability and Action." Come learn about innovative food, nutrition and health policies, see how citizens, local health departments, community organizations, and policymakers collaborate to enhance our public's health, and find out ways to take action and get involved in public policy!

Representatives from many Los Angeles organizations will be present: Waste Not OC Coalition, Los Angeles Department of Public Health, California Food Policy Advocates, California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Director of Sustainability for Councilmember Paul Kortez, Food Forward, Food Recovery Network, CSUN Food Bank, The Institute for Sustainability, CSUN's Dietetic Internship Program, and more!

This is a great opportunity for professionals and students alike to learn how to effectively educate policymakers on issues related to your profession.

RD and DTR professionals can receive 5 Free CPEU's. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is free, but space is limited to 150 participants! Sign-up here.
Student Design Competition

LA CollaborativeThe LBC LA Collaborative is organizing a student competition where students have the opportunity to design and present a project for Pavilion Zero, the initial operational epicenter and international focus of the potential 2022 Los Angeles World Fair. 

The Pavilion Zero building must meet all seven LBC petals and applicable Imperatives in the Living Building Challenge version 3.1.  

Students from various disciplines of architecture, engineering, policy, urban design, real estate, building science, etc. are invited to participate and challenge themselves to design one of the most sustainable buildings in Los Angeles!

Closing date for all submissions is April 28, 2017.  The competition guidelines and other relevant information can be found here.

Show Your Commitment To The Planet During Earth Hour

Earth HourOn Saturday, March 25, join hundreds of millions of people around the world and turn off your lights for one hour to show your commitment to the planet and our collective fight against climate change. Individuals as well as businesses, landmarks, and even cities, will be turning their lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time in celebration of Earth Hour.

Now in its 11th year, Earth Hour is an action of solidarity in the fight against climate change.
With millions of activists now demanding action on climate change, there has never been a more timely and important moment for the world to stand in solidarity for the protection of our planet.

Join the Earth Hour movement

Public Policy Day

CSUN Dining Celebrates "Being Green"

Friday, March 17th
All Campus Freudian Sip locations

On Friday, CSUN Dining is celebrating St. Patrick's Day and our campus's commitment to sustainable efforts by going green! Stop by any Freudian Sip location on campus and pick up a reusable cup for only $1!  They will also be serving free drip coffee all day! 
Mercado Pacoima

Pacoima Mercado

Saturday, April 1st
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pacoima City Hall
13520 Van Nuys Blvd.

Don't let your homegrown fruits and vegetables go to waste! Bring them to Pacoima City Hall on 4/1 and trade them with others at this monthly food swap. At Mercado Pacoima, you can enjoy community, healthy living workshops and homegrown goodness.

This month's workshop will help you spring into action. Come learn about what plants grow best during the springtime, share food with others, and pick up information from local organizations.


Re/Connecting People With Parks Project

Sunday, March 26th  
10 AM - 12 PM
Topanga Canyon State Park

(sign-up by March 18th) 

Saturday, April 1st   
8 AM - 12 PM
Castaic Lake- bird watching

(sign-up by March 25th)

Dr. Mechelle Best from the CSUN Center for Recreation and Tourism has received a grant from The California State Parks Foundation to lead walks through our state parks. These walks are open to the public and she will also pay your park entry fee! To sign-up email

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