Issue No. 11
February 1,

Closing the Loop on CSUN's Food Waste
When it comes to the CSUN Food Garden the phrase "reaping what one sows" exemplifies the labor that CSUN student employee, Cindy Soto, executes each week. Between daily morning food waste pick-ups to hours of churning and transferring the compost to different bins, Soto has her hands full. "It is a lot of hard labor and I am still learning about the science that goes into composting, but I feel very grateful for this job," explained Soto.  
Soto's job is never done at the composting center or the garden. A typical work day begins with pre-consumer food waste pick-up from Sierra Center Marketplace, Orange Grove Bistro, Arbor Court, The Pub, Juice it Up, and all Freudian Sips on campus, followed by weighing and transferring all of the contents into one of 17 composting bins at the compost site. She then finds the perfect mix of "browns and greens" to get the fertilizer-ready compost that takes about 12 weeks to complete. Soto then moves on to maintaining the garden by adding new compost and ensuring the fruits and vegetables are growing properly. Her hard work provides an immense service to the campus. Last Fall almost 20,000 lbs. of food waste was composted instead of going to the landfill! If you are interested in volunteering, email Cindy at
Alumni Spotlight
Max is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse 
background ranging from being a professional soccer player to Lean Management, and even publishing a seasonal advertising magazine with circulation to more than 20,000 people. He has lived on 3 continents and has visited 15 countries. He started his master's degree at the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin and finished his MSE degree at CSUN.
While at CSUN, Max worked for the Institute for 2 years, and chaired the AS Environmental Affairs Committee. He initiated numerous green projects such as a plastic bag ban, brought ZipCar to campus, and developed a parking management system called "Smart Parking". Under Dr. Helen Cox's supervision he completed CSUN's Energy Analysis report which inspired his passion for renewable energy. Max was always fascinated how online marketplaces like Expedia and LendingTree have disrupted fragmented markets. He combined these passions with Pick My Solar to create the first online marketplace for residential solar.
Carpool to School!
Zimride is an online service that matches commuters who share similar commutes. Associated Students has licensed Zimride for the CSUN community! The Zimride network is secure and restricted to CSUN students, faculty and staff so all ride share matches are only within the CSUN community. This program easily interfaces with social networks allowing users the option of sharing their Facebook profiles with ride-share matches they are considering. Sign-up today to find a carpool buddy in your area! Setting up an account doesn’t obligate you to carpool, however if you choose to rideshare you will improve the environment, traffic, parking and save money.
Preparing for El Niño
El Niño is caused by the warming ocean currents in the tropical Pacific Ocean. This warmer water increases air moisture and affects weather here. When El Niño is active, there is a greater than normal probability of increased rainfall along the California Coast. El Niño is predicted to hit Southern California the hardest in February. As El Niño begins to make its way along the West Coast, it is important to properly prepare for the possible damage. 
Clearing out debris from drains, gutters and any other water collection areas is very important. Secondly, painting the exterior wood trim of the house is a great idea because cracks in paint can carry water, which may initiate rotting. Consider turning off automatic watering systems and investing in a rain barrels that will capture water for later use. Barrel rebates are available through SoCal WaterSmart. People may want to consider flood insurance even if they are not in a high-risk area because "20% of people who file claims come from non-high-risk areas," (LA Times). These are just a few things to think about as El Niño approaches.

Go Green & Save Green Workshop

Thursday, February 11
Oviatt Library, Room 16

Attend our FREE workshop to get information about the many rebates and free programs that are being offered to make homes more efficient, and learn simple measures that can be taken to reduce energy and water consumption.

You will not only save money on your electric, gas and water bills, but will also be leading a more sustainable life! This workshop is being sponsored by the LADWP Community Partnership Program.
Attendees will receive free water bottles, showerheads, and faucet aerators. Refreshments will be served! RSVP here

Recycle Your Books Year-round!

With over 500 textbooks collected and donated in December. The Institute has extended the book drive with Better World Books throughout the Spring 2016 semester. There will be one drop-off bin located in the Santa Susana Hall lobby. Please stop by and donate old or unused textbooks. All books collected will be sent to Better World Books where they will be sold to raise money for their non-profit literary partners or they will be donated and reused. Textbooks being donated must be published within the last ten years and must be in good condition. We greatly appreciate all of the students and faculty members that have made this book drive a success.

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything

Tuesday, February 9
7 p.m.
Town and Gown University Park Campus

Enjoy a special evening with Canadian author, activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein, one who is criticizing corporate globalization and capitalism. Klein will be addressing the critical importance of the role economics plays in making an effort to preserve the future of our planet.

Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Please RSVP here.
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