CSUN Institute for Sustainability
The Footprint

Issue No. 21
October 3, 2016
Breaking Ground on the CSUN Sustainability Center

Sustainability Center groundbreakingA groundbreaking ceremony for the 8,000 square-foot Associated Students Sustainability Center was held on Monday, September 19th. The center will house AS Sustainability and Recycling Services and the Institute for Sustainability. It will be located north of the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall in the University Student Union and is scheduled to open May 2017.

The building will be a model of sustainable technology and functions. Approximately 100 solar panels will cover the 5,000 square-foot recycling yard and provide enough energy to completely operate the administrative space, supporting CSUN’s goal to become a carbon-neutral campus.

The Center’s sinks and showers will use solar hot water and a gray water collection system will reuse this water to irrigate drought-tolerant landscaping around the building. The self-contained composting toilets will convert waste into clean compost that can be used on garden beds and limit water use to as little as .2 liters per flush.

Institute director, Dr. Helen Cox, explains that “It’s been exciting to do something really transformative. The building is so cutting edge — it just proves you really can make net-zero [energy, waste, and water] happen.”  
Photo Credit: David Hawkins

Workshop: Backyard Composting Made Easy
two people in CSUN Garden
Join Associate Professor Mario Giraldo for a tour of the CSUN Educational Garden and Composting program. Whether you're planning a garden or need to re-energize yours, you'll learn how easy it is to begin composting and to incorporate the material into your gardening.

This event is open to CSUN students, faculty/staff, and the community. For more information and to register, click here

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: CSUN Organic Garden (SW of Northridge Academy High School)
Sustainability Professor Serving on LADWP IRP Board
Loraine Lundquist

Dr. Loraine Lundquist teaches Sustainability 310 and 401 at CSUN and she is currently serving as one of only two academic seats on LADWP's Integrated Resource Planning Board. This 25 member board is an advisory committee on the development of the Power Integrated Resource Plan, which lays out the future of LADWP's power system. It includes an analysis of alternatives for power sources, a recommended course of action, and the rate impacts of alternatives.

The Board is made up of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds including government, tech, academic, environmental groups, the Mayor’s office, and Neighborhood Councils. Dr. Lundquist's role is to provide input on modeling, alternatives to consider, and recommendations for this year's plan. She has advocated for inclusion of a methane leak rate associated with natural gas use in the calculation of GHG emissions.

Her work with LADWP connects to her faculty position at CSUN as she gains direct experience about where our energy comes from and barriers for increasing renewable energy into the grid. She is able to share that knowledge with students. She is also helping to build a partnership between CSUN and the City of LA to determine what investments would be needed to reach 100% renewables.

To get involved with the move toward renewable energy, connect with the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign and the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance.

Join Us for Sustainability Day - October 19
The Institute for Sustainability is hosting our annual Sustainability Day event on 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 with event coordination. 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”
Dr. Amalie Orme, Geography, will discuss California’s water supply and the impact of drought, and Dr. Sami Maalouf, CSUN Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics, will explain regional strategies for coping with water shortage.
12:30-1:45pm - “Watts up With Your Utility Bills?”
Cole Hershkowitz, Founder and CEO of Chai Energy, will explain what his startup does and how their App can lower your electric bill. Gabriel Halimi, CEO of Flo Technologies, will discuss his startup’s technology solution to reducing home water use. Kiana Lucero from CSUN's Institute for Sustainability will highlight opportunities for households to save energy and water and save money in the process.
2:00–3:45pm - "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet”
Documentary screening followed by Q&A. This film chronicles the environmental movement, showing grassroots campaigns and global activism spanning fifty years.
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm - "Federal Lands & Waters: Re-Imagining Latina/os Relationship to the Great Outdoors"
Dr. Stevie Ruiz, Chicana/o Studies, will lead a panel on social and environmental justice, including Vanessa Torres, City Kids Wilderness Project leader and Fabian Gonzalez, U.S. Forest Service.  This session is co-sponsored by the Civil Discourse and Social Change program and will be held in the USU Lakeview Terrace room adjacent to the Northridge Center.
In the News: Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access PipelineThe proposed Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL),  a 1,172-mile project about as long as the Keystone XL line, would be the largest oil pipeline out of North Dakota’s Bakken oil field. It would move more than half a million barrels of crude oil through the Dakotas and Iowa, and into a hub in Illinois daily.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has long opposed the project, saying the pipeline puts the Missouri River at risk of an oil spill, threatening the tribe’s sole water supply. The tribe also claims it wasn’t properly consulted and that ancestral cultural resources are at risk of destruction since the pipeline would run through federal land less than half a mile away from their reservation. The tribe’s opposition has inspired protests against the developer, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), across the country.

The CSUN American Indian Student Association actively opposes the proposed pipeline and is educating students about the potential impacts to the Sioux Reservation and environment. To get involved, email

Food Waste Advocacy Campaign

World Food Day event

Monday, October 17th
11 am - 2 pm
USU Plaza del Sol

In the US, more than 30% of the edible food supply is wasted. This food ends up in landfills and people who could eat this food, go hungry. World Food Day is a day dedicated to bring awareness to food insecurity, food waste, and food sustainability worldwide. 

This year, the CSUN Student Dietetic and Food Science Association (SDFSA) is hosting World Food Day on campus to educate students about food waste and hunger. The Institute will be showcasing our kitchen waste compost and food garden programs. The Food Waste Advocacy group, Food Recovery Network, and Food Science Association will also be tabling and have activities.
This Way to Sustainability

This Way to Sustainability Conference: Proposals Due

Presentation proposals due Saturday, October 31, 2016
The 2017 This Way to Sustainability Conference will be held March 23-24th at CSU Chico.  If you would like to present at the conference, please submit your proposal by October 31st. Submit proposals here.

Registration for the conference will open in January.
Project Green Challenge

Project Green Challenge

October 1 - 30

Project Green Challenge (PGC) is a 30-day global competition for high school, college, and grad school students. Each day throughout the month of October, a uniquely themed challenge will be delivered to registered PGC participants via email and will be available for 24 hours. Participants will complete actions and upload deliverables to earn points and prizes. 
Up to 20 prize packages are awarded daily and up to 16 finalists will win a trip to San Francisco for a four day eco-summit in November. The Grand Champion will receive a prize package valued at $10,000. Learn more about what you can win and sign up to receive daily challenges at: 
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