Issue No. 17
June 6, 2016
Institute Screens Climate Change Documentary
On May 6th, the Institute held a screening of the beautifully filmed documentary Glacial Balance, which illustrates the effects of climate change on the Andean glaciers and the communities that have long depended on them for their existence. The film takes viewers through the high Andes mountain range from Colombia to Argentina as they learn about the environment and the people who are first affected by the receding glacier reserves.

After the screening, the filmmaker and director, Ethan Steinman, held a private Q&A via Skype with attendees. The director expressed his fear of losing the glacial reserves if there was no action taken.  Steinman said, “The scariest part about making this film was the fact that the scientists who devote their lives to trying to find ways to save our planet are terrified of what is to come in the next three decades."

Approximately 70 people attended the event. This screening was awarded to CSUN by Second Nature as part of the Climate Leadership Award Video Competition prize.
Valley Residents Learn About Green Living
The third annual Green Living Fair took place Saturday, May 14 at the Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom in Studio City. The Institute for Sustainability conducted two workshops for community members.  Both highlighted the energy and water conservation rebates available through LADWP, and promoted conservation efforts that households can take to save money by distributing free low flow shower heads to residents. The free event provided education and entertainment for the community throughout the day. There were open-air presentations, live band performances, tree giveaways and over 35 sustainability-related organizations distributing information.

The Institute participated in the event as part of a Community Partnership grant received from LADWP. Through the grant, the Institute is providing education and outreach to improve energy efficiency and water conservation throughout Los Angeles.
Institute Earns Platinum Rating from SOP
The Institute for Sustainability has earned a platinum rating from the Sustainable Office Program (SOP) for the office's sustainable work environment. The assessment is based on factors such as employee reusable water bottle usage, electricity use and practices, paper purchases with recycled content, and the use of reusable dinnerware. The purpose of the program is to empower CSUN faculty and staff to create more sustainable offices and practices by measuring their current sustainability status and providing them with the tools and knowledge to grow their sustainability efforts.

Institute Director, Dr. Helen Cox said, "By participating, each department on campus is actively assisting CSUN in reducing waste, saving energy and achieving our goal of carbon neutrality by 2040". Associated Students assessed 31 offices this year and another 34 are in progress to be completed. Their efforts continue as they aim to meet their goal of every department on campus participating in the program.

For more information on the program or to sign up, contact AS Recycling at or call ext. 4262.
CSUN Shifts Gears with Matador Bike Shop
The Matador Bike Shop opened its doors on April 27th and will resume at the start of the Fall 2016 semester in late August. The services offered include: tube replacement, brake adjustment, handlebar and seat adjustments, chain lubrication, general maintenance, and much more. The users pay for the parts, but the labor is free. The bike shop is operated by AS Outdoor Adventures, and staffed by members of CSUN's Bicycle Coalition. 

The Matador Bike Shop will be open Monday through Friday from 11am - 3pm. They rotate throughout locations in Student Housing (near G7 parking lot), Lindley Ave. (south of Redwood Hall), and between the Matador Bookstore and Santa Susana Hall. The Matador Bike Shop brings CSUN one step closer to shifting gears towards more sustainable transportation options for students, faculty, and staff.
WRPI and USDA announce $20,000 scholarship
The California State University's Water Resource and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) has been developing water management solutions through research, partnerships, education, and training that provide students with hands-on learning since 2008.

This year, in collaboration with the USDA, WRPI will award one scholarship to a doctoral student who is a US citizen or national of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity that has been accepted to certain Ph.D. programs. View the link below for more information. We encourage all eligible applicants to apply by June 15th.

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

June 26 - July 1
California State
University, Fullerton

The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) highlights cutting-edge research, case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. This year, 172 speakers will be sharing their best practices.

The conference program is available on the schedule page.  Register before June 10th to avoid the late registration fee. Student scholarships are also available.

AASHE Student Summit Registration Opens

October 9-12
Baltimore, MD

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Student Summit brings together hundreds of students from around the world to share ideas and be inspired by sustainability champions. Students who are sustainability leaders and future innovators, as well as those looking for ways to boost efforts on campus, do not want to miss this summit! 

Register before July 15th before the price increases! Check CSUN student travel resources for potential funding assistance.

The Power of Trees: Building Resilient Communities

August 9-11
Pico House, Downtown LA

Join the California ReLeaf Network this summer for a great networking and learning opportunity! There will be an excellent lineup of urban forest experts from organizations such as TreePeople, USDA Forest Service, and Stanford University. 

California ReLeaf's mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California's urban and community forests.

Early bird pricing ends June 30, so register today!
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