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Issue No. 14
 
March 28,
2016
Pick Oranges With Us on Sweet Sunday!
 
This year's sixth annual Orange Pick, sponsored by The Institute for Sustainability in partnership with Food Forward, is being held Sunday, April 3, 2016. The largest orange pick in Los Angeles will begin at 8am with two sessions, 8 - 10am and 11am - 1pm at the Cal State Northridge Orange Grove. You may volunteer for one or both sessions, but spots are running out so sign up soon!

By volunteering for the harvest you will help us reach our goal of harvesting 10,000 pounds of oranges, that are all donated to local food pantries and help feed thousands. Register here to participate. We look forward to another great harvest this year!
Faculty Spotlight
 
Environmental anthropologist and Sustainability professor, Kim Kirner has been teaching at CSUN for five years. Her research focuses on the correlation between food systems and the relationships between people's ability to access these basic needs. Kirner co-teaches SUST 300 and says that she "loves the idea of the minor being so interdisciplinary because all of these problems are interdisciplinary".

Kirner enjoys teaching students about the fact that basic needs such as food, shelter, and water may soon be more difficult to access due to the changing climate. She feels that when looking at these environmental problems, they need to be examined from multiple perspectives, and that is exactly how the SUST 300 course is co-taught. 

Kirner's hope is for students to understand the large scale problems and then make lifestyle changes that are feasible. For example, one may not be able to go vegan for a lifetime, so commit to whatever is realistic for that person. "It is important to challenge yourself a bit, but not to choose a course of action that you cannot sustain," said Kirner.
CicLAvia Event
 
The largest open street event in the United States came to Pacoima on March 6 to engage Angelenos in active transportation and good health through car-free streets. CicLAvia was inspired by Bogotá's weekly ciclovía, where streets are temporarily closed to car traffic and are opened as a public park. Special guests included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Valley Councilmembers Nury Martinez and Felipe Fuentes, and actor Danny Trejo.

The Institute for Sustainability tabled at the event, informing people about the many rebate programs that LADWP has to offer providing low-flow shower heads and aerators to attendees. Several other CSUN departments and community organizations were there as well. Because the event was dedicated to bringing community together in a sustainable way, there were many nutritious and healthy activities including food trucks to exercise routines.
Water Day
 
The Institute for Sustainability is honoring "World Water Day" with our annual Water Day Event on April 4, 2016 in the USU Northridge Center.

There will be two sessions, the first 9:30 - 10:45am where Shelly Backlar, Vice President of Programs at Friends of the LA River will discuss the past, present and future state of the Los Angeles River.

In the second session, 11:00am - 12:15pm CSUN Environmental and Occupational Health lecturer, Michael Alvord, will give an overview about the role of governance in shaping water policy in his talk, "Where Do We Get Our Water?". Next, Dr. Gretchen Boria Pérez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, will give her "Water Quality from New York to Haiti" presentation discussing water quality issues in these locations based on her research.

Eco Theory Talk: "Eco Lit, Eco Crit"

Sierra Tower 703 
Tuesday, March 29 7 p.m.


The CSUN Critical Theory Club is hosting an event focusing on critical environment theory (CET). This branch of critical theory attempts to illuminate the relationship between humans and the environment as well as issues with sustainability and related subjects. 

Bring a laptop or tablet if you can!

A Sustainable Way to Win!

The Institute has partnered with CSUN Dining on monthly contests where students can answer questions on social media to enter to win a sustainable prize. 

There have been six contests so far with prizes including a razor scooter, skateboard, MataMoney, two tickets to ICE at Santa Monica, CSUN blanket, portable solar charger, and an insulated lunch box with a reusable coffee cup.

Want a chance to win a hydration backpack in the next contest coming up on Water Day? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more contest information!

27th Annual Great Los Angeles River Clean Up

Upper River - April 16
Mid River - April 23
Lower River - April 30
9 am - 12 pm on all dates


Do your part this Earth Month and join in on the LA River clean-up! El Niño swept a great deal of trash into the watershed and it needs to be removed. Please do not miss out on this opportunity to help out your community!
There are 3 clean-up dates being offered, and each date has multiple locations to cover the entire course of the river. Choose the location that works best for you and sign up to participate here.

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