Issue No. 15
April 18, 2016
Audience Captivated at Water Day 2016 
The Institute's annual Water Day event on Monday, April 5th was a great success! Close to 200 attendees learned about water conservation, usage, and safety locally and worldwide. Discussion surrounding the issue of water consumption is becoming more frequent as we continue to experience drought with depletion of water resources at an unsustainable rate.

In the first session, Vice President of Programs at Friends of the LA River, Shelly Backlar, discussed the past, present and future state of the Los Angeles River. Next, Michael Alvord, who taught in the CSUN Environmental and Occupational Health Department for nine years and is Assistant General Manager at Newhall County Water District, spoke about the role of governance in shaping water policy in his talk, "Where Do We Get Our Water?" His presentation unveiled the sources of southern California's water and the costs and policies shaping its governance, which are critical to understanding the challenges our state is facing. The event closed with Dr. Gretchen Boria-Pérez, Environmental and Occupational Health professor's presentation "Water Quality from New York to Haiti" where she discussed her research regarding water quality. Her most recent research is focused on recreational and drinking water quality, as well as ecological relationships of pathogens and their impact on public health. 
Faculty Spotlight

Geography Professor Dr. Mario Giraldo has been teaching at Cal State Northridge since 2012 and has made a positive impact on advancing sustainability at CSUN. His background is in Agriculture Engineering, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing and his applied work includes an extension program for coffee farmers in the Colombian mountains. Giraldo teaches general education courses and specializes in GIS applications to the environment, biogeography and conservation.

Water and biodiversity are the sustainability issues currently most important to Giraldo. Water is his premier concern because it is such an abundant natural resource that is poorly distributed and in turn causes many problems globally.

CSUN has become a more sustainable campus with Giraldo's coordination of the Food Garden and compost program where volunteers participate in activities like composting and food production. Through the program, pre-consumer food waste is collected from campus dining facilities, processed, and turned into compost to be used in the food garden. This decreases the amount of waste the campus produces and creates learning opportunities for students. Giraldo's goal for CSUN is to create an integrated sustainable city environment where biodiversity can thrive. 
Sweet Success at Annual Orange Pick

With the help of over 400 volunteers, our goal of 10,000 pounds of oranges was surpassed! At this year's CSUN Orange Pick, 12,758 pounds of oranges were harvested and donated to MEND Poverty, SOVA/Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, Seeds of Hope and Family Rescue Center.  The Institute's event partner, Food Forward, helped to make this event a huge success. Food Forward is an organization that gleans otherwise unused produce and distributes it to those in need.

The 6th annual Orange Pick was held on Sunday, April 3. Volunteers from CSUN men's volleyball team, Bank of America, Sony Pictures, Starbucks, Gay For Good LA, 3M, Follow Your Heart, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Granada Hills Charter School, UCB Corps and many others came out to support the cause. This year's success could not have happened without each and every person being there to lend a helping hand! Check out some event photos.
CSUN Transportation in the Spotlight
Most of the nearly 50,000 CSUN student, faculty, and staff commute via private vehicle which makes the improvement of public transportation systems in the San Fernando Valley a hot topic. With Los Angeles being one of the most congested cities in the nation, a commuter campus like CSUN deserves access to increased sustainable transportation options.

During a CSUN On Point interview, Urban Studies & Planning Professor Craig Olwert, CSUN Parking & Transportation Services Manager Larry Isrow, and Associated Students Support Services Manager Ken Premo, discussed the transportation challenges and improvement options at and around CSUN. If the number of transitions required to get to campus on public transit were decreased, CSUN would be more accessible. This could help reduce the some 200,000 vehicle trips (CSUN TV News) to and from campus in an average week.

To read more or listen to the full interview please click on the link here.
Nativism, Environmental Privilege, and the Construction of Immigration as an Ecological Threat

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
4-6 pm Thousand Oaks Room (USU)

Scholars working in the field of environmental justice studies have presented evidence that poor, working class, indigenous, and people of color communities face greater threats from pollution and industrial hazards than other groups.
Environmental privilege is derived from the ability to access spaces and resources that are protected from the kinds of ecological harm that other groups are forced to contend with everyday. Dr. Lisa Sun-Hee Park and Dr. David Naguib Pellow will examine the case of Aspen, Colorado where nativist environmentalism was employed to promote environmental privilege with the goal of excluding Latin American immigrants on the basis of their purported contribution to negative environmental impacts. Aspen and other sites offer instructive case studies of environmental privilege and deserve closer consideration for understanding the roots of environmental justice struggles.
For more information, visit the event page.

The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Six Urgent Matters for Humanity

Friday, April 22
Live Oak Hall, room 1326

Global capitalism is in unprecedented crisis. This talk will discuss this crisis of humanity from a critical sociological lens and explore possible solutions to our plight. William I. Robinson is professor of sociology, global studies, and Latin American studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Cigarette Waste Clean-up Day

Thursday, April 21
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CSUN Campus

As part of this year’s Earth Day celebration, Health Promotion and the Clear the Air Advocates will host a Cigarette Waste Clean-up Day. Volunteers are needed for one hour time slots to help clean-up campus. Sign up to volunteer by emailing Include the hour you would like to participate and your t-shirt size. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt, collecting bag, gloves, and water. Help us beautify our campus by doing your part!

AS Earth Fair

Thursday, April 21
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bayramian Lawn

EarthFair is a free outdoor campus event with fun arts, crafts, yoga, and other giveaway activities.Other highlights include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am and tree planting at 11:20. This event promotes awareness of environmental conservation and global issues that society faces today. The Institute will have a booth setup, so stop by and say hi!

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