CSUN Institute for Sustainability
The Footprint

Issue No. 19
September 5, 2016
Pick Oranges with Us on September 10
Matador Day of Service
Welcome Matadors! Are you ready for a fun and sustainable year? Join the Institute for Sustainability for our first volunteer event of the year picking oranges in the CSUN Orange Grove. The event is on Saturday, September 10th 8am-12pm as part of Matadors Day of Service sponsored by Unified We Serve. This is an exciting way to get involved, meet other CSUN students, and a fun opportunity to contribute to your local community! All oranges picked will be donated to local organizations and distributed to those in need by our partner Food Forward. Hopefully you'll work up an appetite for FREE LUNCH and entertainment!

Register at There are other volunteer activities that day so after you register, email to request the orange pick event.
Visit our Events page to find out about all events this year.
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. The USU is co-sponsoring this event!

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. Each will discuss barriers Latinos face in accessing the great outdoors and initiatives that community members can take to access and sustain healthy relationships with federal lands, oceans and mountains. This session is co-sponsored by the Civil Discourse and Social Change program.
*This session will be held in the Lakeview Terrace room, adjacent to the Northridge Center.
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. We look forward to sharing sustainability and resiliency activities and ideas.  We hope to see you on October 19!
Green Commuting to CSUN Now More Accessible
Starting this fall, CSUN students can purchase a reduced cost transit pass that offers unlimited rides to campus, work, shopping, or anywhere they choose on any of Metro's bus or rail lines. The Metro U-Pass is valid for the entire semester and only costs $95. This cost is subsidized by Metro and CSUN, saving students hundreds of dollars! By taking public transportation, users reduce their carbon footprint, avoid spending time searching for a parking spot, and eliminate the cost of an annual parking permit.

CSUN students can purchase the pass directly through the myNorthridge portal under Financial Matters, or in person at the AS Ticket Office in the University Student Union.

Metro U-Passes are valid on any Metro bus or rail line, but cannot be used to ride the buses or trains of any other transit agency (Metrolink, LADOT, DASH). If a rider uses two or more transit agencies, the Metro EZ monthly transit pass may be a better option. See the AS Ticket Office for more information.

For useful tips on how to plan a trip and ride the Metro system visit Metro's website. For additional sustainable transportation options to and from CSUN, check out the Transportation Brochure.
Sustainability Alumni Spotlight
Jennifer Hampson graduated from CSUN in 2012 with a degree in Recreation and Tourism Management and a minor in Sustainability. She is now the Executive Assistant for the Engineering Director at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. When she started this position, she became the Green Team Lead, which is the contact person for all waste including food, recycle and trash. This role allows her to not only focus on reducing waste for the entire property but also gives her a platform to lessen the property’s electricity, gas and water consumption. For a hotel with 1,360 rooms, a marina with 466 slips, five restaurants and 240,000 sq ft of meeting space, this is no small feat!

Hampson said that having a Sustainability Minor helps in her current job by being confident in leading Green Team meetings and training all 500 employees on sustainability topics. Looking back at her time at CSUN, tracking her electricity consumption for an entire day and tracing back where her food was coming from were projects that still stand out and impacted her behavior. She encourages students to be engaged in their courses, “get to know your classmates as well as your professors as you never know what kind of connections it may lead to for your future!”
Institute Receives Second Year of Funding from LADWP
LADWP StudentsThe Institute for Sustainability received funding for a Community Partnership grant from LADWP for the second year in a row! Last year's project was comprised of three components: residential community workshops, business audits performed by students in Sustainability 401, and sustainability curriculum for K-12 students, all with the goal of improving energy efficiency and water conservation in Los Angeles.

This year's project focuses specifically on grade school based educational activities. Dr. Susan Belgrad (Education) and Dr. Loraine Lundquist (Sustainability) will engage teachers in developing sustainability curriculum that meets NGSS science standards using problem-based learning activities. This curriculum will be grade level specific and will be implemented in 18 schools throughout Los Angeles. Teachers will be provided with learning tools such as Kill-a-Watt meters that will help their students understand how much electricity various appliances in their homes consume. Students will also take educational field trips to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, and the LA CleanTech Incubator to further engage them in sustainability education. At the end of the school year, the Institute will host a culminating event at CSUN to showcase all of the student projects and recognize their efforts through awards and activities.
Go Green and Save Green

Go Green and Save Green Workshops

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Oviatt Library, Room 16
Register here

Thursday, Sept. 15
San Jose Elementary
Mission Hills
Register here

These are our last two workshops in partnership with LADWP!  Come learn about the many options available to help save money on your utility bills and live a more sustainable life. FREE low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators and refreshments will be given out!
SCS Engineers helmet

Sustainable Materials Specialist Position

SCS Engineers, an environmental consulting firm, is hiring a Sustainable Materials Specialist. This position will provide support to the existing sustainable materials management business practice, consisting of zero waste and solid waste management plan preparation, rate modeling, business waste reduction and recycling technical assistance, Used Oil Program assistance, disposal reporting review and monitoring, general research and report writing.

For more info and to apply, visit by Friday, September 9th! Contact Jennifer McCafferty, Director of Talent Acquisition at 562-637-4525 or with questions.
This Way to Sustainability

Save the Date: Sustainability Conference

Mark your calendars for the This Way to Sustainability Conference XII at Chico State will be March 23-24, 2017. Conference proposals can be submitted online through October 31, 2016. This is a great student-led conference and opportunity to engage with other California universities and community colleges about sustainability. Sign up to be a student or community volunteer and help plan one of the largest sustainability conferences of its kind in North America by visiting the conference website.
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18111 Nordhoff Street
Santa Susana Hall 116
Northridge, CA 91330-8444

Phone: (818) 677-7710
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