Issue No. 16
May 2, 2016
CSUN earns Gold rating from STARS

After six months of information gathering, CSUN completed the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) for the first time and was awarded a gold rating. CSUN is the highest scoring university in the California State University system under the current point system. These ratings are used to measure sustainability while sharing ideas and performance with other campuses on sustainability practices. Much of the data collection for the report was completed by Austin Eriksson, Sustainability Program Manager in Facilities Planning.

STARS is an assessment put forth by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). It measures performance in areas such as operations, energy and water efficiency, education, research, outreach, community partnerships and curriculum.

More than 750 colleges and universities within 24 countries have completed STARS and only 97 currently hold a gold rating. The ranking is valid for three years after which time the assessment will be updated.
Institute Receives California ReLeaf Grant
CA ReLeafThe California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) along with California ReLeaf, allocated $385,000 for community groups across the state for tree planting projects through the 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Program. The Institute submitted a proposal and on April 15th, was awarded funding for the project, "Tree Planting and Education in a Next Century Public School," in which the Institute will work with Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima to plant 53 trees on their G3 campus in Fall.
This grant provides funding to reduce greenhouse gases and benefits to disadvantaged communities. This grant has a significant educational component that will engage community members and students on how trees are critical to supporting community climate resilience, clean air, and healthy communities.
Glacial Balance Documentary Screening
Glacial Balance posterThe Institute for Sustainability is hosting a free screening of Glacial Balance followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Ethan Steinman. The award-winning documentary takes us from Columbia to Argentina, getting to know those who are the first to be affected by melting glaciers. The film offers an opportunity to hear, in the locals' own words, the human impacts of a climate out of control. This screening was awarded to CSUN as a winner of the 2015 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award Video Competition.

DATE: Friday, May 6
TIME: 11:00am to 1:45pm
LOCATION: Nordhoff Hall 113
CSUN Hosts Grade School Sustainability Showcase
As part of the Community Partnership Grant awarded to the Institute from LADWP, 11 grade schools throughout the San Fernando Valley have been incorporating sustainability education into their classrooms. Students have been learning about the importance of water and energy conservation in their homes and schools, and created projects to highlight what they have learned. On April 23rd, the Institute hosted a showcase on campus to recognize their hard work and achievements. Every student that participated received a certificate of recognition, and the top three students from participating classes received special awards. After the awards ceremony, families attended a presentation in the planetarium and met with sustainability related organizations such as Pick My Solar, GRID Alternatives, and the US Green Building Council. CSUN's Recreation and Tourism Management Department set up games for children and the Citizen's Climate Lobby helped families figure out how much money they could receive from a carbon fee and dividend program. Around 200 students and their families attended the event.
Earth Fair is a Success!

Hundred gathered on Bayramian Lawn on April 21st for the festivities at Earth Fair where fun, education and sustainability were all combined to promote wellbeing as well as climate change awareness. The event showcased all that Mother Earth provides us. Succulents, reusable totes, and fun activities brought smiles to the faces of many fair-goers.

The Institute's booth included an interactive game where people spun a wheel and answered questions about campus sustainability to win prizes. The Institute also educated people about the CSUN Food Garden and Compost Program. 

Break Free From Fossil Fuels

Saturday, May 14  
1 pm

Los Angeles City Hall

Californians will gather in downtown Los Angeles, home to the nation's largest urban oil field, to demand that elected officials put an end to the oil and gas production here. Gather for a rally at City Hall at 1 pm, followed by a march through Downtown L.A. Join the movement and be part of the action, sign up here!

8th Annual Transportation Conversation

Monday, May 23  
12 - 5 pm 

Conference Center at Cathedral Plaza
555 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Be a part of changing Los Angeles by participating in the Transportation Conversation conference with guest speakers like Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols. General admission is $75; students and non-profit organizations is $25. Click here to register.


Saturday, May 21
10 am - 3 pm
University of Los Angeles

CSUN professor Erica Wohldmann will be speaking during TEDxUCLA to share her research on food, ecopsychology, and "re-wilding". In 2012 Wohldmann spent six months traveling around the U.S., foraging her own food and medicine. Wohldmann teaches Sustainability, Ecopsychology and Positive Psychology at CSUN. The event is now sold out, but her TEDxUCLA talk will be available after the event takes place here.

Mailing address:
Institute for Sustainability
18111 Nordhoff Street
Santa Susana Hall 116
Northridge, CA 91330-8444

Phone: (818) 677-7710
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