The Footprint
Issue No. 3  | September 4, 2015

School is back in session!  Here are some activities and information to get your semester off to a good start.
Want to learn more about the Institute? Check out our website for more information
CSUN Sustainability Day: October 20- Save the Date!
CSUN's Sustainability Day will be Tuesday, October 20th from 9:30am - 2pm in the USU Northridge Center. This year's theme is "Building Resilience," and will include three sessions: 9:30am, 11:00am, and 12:30pm, with presentations by guest speakers and CSUN faculty. Make plans now to attend this year's event! Event info is available on our website.
Alumni Spotlight
Claudia Hasenhüttl graduated from CSUN in December 2014 with a Master's degree in Geography.  She worked as a research assistant at the Institute during the summer and fall of 2014, helping to develop the "Walking Guide to the Campus Trees," coordinating volunteers, and analyzing data for the Sustainability Knowledge Assessment. Working as a teaching assistant for SUST 300 "certainly prepped me for my current career path as a college instructor. Nothing can prepare one better than hands-on experience. It provides an in-depth look at what the job entails, not to mention all the great pointers one can get from a true powerhouse professional such as Dr. Cox."  Claudia feels fortunate that she was able to be a part of the Institute and enjoys fond memories of her time with us!
Take a hike!
We now have 4 Tree Walk Guides that provide photos and information about featured trees throughout campus. Each walk takes you to a different area of campus and introduces its trees. Brochures can be printed from our website or picked up at Santa Susana Hall room 116.  Featured at left is the first walk, near the campus center.
Sustainability Curriculum Options
CSUN offers several curriculum options for students interested in sustainability. A popular option is the Minor in Sustainability, where students take three core courses and three electives from their area of interest. We also offer a GE Path in Sustainability Principles, and for Liberal Studies students in the Interdisciplinary Studies B.A., there is a Sustainability Track!  Learn More
Matasphere students arrive
CSUN offers several themed living communities (TLCs) for students living on campus. The Matasphere TLC brings together students who are interested in sustainability and environmental conservation to plan and implement efforts to reduce waste and consumption in Student Housing. 53 students currently live on the Matasphere floor. Last year Matasphere students commuted to Dodger stadium via bus from CSUN (above). This year they will be touring the Material Recovery Facility where all the trash from CSUN goes to be sorted for recyclables.

State of the Bay Conference

Wed., September 9
8:30 am - 6 pm
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The State of the Bay 2015
Conference is a one-day
conference presented every
five years on the progress
of restoring and protecting
Santa Monica Bay and its
The conference
features work and research
conducted in LA and 
southern California to 
protect and restore our
natural resources, adapt
to climate change and face 
the challenges and
opportunities associated
with water supply in a time
of enduring drought. 

Registration ends at 5 pm
on September 5, 2015

Project Green Challenge

Starting October 1st, students signed up for Project Green Challenge will be presented a challenge every day through October 30th. Participants can propose simple, fun, and high-impact changes in their lifestyles, school campuses, and local communities. Challenges each have a unique theme such as food, body, fitness, labeling, fair trade, and four levels of engagement: Green, Greener, Greenest, Extra Credit.  Prizes are awarded daily and there is a grand prize worth more than $12,000!

Learn more

Job Opportunity-CSSC is hiring! 

The California Student Sustainability Coalition is hiring two Campaign Directors to help coordinate and propel its Students for Energy Justice (SEJ) campaign in California. The Campaign Director will be hired at 30 hours per week as a temporary employee and will work with students across California on both statewide campaign strategy and local campaign implementation and development.

For details on the application process and job description, check out the online posting.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 11th

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

Phone: (818) 677-7710
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