STEM Engaged Learning
Southern California Gas

Southern California Gas' Energy Efficiency & Education

In the 2012-2013 academic year, Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas) and the CSU partnered to increase career awareness and engagement of students in energy-related coursework and programs, positioning them for careers in energy efficiency and a life-long appreciation of energy conservation and efficiency.

Ten grants were awarded to CSU faculty across six southern California campuses. Each project aimed to infuse energy efficiency education and service-learning activities into new or existing courses. As a result of innovative and dynamic work, 53 syllabi or curriculum units were developed that will involve more than 300 CSU students each academic term in energy education and teach more than 2,400 K-12 students about energy efficiency each year. You can read more about the projects below.

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Natural Resources at CSU Dominguez Hills

Students conducted energy audits of campus buildings and provided recommendations to the physical plant director to maximize energy efficiency.

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Best Practices in Sustainability at CSU Northridge

Students learned about sustainability by conducting energy assessments of campus units and nonprofit organizations in the areas of energy, waste, water and resource use and practices. They prepared reports on the findings and outlined recommendations to improve energy and water efficiency.
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SUSTAIN at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Eighty-five freshman students partnered with sophomore mentors, faculty coaches and community agencies to carry out team-based projects focused on sustainability, energy conservation and energy efficiency.
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EcoCAR2 Challenge at Cal State Los Angeles

Faculty, students and community organizations educated members of the general public about alternative fuels and energy efficient electric and hybrid cars, while also teaching K-12 students about energy efficiency and transportation.
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Application of Educational Technology for Environmental Education, Energy and Sustainability at Cal State Los Angeles

Faculty at CSU Los Angeles developed a new course for students in the teacher education program that will engage K-12 students, CSU students (who will be teachers in the future) and community organizations in service-learning activities focused on energy education and efficiency.

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Regenerative Studies, Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona faculty developed a new course in regenerative studies that partners Cal Poly students with students in the Pomona Unified School District to explore strategies for improving energy efficiency.

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Biology: Interpretation of Science, Cal Poly Pomona

Through this service-learning course, Cal Poly Pomona students create high-impact, interactive and information-rich learning experiences for K-12 students who visit the Rain Bird BioTrek Program. Cal Poly students develop and facilitate portable exhibits that detail how every individual can help the environment while saving money through energy management and usage patterns.
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Construction Management, CSU Fresno

Service-learning projects related to energy conservation and efficiency were infused into three core courses to address sustainable construction.
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Introduction to Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona faculty and faculty from local community colleges developed a series of energy efficiency service-learning activities for "Introduction to Engineering" courses. Cal Poly students also planned and implemented an alternative spring break energy efficiency activity with GRID Alternatives.
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