Commitment to Sustainability


Thirty-six facilities are LEED certified; 10 more are in design and construction, expecting LEED certification
Solar PV installations provide 10.5 megawatts, enough to power 11,000 homes, and more are in design or construction
The CSU produces 30 megawatts-enough to power 29,000 homes-through on-site energy cogeneration
The CSU has 18 MW of thermal energy storage capacity
Since 2003, the CSU invested over $50 million in energy efficiency funding
Since 2003, the CSU has reduced operational costs by $8 million annually and leveraged over $13 million of utility incentive
Reduction of more than 25,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions since 2004, equal to taking 4,500 cars off the road
35-year track record of energy and greenhouse gas reduction
Six CSU campuses signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment: Pomona, Bakersfield, Chico, Fullerton, Monterey Bay and San Francisco
Innovative and emerging technologies in facility design and renovation

The Eleventh Annual
Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards

The eleventh annual Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards competition is made possible by the Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership, this competition is meant to:

  • Highlight the achievements that California campuses have made through innovative and effective energy efficiency projects and sustainable operations.
  • Showcase specific projects as models to be used by other campuses to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability goals.
  • Provide campus staff with a compendium of Best Practice projects that could be transferable to their campus.

2015 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards Competition

We are pleased to announce the winners of the eleventh annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards Competition. Winners will be recognized during the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference to be hosted by San Francisco State University from July 20-24, 2015.

Overall Sustainable Design

CSU Long Beach, Liberal Arts 2, 3, 4 Renovation Project

UC Berkeley, New Campbell Hall

HVAC Design/Retrofit

San José State University, University Chiller Plant Improvements

Honorable Mention: CSU Long Beach, Molecular Life Science and Chemistry Lab HVAC Controls Retrofit Project

Lighting Design/Retrofit

CSU Dominguez Hills, Honeycomb Ceiling

UC Irvine, Student Center Interior Lighting Upgrade

Monitoring-Based Commissioning

San Diego State University, Arts and Letters Building

UC Santa Barbara, Chilled Water Loop Optimization

Student Energy Efficiency Program

CSU Chico, Wildcat Sustainability Showdown/Campus Conservation Nationals

UC Berkeley, LED Microscope Retrofits

Student Sustainability Program

CSU Fullerton, Campuswide Sink Audit & Aerator Retrofit

UCLA, Sustainable Living Community

Water Efficiency & Site Water Quality

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Drought Response

Honorable Mention: CSU Long Beach, Water Action Plan Projects

UC Santa Cruz, UCSC Drought Planning

UCLA, Campus High-Purity Water Management

Innovative Waste Reduction

CSU Northridge, Integrating Waste Diversion and Organic Gardening Into a Learning Opportunity

UC Santa Barbara, Optimizing Waste Management Services Through Stakeholder Engagement

Honorable Mention: UC Davis, Gravel Washing/Recycling System

Sustainable Foodservice

San Diego State University, Dining Certified Green Restaurant« Excellence

UC Davis, Aggie Grown - Harnessing the Hyper-Local

Sustainable Transportation

CSU Los Angeles, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility

Sustainability Innovations

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Creative Energy Project Finance

UC Santa Barbara, Public Relations Campaign

Sustainability in Academics

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Sustainable Environments Minor

UCLA, Education for Sustainable Living Program

The CSU Sustainability Champion will be announced at the Best Practice Awards Ceremony. Thanks to each of you who submitted best practice nominations, and congratulations to our 2015 winners.

Last Updated: April 29, 2015