Commitment to Sustainability

Next Steps

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

CSU's commitment to sustainability is built on the foundation of efficient operation, design and construction of our 23 campuses in order to provide a high quality, affordable educational environment. That commitment will continue growing with increased on-campus clean energy generation, more pervasive smart building controls, and greater student involvement and curriculum development to prepare the next generation of "green" professionals.

The CSU will continue its partnership with utility companies to leverage incentive funding for energy efficiency projects, demand reduction programs and renewable on-site generation. Additionally, campuses have to develop strategic energy plans coupled with sustainabilityactions plans that will become the roadmaps for reaching our sustainability, energy efficiency and climate change goals. The plans will include sustainable procurement, water conservation, transportation demand management and climate action plans.

The CSU will continue to use voter approved bonds to improve the efficiency of existing building systems while renewing the state's capital investment. We look forward to improvements in the instructional technology area with virtual computing reducing the number ofservers on campus. Continued support of the energy efficiency program, utility partnerships, and increased assessment of facilities performance will continue to move CSU toward its carbon reduction goal.

Last Updated: April 23, 2013