Greening California
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 9, April 15, 2011

Greening California

Greening CaliforniaThe California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 936 buildings and a $130 million annual utility budget. For 30 years, the CSU’s commitment to sustainability has grown in reach and scope. In fact, its Access to Excellence strategic plan adopted in 2008 identifies sustainability as a major public need to be systematically integrated into teaching, service, research and facilities management.

The CSU has worked to reduce the system's environmental impact and carbon footprint through a myriad of sustainability practices. Full Story.

Creating Sustainable Leaders

From 1995 to 2008, jobs in the green sector increased by 36 percent in California. This is almost triple California’s total employment growth over the same period, and the CSU is at Creating Sustainable Leadersthe forefront of creating jobs for the emerging "green workforce," as well as educating environmental future leaders.

In addition to creating sustainable leaders through hands-on courses, the CSU is reducing each campus’s environmental impact and carbon footprint through numerous initiatives and programs. Full Story.

Students and Carbon Footprints

Students and Carbon FootprintsCSU students serve as campus ambassadors when it comes to reducing each university’s ecological footprint. Along with administrative efforts to be green, such as maintaining sustainable building operations and constructing LEED-certified facilities, student-led initiatives are the key components in how CSU campuses stay sustainable.

The CSU prides itself on matriculating students with drive and ambition who want to make a difference in the world. These students tap their creativity and knowledge to create initiatives that help campuses work toward a greener future. Full Story.

CSU Demonstrates Its Commitment to Sustainability

Solar power capacity at the CSU has more than doubled in the past five years, and is proposed to double again by the end of 2012. That information is part of a report released today, titled "The CSU Commitment to Sustainability."

The report coincides with a month-long CSU focus on sustainability issues.

"Universities are the training ground for a better, greener future," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "We teach our students to deal with tomorrow's problems and our campuses are living laboratories of sustainable practices."

The wide-ranging report touches on almost every aspect of how the nation's largest public university system is incorporating sustainability into buildings, operations, energy, research, academics, student initiatives, community service and transportation. Release.

CSU Voices and Views

Featured Blog: CSU’s Green Alumni

The latest Voices & Views blog highlights how CSU alumni are keeping the world green through innovative sustainable practices.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Have e-waste you need to dispose of?


CSU campuses have partnered with All Green Electronics Recycling to collect e-waste at Cal State campuses on the following dates and times:

4/22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CSU Northridge
CSU San Bernardino
San Diego State

4/23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Dominguez Hills
San Diego State
CSU San Marcos
Tips to Stay Green

*Turn off the lights when leaving a room.

*Take shorter showers.

*Print double-sided documents.

*Switch from paper towels to cloth towels when cleaning.

*Buy Energy Star® qualified appliances and equipment.

*Don't preheat or "peek" inside the oven more than necessary.

*Use rechargeable batteries.

*Don't run the water while you’re shaving or brushing your teeth.

*Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use.

*Replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent.

*Reduce air conditioning costs by using fans.

*Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying cycle.

*Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded.

*Avoid printing out documents that easily can be read and filed electronically.

*Re-use plastic grocery bags.

*Install low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets.

*Opt for cloth shower liners instead of traditional plastic ones.


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