Sustainability @ the CSU
Jan. 26, 2012
By Elizabeth Chapin
Sustainability isn’t just reducing carbon footprints. At the CSU, it’s innovation, efficiency, fostering discussion, and developing the next generation of environmentally-conscious Californians.
CSU Fullerton recently added an additional 1.16MW of solar power to the campus, which is now two-thirds of the way toward being self-sustained. The installation includes three solar systems installed on the rooftops of campus buildings, as well as six electric-vehicle charging stations—the first such solar-powered stations in the CSU.
Cal State Long Beach’s student recreation and wellness center was recently awarded the campus’ first-ever LEED designation. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification provides an independent, third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at high performance in key areas including water savings and energy efficiency. The wellness center is one of the CSU system’s 39 buildings that are either LEED certified or in the certification process.
In addition, San Diego State opened a student sustainability center as the new home for the Green Student Interns, a group of students who initiated a campus-wide energy assessment and provide efficiency training across California. The center will also serve as a meeting place to discuss sustainability issues, and plan for and work on projects.