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California State University Earns Sustainability Awards

(August 8, 2008) – Eight California State University campuses received recognition for their sustainability efforts in areas such as building retrofits and operations, green buildings, sustainable transportation and student sustainability programs at the Seventh Annual CSU/UC/Community College Sustainability Conference held July 31-August 3 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The Sustainability Conference drew more than 1,100 participants and was the largest-ever network of colleges collaborating at a single sustainability forum. The conference’s Best Practice Awards highlight successful and cost-effective projects on CSU and UC campuses that implement green building technologies, sustainable design strategies, and energy-efficient operations.CSU campuses received awards in the following areas:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - Overall Sustainable Design/ Bonderson Projects Center; HVAC Design/Satellite Central Plant; and Innovative Waste Reduction/ Integrated Waste Management Program

CSU Channel Islands – Lighting and Design Retrofit/Campus Exterior Lighting, New Standard and Retrofit

Sonoma State - HVAC Retrofit/ Darwin Hall Remodel

Fresno State University – Renewable, Innovative Energy Generation or Procurement/ Fresno State Photovoltaic Parking Canopies

CSU Monterey Bay – Monitoring Based Commissioning/ Nine Individual Buildings

San Diego State University – Water Efficiency and Site Water Quality/ Calsense Irrigation System; and Transportation Demand Management/ Mission Valley East Light Rail Transit Project, SDSU Station

CSU Chico – Student Energy Efficiency/Green Campus Program

Humboldt State University – Student Sustainability Programs/ Campus Center for Appropriate Technology

The Best Practice case studies showcase many of the award-winning projects, making the strategies and achievements available as an educational tool to assist all campuses in achieving energy-efficiency and sustainability goals.

The Best Practice Awards are funded by the UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership Program, a unique state-wide partnership between the UC and CSU campuses and California’s four large investor-owned utilities. For more information and the complete list of 2008 Best Practice Award Winners visit http://www.greenbuildings.berkeley.edu/best_practices.htm.

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The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

Last Update: August 08, 2008

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