Sustainability

  • Student Opportunities

    Student Opportunities

  • Waste and Materials management

    Water Conservation Through Irrigation Efficiency

  • Recycling

    Recycling

  • Energy

    Energy

CSUN Sustainability Plan

In Fall 2012 President Harrison requested the Institute for Sustainability and its affiliates draft a sustainability plan for the University. A planning team comprising faculty, staff and administrators was assembled and research conducted on a template for the plan. A structure was adopted and chapter authors recruited for ten focus areas. Over the next three months data were gathered on existing institutional practices and goals set by comparable institutions. Ideas were solicited from a broad group of interested participants and an extensive list of action items was drafted with consideration of the AASHE STARS credit system. The draft plan was presented to university planning and governance committees which were asked to consider the plan and participate in item prioritization. After broad priorities were established by interested parties, small focus groups representing a range of campus interests were formed and asked to critically review specific areas of the plan, such as energy, water, waste, dining etc. These groups assessed costs and benefits of individual action items and based on these, participants were asked to rank the action items. This process helped to establish plan priorities and create an implementation path. The plan and implementation priorities were finalized in May 2013.

CSUN Sustainability Annual Plan Update 2016-17

CSUN Sustainability Annual Plan Update 2015-16

CSUN Sustainability Annual Plan Update 2014-15

CSUN Sustainability Annual Plan Update 2013-14

CSUN Sustainability Plan 2013-2023


CSUN's Climate Commitment

Soon after her arrival at CSUN, President Harrison, an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in her tenure at CSUMB, established sustainability as a priority for CSUN. On March 11, 2013, she signed the ACUPCC on behalf of CSUN, asserting that the university will exercise leadership by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions and by educating graduates with knowledge that will help to achieve climate neutrality.

The text of the ACUPCC commitment can be found here: Second Nature Commitment (formerly ACUPCC)


CSUN Climate Action Plan

California State University, Northridge’s Climate Action Plan will achieve 1990 greenhouse gas levels by 2020 and net zero emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2040. This significantly exceeds the target set by the CSU Chancellor’s Office to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions to 80% of their 1990 value by 2040. This document defines a path to achieving these goals and describes the strategies which will be employed.

In meeting the goal to become carbon neutral by 2040, the following intermediate milestones have been established.

  • Reduce commuting carbon footprint to below 1990 levels by 2020
  • Reduce total GHG emissions to below 1990 levels by 2020
  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emission levels to 50% below 1990 levels by 2030
  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emission levels to 80% below 1990 levels by 2035
  • Reduce Scope 3 GHG emission levels to 50% below 1990 levels by 2035

The CSUN Climate Action Plan can be accessed here.

The updated Greenhouse Gas Emission Report can be found here.


Group Meeting Schedules

 

Administration

Working Group Members:

Helen Cox

Deborah Wallace

Frank Stranzl

Deborah Flugum

Jorge Martin

David Crandall

Jean Porter

Dining Services

Working Group Members:

Erica Wohldmann

Tiffany Zaich

Julie Ellis

Magaram Center

Betsy Corrigan

Keren Dali

Brendan Tinoco

Karina Ward

Nour Chaaban

Education

Working Group Members:

Kristy Michaud

Cyndi Signett

Christina Mayberry

Debi Cours

Mechelle Best

Hedy Carpenter

Mario Giraldo

Sarah Johnson

David Crandall

Energy and Buildings

Working Group Members:

Bill Sullivan

Adam Saurin

Ken Rosenthal

Chet Galland

Jason Wang

Beverly Watson

Tim Killops

John McGuire

Vinny Mele

Seda Harutyunyan

Rolando Valiente

Rodica Kohn

Environmental Quality

Working Group Members:

Cameron Christensen

Yann Schrodi

Tony Pepe

Travis Thomas

Jim Logsdon

Organics

Working Group Members:

Mario Giraldo

Ada Parsi

Liberty Freeman

Jason Wang

Jim Logsdon

Tim Trevan

Betsy Corrigan

Keren Dali

Brendan Tinoco

Karina Ward

Seda Harutyunyan

Purchasing and Consumption

Working Group Members:

Austin Eriksson

Sarah Johnson

Deborah Flugum

Mary Hanson

Diane Hartjen

Keren Dali

Cyndi Signett

Brendan Tinoco

Travis Thomas

Deborah Wallace

Transportation

Working Group Members:

Ken Premo

Larry Isrow

Ron Norton

Bill Fairchild

Astrid Logan

Mintesnot Woldeamanuel

Zeynep Toker

Waste and Materials Management

Working Group Members:

Austin Eriksson

Cyndi Signett

Beverly Watson

Loraine Lundquist

Travis Thomas

Chet Galland

Darryl Johnson

Jason Wang

Tim Killops

Karina Ward

John McGuire

Jack Raab

Seda Harutyunyan

Tony Pepe

Water

Working Group Members:

Mechelle Best

David Crandall

Nour Chaaban

Bill Sullivan

Chet Galland

Jason Wang

Jim Logsdon

Tim Killops

John McGuire

Seda Harutyunyan

Vinny Mele

Emily Jensen

Mark Gardener

Adam Saurin