Sustainability

Education

CSUN strives to reduce its own footprint on the environment and to educate its students and the broader campus population on sustainable practices.

Main Strategies

  1. Expand education on sustainability principles and practices to entire campus population
  2. Increase formal educational offerings in sustainability
  3. Increase opportunities for hands-on student learning in sustainability
  4. Increase research opportunities in sustainability

 Objectives for 2023 

  1. Participation in a sustainability office program by all campus offices/units by 2015
  2. Implement university-wide sustainability education for all students by 2018
  3. Offer M.A. Degree in Sustainability Practices by 2018
  4. Expand service learning and internship opportunities in sustainability
  5. Expand network of faculty engaging in sustainability-related research

  2016-17 Priorities and Outcomes

  • Pilot an energy dashboard in a campus building.
    • The new Sustainability Center will be the first building on campus to go live with a Lucid Dashboard. The campus is also working with our Energy Information System vendor to develop dashboards.
  • Promote World Food Day.
    • The CSUN World Food Day was hosted by Student Dietetic and Food Science Association (SDFSA) on October 17. Food Recovery Network and Food Science Association participated in the event, a day dedicated to bring awareness to food insecurity, food waste, and food sustainability worldwide.
  • Develop signage and educational materials for new Sustainability Center.
    • The project site is wrapped with temporary sustainability signage and educational materials about the new Sustainability Center. AS has documented the sustainable features which may not be visible after construction for presenting in various forms once the Center opens.
  • Assess the impact of outreach efforts.
    • The AS Sustainability Committee developed and began distributing a survey starting at Earth Fair. They worked with several sustainability course volunteers to help increase surveying capacity. The results are pending.
  • Encourage sustainability-related SLOs in graduate programs.
    • This was discussed at a GSC meeting this year, but no progress was made. This will be readdressed next year as an agenda item.
  • Offer continuing education that addresses sustainability.
    • The working group has researched what other campuses have done to address continuing education and is developing concepts for CSUN to explore.
  • Explore alternative media based outreach and engagement.
    • AS has dedicating Wednesdays as sustainability message day. The IS launched a biweekly newsletter called The Footprint and has increased the use of social media to promote campus sustainability efforts.
  • Gain curriculum approval from new sustainability undergraduate course offerings.
    • All sustainability curriculum the Institute supervises has been on hold while the decision about where to house the courses was being made - this will be revisited next year.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in sustainability practices
    • Progress has been made on this priority as Social and Behavioral Sciences will house the curricula, which include the minor, certificate, and master’s programs.  

 Other Highlights

  • CSUN Sustainability and the IS tabled at Global Currents Festival at the VPAC and shared our campus efforts with the local community.
  • The IS held “A Family Earth Day Celebration” which brought 19 schools throughout the valley to display their work on sustainability. The 1,000 attendees ranged from school board representatives, teachers, families, volunteers and council members.
  • There are 27 students graduating this year with a minor in sustainability.
  • The IS facilitated several off campus sustainability tours including LACI, NASA JPL, Discovery Cube LA, Hyperion Water Treatment and one of LADWP’s hydro-electric power plants.
  • In addition to the annual IS hosted events, Water Day and Sustainability Day, they also held an Earth Day Speaker Series in conjunction with AS Earth Fair.

 2017-18 Priorities

  • Develop an interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in sustainability practices.
  • Commissioning student art pieces to display at the sustainability center.
  • Develop sustainability center tour and virtual tour video.
  • Explore opportunities to develop an internship program utilizing interns from existing internship courses.
  • Promote the new Sustainability center as the hub for sustainability on campus.
  • Launch a sustainability film series.

 

SOP Materials

Issue:

ED1.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Develop sustainable office program (SOP) training materials for student trainees and office staff

Status:

Training videos, assessment tool (survey), consultant FAQ sheet, and department resource list have been created. (IS)

Party Responsible:

IS, AS

Next/Action Items:

Completed

Training Workshops/Audits

Issue:

ED1.2

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Establish schedule of training workshops for office staff and execute audits

Status:

Training for student consultants conducted in April, 2014 (IS). There are 4-8 students interested in being consultants. AS will schedule assessments in Student Affairs offices.

Party Responsible:

IS, AS, HR

Next/Action Items:

See AD1.4

SOP Tracking

Issue:

ED1.3

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Establish and maintain tracking system for SOP

Status:

Data collected will be stored in survey monkey. New account purchased.

Party Responsible:

IS, AS

Next/Action Items:

Ongoing

Host Events

Issue:

ED1.4

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Continue to host annual sustainability day and water day events, and participate in America Recycles Day and Earth Day

Status:

IS continues to host Sustainability Day in the Fall and Water Day in the Spring. Approx. 525 students attended Sustainability Day, using Garbology as the theme. Thirteen faculty brought their classes and approx. 400 students attended Water Day, where climate change and the drought were the theme AS continues to host America Recycles Day in the fall (700 attendees) and Earth Fair in the Spring (3,000+ attendees)

Party Responsible:

IS, AS

Next/Action Items:

Ongoing

Film Series

Issue:

ED1.5

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Establish sustainability-related film series

Status:

This has not been started yet.

Party Responsible:

IS, AS, SA, Housing

Next/Action Items:

Look into the potential to run a film series through the MataSphere.

Site Signage

Issue:

ED1.6

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Design and post educational signage at sustainability sites on campus

Status:

Signage has been posted at Orange Grove, Fuel Cell, Rainforest, Institute for Sustainability, Student Rec Center, VPAC, AS Recycling, Food Garden, Weather Station, PV projects, Transit Station, Ecoregion Garden, and other sustainability sites on campus. Signage was added for the Matador Dr. and F5 bioswales.

Signs have been posted by AS for new drinking fountain spigots for filling reusable water bottles.

Party Responsible:

IS, FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

Signage will be added as new installations are made. Signs are being posted for new dual-flush toilets.  Also new signage is being developed for the restrooms on saving water. (Rosenthal)

Informational Signage

Issue:

ED1.7

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Increase informational signage for waste, food, water and energy use

Status:

FPDC/IS have working with VISCOM to develop a sustainability marketing campaign for all aspects of this plan.

Party Responsible:

IS, AS, TUC, PPM, SA sust.comm.

Next/Action Items:

  On-going.

Student Media Pieces

Issue:

ED1.8

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Coordinate with film and journalism departments to encourage student films, documentaries, public announcements and articles related to sustainability. These can be screened before events, on MIND screens, and linked to webpages.

Status:

Potential to use students to create sustainability media pieces.

Party Responsible:

IS, faculty, AS

Next/Action Items:

 No action taken.

Campus Tour and Orientation

Issue:

ED1.9

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Coordinate with the University Ambassadors (UA) and Student Development Office (SD) to include sustainability education and features in campus tour and new student orientation

Party Responsible:

SA, AS

Next/Action Items:

AS (Crandall) will work with UA and SD on implementation.

Informal Education in Housing

Issue:

ED1.10

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Provide informal sustainability education to students in campus housing and develop a plan for improving related practices

Status:

Potential to do this through the Matasphere as champions in student housing.

Party Responsible:

IS, Housing

Next/Action Items:

 No action taken.

Life-Learning Community

Issue:

ED1.11

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Establish living-learning community in campus housing and train students as peer-to-peer educators in sustainability

Status:

Summer 2014 the MataSphere was created in Student Housing as a living learning community.

Party Responsible:

Housing

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Assess Sust. Literacy

Issue:

ED1.12

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Assess sustainability literacy within student population

Status:

IS (Cox) developed survey based on one conducted at OSU and obtained Human Subjects Approval in Fall 2013. Conducted pre and post surveys for all SUST classes in F2013. IS (Jackiewicz, Geog) and a student assistant are conducting assessment with a range of classes, mostly lower division in Spring 2014. Goal is to assess 1000 students this semester and continue for 4 years. Analysis to take place based a multiple student attributes starting in Summer 2014.

Party Responsible:

IS, Faculty, AS

Next/Action Items:

Ongoing

Identify Courses

Issue:

ED2.1

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Identify and flag sustainability-related courses. Maintain list of such courses

Status:

Created GE course SUST 111/L GE course in climate change.

Party Responsible:

SCC, IS, LSP

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Need to develop more SUST courses.

Faculty Development

Issue:

ED2.2

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Provide faculty development on sustainability SLOs and on how to incorporate sustainability content into courses

Status:

Some of this is being done through the GE path.

Party Responsible:

SCC, LSP

Next/Action Items:

 In-progress.

SLOs and SUST Courses

Issue:

ED2.3

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Encourage inclusion of sustainability-related SLOs and/or SUST core courses in programs

through faculty and Department Chairs

Status:

 No action taken.

Party Responsible:

SCC, LSP

Next/Action Items:

 No action taken.

Master's Program Tracks

Issue:

ED2.4

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Work with Department Chairs to develop discipline-specific tracks for Master’s program in Sustainability Practices

Status:

MBA with a sustainability concentration has been approved.

Party Responsible:

SCC

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

Sustainability Literacy

Issue:

ED2.5

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Develop and provide sustainability literacy education to all students

Status:

Also under ED1.6.
Created GE course Sustainability 111/L GE course in climate change.

Party Responsible:

SCC, LSP, IS, AS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Identify Faculty

Issue:

ED2.6

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Identify faculty willing and able to teach sustainability

Status:

CSUN has 12 faculty currently teaching Sustainability 300, 2 additional teaching in Sustainability 310.

Party Responsible:

SCC, LSP, IS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Online/Hybrid SUST 300

Issue:

ED2.7

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Identify faculty willing and able to teach sustainability

Status:

This has not been done yet. There has not been an issue filling in class sessions. We would add in class sessions before online if expanding.

Party Responsible:

Faculty

Next/Action Items:

 On-hold.

Offer Graduate Certificate

Issue:       

ED2.8

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Implement and offer Sustainability Practices graduate certificate through Tseng College

Status:

On-hold.

Party Responsible:

SCC, IS, Tseng

Next/Action Items:

 On-hold.

On-Campus SL & Internships

Issue:

ED3.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Establish list of service learning and internship opportunities on campus related to sustainability

Status:

This has been expanded, garden compost, lighting inventories, RFC, SOP, farmers market, event org.

Party Responsible:

IS, CIELO

Next/Action Items:

On-going: IS will work on expanding On-campus SL & internships.

Community SL & Internships

Issue:

ED3.2

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Collaborate with local agencies and non-profits to establish a list of service learning and
internship opportunities in the community related to sustainability

Status:

 There are some opportunities on Moodle.

Party Responsible:

IS, CIELO

Next/Action Items:

Need to contact external companies for opportunities.

Active Learning Procedures

Issue:

ED3.3

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Establish procedures for accepting, allocating, and supervising students in active learning opportunities in sustainability

Status:

Keeping a Moodle page updated with available service learning projects and opportunities.

Party Responsible:

IS, CIELO

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Active Learning Outreach

Issue:

ED3.4

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Engage in outreach to bring in students from a variety of departments into active learning opportunities in sustainability

Status:

On-going.

Party Responsible:

IS, CIELO

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Internship Course

Issue:

ED3.5

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Create internship course in sustainability, SUST 494

Status:

 In Progress.

Party Responsible:

SCC, Faculty

Next/Action Items:

 In Progress.

Faculty Research

Issue:

ED4.1

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Identify and maintain a list of faculty conducting sustainability-related research

Status:

Potential to use the Library team to develop an efficient way to determine faculty involved with sustainability research.

Party Responsible:

IS, RGS

Next/Action Items:

 In Progress.

Online Directory

Issue:

ED4.2

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Establish online directory to connect faculty engaging in sustainability-related research

Status:

 No action taken.

Party Responsible:

IS, RGS

Next/Action Items:

 No action taken.

Faculty Participation

Issue:

ED4.3

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Increase faculty participation in green core team, and expand size and number of working groups

Status:

Potential to use the Library team to develop an efficient way to determine faculty involved with sustainability research.

Party Responsible:

IS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.