Sustainability

Environmental Quality

Factors contributing towards environmental quality include the use of chemicals and hazardous materials. It is important that the University works toward reducing the use of these products and continues to ensure their proper disposal.

Main Strategies

  1. Reduce use of hazardous materials and ensure proper disposal
  2. Increase awareness of issues related to hazardous materials

Objectives for 2023

  1. Study effectiveness of organic fertilizers and reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers
  2. Phase in more Green Seal-certified cleaning products and adopt green cleaning procedures.
  3. Develop a set of sustainable operations and maintenance standards
  4. Complete the campus inventory of chemicals and hazardous materials

2016-17 Priorities and Outcomes

  • PPM Grounds Department to test electrical/battery powered equipment.
    • The Grounds Department has tested several brands of battery powered equipment ranging from blowers to chainsaws. The overall adoption of the new battery powered equipment has been very positive and they are confident that these new types of equipment will suit their needs.
  • Launch campus wide Green Cleaning program. Develop signage for Program.
    • Signage was created for the new Green Cleaning Program with the help of Reprographics. This icon will be placed in restrooms along with other prominent locations to help promote the program and improve awareness our efforts.
  • Pilot Solar Powered Grounds Shop (carts and equipment).
    • The Grounds Department has two DC Solar Trailers adjacent to their shop which are being used to charge their carts. This has proven to be a successful pilot and has become a standard practice for the Grounds Department.
  • Pilot biodiesel mower system.
    • An analysis to determine the potential for using biodiesel in PPM revealed the majority of diesel was being consumed in ride on mowers from the grounds Department. The decision was made to find alternative equipment rather than continuing to use diesel in the mowers.

Other Highlights

  • CSUN Grounds department received its first all-electric battery powered ride on lawn mower.
  • Since launching the Green Cleaning Program this year, the campus has increased green cleaning expenses by 31% meeting our goal of 80%.
  • CSUN’s custodial department is experimenting with an alternative ecofriendly floor stripper and wax which would allow us to convert this to a green cleaning process.

 2017-18 Priorities

  • Continue Ground Shop Electrification.
  • Continue implementation of SLMP and increase organic compost use.
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention.
  • Pilot unopened chemical reuse/storage room.
  • Develop materials inventory program/process.

Organic Fertilizers

Issue:

EQ1.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Identify and implement alternatives to synthetic fertilizers.

Status:

No organic fertilizers are being used, organic mulch is used.

Party Responsible:

PPM, USU, IS, Housing

Next/Action Items:

PPM needs to evaluate the potential for using organic fertilizers.

Cleaning Products

Issue:

EQ1.2

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Phase in more Green Seal-certified cleaning products and adopt green cleaning procedures.

Status:

In housing, Green Seal products make up 67% of money spent on total cleaning products. It is written into contracts that cleaning company must use Green Seal certified products.

PPM has switched some cleaning products this year to include several green cleaning products. 

Party Responsible:

IS, PPM, USU, Housing

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. Need to develop a campus wide Green Cleaning Policy/Program.

Operation Standards

Issue:

EQ1.3

Priority:

Develop as needed

Strategy:

Develop a set of sustainable operations and maintenance standards

Status:

Potential to adopt LEED EBOM standards as building operation standards for the campus.

Party Responsible:

 PPM, FPDC

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. FPDC and PPM need to evaluate the LEED EBOM standards and whether they will work for the University.

Materials Inventory

Issue:

EQ1.4

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Complete the campus inventory of hazardous materials/chemicals and make it available to

University faculty and staff

Status:

Chemical inventory from departments has been established, however not all faculty are participating.

Party Responsible:

EH&S

Next/Action Items:

On-going. EH&S to work with researchers on campus to provide a chemical inventory. Need to develop a policy to ensure this reporting is completed. EH&S will look at the potential to reuse chemicals on a campus to reduce waste.

Determine E-Waste

Issue:

EQ1.5

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Determine volume of electronic equipment (e-waste) generated by campus, to use as a benchmark, with a goal of future reduction

Status:

Asset Management in PPM and AS Recycling both have e-waste inventories.

Party Responsible:

AM, IS, IT, USU

Next/Action Items:

 On-going. Need to ensure these are being tracked through the university waste and recycling tracking sheet.

Educational Campaign

Issue:

EQ1.5

Priority:

No further action

Strategy:

Conduct an educational campaign on hazardous wastes and their proper disposal. Information campaign aimed at students, faculty and staff would help improve knowledge regarding hazardous waste and their proper disposal.

Status:

Training is coordinated with sciences and PPM.

Party Responsible:

EH&S, IS, FPDC

Next/Action Items:

On-going. E-Waste education is needed. EH&S to work with FPDC and IS on educational outreach. 

Data Collection

Issue:

EQ1.5

Priority:

No further action

Strategy:

Collect more information on current practices and successes in reducing the use of hazardous materials and wastes from other institutions

Status:

Ongoing.

Party Responsible:

EH&S

Next/Action Items:

No further action.

Communication

Issue:

EQ2.3

Priority:

No further action

Strategy:

Communicate environmental quality information to the campus community and public

Status:

Ongoing.

Party Responsible:

PPM, EH&S

Next/Action Items:

No further action.