Sustainable Office Program

The Sustainable Office Program is designed to engage students, staff and faculty in implementing sustainable practices in their workspaces. The program provides a method to gauge how sustainable a particular office is and focuses on actions that individuals can practice rather than infrastructure changes, like building retrofits, that individuals have no control over. By making a few simple changes, you can reduce your office’s environmental footprint, help the university save money, and meet campus sustainability goals. To participate in the SOP or to learn more, review the program information and contact the Institute with any questions at


Thirst Project

CSU Northridge is partnering with the Thirst Project, an organization of young activists that build freshwater wells to bring potable water to rural communities in developing nations. The Institute for Sustainability is building a team of faculty and students to work on this initiative. Students lead outreach and educational campaigns, fundraising efforts, and perform research studying the impact of the Thirst Project wells on existing communities. There will be internship and volunteer opportunities in the future, and faculty are working to connect with universities in Africa for an internship program abroad. If you are interested in making a difference and joining this worthy initiative, contact the Institute for Sustainability at to find out more.



In 2009, the Institute for Sustainability initiated an extensive project: to quantify the carbon footprint of the CSUN campus. Part of the project included the mapping and identification of close to 4,000 trees in order to calculate their environmental benefits, which include offsetting carbon emissions in our atmosphere.