Sustainability

Water

Water

CSUN is located in a region characterized by an insufficient supply of local water to serve its population. CSUN’s commitment is to be a good steward of water resources, and to conserve wherever possible.

Main Strategies

1. Improve conservation practices and reduce water consumption

2. Improve data collection, management and analysis

3. Increase awareness of water as a valuable resource and educate on water conservation principles

Objectives for 2023

1. 15% reduction in water consumption

2. Measure, record, and analyze water consumption on a facility level

3. Increase awareness of water-related issues by students, faculty, and staff

 2016-17 Priorities and Outcomes

  • Expand drought tolerant vegetation installations
    • Locations have been established and a scheduled is being followed. The Grounds Shop has completed locations through number 6.
  • Complete Arbor Court drought tolerant renovation.
    • This project has been complete.
  • Complete programming of irrigation controllers to utilize ET, FS and MV's.
    • This multiyear project is scheduled to be complete this summer. It has involved upgrading and programming over 60 controllers.
  • Continue implementation of the Irrigation strike teams.
    • The Irrigation Strike Team has completed their initial task and the irrigation crew continues to utilize the dashboard in their shop to pinpoint the location of leaks.
  • Expand turf removal at identified locations.
    • This fiscal year several additional locations have been converted to drought tolerant landscaping with the most prominent location being along Prairie and Darby as well as the B4 parking lot.
  • Expand Brown is the New Green.
    • Several locations have been converted to drought tolerant landscaping and signage has remained a priority to ensure the campus community is aware of the effort.
  • Application of Aqua Cents to 3 additional locations (Boot Hill, Sierra South lawn, Manzanita lawn).
    • Funding to continue this effort was not available this year.
  • Install drip irrigation in the rose median along Lindley and Etiwanda.
    • Funding for this project was not available this year, however it still remains a priority.
  • Investigate bio-remediation of fuel cell water for the pond.
    • Preliminary discussions have occurred and it does seem feasible to utilize the Fuel Cell Wastewater as supplemental water in the Orange Grove Pond.

Other Highlights

  • CSUN achieved a 24% reduction in water consumption from the baseline year of 2013.
  • CSUN will be receiving an award at the 2017 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference for the Irrigation Upgrade Project.
  • The Grounds Department piloted a project with a startup company from the LACI called Rain Systems to determine the effectiveness of their hydrogel technology. The product will continue to be tested throughout the summer months.
  • Due to the above average rain fall this year, the campus was able to keep the irrigation off for a total of 96.

 2016-17 Priorities and Outcomes

  • Utilize existing irrigation data to develop water maps of the campus.
  • Determine the feasibility of migrating data from the irrigation system into EcoVox.
  • Identify (map) locations of irrigation runoff and begin to address each location.
  • Application of hydrogels to 3 additional locations (Boot Hill, Sierra South lawn, Manzanita lawn).
  • Install drip irrigation in the rose median along Lindley and Etiwanda.
  • Begin building level water metering.
  • Sierra Center landscape renovation.
  • D1 Turf removal project.
  • Replacement of Sierra Center Dishwasher.

Waterless and Low-Flow Urinals

Issue:

WA1.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Review urinals and use low-flow or waterless as appropriate.

Status:

In-progress.
Campus: 265 waterless urinals, 3-5 low flow, 20+- low flow dual flush.
USU: All waterless urinals.

Party Responsible:

PPM

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Continue implementation throughout campus.

Retrofit Plumbing Fixtures

Issue:

WA1.2

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Retrofit plumbing fixtures across campus as needed, prioritizing high consumption areas like commercial kitchens and toilets.

Status:

In-progress.
Campus: 1,100 sink aerators
Next low flow shower heads
 USU- continuing installation of low flow toilets, aerators
Housing- low flow toilets
TUC- Low Flow toilets, waterless urinals, dual flush valves, aerators Bookstore and Sierra center not done.

Party Responsible:

PPM, Housing

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Continue implementation throughout campus.

Construction Projects

Issue:

WA1.3

Priority:

No further action.

Strategy:

Minimize water consumption during construction projects

Status:

Buildings will be built per current energy and water codes.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Leak Detection and Repairs

Issue:

WA1.4

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Implement routine leak detection and repair program

Status:

Irrigation system is being upgraded to detect for leaks, breaks, take into consideration weather data, and display important alerts in the grounds shop on a monitor. Irrigation strike team active. Project to be completed over summer.

Party Responsible:

PPM, Housing, USU

Next/Action Items:

On-going. PPM needs to investigate infrared imaging for leak detection.

Reduce Landscaped Areas

Issue:

WA1.5

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Reduce amount of irrigated landscaping.

Status:

65,000 sqft of turf replacement this FY year. Redwood Hall, Arbor Grill, Lindley/Plummer complete.
Another 266,000 sqft planned.

Party Responsible:

FPDC

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Drought Tolerant Plants

Issue:

WA1.6

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Use more drought tolerant plant species in landscaping.

Status:

PPM has developed a list of 35 drought tolerant plants and low water use trees. Any turf replacements projects will have drought tolerant vegetation planted. USU mainly drought tolerant, planting drought tolerant vegetation.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

On-going. 

Reclaimed Water and Runoff

Issue:

WA1.7

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Assess use of reclaimed water for irrigation when permitted by Los Angeles County/LADWP

Status:

FPDC met with LADWP and LA Bureau of Sanitation to see if they would be interested in partnering on a water treatment facility. Unfortunately their master plan does not include satellite treatment plants.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, Housing, USU

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. PPM and FPDC need to do a runoff analysis and determine the ideal locations for storage/holding tanks.

Water reuse opportunities

Issue:

WA1.8

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Examine other opportunities for water reuse including capture of condensate from campus HVAC system

Status:

Potential to use Fuel Cell water for irrigation or another alternative use.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, Housing, USU

Next/Action Items:

PPM and FPDC need to investigate Fuel Cell water reuse options.

Historical Water Use Data

Issue:

WA2.1

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Compile and report historical water use data

Status:

Historical water use data is being collected and will be maintained in the Advantage software.

Party Responsible:

IS, PPM, Housing, USU

Next/Action Items:

 On-going.

Periodic Water Audits

Issue:

WA2.2

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Conduct periodic water audit at least once every 5 years

Status:

Custodial and Facility workers check for leaks in restrooms every day during working hours. Signage is also posted in every restroom to allow for the campus community to report leaks. Irrigation strike teams active. 23% of campus is complete.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

On-going. PPM needs to set up meter reading verification system.

Sub-Meter Campus Buildings

Issue:

WA2.3

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Sub-meter campus buildings prioritizing higher occupancy/use buildings

Status:

Discussions on whether submetering a building is needed vs submetering at various locations around the loop.

Party Responsible:

PPM, Housing, USU

Next/Action Items:

FPDC and PPM need to develop a strategy for water metering and create a plan for water meters.

Sub-Meter Irrigation Zones

Issue:

WA2.4

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Sub-meter irrigation zones

Status:

Irrigation system is sub-metered through the flow sensors that are installed at each of the 60+ controllers. This should be completed by mid-summer.

Party Responsible:

PPM, Housing, USU

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

New Student Orientation

Issue:

WA3.1

Priority:

Strategy:

Include information on water consumption and conservation in new student orientation

Status:

See Education section.

Party Responsible:

AS, IS

Next/Action Items:

On-going. 

Information in Housing

Issue:

WA3.2

Priority:

Strategy:

Include information on water consumption and conservation in sustainability campaign in

student housing.

Status:

New signage will be place throughout housing to remind students not to leave water on or running unnecessarily.

Party Responsible:

Housing, FPDC, IS

Next/Action Items:

 In-progress.

New Employee Orientation

Issue:

WA3.3

Priority:

Strategy:

Include information on water consumption and conservation in staff/faculty orientations

Status:

No action taken.

Party Responsible:

 IS, FPDC

Next/Action Items:

Need to work with HR to develop a training session.

Increased Water Signage

Issue:

WA3.4

Priority:

Strategy:

Increase messaging about water conservation

Status:

Water signage posted throughout campus and will be added to.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC, PPM, IS

Next/Action Items:

 On-going.

Students at Water Day

Issue:

WA3.5

Priority:

Strategy:

Increase student involvement in World Water Day event

Status:

Water day is held every year and has had a great turn out again this year.

Party Responsible:

IS

Next/Action Items:

 On-going.