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U-Pass Program Wins Efficiency and Sustainability Award

April 27, 2017

The Associated Students (AS ) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has been awarded the 2017 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards in the category of Sustainable Transportation for their introduction of the Metro U-Passprogram. Winners for this award will be recognized during the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference to be hosted by University of California, Santa Barbara from June 26 - June 29, 2017. Accepting the award for this catagory will be Ken Premo, AS Support Services Manager and the U-Pass program lead. CSUN also won in the category of Water Efficiency/Site Water Quality for their Campus-Wide Irrigation Efficiency Project. 

The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. The annual Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards competition is meant to:

  • Highlight the achievements that California campuses have made through innovative and effective energy efficiency projects and sustainable operations.
  • Showcase specific projects as models to be used by other campuses to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability goals.
  • Provide campus staff with a compendium of Best Practice projects that could be transferable to their campus.

The highly successful Metro U-Pass program introduced Fall 2016, is a reduced-fare transit pass, offering students unlimited rides to campus, work, shopping, or anywhere they choose on any of Metro's bus or rail lines. The U-Pass subsidy funding comes from Associated Students and CSUN Parking and Transportation. This offer is available to CSUN undergraduate students enrolled in 8 or more units, or graduate students enrolled in 6 or more units are eligible to purchase a Metro U-Pass and has seen a participation of over 1500 students during both Spring 2017 and Fall 2016.

To obtain more information, please contact Ken Premo at (818) 677-4235.