Institute for Sustainability 2020

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The Institute for Sustainability is a national pioneer in sustainable education. For over a decade, the center has promoted, facilitated, and developed educational, research, and university and community programs related to sustainability. We support and aid in the development and application of sustainable practices within the university and community. Our next Promote, facilitate, develop, and inspire sustainability-related research, pedagogy, and outreach to the campus community and beyond. We seek to inspire CSUN to reimagine sustainability on campus, in the San Fernando Valley, greater LA, and nationally. Building on our past successes, IS seeks to expand the parameters of “sustainability” to focus on economic, curricular, and student success.

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Green Core team is formed

The Institute for Sustainability is established


Styrofoam is removed from all CSUN dining facilities

The Institute hosts the first Campus Sustainability Day and Water Day


The Institute establishes Food Garden and Composting Program

CSUN begins offering Minor in Sustainability

The Institute hosts first annual Orange Pick with Food Forward


AS Recycling recycle 13,097 lbs of e-waste

Orange Pick yields 17,000 lbs of oranges for donation

The Institute works with students to charter CSUN Bicycle Collective


CSUN students map over 3,800 trees on campus for carbon sequestration project

Sustainable Office Program is established

Orange Pick yields 18,000 lbs of oranges for donation


President Harrison signs The American College & University President’s Climate Commitment

CSUN develops a 10-year Sustainability Plan

The Institute expands compost program to all CSUN Dining locations


Composting program converts 38,000 lbs of kitchen scraps into 10,000 lbs of soil at the CSUN Food Garden

Orange Pick yields 18,554 lbs of oranges for donation


CSUN receives the U.S. EPA Food Recovery Challenge Certificate of Achievement for the compost program

CSUN is designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation

Institute receives the Innovative Waste Reduction Award for composting program at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC)


CSUN receives a Gold Rating for STARS; the highest rating in the CSU system at the time

CSUN is named Sierra Club Cool School

CSUN receives Climate Leadership Award from Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Orange Pick yields 12,758 lbs of oranges for donation

Composting program converts 50,000 lbs of kitchen scraps into 12,000 lbs of soil at the CSUN Food Garden

President Harrison signs Second Nature Climate Commitment, vowing to be carbon neutral by 2040

The Institute plants 55 trees at Vaughn Elementary


CSUN receives Best Practice Award for Water Efficiency projects, saving 55 million gallons of water on campus

CSUN receives Best Practice Award for the Metro U-Pass Program

The Net Zero Energy Sustainability Center opened

Annual Orange Pick yields 5,000 lbs of oranges for donation and another 600 lbs is donated during Matador Day of Service

The Institute collaborates with Physical Plant Management (PPM) and Engineering Students to build 8 Solar Charging Trees

PPM begins composting all landscape and lawn clippings on campus


The Institute celebrates 10 years!

CSUN receives 4 Best Practice Awards for the Sustainability Center, Sustainability Center Composting Toilets, Sustainable Food Systems and LimeBike Bikeshare Program

Institute for Sustainability receives recognition from Unified We Serve for campus partnership

The Institute receives Award of Merit from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Institute receives Food Forward Fruitantrophist Award for donating over 148,000 lbs of oranges over the past 8 years