President's Office

Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter – Sustainability

February 13, 2014

To the CSUN Community:

Since the launch last year of the Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter program, CSUN students, faculty and staff have weighed in on issues important to the campus. In all instances, we have benefited from the ideas, experiences and varying points of view that you have so generously shared.

This semester, we turn our attention to sustainability – one of the planning priorities included in CSUN Shines for the Next Decade. To quote from that document:

A focus on sustainability achieves cost savings, represents responsible stewardship of the university’s physical resources, and prepares knowledgeable graduates who will also be leaders and stewards of the earth’s resources. California State University, Northridge is already a leader with sustainable buildings, efficient practices, reduced energy and water usage, and the generation and use of alternative energy. Further, the university’s focus on sustainability promotes educational experiences for students.

We have made an institutional commitment to sustainability and we can take pride in CSUN’s achievements to date, including installation of solar panels, the fuel cell plant, the rainforest, establishment of the Institute for Sustainability and the new curriculum in sustainability. The growing interest in ‘green’ issues led to the development of a sustainability plan for CSUN (/sustainability/resources/csun-sustainability-plan/).
As green initiatives multiply, managing those efforts with limited resources becomes increasingly important. What efforts should take priority and what creative ideas do you have for making CSUN shine greener?

Contribute your ideas at;http://STUDENTVOICE:80/csun/shine4sustainability
Please visit the main Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter website regularly at for information on previous topics and the latest updates.

As always, we welcome your input.

Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.

California State University, Northridge