CSUN Sustainability 2020

CSUN Sustainability

Sustainability is a key priority at California State University, Northridge, integrated into all aspects of the university from operations and infrastructure to outreach, education, and research.  CSUN’s 10-year Sustainability Plan lays out our goals and activities in ten different functional areas.  Everyone at the university – administrators, staff, faculty, and students – is an integral part of these efforts. We are a proud signatory to Second Nature’s Presidents’ Climate Commitment and are following a Climate Action Plan that will guide us towards climate neutrality by 2040. Find out how to get involved.


Who We Are

The Sustainability Program at CSUN is comprised of various departments, working groups, academic centers, and individuals dedicated to achieving the campus’ immediate, mid-term and long-term sustainability and climate goals.


Campus & Community Partners

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A Message from The President

“California State University, Northridge is proud to play a leadership role in the region and the higher education community on sustainability issues, beginning in 1991 when CSUN established its Campus Recycling Center. Today, sustainability is one of the university’s eight strategic priorities and permeates throughout the campus from Physical Plant Management and our facilities, to dining services and the curriculum. We have formal climate commitments related to reducing our carbon emissions, and campus and community resilience. With the leadership of the Institute for Sustainability, its advisory committee and our student government, faculty, staff, students and administrators all partner to move us forward. And beyond our responsibility to be good stewards of the environment and make progress on our climate action plan, these collaborative efforts advance the university’s academic mission by providing students opportunities to contribute, learn, demonstrate leadership, and even to discover new career and educational paths.”

-Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.


Sustainability Structure

facilities planning, design, and construction building

FPDC: Energy & Sustainability Team

Facilities Planning, Design and Construction houses the Director of Energy and Sustainability, the Energy and Sustainability Coordinator and the Campus Energy Manager. These roles are charged with implementing the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, making facility efficiency upgrades, growing renewable energy projects and improving the sustainable attributes of the campus’ physical infrastructure.

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Institute for Sustainability

The Institute for Sustainability spearheads educational engagement efforts through curriculum development, events, tabling, social media, and digital newsletters. The Institute operates the campus food garden, which serves as a tool to educate campus and community members on the benefits of gardening, composting, and healthy dietary habits.

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Associated Students Sustainability

ASSR coordinates the Sustainable Office Program, as well as campus recycling programs for bottles and cans, paper, cardboard, pallets, electronics, toner cartridges and more. Associated Students also houses the Associated Students Sustainability Committee charged with engaging and educating the campus on issues related to sustainability.


Points of Pride

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climate commitment logo
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bee campus usa logo
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bicycle friendly logo
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