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Campus Plans and Commitments


In Fall 2012 President Harrison requested the Institute for Sustainability and its affiliates draft a sustainability plan for the University. A planning team comprising faculty, staff and administrators was assembled and research conducted on a template for the plan. A structure was adopted and chapter authors recruited for ten focus areas. Over the next three months data were gathered on existing institutional practices and goals set by comparable institutions. Ideas were solicited from a broad group of interested participants and an extensive list of action items was drafted with consideration of the AASHE STARS credit system. The draft plan was presented to university planning and governance committees which were asked to consider the plan and participate in item prioritization. After broad priorities were established by interested parties, small focus groups representing a range of campus interests were formed and asked to critically review specific areas of the plan, such as energy, water, waste, dining etc. These groups assessed costs and benefits of individual action items and based on these, participants were asked to rank the action items. This process helped to establish plan priorities and create an implementation path. The plan and implementation priorities were finalized in May 2013, and ten working groups were formed to address the priorities in each focus area of the plan.



California State University, Northridge has a bold vision for the future of our campus, and the community beyond. The University has pledged to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2040, and has implemented both a Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Plan to ensure that sustainability is achieved through planning and policy decisions, capital project development and campus operations.




CSUN’s Goal is to be diverting 95% of all campus waste products from landfills or waste-to-energy facilities, and to instead reuse, recycle or compost them, by the year 2025.
CSUN’s Zero Waste plan focuses on the source reduction of landfill-bound materials, as well as the diversion of compostable, recyclable or reusable material. Progress towards this goal will be tracked based on data from a variety of sources. The campus waste hauler, Asset Management, The University Corporation, The Institute for Sustainability, Food Recovery Network and Associated Students Sustainability all regularly report data on the weights of materials they collect and divert.


Our 10 Focus Areas

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