Sustainability

  • Student Opportunities

    Student Opportunities

  • Waste and Materials management

    Water Conservation Through Irrigation Efficiency

  • Recycling

    Recycling

  • Energy

    Energy

CSUN Sustainability Plan

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.

CSUN Sustainability Annual Plan Update 2016-17

CSUN Sustainability Annual Plan Update 2015-16

CSUN Sustainability Annual Plan Update 2014-15

CSUN Sustainability Annual Plan Update 2013-14

CSUN Sustainability Plan 2013-2023


CSUN's Climate Commitment

Soon after her arrival at CSUN, President Harrison, an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in her tenure at CSUMB, established sustainability as a priority for CSUN. On March 11, 2013, she signed the ACUPCC on behalf of CSUN, asserting that the university will exercise leadership by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions and by educating graduates with knowledge that will help to achieve climate neutrality.

The text of the ACUPCC commitment can be found here: Second Nature Commitment (formerly ACUPCC)


CSUN Climate Action Plan

California State University, Northridge’s Climate Action Plan will achieve 1990 greenhouse gas levels by 2020 and net zero emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2040. This significantly exceeds the target set by the CSU Chancellor’s Office to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions to 80% of their 1990 value by 2040. This document defines a path to achieving these goals and describes the strategies which will be employed.

In meeting the goal to become carbon neutral by 2040, the following intermediate milestones have been established.

  • Reduce commuting carbon footprint to below 1990 levels by 2020
  • Reduce total GHG emissions to below 1990 levels by 2020
  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emission levels to 50% below 1990 levels by 2030
  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emission levels to 80% below 1990 levels by 2035
  • Reduce Scope 3 GHG emission levels to 50% below 1990 levels by 2035

The CSUN Climate Action Plan can be accessed here.

The updated Greenhouse Gas Emission Report can be found here.


Group Meeting Schedules

Administration

Working Group Members:

Ryan Conlogue

David Crandall

Austin Eriksson

Deborah Flugum

Sarah Johnson

Jorge Martin

Tony Pepe

Jean Porter

Nikhil Schneider

Frank Stranzl

Deborah Wallace

Erica Wohldmann

Megan Zullo

Dining Services

Working Group Members:

Annette Besnilian

Marilyn Magaram Center

Betsy Corrigan

Frida Endinjok

Austin Eriksson

Karmen Ovsepyan

Jose Paez

Associated Students President

Nikhil Schneider

Karina Ward

Erica Wohldmann

Education

Working Group Members:

Mechelle Best

Hedy Carpenter

David Crandall

Austin Eriksson

Mario Giraldo

Sarah Johnson

Christina Mayberry

Kristy Michaud

Chelsea Schafer

Nikhil Schneider

Cyndi Signett

Jacqueline Spitzack

Erica Wohldmann

Energy and Buildings

Working Group Members:

Robert Bonfiglio

Austin Eriksson

Tim Killops

John McGuire

Vinny Mele

Nikhil Schneider

Scott Schorn

Jacqueline Spitzack

Bill Sullivan

Rolando Valiente

Erica Wohldmann

 

Environmental Quality

Working Group Members:

Austin Eriksson

Jim Logsdon

Ruben Lopez

Tony Pepe

Nikhil Schneider

Travis Thomas

Erica Wohldmann

Organics

Working Group Members:

Betsy Corrigan

Frida Endinjok

Austin Eriksson

Mario Giraldo

Jim Logsdon

Ruben Lopez

Ada Parsi

Nikhil Schneider

Jacqueline Spitzack

Karina Ward

Erica Wohldmann

Purchasing and Consumption

Working Group Members:

Austin Eriksson

Deborah Flugum

Mary Hanson

Sarah Johnson

Yvette Marquez-Smith

Nikhil Schneider

Cyndi Signett

Travis Thomas

Deborah Wallace

Karina Ward

Erica Wohldmann

Transportation

Working Group Members:

Glenn Bailey

Rafael De La Rosa

Austin Eriksson

Steve Fukushima

John Kaiser

Astrid Logan

Ken Premo

Nikhil Schneider

Francessca Vega

Erica Wohldmann

Mintesnot Woldeamanuel

Mike Yu

Waste and Materials Management

Working Group Members:

Austin Eriksson

Tim Killops

Jim Logsdon

Loraine Lundquist

John McGuire

Tony Pepe

Dave Ross

Nikhil Schneider

Scott Schorn

Cyndi Signett

Jacqueline Spitzack

Travis Thomas

Roland Valiente

Karina Ward

Erica Wohldmann

Water

Working Group Members:

Mechelle Best

Robert Bonfiglio

David Crandall

Austin Eriksson

Tim Killops

Jim Logsdon

Ruben Lopez

John McGuire

Vinny Mele

Nikhil Schneider

Jacqueline Spitzack

Bill Sullivan

Erica Wohldmann