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'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.