Sustainability Day 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:15pm

USU, Northridge Center

Join us for our Annual Sustainability Day event, in partnernship with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) to learn more about energy and transportation at CSUN and in our community

Sustainability Day 2018

This day marks the annual celebration of sustainability in higher education. Every October, colleges and universities create events to recognize the achievements of, and challenges for, the tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff working to instill sustainability principles in higher education institutions and their surrounding communities. This Event will host Guest Speakers and CSUN Sustainability Leaders who will present and discuss important issues surrounding sustainable transportation. This event will be addressing Successful Strategies for Addressing Energy and Transportation Issues in Disadvantaged Communities.

Attendees can choose to attend single sessions, which will be scheduled to align with class periods, in the University Student Union Northridge Center. We encourage faculty members to bring their classes, offer students extra credit for attending sessions, and inform students know about this event. This event is FREE to all students, so make sure to spread the word and bring along your classmates and friends!

Conference Schedule

9:30-10:45am - Electrifying our Transportation Sector and Bringing Renewables into Disadvantaged Communities


Aura Vasquez, Commissioner, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Stephanie Wiggins, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, LA Metro

11am-12:15pm - Energize California - Challenges, Goals and Opportunities in Disadvantaged Communities


Boykin Witherspoon, Executive Director, CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiatives

Kelly Schmandt Ferguson, Director of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

Natalie Mason-Kinsey, Chief Diversity Officer, CSUN

12:15-12:30pm - Sustainability Center Tour

Meet in the lobby of the Sustainability Center

12:30-1:45pm - Documentary Screening: PUMP

The story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.

2:00-3:15pm - Advancements and Challenges in Transportation and Energy at CSUN


Veronica Padilla, Executive Director at Pacoima Beautiful

Austin Eriksson, Director of Energy & Sustainability, CSUN Facilities Planning, Design and Construction

Nikhil Schneider, Energy and Sustainability Coordinator, CSUN Facilities Planning, Design and Construction