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. Explore the links below to learn more about CSUN's commitment to sustainability.
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.
As a part of CSUN's Climate Commitment the University developed a Climate Action Plan to 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 next step in CSUN's path towards climate neutrality involves a resilience assessment, which will identify the major climate-related hazards that could threaten the campus and community in coming years. The assessment process will engage both campus and community stakeholders to design strategies that will mitigate these hazards, making the region more resistant to the social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change.
Below is a list of items related to our Climate Commitment:
- CSUN Climate Action Plan
- Second Nature Commitment (formerly ACUPCC)
- CSUN Climate Neutrality Targets and Progress
- Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses+Communities
- Campus Strategic Energy Management Plan
CSUN Sustainability Plan and Updates:
- CSUN Sustainability Plan Update 2018-19
- CSUN Sustainability Plan Update 2017-18
- CSUN Sustainability Plan Update 2016-17
- CSUN Sustainability Plan Update 2015-16
- CSUN Sustainability Plan Update 2014-15
- CSUN Sustainability Plan Update 2013-14
- CSUN Sustainability Plan 2013-2023
Zero Waste Plan
CSUN's goal is to eliminate 95% of the campus' waste outputs to landfills or waste-to-energy facilities. The campus' zero waste plan outlines an aggressive path to reducing single-use items and packaging, diverting compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill and creating a waste-smart campus community. Read CSUN's Zero Waste Plan here, and take the Zero Waste Challenge at https://www.csun.edu/zero-waste.