• Native Plants

    Did you know that Native California plants restore our soil and ecosystems?


    Did you know that CSUN's historic orchard provides tons of oranges to our food insecure community?

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    Did you know that the botanical garden is a living lab with hundreds of unique plant species?


    Did you know that CSUN's sustainability efforts includes all of the solar power you see on campus?


    Have you explored CSUN's Tree Atlas and our campus urban forests?


    Have you seen our new zero waste compost and recycling bins?

  • Sustainability Minor

    Have you thought about minoring in Sustainability?


    Have you thought about volunteering in our sustainable food garden?

  • Associated Students Sustainability

    Are you interested in our Associated Students Sustainability Programs?

  • Bicycle Collective

    CSUN earns Certification as a Bicycle-Friendly University

Institute for Sustainability


Dear garden volunteers,  

The Institute for Sustainability is carefully following the news and official CSUN announcements regarding the spread of COVID-19. As you may already know, CSUN will transition to virtual and alternate modalities of learning following spring break, beginning on Monday, March 23 and continuing through April 19. Out of an abundance of caution, the Institute of Sustainability has decided to cancel the garden volunteer hours until further notice. If you have signed up to volunteer during the time period between March 16 through April 19th, you will receive a notice of cancellation. Any additional changes to campus operations will be updated on CSUN’s COVID-19 website.


Founded in 2008, the Institute for Sustainability works with stakeholders across campus to integrate sustainability into all aspects of the university from operations and infrastructure to outreach, education, and research.  The Institute serves all the colleges of the university, working to increase interdisciplinary and cross-functional communication, education and research on sustainability.


Head up the development of sustainability curriculum collaboration with faculty. Assist with the coordination of SUST classes, the minor, and other formal Sustainability curricula.



Conduct outreach and events including the Footprint and social media; coordinate campus Sustainability Day and Water Day; participate in and support America Recycles Day and Earth Day; and conduct student and staff education through orientations, workshops, and tours. 


Provide opportunities for students to participate in sustainability-related activities in the community through our partners. Conduct outreach and education about energy and water conservation and solar energy in the community.


Solicit external funds to expand education and outreach efforts and support interdisciplinary sustainability research. Encourage and support innovation and research in climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. 


Provide leadership on campus, regionally and nationally in sustainability. Lead climate action and resilience planning and assist in implementation. Actively participate in AASHE, Second Nature and USU sustainability and resilience networks.