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Principles of Sustainability, General Education Path

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The goal of this path is to broadly educate students about the fundamental concepts of sustainability including economic, environmental, and social aspects. It is designed to supplement education in other ...

  • Posted Aug. 2, 2019
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Sustainability Specialization, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The Interdisciplinary Studies Option is designed for students interested in a broad liberal arts education. Students take courses in the language arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. As part ...

  • Posted Aug. 2, 2019
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Sustainability Minor

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The Sustainability Minor is available for students interested in learning current and best practices for planetary sustainability on an individual, institutional, regional and global level. This minor offers a broad ...

  • Posted Aug. 2, 2019
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LEED Platinum Sustainability Center at CSUN

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

LEED Platinum Sustainability Center - The new LEED Platinum Sustainability Center at California State University, Northridge is the first Sustainability Center in the California State University system, serving as an educational ...


Green Events Guide

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

What does it mean to put on a “Green Event”? What does it mean to be sustainable? Greening your event means to incorporate a wide spectrum of environmental, social, and ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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CSUN Celebrates Earth Month!

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

To celebrate Earth Day, many campus departments partnered to provide hands-on and immersive events and workshops to students, creating long-lasting impressions about the effects of climate change. Campus-wide initiatives to ...


Sustainability Knowledge Assessment at a Large, Regional, Minority-Serving Institution

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • City of Thousand Oaks (CA)

To assess the sustainability literacy of students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), we administered a modified version of the Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) to 2,993 students in ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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From Root to STEM: Growing Water Use Awareness Through Visualization

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The STEM N' Sustainability program offered by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is designed to give women knowledge, resources and opportunities to pursue STEM-related careers in fields ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Bin There, Done That: Mapping CSUN's Outdoor Waste Infrastructure

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

To prepare for the implementation of CSUN's Zero Waste Plan, and to comply with new stormwater pollution mandates, the Facilities Planning department at CSU Northridge created an internship for ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Dockless Bikeshare Successes: Minimizing Risks Through Proactive Planning and Communication

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Whether to reduce their carbon footprint, alleviate parking pains or address the first/last mile challenge for alternative commuters, institutions are increasingly looking to shared dockless mobility devices such as ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Grounds for Change: Electrifying CSUN's Landscaping Equipment

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Driven by CSUN's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, Facilities Planning staff worked with The University's Grounds Shop to test and purchase electric string trimmers, leaf blowers and a ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Closing the Loop: Building a Healthy and Sustainable Campus Food System

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has made remarkable changes to its food landscape in the past few years. Our campus supports and hosts multiple organic food learning gardens as well ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Making Positive Impacts With Zero Energy Buildings

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • Millersville University (PA)
  • Spillman Farmer Architects (PA)

Zero Energy buildings generate all the energy that they need onsite from renewable sources. Getting there requires significant energy efficiency, onsite renewable energy generation, ongoing occupant engagement, and performance-based energy ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Campus & Community Resilience: Experiences from Community College & University Partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Campuses in Portland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix were involved in the Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) project to support the implementation of resilience-related elements of the colleges and ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Creating a Healthy, Environmentally Responsible and Socially Just Campus Food System

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Description In 2016, a year-long study release by the California State University (CSU) found that 24 percent of our system's 460,000 students were food insecure. To address this ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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Connecting Cities and Campuses through Climate Leadership Initiatives

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Climate change presents one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity. Opportunities for inter-sectoral collaboration to drive climate solutions are beginning to emerge and mature with the higher education sector ...


The Power of One: How a Physics Professor Saved Italy from Big Oil Through Education, Activism and Community Outreach

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Trained as a physicist, Dr. Maria D'Orsogna is a hands-on activist fighting to protect the Italian countryside and seas from Big Oil. Maria first learned of proposed oil activities ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Overcoming Silos: The Role of an Interdisciplinary Course in Shaping a Sustainability Network

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In fall 2009, seven faculty members from different disciplines partnered to develop and teach a 15-week undergraduate course on sustainability. These disciplines are family and consumer sciences, geography, management, political ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2017
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Sustainability Showcase at Family Earth Day Celebration

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The CSUN Institute for Sustainability hosted a "sustainability fair" as part of a grant we receive from LADWP. The event was designed to honor students who participated in a program ...


Beyond the Campus: Community Engagement in Sustainability and Resilience

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In this session we will show how we engaged community partners in climate change resilience efforts and promoted energy and water conservation in the community. In 2015-16 the Institute for ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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CSUN's Saves 55 Million Gallons per Year Through Various Water Conservation Efforts

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In an effort to meet the State of California's mandated water conservation targets, California State University, Northridge has made significant strides in reducing water use through irrigation improvements and ...


Community engagement and education on energy and water conservation

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Our capstone Sustainability class students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) performed over twenty energy and water audits on local businesses in 2016. Each student was required to write up ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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The Sustainable Office Program - SOP

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The Sustainable Office Program (SOP) is designed to assess department offices all over campus and categorize each office into four levels of sustainability. The four levels are Bronze, Silver, Gold ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Integrated educational food garden and composting

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Striving towards zero waste and with a close-the-loop philosophy, CSUN students are diverting over 35,000 pounds of pre-consumer waste/year and turning it back into food via an on ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Commuting Behavior and Transportation Preferences of the CSUN Community

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In 2010 California State University, Northridge (CSUN) conducted its first complete survey of the commuting habits of its staff, faculty and students. Here we report on the results of our ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Assessing Student Sustainability Knowledge

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

To improve sustainability knowledge of undergraduates, CSUN has added course offerings in sustainability in recent years. In order to assess the baseline knowledge of the general student population and the ...


CSUN's Approach to Water Conservation Through an Irrigation System Upgrade

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge is located in Southern California, an arid region that has been in a drought for several years. With the drought conditions continuing all Californians have been ...


A Model for Creating a Campus Sustainability Plan

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

There are ample excellent reasons why all workplaces should create a sustainability plan, including most importantly the health of the planet. Climate change threatens the biosphere, ocean, atmosphere, our water ...


Weaving Sustainability into Curriculum at California State University, Northridge

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Colleges and universities across the globe are increasingly focusing their efforts on campus sustainability and related curricula. California State University, Northridge has made steps in recent years to improve the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Knowledge Assessment at California State University, Northridge

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Colleges and universities across the globe are increasingly focusing their efforts on campus sustainability and related educational curricula. In conjunction with the Institute for Sustainability and the university sustainability curriculum ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Development of a Campus Sustainability Plan

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In 2008, initiated by a faculty-driven effort, the Provost and the deans of the colleges formed a new university-wide Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) whose mission ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Development of a GIS to Manage Campus Resources Efficiently

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge enrolls 30,000 students each year. Efficient scheduling and use of resources is paramount to successful operations. To help facilitate this, a web application, "CSUN Facilities ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Not Just a Bike Path: Assessment of Bike Culture at California State University, Northridge

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge has been active in improving the bicycling conditions on campus for the past few years. Based on research, some of which was conducted by students through ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Moving Forward: Better Bike Accommodations for a More Sustainable Campus

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Under the umbrella of Institute for Sustainability at California State University Northridge (CSUN), a campus commuting survey of 2,264 randomly selected faculty, staff, and students in 2010 showed that ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Extending our Reach: Taking Sustainability into the Community

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The sustainability charge at this state university is led by the Institute for Sustainability whose mission is to promote, facilitate, and develop educational, research, and University and community programs related ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Learning from the Students: Aligning Sustainable Campus Design and Curriculum Development

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

As a broad concern, sustainable campus design refers to universities' (1) curriculum and research programs tailored to address sustainability; (2) sensitive use of energy and water, innovative waste management, efficiency ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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467 kW Parking Canopy Arrays: Southwest and North

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The more than 2,800 165-watt solar panels built on the southwest side of the campus, combined with more than 3000 75-watt panels on CSUN's north side, are expected ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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225 kW Parking Canopy Arrays

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The 225-kilowatt array is hoisted on canopies over parking lots. Completed in 2005, the total project cost was $1.9 million before being offset by $1.2 million in incentives ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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