CSU Commitment to Sustainability

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CSU Leader: Greening California
April 15th, 2011

CSU Demonstrates Its Commitment to Sustainability
April 15th, 2011

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The CSU Committment to Sustainability 2011 report cover

Solar power capacity at the CSU has more than doubled in the past five years, and is proposed to double again by the end of 2012.  That information is part of a report released today, titled “The CSU Commitment to Sustainability.”  The report coincides with a month-long CSU focus on sustainability issues.

“Universities are the training ground for a better, greener future,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.  “We teach our students to deal with tomorrow’s problems and our campuses are living laboratories of sustainable practices.”

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CSU Solar Power Update
September 8th, 2010

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

In light of the CSU announcement of an agreement to bring more than 13 megawatts of new solar power capacity, the following update features the numerous projects that already exist at the California State University.

In total, 12 megawatts of solar power are either currently in place or will be completed by 2011. Those projects are located on 18 campuses: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos and Sonoma.

The campuses featured below have an existing generation capacity of one megawatt or greater.

Coming online this summer, the new installations at CSU Bakersfield are shown over the parking lot at dusk

Coming online this summer, the new installations at CSU Bakersfield are shown over the parking lot at dusk

CSU East Bay solar panels on the roofs of the campus Music Building, Gymnasium, Meiklejohn Hall, and the Arts and Education Building between 2003 and 2004

CSU East Bay solar panels on the roofs of the campus Music Building, Gymnasium, Meiklejohn Hall, and the Arts and Education Building

The solar panels covering a Fresno State parking lot are lit from below as the sun sets

The solar panels covering a Fresno State parking lot are lit from below as the sun sets

The solar panel array at CSU Monterey Bay consists of approximately 3,900 panels

The solar panel array at CSU Monterey Bay consists of approximately 3,900 panels

The iconic CLA building is shown in the background as the wiring is completed for the panels on the Kellogg Gym at Cal Poly Pomona

The iconic CLA building is shown in the background as the wiring is completed for the panels on the Kellogg Gym at Cal Poly Pomona

A newly constructed 3.5-acre solar farm sits in the foothills of the mountains behind CSU San Bernardino

A newly constructed 3.5-acre solar farm sits in the foothills of the mountains behind CSU San Bernardino



Why stop at solar?

Solar power is just one of many options being explored by CSU campuses. CSU San Bernardino, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and other campuses in the system are also exploring options to bring wind power. CSU Northridge took another approach, exploring fuel cell technology. While the fuel cell uses natural gas as a fuel, it produces electricity and cogenerated heat with high efficiency – capturing and channeling the water and carbon dioxide exhaust to support an on-campus rainforest. Other campuses in the CSU system are also exploring the use of fuel cells.

CSU Northridge’s on-campus rainforest fed by a highly efficient natural gas fuel cell

CSU Northridge’s on-campus rainforest fed by a highly efficient natural gas fuel cell



Best Plan: Use Less Energy

The biggest gain in reducing the CSU carbon footprint is found in the form of energy efficiency. In fact, the CSU uses less than half the energy per square foot of building than it did in the early 1970s. This is even with the increased energy demand for computers and other electronics.

Campuses continue to explore ways to make buildings more efficient. For example, Sacramento State’s American River Courtyard residence hall exceeds the state’s energy efficiency standards by 34.8 percent. The Environmental Technology Center (ETC) at Sonoma State University incorporates a wide range of sustainable building techniques and design features that minimize energy use, consuming less than half of the energy allowed by state code for similar buildings.

The ETC Center at Sonoma State sets an example of sustainable design practices and features

The ETC Center at Sonoma State sets an example of sustainable design practices and features


California State University Earns Sustainability Awards
August 8th, 2008

Eight California State University campuses received recognition for their sustainability efforts in areas such as building retrofits and operations, green buildings, sustainable transportation and student sustainability programs at the Seventh Annual CSU/UC/Community College Sustainability Conference held July 31-August 3 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. More »

Dining Service projects go green at Fresno State
May 2nd, 2008

Fresno Dining

Fresno State is taking another green step forward by serving food on campus using hot beverage cups and lids, napkins, small plates and beverage sleeves that will be composted by the University Agricultural Laboratory.

California State University, Fresno’s University Dining Services begins on May 2 to phase in environmentally friendly materials produced by EcoProducts, a Boulder, Colo., manufacturer of products made of recyclable paper and corn-based plastics.

The products will be used at all events catered by University Dining Services and in the Bucket Grill and Pub, which it operates on campus.

Full Story: Dining Service projects go green at Fresno State

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