July 18th, 2011
By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs
Cal State Long Beach hosted this year’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, which is celebrating a decade as one of the most attended gatherings of its kind and the only sustainability conference in California that brings together all three public higher education segments—the California State University, the University of California and the California Community Colleges. The conference lauded campuses for their sustainable practices, but also focused on how California’s higher education institutions can go greener.
Themes from the conference touched on a wide range of issues. Student service and leadership was a prominent topic, often highlighted by the work of the Green Campus Student Internship Program and various student government organizations. Faculty, students and industry leaders delivered presentations on incorporating sustainability into curriculum and workforce training. Campus facility and energy managers addressed the specific needs of campus infrastructure improvements. Additionally, issues of transportation, food sources and food waste gained increased attention this year.