Public Affairs, The California State University

Chancellor’s Office Hosts National Plug In Day

by Elizabeth Chapin

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White speaks to visitors gathered at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach for National Plug In Day.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White officially unveiled three electric car chargers recently installed at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach September 28 as part of National Plug In Day, a nationwide event to highlight the benefits of electric vehicles.

With nearly 100 similar events staged coast-to-coast, the Chancellor’s Office drew visitors and dignitaries from throughout the Los Angeles area. The event provided an opportunity to showcase the three 240-volt EV charging stations, which were donated by Google with installation and electricity sponsored by smart USA. The chargers are available for public use at no energy cost for at least three years.

Before he joined city leaders in a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony, Chancellor White spoke about the CSU’s commitment to sustainability.

“As a university we aim to stay on the cutting edge of research and development, know the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, and are always looking for ways to make the most of our investments,” White said. “That’s why it’s such an honor to host this event and have these new chargers right here in our parking lot.”

With the new additions, the Chancellor’s Office joins 17 CSU campuses with electric charging stations.

The CSU’s sustainable approach to energy generation and utilization is directly aligned with Governor Brown’s and California’s commitment to electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them.

“I am proud and excited for this new chapter in our environmental commitment,” White said. “The opportunity for the Chancellor’s Office to ‘plug in’ to sustainable energy.”