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Student Power (Save)

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

Student power is leading the way on saving power on California State University campuses. CSU Chico, CSU Fullerton, Humboldt State, CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU San Bernardino, San Diego State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo each host PowerSave Green Campus Programs dedicated to student-driven energy efficiency education. The programs are supported by the Alliance to Save Energy – a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy. Currently, PowerSave Green Campus Programs employ more than 100 interns each year.

Joining the League

A little friendly competition goes a long way. Two CSU Chico residence halls (Shasta and Lassen) competed against each other in Wildcat Sustainability Showdown – an effort to reduce energy use. Simultaneously, the halls advanced their campus bid in a competition against ten other campuses as a league in the Campus Conservation Nationals. PowerSave Green Campus interns and their network of volunteers informed and encouraged their peers throughout the competition. CSU Chico residence halls cut energy consumption by nearly 13 percent and walked away as league champions.

“Competing in Campus Conservation Nationals was a great learning experience. We feel very lucky to have been able to compete in such an amazing project,” said PowerSave Green Campus team manager Kayla Mahoney. “Our team learned valuable lessons regarding student behavior, outreach tools, and incentives. We built a foundation for the future competitions on our campus and we hope to win again next year.”

Shasta Hall residents celebrate their win in the Wildcat Sustainability Showdown. Students gather in the sustainability photo booth to take photos with the green competition trophy and reaffirm their sustainability commitments. More …

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This Way for a Healthier Planet

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

Chico State students are thinking through the consequences of collective human actions. Much of the evidence is that our species is making poor decisions, utilizing record levels of the earth’s productive capacity while choking that productive pipeline for future generations.

A coalition of students, faculty, staff, entrepreneurs and activists are striving for a better path, a healthier path. This Way to Sustainability is an enormous undertaking – a student-run conference that hosts more than 100 speakers and 1,400 participants. This conference brings together those who dare to question the decisions we make today. In so doing, they find many answers about how we might move toward a sustainable future.

Decked out in an elaborate dress of plastic bags, Health Education major Alexandria Gipson (center) quizzes and informs students with trivia about the impact of plastics in the environment. More …

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The Point Sur Arrives

Congratulations to the crew of the R/V Point Sur for their Jan. 26 arrival at Palmer Station on Anvers Island, Antarctica.  Their journey has already spanned nearly two months since departing from home – Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in the Monterey Bay area. More …

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The Point Sur

The Point Sur photographed from the coast as it departs for Antartica under cloud cover

On November 29, the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ (MLML) Research Vessel Point Sur and its crew departed for Antarctica to provide sea-going support to a number of National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research teams from around the country.

Below is the first blog entry from the Point Sur’s voyage:

The Point Sur’s home is Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in the Monterey Bay area, but she will be steaming to new foreign ports and traveling over 8,000 miles before reaching the final destination of Palmer Station in Antarctica. This is a very exciting time for the crew in Marine Operations and the entire MLML community!

In Antarctica, we will be supporting various scientific research groups for two months. We will be there in the “summer” as it is the only time of the year a vessel of like ours can navigate around the Palmer peninsula. This is a historic voyage for the Sur and we are proud to be part of supporting science in one of the most remote and dynamic places in the world.

Throughout this journey we will be reporting on the adventure. Look for future posts to learn about the current transit, how we prepared for the trip, what science is happening in the Antarctic region, our cast of characters and, of course, lots of spectacular photos!

Last week, the day the Point Sur departed, one of our local news channels, KION, aired an in-depth report which was an exciting way to profile the beginning of our epic journey.

We will be back with more updates soon, in the meantime, take part in following the Point Sur’s progress underway with the vessel tracker on our website.

CSU Voices and View will also follow the Point Sur – posting images and captions of the ship and crew’s journey.  Below is the first of those images.

The Point Sur, cruising along the coast of Mexico and getting ready to pass Acapulco, is treated to a gorgeous sunset as it sails South.

This photo was taken by India Grammatica who is the relief cook handling the transit South.

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Weaving Sustainability into the Fabric of Campus

By Stephanie Thara
CSU Public Affairs

After quickly lacing up my sneakers, splashing my face with water from one of UC Davis’ flow-restrictor sinks and filling up my water bottle at the “hydration station” in the dorms, I sprinted to the designated meeting spot where I met up with fellow CSU, CCC and UC colleagues for a 6 a.m. run, which kick started our days of learning about sustainable practices.

During the 2012 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), students, faculty and staff from the 23 California State Universities, 112 California Community Colleges and 10 Universities of California gathered together to discuss green best practices and how to efficiently weave sustainability into the campus and community.
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A Passion for Composting

By Kaitlin Zitelli
Communications Major
Sonoma State University

Zitelli works as a student assistant in the SSU University Affairs office.  Below is her profile of a peer – originally posted on Sonoma State’s News Center.

Tubb advises other students on composting

Tubb advises other students on composting

Less than five minutes into talking about compostable eating utensils with Diedre Tubb, the SSU senior jumps up and walks purposefully toward the dining hall.  It is closed for business, but that doesn’t stop her.

Diedre continues talking about the new composting program she has helped launch on campus as she walks around the Zinfandel cafeteria. To fully explain just what she means, she incorporates a lot of visuals, whether they be picking up the actual compostable utensils she is talking about or using her hands and facial expressions.

This is largely due to the fact that Diedre is deaf, with almost no hearing ability. But that hasn’t stopped the Environmental Studies and Planning student from accomplishing more on campus during her last semester than most students do in four years.

Signing the names of certain items as she speaks, she seamlessly informs while at the same time asking very pertinent questions. It’s as if her brain is ten steps ahead of the average person’s. More …

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Student Leadership During Challenging Times

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

Members of the CSSA Board of Directors discuss system and statewide issues during the July 2011 transition meeting

Members of the CSSA Board of Directors discuss system and statewide issues during the July 2011 transition meeting

Being a student leader has its challenges in the best of times. Given the widespread ramifications of a $650 million reduction in state funding for the CSU, these are not the best of times. Fully aware of the struggles ahead, the California State Student Association Board of Directors has stepped up as the voice for all 412,000 CSU students.

CSSA is made up of representatives from the Associated Students on all 23 CSU campuses. CSSA speaks for CSU students in both the Capitol and the Chancellor’s Office, sharing in the development of laws, policies and practices. The board also elects its own leadership, choosing to trust five of their own to set the agenda for the entire year.

As veterans in student advocacy, the officers share a strong vision reinforced through diverse experiences. More …

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Green Eggs and Ham

By Lisa McPheron
Director of Communications
The Collins College of Hospitality Management
Cal Poly Pomona

The Collins College’s Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch has a lovely location on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.  Just uphill from grazing land for cattle and the swine unit, it is not difficult for Collins College students to understand where food comes from and grasp food-sourcing concepts.

The Collins College’s Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch has a lovely location on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Just uphill from grazing land for cattle and the swine unit, it is not difficult for Collins College students to understand where food comes from and grasp food-sourcing concepts.

Green eggs and ham don’t quite mean what they used to.  These days if a restaurant can show its customers that it practices sustainability – it has a leg up on the competition. “Green” eggs, at least figuratively speaking, are actually a hot sell.

The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch (RKR) at Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management embraces sustainable practices and is eager to adopt new methods to reduce its impact on the environment.  The RKR is a classroom where undergraduates learn all aspects of a hospitality business.  Each quarter, a lunch class and a dinner class operate the restaurant, which is open to the public. In each class, 30 students rotate weekly through all the positions, under the direction of faculty.  Every student has an opportunity to fill a management role, gaining hands-on leadership experience. 

A culinary garden, energy and water efficient equipment and some locally sourced food are a few ways the restaurant embraces green standards of operation.  Additionally, an environmental audit is being conducted this summer by faculty and students at Cal Poly Pomona’s John T. Lyle Center of Regenerative Studies to identify where improvements can be made.  Food sourcing, food waste and energy and water consumption will be studied closely.

Below are a few images of the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. More …

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Green is a Way of Life

Video Narrated by Meaghan Smith
Manager of Sustainability at Cal Poly Pomona

MediaVision developed the video with some assistance from Cal Poly Pomona Public Affairs and CSU Public Affairs.

The success of the green movement depends on individuals’ personal choices.  Share what’s going on at your campus or in your community by creating a video response and linking to either the Cal Poly Pomona or CSU Chancellor’s Office YouTube channels.  Or you can share a comment on your sustainability efforts via Twitter or Facebook.

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CSU’s Green Alumni

Just to clarify, this blog entry is not about the Martian invasion of California’s university campuses.  That attack is actually scheduled for next year.

CSU’s Green Alumni are a prominent group of leaders that have pushed their industries in new directions and dedicated their lives to sustainable practices.  All of these individuals are featured in “Working for California,” a project that demonstrates the profound impact that CSU graduates have on the state’s economy, society and environment.

Compelling Positive Change

James Berk graduated from CSU Northridge in 1981.  He is the CEO of Participant Media, the group known for films such as ''An Inconvenient Truth.''  Under Berk's leadership, Participant Media continues to generate film and television documentaries that highlight environmental and social concerns.

James Berk graduated from CSU Northridge in 1981. He is the CEO of Participant Media, the group known for films such as ''An Inconvenient Truth.'' Under Berk's leadership, Participant Media continues to generate film and television documentaries that highlight environmental and social concerns.

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