Sustainability at Cal State LA
Committed to both our local and global communities, Cal State LA is taking the necessary steps to meet our students' needs without compromising future generations' ability to meet their own needs. Cal State LA is pushing boundaries to create a more just, sustainable and resilient world with the following initatives and accomplishments.
Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC)
Cal State LA's Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) was created in 2016 in order to promote collaboration among faculty, students, and staff in the adoption of best practices, policies, projects and technologies to improve the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the campus community. The CSC serves in an advisory capacity to the President, and is charged with 1) educating and engaging campus stakeholders and external partners on sustainability issues, 2) integrating sustainability into campus policies and procedures, and 3) facilitating communication of initiatives, strategic plans, assessments, and updates on campus sustainability efforts, both internally and externally. To learn more about Cal State LA's Campus Sustainability Committee, see Administrative Procedure 428.
CSU Sustainability Policy
The California State University system has been a long-time proponent of energy conservation and other sustainability initiatives. In 2014, the CSU Sustainability Policy was approved and incorporates nine goals to track the system’s progress in achieving greater energy efficiency and sustainability. The CSU Sustainability Policy aims not only to reduce the university’s impact on the environment and educate our students, faculty and staff on sustainable practices, but also to incorporate sustainability principles and climate science in the university's educational offerings. To learn more about the CSU Sustainability Policy and current efforts throughout the CSU system, visit CSU's Commitment to Sustainability website.
Green Revolving Fund (GRF)
Established in 2016, Cal State LA's Green Revolving Fund (GRF) is intended to empower all members of the Cal State LA community to help create a more sustainable world. The mission of Cal State LA's GRF is to financially support projects that promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, waste reduction and other sustainability initiatives with a demonstrated return on investment. The GRF looks to the university's students, faculty and staff to contribute ideas on the best ways to invest in energy and sustainability projects that reduce utilities consumption and generate cost savings. To learn more about the program, see the Cal State LA Green Revolving Fund Charter. If you have an idea you'd like to submit for consideration, please use the GRF Application and Close-Out Form.
Second Nature Climate Commitment
In 2015, Second Nature rebranded the American College & University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as the Carbon Commitment, and a new Resilience Commitment was introduced, as well as a holistic Climate Commitment that integrates the goals of carbon neutrality with climate resilience. On April 4, 2016, Cal State LA became a signatory member of Second Nature’s Climate Commitment. The Climate Commitment includes: 1) the publication of annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventories, 2) a campus-community resilience assessment, 3) active support of a joint campus-community task force, 4) development of a comprehensive Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, and 5) the annual evaluation of progress toward carbon neutrality with climate resilience goals. To learn more about the university's climate commitment, visit Cal State LA's Second Nature Reporting Platform.
Cal State LA reports its sustainability efforts with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with their Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Performance indicators and credit criteria is organized into four categories that span the breadth of higher education sustainability: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. On June 6, 2016, Cal State LA received a STARS Silver rating and the university's Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility was highlighted in AASHE’s 2016 Sustainable Campus Index. To learn more about the university's sustainability achievements, see Cal State LA's STARS Report.
Cal State LA is committed to achieving the zero waste goals of the California State University Sustainability Policy, which are 1) to reduce solid waste disposal by 50% by 2016, 2) reduce solid waste disposal by 80% by 2020, and 3) move to zero waste. In 2016, Cal State LA surpassed the first goal with a 63% diversion rate and created the Cal State LA Zero Waste Plan to achieve the following two zero waste goals: 90% waste diversion by 2026 and move towards zero waste by 2036. California State University defines zero waste as managing products, services, and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Zero waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption, and ensures that products are made to be reused or recycled back into nature or the marketplace. To learn more about the university's zero waste program, visit the Zero Waste website.
- July 2017: Installs 8 Bigbelly Duo Stations near the Gym, Golden Eagle and Student Union buildings
- June 2017: Hosts the Southern California Higher Education Sustainability Officers Meeting
- May 2017: Housing plants 16 shade trees donated through the City Plants free tree program
- April 2017: ECST Senior Design Team creates an affordable solar charging station with 110 VAC outlets, USB ports and battery backup
- March 2017: Hosts Soles for Souls Shoe Drive to collect over 5,000 pairs of shoes for those in need
- March 2017: Sustainability achievements highlighted in the 2nd Annual Report of the Sustainable City pLAn
- January 2017: University Procurement Office hosts the Green Business Council of Southern California
- January 2017: Launches Ride Amigos! Ridesharing Platform
- November 2016: Four EV charging stations are added to campus, creating a total of 19 ChargePoint stations
- November 2016: Metro U-Pass program offers discounted Metro rates for qualifying students
- November 2016: Joins the LA Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC)
- October 2016: Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility is highlighted in AASHE’s 2016 Sustainable Campus Index
- October 2016: Participates in LADWP’s Demand Response Program and exceeds goal by 224%
- October 2016: Cal State LA's Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) holds its first bi-annual meeting
- June 2016: Receives a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) Silver rating
- June 2016: Becomes a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
- June 2016:UAS begins using ozone treatment to disinfect stored foods and significantly reduce hot water consumption
- May 2016: Awarded a 2015-2016 Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) grant
- April 2016: The Pat Brown Institute hosts “California Shows the Way: Leadership in the Face of Climate Change"
- April 2016: Becomes a signatory member of Second Nature’s Climate Commitment
- April 2016: Two Zipcars become available to the campus community
- February 2016: Exceeds Executive Order B-29-15's goal with a 31% reduction in campus water use
- January 2016: Facilities Services participates in the SCAQMD Lawn Mower Exchange Program
- December 2015: Stops watering over 20,000 square feet of grass turf to be replaced with climate appropriate plants
- November 2015: Participates in LADWP’s Pilot Demand Response Program and exceeds goal by 890%
- November 2015: Joins the White House American Campuses Act on Climate (ACAC) Pledge
- September 2015: Replaces 250 toilets and 50 urinals campus-wide to save over 10 million gallons of water per year
- August 2015: USAgain helps collect 3,077 pounds of surplus clothing and shoes with Green Your Move Out program
- July 2015: H2 Station awarded CHESC Best Practice Award in Sustainable Transportation
- April 2015: Hires Energy and Sustainability Manager for Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
- April 2015: Awarded a 2014-2015 Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) grant
- March 2015: Receives $1 million Sikand Foundation gift to support faculty research in urban sustainability
Questions? Please contact Brad Haydel, Energy & Sustainability Manager