California State University, Fullerton, has been recognized for its ongoing and long-standing efforts in sustainability. As a regional leader in sustainability, our campus continues on its path toward a more sustainable tomorrow, demonstrated through projects and programs for its campus and community:
Green Buildings and Energy: Cal State Fullerton has more than seven of its buildings either LEED rated or equivalent, including the third phase of student housing, which was the first student housing complex in California to be awarded a Platinum LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. (http://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/2012sp/Platinum-LEED-Housing.asp ) The university operates a solar-energy network (http://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/2012sp/solar-power.asp ) that generates 1.16MW of power, as well as a trigeneration plant (http://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/inside/2010/green-power.html ) that provides energy through high-pressure natural gas will power a 4.6 mega-watt turbine to generate electricity; waste heat distributed to boilers to heat water and two 1,310-ton absorption chillers to generate cool water. The campus has installed automated systems that constantly monitor energy use, building temperature and air quality.
Waste: Sustainable Waste Management Services strives to reduce the amount of waste generated through source reduction, recycling, reuse, and composting. This method of waste diversion generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits, including conserving energy, reducing disposal costs, and reducing the amount of waste that enter landfills. Cal State Fullerton is committed to doing its part in support of the statewide target of diverting 75% of California’s waste from landfills by 2020.
Water: To help meet the needs of the state during the drought, the campus has saved more than 40 million gallons of water, installed automated systems to measure water usage and to alert facilities management if there is a leak, installed faucet aerators saving a gallon per minute during use, and is in the process of removing 11 acres of turf and replacing with drought-resistant plants and water-absorbing ground cover.
Outreach and Education: Campus members and visitors can learn more about CSUF’s sustainability efforts via an online map (http://www.fullerton.edu/virtualtour/sustainable-campus.html ) and take part by using water bottle refill stations, recycling bins and EV charging stations throughout the campus. Cal State Fullerton’s sustainability efforts don’t stop there. More than 175 classes (http://news.fullerton.edu/2015fa/Campus-as-Lab.aspx ) include lessons, training and research in areas of sustainability. The University offers three undergraduate concentrations, two graduate programs (http://hss.fullerton.edu/envstud/ ) and certificate programs that are sustainability-focused. Cal State Fullerton has a number of community partnerships, including the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience program (http://news.fullerton.edu/2015su/uacre-program.aspx ).
The Campus: For more detail on locations, please visit the CSU Fullerton campus map