CSU Demonstrates Its Commitment to Sustainability

etc.jpegThe California State University released a report today, announcing that solar power capacity in the CSU has more than doubled in the past five years, and is proposed to double again by the end of 2012. The report, titled "The CSU Commitment to Sustainability," coincides with a month-long CSU focus on sustainability issues.

"Universities are the training ground for a better, greener future," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "We teach our students to deal with tomorrow's problems and our campuses are living laboratories of sustainable practices."


The wide-ranging report touches on almost every aspect of how the nation's largest public university system is incorporating sustainability into buildings, operations, energy, research, academics, student initiatives, community service and transportation.


Highlights from the report include:


* 50 megawatts in on-campus energy generation capacity (enough to power 50,000 homes) anticipated by the end of 2012 - nearly half of that from solar


* 36 LEED certified buildings, with another 10 on the way - including the Aztec Center Student Union, intended to be CSU's first LEED Platinum building


* 26 buildings using advanced "smart" systems to monitor and optimize energy use


* 19 of 23 campuses participating in programs to curtail campus energy use during times of peak demand - reducing the strain on California's power grid


* 150 academic programs and 30 research centers related to the environment, green engineering and sustainable practices


* 32 million hours dedicated to community service every year - with an increasing number of projects that promote sustainable practices


The report includes features of individual efforts taking place at all 23 CSU campuses, including Sonoma State University's Environmental Technology Center (ETC), a model for sustainable building techniques and technologies. The ETC features extensive sets of tools for energy management and control, and serves as a training facility for students, professionals, local government, businesses and the community.


The report also notes that SSU generates 0.2 megawatts of photovoltaic energy onsite, which is the equivalent of powering approximately two hundred homes.

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The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 412,000 students year round and 43,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually.


The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. A recent economic report found that the CSU supports more than 150,000 jobs statewide, annually. The engine driving job creation is more than $17 billion in economic activity that directly results from CSU-related spending that generates $5.43 for every dollar the state invests.


The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.

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This story was compiled by Erik Fallis, Media Relations Specialist for the California State University.

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