Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Northridge
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Austin Eriksson
Sustainability Program Manager
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians No
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

CSUN has a central sustainability website where we house all of the sustainability information at CSUN. We have our 10 working groups listed as well as the sustainability plan and progress, Climate Action Plan, reports, newsletters, social media links, etc.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Insitute for Sustainability releases a newsletter, The Footprint, on a monthly basis that covers the various sustainability efforts they are working on, any major campus projects, community or news items, as well as highlighting students involved with sustainability.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

CSUN utilizes Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for our social media outlets. This targets all campus and off campus community members and serves a a great way to communicate what the campus is doing around sustainability as well as major events world wide. We also use these sites to hold competitions to promote certain aspects of sustainability and give out prizes, etc.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Insitute for Sustainability generates various reports that often include students as key researchers for the project. This along with other student research projects and reports can be found on the CSUN sustainability webpage.


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is LEED Gold certified with its efficient construction, floor plan, and day-to-day operations. To achieve Gold Status, the building must prove outstanding in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. One aspect of the SRC’s mission is to create a facility that incorporates eco-friendly components that bridge architecturally and philosophically with the University Student Union. The SRC has a touch screen panel near the lobby that shows the energy consumption, PV generation, etc. of the building. Tours of this facility are also available upon request.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

CSUN Dinning operates a majority of the dining facility's on campus. They promote various sustainable measures throughout their facility including healthy, vegan, vegetarian, etc. options as well as information on how and where their food comes from.


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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

CSUN is promoting its sustainable landscaping strategies through signage that can be seen throughout the campus. At every turf removal and drought tolerant installation there is signage accompanying each project that describes exactly what the project is and why we did it.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

CSUN's Institute for sustainability created a "Self Guided Sustainability Tour" that includes a majority of the visible sustainability features the campus has to offer. This tour covers everything from our Bike Path to the Fuel Cells.


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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

CSUN's Institute for sustainability created the "Smart Transportation Options" guide that all of the transportation options available to students, staff and faculty at CSUN.


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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Matasphere Themed Living Community brings together students who are interested in sustainability and environmental conservation to plan and implement efforts to reduce waste and consumption in Student Housing. Residents will be on the front lines of sustainability efforts in the residence halls and engage with community partners on new practices and programs to conserve resources.

Residents who live in the Matasphere will pave the way for reduced energy consumption in Student Housing and role model responsible behaviors and practices to limit excess waste.


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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

CSUN's student news outlet, The Sundial, frequently covers sustainability in their articles/publications. More recently CSUN's Sustainability efforts have been features on their live newsroom as well as in their newspaper.


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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

CSUN's releases sustainability outreach videos periodically to help education the community, both on and off campus, about our efforts.


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