Commitment to Sustainability


Thirty-six facilities are LEED certified; 10 more are in design and construction, expecting LEED certification
Solar PV installations provide 10.5 megawatts, enough to power 11,000 homes, and more are in design or construction
The CSU produces 30 megawatts-enough to power 29,000 homes-through on-site energy cogeneration
The CSU has 18 MW of thermal energy storage capacity
Since 2003, the CSU invested over $50 million in energy efficiency funding
Since 2003, the CSU has reduced operational costs by $8 million annually and leveraged over $13 million of utility incentive
Reduction of more than 25,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions since 2004, equal to taking 4,500 cars off the road
35-year track record of energy and greenhouse gas reduction
Six CSU campuses signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment: Pomona, Bakersfield, Chico, Fullerton, Monterey Bay and San Francisco
Innovative and emerging technologies in facility design and renovation

The CSU has won a number of awards in recognition of its commitment to energy savings and sustainable design:


Now in its ninth year, the 2010 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference gathered students, faculty, staff and administrators from the state's three public higher education systems to learn from each other about the best sustainable practices. During the conference, nine projects spanning seven CSU campuses (Humboldt, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Josť, and San Luis Obispo) received best practice awards.

Each award represents the hard work and dedication of university students and employees. Floyd Dudley II, the assistant director of Energy and Engineering Services at CSU San Marcos, is an example of this dedication to sustainability. For his role in reducing the university's energy consumption, Dudley was recognized as the 2010 Young Energy Professional of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers.


In 2009, the CSU system, Humboldt State University and CSU Northridge each won awards through the annual Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming competition, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

CSU Northridge received the NWF Chill Out award in recognition of its 1 MW fuel cell power plant, the largest such installation at any university in the world. The ultra-clean plant produces 18 percent of the campus's electricity. Partnered with cogeneration, the fuel cell produces 22 billion BTU of useful thermal energy annually. The system has a combined efficiency double that of power on the nation's electricity grid and produces nearly zero particulate emissions. The campus also created a dense planting area known as the "rainforest" to absorb waste carbon.


The state's Flex Your Power campaign recognized the CSU for reducing power use during critical demand periods throughout the summer. CSU campuses shut down or reduced the use of electricity hungry systems when called to do so by the California Independent System Operator.

Last Updated: April 23, 2013