CSULB commits to promoting sustainability through our campus operations, academic programs, and engagement efforts. conserving water is one of the university's primary goals. not only has the campus installed irrigation strategies, landscapers have created areas called bioswales – naturally occurring channels that capture and direct storm water runoff while removing debris and pollution.

Californians create about six pounds of trash each day. At this rate, it would take our campus only one week to fill the entire Walter Pyramid with 240,000 pounds of trash. This is just one reason Cal State Long Beach is committed to promoting sustainability through campus operations, academic programs, community efforts and initiatives.

Among the ways the university’s efforts can be found are in solar energy panels, drought-tolerant plants, on-campus recycling, its Waste Not campaign and involvement in Climate Leadership Network and signatory Climate Commitment.

The Climate Commitment integrates the goal of achieving climate neutrality (reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero) with the goal of climate resilience (building adaptive capacity to withstand inevitable climate impacts).

Meanwhile, the university’s Waste Not program is designed to change the way our campus community thinks about waste, recycling and disposal. Founded on the principle of “waste not, want not,” this program aims to promote policies and focus on reducing wasteful practices.

CSULB also has incorporated its sustainable efforts into its buildings with LEED certification. Currently, the university has one Platinum, five Gold and two Silver rated buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an internationally recognized green building certification.

The future Parkside North Housing expansion project aims to set a new standard for CSU and higher education, as well as provide a model for future high-performance buildings that align with the CSU’s carbon neutrality 2030 goals. The building is designed to reach the most progressive and regenerative sustainability goals that will lead to being the first Net-Zero Energy, Living Building Challenge Petal Certified, and LEED Platinum residential building in the CSU system. 

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