CSUB to participate in National Teach-In on Global Warming

January 30, 2009
CONTACT:
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
Teach-In on Global Warming Photo

Continuing to demonstrate its commitment to environmentally sustainable energy solutions, California State University, Bakersfield will join hundreds of colleges and universities taking part in the National Teach-In on Global Warming on Thursday, Feb. 5. CSUB will host a national webcast on global warming as well as a panel discussion about climate change from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. in the Stockdale Room.

"The effort is organized as a way to engage students, faculty and others in combating global warming and focus national attention on climate issues during the Obama administration's first 100 days in office," said Douglas Dodd, CSUB history professor and co-chair of the campus sustainability committee.

The webcast, The First 100 Days, will feature prominent leaders from the climate action movement followed by a panel discussion with local leaders focusing on Kern County initiatives. Michael Rubio, Kern County board of supervisors, and David Price, Kern County resource management agency, will discuss the county's approaches to clean energy. They will be joined by CSUB's Aaron Hedge and Pat Jacobs who will share the results of the university's emissions inventory and sustainability initiatives.

CSUB is actively pursuing climate neutrality, an effort led by President Horace Mitchell. In 2007 he signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and pledged to cut carbon-cutting projects to curb emissions. Since then, the campus has pursued construction projects that use eco-friendly materials and the purchasing energy-efficient appliances

"We're looking at big and small ways we can reduce CSUB's overall 'carbon footprint,'" Dodd explained. "The campus recently completed an emissions inventory that helps determine our carbon footprint baseline so that we can measure our improvement."

Already taking shape is a $9.5 million solar photovoltaic power generation project that will provide 25 percent of CSUB's electrical energy through a public-private partnership agreement with SunEdison. This summer, parking canopies with solar panels mounted on the rooftops will be installed over nearly 500 existing campus parking spaces to generate over 2.1 million kilowatt hours per year.

The National Teach-In is the project of a non-profit organization, Education for Global Warming Solutions (EdSolv), in Portland, Ore., and does not advocate specific legislation. As a basis for discussion, The Teach-In highlights the recommendations of the President's Climate Action Project (PCAP), a climate action plan for the first 100 days of the new administration.

For more information about CSUB's sustainability initiatives or the local teach-in activities, please contact Dodd at (661) 654-6815.

For a list of participating colleges and universities and CSUB's National Teach-In event schedule, see:

http://www.nationalteachin.org/participatinginst.php