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Sustainability at CSUB

CSU Bakersfield and other state institutions are major consumers of energy and natural resources. For this reason, it’s important for the campus community to take tangible steps to enhance its environmental sustainability.

In 2007, CSUB President Horace Mitchell pledged to curb emissions when he signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Since then, the university has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint, most notably by building all-new campus construction to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or equivalent and only purchasing Energy-Star certified appliances. 

CSUB “Flipped the Switch” on its all-new solar panels in 2011. The $9.5 million project was paid for by SunEdison, part of a public-private partnership with 15 CSU campuses to build solar power projects. The 1-megawatt system provides 25 to 30 percent of CSUB’s total energy usage. 

Additionally, CSUB made its first appearance in RecycleMania, a nationwide, student-led competition that pits colleges and universities in a contest to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. 

The University is taking steps to decrease vehicle traffic and air emissions on campus as well. In fall 2011, the new East-West Bike Path debuted on campus funded in part by a grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. CSUB is partnering with Bike Bakersfield, PG&E, and local bicycle shops to develop CSUB Cycles, a campus-wide bike share program. The university plans to provide 50 bicycles in self-serve, electronic bike racks that students, staff and faculty can borrow to make short trips on and off campus.  

CSUB Students for Sustainability

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