California State University creates sustainability committee

October 19, 2018 by  

Recently, California State University in Long Beach created a Commission on Sustainability with students, community members, and environmental scientists. The commission will work on improving sustainability on the campus and climate change.

President of Cal State Long Beach University, Jane Close Conoley said she did not know a more pressing problem to work on than climate change. She hopes the new commission will help the university develop its sustainability programs.

Christine Whitcraft will act as the interim commission chair. She is a wetlands biologist and worked on several local projects like the Colorado Lagoon.

This was a restoration and dredging project that cost $3.2m, and it improved the water quality and soil of the lagoon located on the 18-acre property.

Several other university professors will serve on the new commission. They have backgrounds in economics, geography, marketing, economics, mechanical, and aerospace engineering. Long Beach has print shops that can design letterheads for new organizations like this.

More members for the commission will be elected in the spring from the university and organizations with which the university is partnered. They want the commission to integrate sustainability into all aspects of the university life.

The university will add green classes to the curriculum as part of the program. In addition to the installation of solar panels and a free bus ride deal with Long Beach Transit, there are zero waste barrels installed across the campus.