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Setting the Pace for Sustainability

Amid dire climate predictions and environmental disasters in the region, our campus continues to transform with ambitious initiatives, evolving infrastructure and a growing culture for climate neutrality.

Here is a glimpse of a few ways our campus, its numerous environmental groups and thousands of individuals are leading the way to a climate-neutral campus by 2030.


Climate Commitment Timeline:

2011 President Alexander signs the Carbon Commitment, a formal commitment to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions on campus and promote climate research and educational efforts.

2014 CSULB adopts Climate Action Plan, a roadmap for achieving climate neutrality by 2030.

2016 President Conoley signs the Climate Commitment, adding goals to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

2018 The Office of Sustainability and consultants establish the Clean Energy Master Plan, a dynamic planning tool to coordinate climate action efforts across campus.

2030 Target year for a climate-neutral CSULB campus.

Student Sustainability Coalition

SSC State of the Environment Conference

“From resource distribution to workshops to local clean-up events, the SSC works to unify, educate, and inspire our community to promote critical sustainability efforts.

“In April 2018, the SSC hosted the first State of the Environment Conference at the Walter Pyramid as part of CSULB’s Earth Week festivities.

“This student-lead non-profit plans to continue the push for a more environmentally conscious society by initiating collaboration between various stakeholders and hosting more inclusive, educational and interactive events.”

-Diana Sanchez

Co-Founder and President, Student Sustainability Coalition




CPIE Building


Dynamic, energy-efficient window shades, solar-heat-reducing glass, occupancy-sensing LED lights, and a roof of solar panels are just a few features that make the College of Professional & International Education’s new net-zero building a beacon in the CSU system.






EV Infrastructure

Charging Car

44 electric vehicle parking spots provide free charging and reduce vehicle emissions for student, faculty and staff commuters.






Landscape Master Plan

Drough Plants

Drought-tolerant plantings are proliferating campus and replacing water-intensive foliage. The effort will help unify the look of the landscape and develop an iconic environment for The Beach.






Single-Use Plastics Ban

Drough Plants

Plastic straws, bags and bottles and Styrofoam food packaging will phase out from 2019 onward. The new CSU-wide policy was a collaboration between representatives of many CSU campuses, including CSULB’s Director of Procurement Malia Freund.





Secretary's Award for Excellence in Sustainability

Secretary's Award for Excellence in Sustainability

Sustainability Coordinator Holli Fajack & Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Director Jeanette Shelin proudly accepted the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Sustainability in recognition of hosting California State University, Long Beach's annual Green Generation Mixer & Sustainability Project Showcase.