History of the Sustainability Club

Many faculty members had been conducting research on the lack of sustainable practices on campus.  A desire for sustainable changes on campus by faculty, staff and students was recognized.

  • 3 geologists and 2 behavior analysts worked together and educated each other on sustainability is viewed in their fields of studies
  • This includes Dr. Criss Wilhite of the Psychology Department and Dr. Mara Brady and Dr. Beth Weinman, both from the Earth and Environmental Science Department
  • A Broad vision for making Fresno State a model for sustainable practice, education and research was concieved.
  • February 2013: Met with the most senior people who would talk to us
  • The Sustainability Project at Fresno State was born.
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Sustainability Goals set for ALL CSU:

  1. GHG Emissions (page 7) Reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2040
  2. Energy Conservation and Utilities Management (page 11)
    -Identify and implement energy efficiency measures to reach GHG goals
  3. Water Conservation (page 13)
    -10% reduction by 2016  from 2012 levels and 20% reduction by 2020
  4. Waste Management (page 15)
    -0% by 2016  80% by 2020 (no comparison date; all sources, including demolition.
    -Move toward Zero Waste (usually defined as 90 % or higher)
  5. Sustainable Building Practices (page 17)
    -Build to LEED Silver Equivalent, strive for Gold
    -Consider energy use & life cycle cost in construction/renovation of any building
  6. Sustainable Procurement (page 21) 
    -Promote use of environmentally friendly business; Work with vendors to reduce packaging waste
  7. Sustainable Food Service (page 21)
    -Purchase 20% from sustainable food sources by 2020

2013:

  • Meeting with faculty across the entire University
  • Mara Brady submitted Campus as a Living Lab proposal 
  • Campus as a Living Lab grant was awarded from the CSU Chancellor's Office
  • Planned water-wise garden with Facilities
  • Organized Green Bag Lunches for students and community
  • Planned Earth Day for 2014 

Spring 2014:

  • With the help of 10 paid interns, many student volunteers, and cooperation and coordination of Facilities, clubs, diverse faculty, administrators from many areas and members of the greater community, the water-wise garden, six Green Bag Lunches, another campus-wide faculty meeting and Earth Day were done!
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Fall 2014:

  • First Sustainbility Summit at Fresno State was Held
  • Together, with the help of many students, faculty and staff members, they were able to acquire funding through the Campus is a Living Lab Grant, to support sustainable projects here on campus

From the Efforts of Many, Large Changes Were Made on Campus:

  • First Water Wise Garden 
  • Electric Vehicle Charging (EVC) Stations were installed on campus
  • More Bike Paths
  • Electric Police Vehicles
  • Spring 2014: With the help of 10 paid interns, many student volunteers,  cooperation and coordination of Facilities, clubs, diverse faculty, administrators from many areas and members of the greater community, the water-wise garden was planted.
  • Complete Water Wise Garden