LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2018) –Long Beach State University will reinforce its commitments to environmentally responsible practices by forming a President’s Commission on Sustainability, charged with improving the campus’ abilities to conserve resources and to take actions to mitigate effects of climate change.
Long Beach State wetlands ecologist Christine Whitcraft will serve as the new commission’s interim chair before membership elections scheduled for spring. She is with by other members of the faculty, as well as students, campus staff and members of the Long Beach community.
The presidential Sustainability Commission focuses in the short-term on zero-waste practices. Those are on campus, transportation issues, as well as climate action planning. “Engaging in making our campus more sustainable. Sustainability that is about how we get and use our energy,” Whitcraft said.
Whitcraft’s scientific work includes researching a pilot program at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. So, this pilot is designed to show whether sediment augmentation can protect coastal wetlands. That’s Protection from rising sea levels.
The new commission will also be charged with fostering environmental literacy by blending sustainability topics into classroom lessons for students in all fields. The commission will also work on developing an on-campus Sustainable Living Center to help students adopt sustainable lifestyles.
In addition, the Commission’s work will build upon Long Beach State’s existing sustainability commitments. As well and among them, the campus has a partnership with Long Beach and transit. This partnership is for students and employees with free bus rides as an alternative to driving to campus, has begun to distribute around campus to divert recyclable materials from landfills, installed solar panel and a campus parking lot.
More importantly, it has designed its new College of Continuing and Professional Education building. This building is a net-zero structure. Solar panels are installed that enables the building to generate as much energy as it will use.
As well, Long Beach State has also committed to a Climate Action Plan that envisions attaining climate neutrality by 2030.
Also, Long Beach State will also commemorate October as Sustainability Month. Events scheduled to begin when Matt Petersen, chief executive of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator visits the campus. Matt is to discuss how the higher education community can work toward sustainability.
Finally, for more information about the university’s commitments and programs click below. In conclusion and as well as details about events is here! That’s right! Check throughout Sustainability Month, view the campus’ Sustainability webpage at Long Beach State University