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We affirm and are committed to the sustainability of CSUSB. It is not possible to know every circumstance that our university will face. Still, we must prepare for events that will likely affect our campus communities. Planning helps us create flexible systems around specific goals. Resilient CSUSB is an evolving document that will change, given evidence-based information, our successes and mistakes.

Resilient CSUSB Plan

"Resilience is the ability of a system or community to survive disruption and to anticipate, adapt, and flourish in the face of change." - Second Nature

  • Energy: Both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses will produce on-site energy required for campus operations on an annual basis. 

  • Water: Water will be used efficiently and returned to be used as a positive resource.

  • Waste: Both campuses will divert all materials from entering the landfill and reuse them as beneficial resources through reuse, composting, recycling, or other means.

  • Food: Both campuses will provide food security to their students. Additionally, the University will provide healthy food from sustainable sources. 

  • Transportation: Both campuses will have fewer people driving individually in a car to the University. 

  • Buildings and Lands:  This is being finalized.

CSUSB Resilient Plan PDF

External Commitments

CSUSB is proud to have signed commitments or have earned the distinction to be part of the following sustainable programs.

STARS a program of aashe

STARS: Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System. A comprehensive sustainable benchmarking for colleges and universities.  It is used to measure sustainability in operations, academics, engagement, planning, and administrative policies. 

GreenPower Partnership-EPA voluntary program that facilitates the expansion of renewable energy markets in the United States.  Clean energy produced on campus goes directly to the utility grid, and a portion of our power content from the utility comes from renewable sources. (resilient commitment image) 

Resilience Commitment - Climate Leadership

Second Nature Climate ResilienceThe university plans, assesses, and reduces its vulnerability to climate events.

Calfresh Better Food for

CalFresh-USDA:  A program that helps low-income individuals and families have vegetables and fruits in their daily diet. 

Tree Campus USA

Tree Campus USA-Schools: An Arbor Foundation recognition for colleges and universities that provide and maintain healthy urban forests in their community. 

U.S. Green Building Council

Leadership Engineering and Environmental Design A certification provided by the U.S. Green Building Council for buildings designed and constructed using environmentally responsible materials and practices. 

Fair Trade Certified

Coming Soon - Fair Trade Certification:  The Fair Trade Certified™ seal represents thousands of products, improving millions of lives, protecting land and waterways in 45 countries and counting. Purchases have sent $610 million to farmers and workers since 1998.

How We Work

  • Collaboration: Our work embodies the efforts of students, faculty, and staff in promoting campus-wide engagement. The department includes community members to influence the neighborhoods where former, present, and future Yoties work and live. 

  • Sustainability Committee: The Committee provides oversight on policy recommendations. In addition, the panel reviews the progress of the various Working Groups and shares their findings and suggestions with decision-makers, including President Morales. The Energy and Sustainability Manager and a faculty member co-chair the committee. 

  • Working Groups: The three Working Groups focus on the goals and actions in the following areas energy, food, and waste. The members of the working groups report to the Committee quarterly on their progress. Group members identify steps, timeframes, and resources before participating in accomplishing the tasks.