By Emilie Chacon |Staff Writer|
CSUSB is working hard to make our campus an eco-friendly place.
By taking actions like increasing energy efficiencies, reaching renewable energy goals, diminishing solid waste and reducing water irrigation our campus is getting one step closer to a clean environment.
Facilities Services of CSUSB also create events like the EcoFest and PowerSave Green Campus (PSGC) to celebrate a sustainable lifestyle. Michelle Dyck, sustainability coordinator is actively involved with both events.
“EcoFest is a CSUSB event intended to be an annual celebration to promote sustainability on the San Bernardino campus and in its neighboring communities,” said Dyck.
EcoFest, which was first held earlier this year in April and will happen again on Apr. 6, 2013 from noon to 10 p.m.
There will be a CSUSB Energy Tour, Zumba and Yoga class, sustainability learning, shows, movies, exhibitions and much more.
PowerSave Green Campus is another sustainability event, but is a bit different from the EcoFest.
“PSGC is a paid student internship program through the Alliance to Save Energy, promoting energy efficiency on college campuses,” said Dyck.
According to their website, the goals of this are to build pathways to green careers, realize measurable energy saving, infuse energy efficiency concepts and promote energy efficiency outreach.
Though they are two separate events, they are connected by sharing some of the same goals and Dyck added that the PSGC team participated as an exhibit and workshop at EcoFest.
Adding to all the actions mentioned before, CSUSB is also adding more recycling containers around campus and in facilities to make sure students can recycle instead of throwing them in the garbage.
They started this project in 2002 by installing 62 recycling bins on campus and since then added over 100 more. They reached a peak in 2009 by collecting 135,110 cans.
Students like Christine Manzo really appreciate this initiative. “I am always looking for those blue bins to recycle my cans. It’s only a small action, but it helps our environment,” she said.
“I think it’s great that there is so many recycle bins on campus,” said student Benoit Daoust, “It is really important to recycle what we can. Unfortunately, I feel there are only bins for cans. I don’t think I even saw one for papers, even in the classrooms.”
Manzo agreed with Daoust. “Because there is no paper bin in class, I keep the ones I want to throw away until I’m home. I feel bad not recycling when I know this is so easy to do,” said Manzo.
If you are not living on campus, you may not know that there is recycling bins in almost every apartment: another green action taken by the college to reduce solid waste.
For more information about sustainability on campus, its goals and the actions taken, you can have a look on the website at sustainability.csusb.edu, or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/CSUSBSustainability.