With the help of the I.R.A. and M.S.F.T. Funds, these student-led projects have been successful in promoting sustainability around the campus
A combination of IRA, "Instructionally Related Activities" and MSFT, "Materials, Services, Facilities, & Technology" funding enabled CI to purchase sixteen Hydration Stations to be place around campus. These refill stations provide safe drinking water to students and staff all day, every day at no expense to the individual. These refill stations aid in eliminating the use of plastic water bottles among the CI campus. Since the very first Hydration Station (installed back in February 2013), we have eliminated an average of over 125,402 plastic water bottles per month on our campus. To date, 27 units have been installed throughout the campus with one more expected at University Hall.
Two GreenScreens display sustainability content on campus. One is located in the North Quad inside Del Norte. And the other is located in the South Quad inside Bell Tower Main. The GreenScreens allow sustainability topics to be communicated to the CI community such as campus conservation efforts and sustainability projects. Green events, ideas, and facts from both Facilities and Academics are displayed on the GreenScreens with a goal to promote sustainable practices and awareness to the rest of the CI community.
Rain Barrel Systems
Six rain barrels were installed across the campus to help CI explore the use of reclaimed water. This allows CI to not only save money, but also allows us to become more sustainable as the campus grows.
A student initiative to use Garden Roof Assembly for future buildings of CI was initiated in Spring 2013. The Green Roof's purpose is to help minimize storm water run-off, improve CI's energy efficiency, and lower CI's environmental impact.
Down at Venice Beach, is a live example of a green roof --- and green walls. Take a look and visit Venice's Green Cube
Possible Student Projects for Future Semesters
One of CI's objectives is to allow students to take on initiatives and projects to promote sustainability on campus. The campus's goal is to not only grow and expand, but also avoid creating a higher environmental impact while doing so. As a result, early student involvement will enable CI toward a future with a diversified sustainability pool and less environmental impacts. Provided below are a list of possible student projects for future semesters:
- Recycling awareness program
- Compost awareness program
- Waste auditing
- Water conservation and awareness
- Reusable water bottle programs
- Initiatives for bicycle lanes that will encourage alternate transportation
- Bike share program
- Carpool program
- Alternate transportation awareness
- Promoting and using vendors who practice and promote sustainability.
- Food donation programs
- Compostable utensils initiatives
- Create and promote sustainable event guidelines.
Get involved & engaged! Contact us for more information: SustainableCI@csuci.edu