HSU is a leader in the integration of sustainability into its operations and academics, yet many of HSU’s operational and business activities generate greenhouse gases (GHG), which contribute to global climate change and its associated affects on social, economic and environmental systems.
HSU has joined other CSU campuses to reduce its GHG emissions through the development of a Climate Action Plan (CAP), a planning and policy document designed to guide and prioritize emissions reduction measures. The CAP aligns with the CSU Sustainability Policy, which calls for campuses to reduce their facility GHG emissions to levels seen in 1990, or below, by 2020, and to further reduce emissions to 80% or more below 1990 levels by 2040.
Important components of the CAP include:
- Climate action goals in the areas of academics, research, and campus operations
- Target dates for achieving goals
- Strategies and actions to:
- Integrate climate change and sustainability into the curriculum and other educational experiences
- Expand research on climate change, mitigation measures and resiliency
- Reduce HSU's direct and indirect GHG emissions
- Mechanisms for tracking progress on goals and actions
In December 2016 the CAP was completed, and following university adoption was made public in March 2017. View the complete Climate Action Plan.
This plan presents strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the university's energy consumption, from indirect emissions from related activities - business travel, student and employee commute, and solid waste disposal, and for integrating sustainability into academics and student life. The plan calls for cutting energy related emissions through a number of energy efficiency and conservation projects, combined with on-site renewable energy generation and the purchase of power generated by renewable sources. Indirect emissions will be reduced through campus-wide waste reduction strategies, as well as alternative transportation and public transit programs that will lessen business travel and lead to reductions in single occupant vehicle (SOV) commuter trips. The CAP includes 50 strategies for reducing emissions and expanding a culture of sustainability. You can view example Strategy Brief Papers from the CAP by clicking on the links below:
CAP strategies to curb emissions from energy and utilities:
- Install rooftop solar photovoltaic systems on campus buildings
- Switch to an electrical provider or purchase agreement with a climate friendly power content label
- Implement pool efficiency measures
CAP strategies to curb transportation-related emissions:
- Develop a bike share and/or bike rental program
- Establish dedicated parking/charging for electric vehicles
- Establish a carpool program
CAP strategies to curb emissions from waste, purchasing and food:
- Require and enforce increased construction & demolition debris recycling
- Require paper towel composting while phasing out paper towels for electric hand dryers
- Require events held on campus to be zero waste when feasible and practical
CAP strategies to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and student engagement:
- Expand the utilization of the campus as a Living Lab
- Develop a sustainability minor capitalizing on existing courses
- Develop a sustainability path in GE courses
The Office of Sustainability tracks HSU's greenhouse gas emissions. As the chart below illustrates, HSU is on track to meet or exceed the 2020 target of reducing GHG emissions below 1990 levels.
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