Remarks by Timothy P. WhiteChancellor, California State UniversityCSU COAST Annual MeetingKeynote RemarksLong Beach, CAApril 19, 2018
Thank you, Eduardo Ochoa, for that introduction… and welcome, everyone, to Long Beach and the Chancellor’s Office.
I’m told that today’s gathering of students, faculty, staff and friends is the largest in COAST history… a testament to the leadership of Krista Kamer and the outstanding work of you and your colleagues. You know, we Californians – with our incredible diversity of people, ideas and beliefs – are naturally inclined to not always see eye to eye.
But what nearly all 40 million of us agree on is that our coastlines and coastal watersheds – the envy of this country and the world – must remain both unspoiled and accessible to everyone who wishes to marvel in their collective majesty.
And it’ll take all of our collective resources, knowledge and passion as a university, as researchers and educators – indeed, as Californians – to find the scientific breakthroughs and share the policy insights needed to protect our coastline and counter the real-world effects of climate change.
That’s why last year, we declared that
We Are Still In the global fight against climate change… and that we’ll continue to work with our local, state and global partners to fulfill the Paris Agreement.
I hope you all got a chance to read our university-wide three-year report on sustainability, which was released this past March. If you haven’t yet, a PDF version is available at calstate.edu.
There is a ton of good and great news in that report. In the interest of time, I won’t go too far into the details, but I am proud to note that CSU campuses and centers have made remarkable progress since 2014 to:
Over the last four years, campuses have increased the amount of clean, renewable energy produced and used while also decreasing water usage.
Campuses have worked with local transit agencies and municipalities to increase access to public transit, providing alternatives for students and employees who commute to campus.
And the CSU has made progress in green building, procurement, recycling and waste reduction and sustainable food systems.
I’m deeply impressed that in our university’s efforts on sustainability, we’ve managed to break down siloes and work together… across different departments, colleges, academics and operations and administration… and across the entire CSU…
Anyone who has spent time in higher education knows that this kind of cross-university collaboration is not just hard to pull off… but is practically unheard of.
It’s this type of collaboration – what you all do every single day – that will help us achieve our vision… for COAST, for our climate and environment… and for the CSU.
Our vision is:
So I commend you and your colleagues – both here in this room and throughout the CSU – for coming together to collaborate on this shared vision for the future. A vision that we not only want, but so desperately need.
Before I take questions from the group, I want to highlight a few of the many achievements of COAST members over the past year:
These achievements – and many others across COAST and the CSU – are making a real and consequential impact on the lives of students, on our coastal watersheds, and on our planet.
Indeed, this is our vision in action.
Again, thank you all for coming to the Chancellor’s Office for today’s meeting… and thank you for all that you do to further student achievement and success in the California State University.