News
Go
Page Content
Page Image
Rollup Image
down-by-the-ocean.aspx
  
4/19/2021 8:19 AMBarrie, Matthew4/19/20214/19/2021 1:30 PMThe vast blue expanse of the ocean is an awe-inspiring sight to behold. In its waves and along its shores, though, may lie answers to scientists' pressing climate change questions.ResearchStory

Down By The Ocean

CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO

The vast blue expanse of the ocean is an awe-inspiring sight to behold. In its waves and along its shores, though, may lie answers to scientists' pressing climate change questions—from renewable energy production to carbon sequestration to sustainable agriculture.

Benjamin Ruttenberg, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is asking those questions.

“Climate change is here and it's here now—so we have to do absolutely everything we possibly can as soon as we possibly can to try to reduce how much CO2 we're putting in the atmosphere," Dr. Ruttenberg says. “To mitigate the effects of climate change, we need an 'all-of-the-above' strategy. We need to do everything better now. And I believe if we have the right policies, we can do that."

Because a major source of carbon is energy production, renewable energy like solar or wind must be part of the solution. With one project, Ruttenberg is looking at the viability of offshore wind energy and placing wind turbines on floating structures along the California coast. This involves identifying locations with the greatest amount of wind, modeling how much wind power would be produced by a turbine in a particular area and determining if wind power production aligns with demand for energy.

Offshore wind turbines in Scotland that Professor Benjamin Ruttenberg visited in 2018.

Offshore wind turbines in Scotland that Professor Benjamin Ruttenberg visited in 2018.

“One of the questions [we're testing is] how well is offshore wind energy complementary to solar," Ruttenberg says. “When we look at the relative value of offshore wind, it seems to peak in the late afternoon—especially in spring and summer—when demand for electricity is highest, just as solar power production winds down."

The next challenge is understanding the potential impacts of the turbines on the environment, marine mammals, seabirds and fisheries. A journal recently accepted a paper led by former undergraduate student Hayley Farr, B.S. biological science, '18, looking at the environmental impacts from similar types of facilities and equipment, such as fixed bottom offshore wind facilities, floating oil and gas platforms and fishing gear. It found such facilities are likely to have low or mitigable impacts on many aspects of the environment.

Some preliminary research has also begun looking at technology to harness tidal and wave power, but Ruttenberg explains it is still in the early stages.

In addition, Ruttenberg is studying aquaculture to develop sustainable seafood farming methods that produce less carbon and minimize ocean acidification (the result of increased carbon dioxide in the water).

About half the world's seafood is produced through aquaculture, but it's often done with deleterious environmental effects, such as clearing habitats that store carbon and filter the water and adding excess feed that produces waste and eats up the available oxygen. Aquaculture then becomes another carbon-producing industry increasing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and ocean.

“We've maxed out what the oceans can produce in terms of fishing—so if we want to continue eating seafood, we're going to have to figure out how to grow it," Ruttenberg says.

While working with Sea Grant Fellow Kevin Johnson, Ph.D., on growing oysters that are more resistant to ocean acidification, Ruttenberg is also researching carbon-neutral aquaculture methods for oysters, native Pismo clams and abalone. He and a team of scientists from four universities have proposed a project to grow algae, abalone and oysters together. The algae would feed the abalone, buffer it from ocean acidification and consume carbon dioxide while the oysters would filter waste out of the water.

Sea Grant Fellow Kevin Johnson grows oysters that are more resistant to ocean acidification.

Sea Grant Fellow Kevin Johnson grows oysters that are more resistant to ocean acidification.

“Our goal is to try to make it as self-sustaining as possible," Ruttenberg says. “Essentially the only input to the system is electricity, and if we can figure out a way to offset the cost of electricity by putting in offshore wind or solar, then essentially you have a facility that's producing all this food with no carbon footprint."

Ruttenberg's research is just a sampling of the ongoing work being done by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo experts to address climate change. The campus's new Institute of Climate Leadership and Resilience (ICLR), which will coordinate the research, also includes projects to study carbon sequestration, redesign former power plants to produce renewable energy and develop a resilient energy assessment toolkit to help low-capacity cities implement microgrids and sustainable energy production.

Erin Pearse, associate professor of mathematics spearheading ICLR's development, explains the collaboration will also introduce climate research into the classroom.

“We're bringing community-based climate projects onto the Cal Poly campus through project-based courses, senior projects or graduate theses so that student groups can develop designs and/or perform analysis of existing designs," Pearse says.

Down by the Ocean
floating-in-the-air.aspx
  
4/19/2021 8:19 AMBarrie, Matthew4/19/20214/19/2021 1:25 PMResearch at Cal State Fullerton helps determine the effects of brown carbon on climate change.ResearchStory

Floating In The Air

CAL STATE FULLERTON

One cause of global warming arises from dark carbon particles in the air absorbing the sunlight entering the atmosphere rather than reflecting it back into space. As the particles accumulate, they absorb more light and heat, warming the earth further. While there has been a good amount of research on how black carbon, ​like soot particles emitted by semitrucks, intensifies the warming effect, not as much has been done on brown carbon, like smog or smoke.

“People have been studying climate change for decades, but this is a solvable problem," says Daniel Curtis, Ph.D., associate professor of analytical chemistry at California State University, Fullerton. “It's going to take a lot of effort, and it's going to be a global effort for us to figure this out. We have all these examples of where mitigation has worked in the past, and so we would like to apply that mitigation to this problem."​

Dr. Curtis's research on brown carbon focuses on how these aerosol particles directly interact with sunlight. In the lab, he and his students have developed instrumentation that will allow him to create brown carbon aerosols, shine light on them and measure whether they absorb or scatter the light.

Student Linda Nguyen prepares samples to measure the known reaction of bleach and blue dye, in preparation for future study

Student Linda Nguyen prepare​s samples to measure the known reaction of bleach and blue dye, in advance of future study on the rate of formation of brown carbon aerosol.

“The first step is always understanding," he says. “We want to know what these particles do when they're in the atmosphere. Once we learn that, we can start to figure out if there are different ways of dealing with climate change."

Paula Hudson, Ph.D., associate professor of analytical chemistry, builds on Curtis's research by studying how these particles absorb water and form clouds that then interact with light. She brings together the brown carbon aerosols with water vapor in her lab instruments and measures how much water the particles have absorbed using a microbalance. This information tells her and her students whether the aerosols will form clouds that reflect light, which cool the earth.

During the past year, she and her students conducted the experiment and found that over time, the particles become darker while maintaining the same level of water uptake. This means the particles will increasingly absorb more light without forming clouds that will increasingly reflect more light, resulting in a net warming effect. The next step will be testing the aerosols after introducing other substances from the atmosphere into the lab setting.

Professors Paula Hudson and Daniel Curtis at Cal State Fullerton, March 2021.

Professors Paula Hudson and Daniel Curtis at Cal State Fullerton, March 2021.

“If we know this type of aerosol has this type of effect, then you go back to policymakers and say, for example, 'We need to install scrubbers on our smokestacks' or 'We need to reduce the total net particle output from diesel vehicles,'" Dr. Hudson says.

But the solution to reducing brown carbon may be more difficult to come by, she explains. “Now that we're looking at these particles that are generated from natural processes like forest fires, then it becomes a huge cyclical problem—because everything is warming, we're having more forest fires and we're creating more particles, which are creating more warming. Then they are also forming clouds that, although highly reflective, don't produce rain and cause a lot of local drought situations as well, which is then self-perpetuating. … We want to understand the effect these particles have because if it really comes down to needing to reduce the number of forest fires, then let's address that question just like we address reducing output from diesel vehicles or smokestacks."

Floating in the Air
towering-over-the-land.aspx
  
4/19/2021 8:19 AMBarrie, Matthew4/19/20214/19/2021 1:25 PMCalifornia State University, Bakersfield recently installed an Eddy Covariance Flux Tower on campus that can measure the carbon and water vapor flowing in and out of the local landscape.ResearchStory

Towering over the Land​

CSU BAKERSFIELD

California State University, Bakersfield recently installed an Eddy Covariance Flux Tower on campus that can measure the carbon and water vapor flowing in and out of the local landscape. The hope is the tower can contribute to a wide range of interdisciplinary climate change research projects—from biology and computer science experiments to measuring the effectiveness of the campus's sustainability efforts.

“It's continuously running and will now become a long-term monitoring station. As CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing, we'll pick that up year after year," says Biology Professor Anna Jacobsen, Ph.D., who co-directed the grant funding the tower. “We have opportunities for our students to do things that connect them in a tangible way to a broader scientific effort to monitor terrestrial photosynthesis and respiration patterns, CO2 production and atmospheric CO2."

Biology Professor Brandon Pratt, Ph.D., a driving force behind acquiring the tower, is already putting its measurements to use as he studies carbon sequestration in native California shrublands, called chaparral, and the grasslands that have replaced them. His research will help the state understand how its changing ecosystems could affect climate change.

The Eddy Covariance Flux Tower on CSU Bakersfield’s Environmental Studies Area.

The Eddy Covariance Flux Tower on CSU Bakersfield’s Environmental Studies Area.

“In the last 50 to 100 years, we've lost about 20 to 30 percent of those shrublands … in wild land areas, national forests or national parks like in the Santa Monica Mountains," he says. “These are areas that have for various reasons been converted into grasslands, and the dominant reason seems to be changing fire dynamics on these landscapes."

The shrublands can tolerate fires every 20 to 50 years—but with fires occurring more frequently, chaparral are giving way to grasses and small herbs that dry out more quickly and increase regional temperatures, worsening drought and fire conditions. These grasslands, though, don't store as much carbon as the chaparral ecosystems and may even be sources of carbon.

To test the climate effects of these two habitats, Dr. Pratt has planted two plots on the campus's outdoor Environmental Studies Area—one with shrubs, one with grasses—and will manipulate the watering to simulate drought conditions. The tower will then record the carbon levels emitting from both plots.

He's also waiting on approval for another grant that would allow him to install more towers throughout Southern California to do similar monitoring in natural environments. “​We want to … ask: What is this doing to the regional carbon, both in terms of storage and source-sink dynamics, as you're losing shrubland and going to grassland?" Pratt says. “But, of course, CO2 doesn't stay in place. It blows all over the globe, so this is really a global question and a global issue."

His research will also support ongoing restoration efforts on chaparral that has been fully or partially converted to grasslands. State conservationists are currently working on restoring areas that are unlikely to burn frequently, have high biodiversity and help prevent erosion and landslides.

“The timing is absolutely perfect to start asking what to do about the shrublands because the motivation​ is there and people are working on this now for the first time," Pratt explains. “The conservation biologists, the land managers with the Forest Service and the National Park Service are getting serious about this, and they have some funds to back it up. We're getting this research coming in telling us the scope of the problem, that it's bigger than we thought it was. And then we're having these droughts, and it's exacerbating the problem. So, it just feels like everything is coming to a head."

​​
Towering over the Land
race-against-climate-crisis.aspx
  
4/19/2021 11:49 AMBeall, Alex4/19/20214/19/2021 1:20 PMJust adapting to climate change is not something the world can afford to do. So, the CSU is exploring all options to thwart potentially disastrous consequences.ResearchStory

THE RACE AGAINST THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Just adapting to climate change is not something the world can afford to do. So, the CSU is exploring all options to thwart potentially disastrous consequences.

Smokestacks spewing black plumes. Car traffic inching along an eight-lane freeway. An ominous haze drifting from a blazing wildfire. These are common sights in California—and all major contributors to climate change.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, humans have increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by 47 percent through activities like burning fossil fuels and deforestation. Along with other gases, concentrated carbon traps heat in the atmosphere, causing the earth to warm, commonly known as the “greenhouse effect.” As the planet heats up, it is experiencing myriad harmful effects, including extreme weather, droughts, wildfires and rising sea levels from melting glaciers and ice sheets.

Experts across the world, including at the CSU, engage in research to help people adapt to the resulting upheaval—from protecting the ocean to responding to wildfires. But to truly save the earth, efforts also need to mitigate climate change by addressing the cause of the problem: greenhouse gas emissions.

The global community has made strides to address its emissions, with 197 countries, including the United States, signing onto the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions; in fact, California itself has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2045. According to new research published in Science magazine​, California already reduced its emissions by 78 percent between 1990 and 2014, the most of any state. But the world continues to find itself in the midst of a climate emergency and besieged by the catastrophic results of climate change.

To aid in the efforts to mitigate the climate crisis, CSU faculty and students are finding ways to further curtail emissions and extract carbon from the atmosphere.

The Race Against the Climate Crisis
trapped-underground.aspx
  
4/19/2021 8:19 AMBarrie, Matthew4/19/20214/19/2021 1:20 PMHuman development and fires are damaging and destroying the globe's natural habitats, but its plant life may be most helpful in healing the earth's carbon-choked atmosphere.ResearchStory

Trapped Underground

CAL STATE EAST BAY

Human development and fires are damaging and destroying the globe's natural habitats, but its plant life may be most helpful in healing the earth's carbon-choked atmosphere. During photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and store it underground—effectively removing carbon from the atmosphere.

Patty Oikawa, Ph.D., assistant professor of earth and environmental studies at California State University, East Bay, is studying a habitat that is particularly effective at this carbon sequestration process: wetlands.

“In most ecosystems, that biomass stays there for a little while but then it decomposes; it just breaks down and turns back into CO2 and goes back into the atmosphere," Dr. Oikawa says. “But in wetlands, they're unique in the sense that they're flooded, and the water makes the soils anoxic—so there's no oxygen in the soils. … Whenever that plant biomass dies, it tends not to break down. It just stays there. And the carbon then builds up over time, and you can get carbon stored there for thousands of years."

Professor Patty Oikawa works with students on the Eddy Covariance Flux Tower, 2018.

Professor Patty Oikawa, left, works with students on the Eddy Covariance Flux Tower, 2018.

Focusing on the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve on the San Francisco Bay—one of the country's largest wetlands restoration projects—Oikawa is quantifying the amount of carbon sequestered by these wetlands using an Eddy Covariance Flux Tower, which measures the amount of carbon in the air. But she's also testing the amount of carbon being exchanged between the wetland and the ocean in the tides.

“We can see how much carbon the wetland is extracting from the atmosphere and where it's going," she says. “Is it staying there, is it in the soil or is it being transported out into the bay? Then we can also measure our soils, go back in time and look at how much soil is being stored and built up over time, and relate that with sea level rise."

The research is particularly helpful for industries participating in California's Cap-and-Trade Program—which sets a maximum on greenhouse gas emissions, but allows companies to counteract their emissions by investing in projects that reduce carbon, fundamentally creating a “carbon market." Oikawa's team developed protocols for the San Francisco Bay Delta and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, currently being considered by the California Air Resources Board, for how industries can invest in these wetlands to make this exchange.

“This is providing an avenue for some people to build wetlands that wouldn't otherwise be restored or built, and they can help finance that restoration through these carbon markets," Oikawa explains.

In addition, she is studying ways to increase carbon sequestration in California's range and grasslands. At several sites throughout the state, her team has applied a quarter inch of compost made from excess waste like food and manure to lands where ranchers graze their cattle. Already, the compost has helped the plants grow bigger and greener and is allowing them to store more carbon underground.

A tractor spreads compost across rangelands.

A tractor spreads compost across rangelands.

“Wetlands store a lot more carbon and are really good at it, but they encompass a small fraction of the land surface," she says. “So even though we're talking about a lot smaller carbon sequestration on range lands, they cover 40 percent of the land surface and actually have a bigger potential impact. Plus, you have the added benefit of reusing some of our waste streams, which is a problem anyway from a greenhouse gas perspective."

Ultimately, the aim is to find more ways to meet the state, country and global carbon emission goals. “We need to figure out what our options are for this active removal from the atmosphere," Oikawa says. “There's not just going to be one negative emission technology. Every location, every nation is going to have to address this with their own ideas."

Trapped Underground
earth-month.aspx
  
4/12/2021 8:01 AMRamos, Paulo4/12/20214/12/2021 8:00 AMThe beauty of Earth abounds at each of our 23 campus communities, from sunny San Diego to the Central Valley’s mesmerizing fields to the towering redwoods on the north coast.CaliforniaStory
60 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

EARTH MONTH

With its focus on renewable energy and low emissions, California is a leader in sustainability issues. The CSU is a proud partner in this commitment to finding solutions to the state’sand the world'smost pressing environmental challenges. Efforts include a university-wide sustainability policy​ and membership in We Are Still In​, an organization that supports climate action. 

The beauty of the earth abounds at each of our 23 campus communities, from sunny San Diego to the Central Valley’s lush fields and orchards to the towering redwoods along the north coast. These sights are constant reminders that we must protect our most valuable resource. Fun fact: Earth Month was founded by San José State​ alumnus Gaylord Nelson. Here are just a few of the steps our faculty, students, alumni and staff have taken toward a greener tomorrow.

From Tree Campus USA to Bee Campus USA to AASHE’s Gold Stars rating, sustainability is top of mind for students, faculty, staff and administration at CSU Channel Islands.

Channel Islands

From Tree Campus USA to Bee Campus USA to AASHE’s Gold Stars rating, sustainability is top of mind for students, faculty, staff and administration at CSU Channel Islands.

“We have a responsibility as an institution to have as little impact as we possibly can and to be good stewards of our resources,” says CSUCI Sustainability and Energy Manager Roxane Beigel-Coryell. “We have a really important role to be leaders in researching ways to climate change and to ensure a bright future for all of us.”  

“We have a responsibility as an institution to have as little impact as we possibly can and to be good stewards of our resources,” says CSUCI Sustainability and Energy Manager Roxane Beigel-Coryell (not pictured). “We have a really important role to be leaders in researching ways to combat climate change and to ensure a bright future for all of us.” (Photo predates COVID-19.)


“We have a responsibility as an institution to have as little impact as we possibly can and to be good stewards of our resources,” says CSUCI Sustainability and Energy Manager Roxane Beigel-Coryell. “We have a really important role to be leaders in researching ways to climate change and to ensure a bright future for all of us.”
In 2018, Chico State became the first CSU in the 23-campus system to eliminate the use of plastic straws. Alternatives are available and encouraged, and the university embraces an educational model regarding the impact of single-use plastics.

Chico

In 2018, Chico State became the first among the CSU's 23 campuses to eliminate the use of plastic straws. Alternatives are available and encouraged, and the university embraces an educational model regarding the impact of single-use plastics.

Biology graduate student Mitch Bamford (center) uses a drip torch to intentionally ignite fires at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER). The BCCER regularly partners with Terra Fuego, Firestorm and Cal Fire to conduct prescribed burns, which reduce fuels, mitigate fire risk on the property and provide a training opportunity for Chico State students and current and future fire professionals. The BCCER has been using prescribed burns as a way of reducing fire danger and teaching students about resilient ecosystems for more than a decade. (Jason Halley/University Photographer/CSU Chico)  

Biology graduate student Mitch Bamford uses a drip torch to intentionally ignite fires at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER). The BCCER regularly partners with Terra Fuego, Firestorm and Cal Fire to conduct prescribed burns, which reduce fuels, mitigate fire risk on the property and provide a training opportunity for Chico State students and current and future fire professionals. The BCCER has been using prescribed burns as a way of reducing fire danger and teaching students about resilient ecosystems for more than a decade. Photo: Jason Halley

Biology graduate student Mitch Bamford (center) uses a drip torch to intentionally ignite fires at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER). The BCCER regularly partners with Terra Fuego, Firestorm and Cal Fire to conduct prescribed burns, which reduce fuels, mitigate fire risk on the property and provide a training opportunity for Chico State students and current and future fire professionals. The BCCER has been using prescribed burns as a way of reducing fire danger and teaching students about resilient ecosystems for more than a decade. (Jason Halley/University Photographer/CSU Chico)
Chris Baysdorfer, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences, discusses plant specimens with his students. Cal State East Bay’s Green Biome Institute (GBI) preserves some of California’s most endangered plants, creating a world-leading genetic profile of each plant. All information will be published freely to the public and academic communities. The goal is to be a student-supported partner to plant societies and botanical gardens for endangered plant genomic analysis in the state. 

East Bay

Chris Baysdorfer, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences, discusses plant specimens with his students. Cal State East Bay’s Green Biome Institute (GBI) preserves some of California’s most endangered plants, creating a world-leading genetic profile of each plant. All information will be published freely to the public and academic communities. The goal is to be a student-supported partner to plant societies and botanical gardens for endangered plant genomic analysis in California. (Photo predates COVID-19.)

The GBI provides great educational opportunities for several hundred undergraduate and graduate students each year. Part of GBI’s work is to rank and select plants based on their endangered priority and traits that can potentially improve agriculture and human lives. The program is free to partnering institutions. The institute has established relationships with six of the premier botanical gardens in California.  

The GBI provides great educational opportunities for several hundred undergraduate and graduate students each year. Part of GBI’s work is to rank and select plants based on their endangered priority and traits that can potentially improve agriculture and human lives. The program is free to partnering organizations. The institute has established relationships with six of the premier botanical gardens in California.

The GBI provides great educational opportunities for several hundred undergraduate and graduate students each year. Part of GBI’s work is to rank and select plants based on their endangered priority and traits that can potentially improve agriculture and human lives. The program is free to partnering institutions. The institute has established relationships with six of the premier botanical gardens in California.  
Cal State Long Beach’s Erika Holland, Ph.D., professor of marine biology, researches aquatic toxicology, specifically the impact of pollutants on aquatic organisms using receptor, cellular and whole animal endpoints. Her research interests span numerous pollutant classes with a particular focus on chemicals that alter calcium signaling pathways essential to such processes as neurodevelopment and striated muscle function. Dr. Holland uses zebrafish as research tools because they share about 70 percent of their genetic makeup with humans. (Photo predates COVID-19.)  

Long Beach

Cal State Long Beach’s Erika Holland, Ph.D., professor of marine biology, researches aquatic toxicology, specifically the impact of pollutants on aquatic organisms using receptor, cellular and whole animal endpoints. Her research interests span numerous pollutant classes with a particular focus on chemicals that alter calcium signaling pathways essential to such processes as neurodevelopment and striated muscle function. Dr. Holland uses zebrafish as research tools because they share about 70 percent of their genetic makeup with humans. (Photo predates COVID-19.)

Photo: Sean DuFrene

Professor Christine Whitcraft (center) and CSULB students Elishabah Tate-Pulliam (left) and Cody Fees (right) partner with Cal State Fullerton and Orange County Coastkeeper to restore native oysters, in conjunction with restoring eelgrass habitat, November 26, 2019. Olympia oysters were once an important food source for native Californians. Oysters also provide habitat and refuge for organisms, such as octopi, crabs and juvenile fishes, who take shelter on the structure oyster beds provide. Oysters are filter feeders, so they improve water clarity and help stabilize mudflats.  

Professor Christine Whitcraft (center) and CSULB students Elishabah Tate-Pulliam (left) and Cody Fees (right) partner with Cal State Fullerton and Orange County Coastkeeper to restore native oysters, in conjunction with restoring eelgrass habitat, November 26, 2019. Olympia oysters were once an important food source for native Californians. Oysters also provide habitat and refuge for organisms, such as octopi, crabs and juvenile fishes, who take shelter on the structure oyster beds provide. Oysters are filter feeders, so they improve water clarity and help stabilize mudflats.

Photo: Sean DuFrene

Professor Christine Whitcraft (center) and CSULB students Elishabah Tate-Pulliam (left) and Cody Fees (right) partner with Cal State Fullerton and Orange County Coastkeeper to restore native oysters, in conjunction with restoring eelgrass habitat, November 26, 2019. Olympia oysters were once an important food source for native Californians. Oysters also provide habitat and refuge for organisms, such as octopi, crabs and juvenile fishes, who take shelter on the structure oyster beds provide. Oysters are filter feeders, so they improve water clarity and help stabilize mudflats.  
Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for various green building strategies across several categories. Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. CSU Monterey Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences building has achieved LEED Platinum, the highest certification awarded by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.

MONTEREY BAY

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for various green building strategies across several categories. Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. CSU Monterey Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences building has achieved LEED Platinum, the highest certification awarded by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.

This Laundry to Landscape model system installed in Pinnacles Residential Hall collects, filters and irrigates adjacent landscaping with water from eight washing machines. Combined with low-water plumbing fixtures throughout campus, the system decreased potable water use by 26 percent from 2011 to 2019.  

This Laundry to Landscape model system installed in Pinnacles Residential Hall collects, filters and irrigates adjacent landscaping with water from eight washing machines. Combined with low-water plumbing fixtures throughout campus, the system decreased potable water use by 26 percent from 2011 to 2019.

This Laundry to Landscape model system installed in Pinnacles Residential Hall collects, filters and irrigates adjacent landscaping with water from eight washing machines. Combined with low-water plumbing fixtures throughout campus, the system decreased potable water use by 26 percent from 2011 to 2019. 
Second graders from Emmerson Elementary School in Riverside learn about artichokes at the Discovery Garden at Agriscapes at CPP, May 11, 2017. 

POMONA

Second graders from Emmerson Elementary School in Riverside learn about artichokes at the Discovery Garden at Agriscapes at Cal Poly Pomona, May 11, 2017.

Cal Poly Pomona electrical engineering majors Johnny Bautista (center) and Sean McClanahan (left) assist Grid Alternative worker Miguel Rodarte, March 20, 2018. The students volunteered to set up solar panels for low-income families during spring break.  

Cal Poly Pomona electrical engineering majors Johnny Bautista (center) and Sean McClanahan (left) assist Grid Alternative worker Miguel Rodarte, March 20, 2018. The students volunteered to set up solar panels for low-income families during spring break.

Cal Poly Pomona electrical engineering majors Johnny Bautista (center) and Sean McClanahan (left) assist Grid Alternative worker Miguel Rodarte, March 20, 2018. The students volunteered to set up solar panels for low-income families during spring break. 
Cal State San Bernardino geology alumnus Bryan Castillo (MS, Earth and Environmental Sciences, ’19) was among several geologists, students, researchers, and others who traveled from near and far to investigate the damage wrought by the July 4 and 5 quakes near Ridgecrest. 

San Bernardino

Cal State San Bernardino geology alumnus Bryan Castillo was among several geologists, students, researchers, and others who traveled from near and far to investigate the damage wrought by the July 4 and 5 quakes near Ridgecrest in 2019.

Joan E. Fryxell, a Cal State San Bernardino geology professor, led a hike to the San Andreas Fault behind the university campus as part of the annual “Great California ShakeOut” simulated earthquake drill on Oct. 19, 2019  

Joan E. Fryxell, a Cal State San Bernardino geology professor, leads a hike to the San Andreas Fault behind the university campus as part of the annual “Great California ShakeOut” simulated earthquake drill, October 19, 2019.

Joan E. Fryxell, a Cal State San Bernardino geology professor, led a hike to the San Andreas Fault behind the university campus as part of the annual “Great California ShakeOut” simulated earthquake drill on Oct. 19, 2019 
Engineering professor Alicia Kinoshita, Ph.D., and San Diego State students collect environmental samples to assess wildfire damage.  

San Diego

Engineering professor Alicia Kinoshita, Ph.D., (center) and San Diego State students collect environmental samples to assess wildfire damage.

Photo: Kellie Woodhouse

At SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory, students explore the ecology of coastal fishes and other organisms, working in kelp forest, estuarine and salt marsh ecosystems. Photo: Jeffrey Lamont Brown  

At SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory, students explore the ecology of coastal fishes and other organisms, working in kelp forest, estuarine and salt marsh ecosystems.

Photo: Jeffrey Lamont Brown

At SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory, students explore the ecology of coastal fishes and other organisms, working in kelp forest, estuarine and salt marsh ecosystems. Photo: Jeffrey Lamont Brown 
A team of Spartans pedal hundreds of miles along the California coast to raise awareness about climate change and support SJSU’s environmental outreach program during the California Climate Ride, May 17-21, 2015. The Green Ninja Team—a diverse group of SJSU students, alumni, faculty and staff members—biked 320 miles in five days from Eureka to San Francisco and supported environmental nonprofit organizations like the Green Ninja project. 

San José

A team of Spartans pedals hundreds of miles along the California coast to raise awareness about climate change and support SJSU’s environmental outreach program during the California Climate Ride, May 17-21, 2015. The Green Ninja Team—a diverse group of SJSU students, alumni, faculty and staff members—biked 320 miles in five days from Eureka to San Francisco and supported environmental nonprofit organizations like the Green Ninja project.

Meteorology Professor Alison Bridger demonstrates her department's “map wall” weather monitors and interacts with her students in the classroom, February 29, 2016. Photo: Neal Waters  

Meteorology Professor Alison Bridger demonstrates her department's “map wall” weather monitors and interacts with her students in the classroom, Februar​y 29, 2016.

Photo: Neal Waters

Meteorology Professor Alison Bridger demonstrates her department's “map wall” weather monitors and interacts with her students in the classroom, February 29, 2016. Photo: Neal Waters  
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo chemistry professor Emily Bockmon, Ph.D., (right) and student Sara Gray (left) test water samples as part of their study of ocean acidification, January 24, 2020. By measuring the pH of the water around the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach and the estuary in Morro Bay, Dr. Bockmon and her team hope to better understand the long-term effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems. 

San L​uis Obispo

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo chemistry professor Emily Bockmon, Ph.D., (right) and student Sara Gray test water samples as part of their study of ocean acidification, January 24, 2020. By measuring the pH of the water around the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach and the estuary in Morro Bay, Dr. Bockmon and her team hope to better understand the long-term effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems.

Photo: Joe Johnston

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Swanton Pacific Ranch, agricultural management specialist Aaron Lee conducts research on reducing greenhouse gasses through soil-based carbon sequestration, December 21, 2020. Last year, portions of the ranch were destroyed when a massive wildfire swept through Santa Cruz County—just the type of disaster that better climate science might help mitigate in the future.  

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Swanton Pacific Ranch, agricultural management specialist Aaron Lee conducts research on reducing greenhouse gasses through soil-based carbon sequestra​tion, December 21, 2020. Last year, portions of the ranch were destroyed when a massive wildfire swept through Santa Cruz County—just the type of disaster that better climate science might help mitigate in the future.

Photo: Joe Johnston

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Swanton Pacific Ranch, agricultural management specialist Aaron Lee conducts research on reducing greenhouse gasses through soil-based carbon sequestration, December 21, 2020. Last year, portions of the ranch were destroyed when a massive wildfire swept through Santa Cruz County—just the type of disaster that better climate science might help mitigate in the future.  
At SSU’s Center for Environmental Inquiry's Galbreath Wildlands Preserve, students inspect the low-cost, intelligent sensor they designed to aid in the trapping of invasive feral pigs without harming other species. The center mobilizes faculty, students and the community to solve complex environmental challenges, turning education into action. 

Sonoma

At Sonoma State​’s Center for Environmental Inquiry's Galbreath Wildlands Preserve, students inspect the low-cost, intelligent sensor they designed to aid in the trapping of invasive feral pigs without harming other species. The center mobilizes faculty, students and the community to solve complex environmental challenges, turning education into action. (Photo predates COVID-19.)

SHARE YOUR EARTH MONTH PHOTO

Do you have a great Earth Month photo? Email a JPG or TIFF to precord@calstate.edu​ and it wi​ll be submitted to CSU Dominguez Hills' Digital Collection Database for archiving.​

60 Years of Educational Excellence: Earth Month
reopening-california-2021.aspx
  
4/6/2021 6:05 PMKelly, Hazel4/6/20214/6/2021 4:50 PMCalifornia State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro today released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s outline of next step in state’s pandemic recovery.CaliforniaPress Release
​California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro today released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom's outline of the next step in the state's pandemic recovery: 
 
“I am encouraged by Governor Newsom's announcement that California has administered 20 million vaccinations—and outlining steps for our state's continued recovery from the global pandemic. 
 
“As regions throughout California continue to make significant progress in our collective effort to defeat COVID-19, I am increasingly optimistic about the California State University's ability to return to delivering a majority of classes and activities in person in the fall.  
 
“We are certainly on the right path, both as a state and as the nation's largest four-year public university. We must keep doing our part by wearing a mask and getting vaccinated when it's our turn. 
 
“I am grateful to California's leadership—in both the public and private sectors—and to those on the front lines whose hard work has helped our state reach 20 million vaccinations—a truly remarkable milestone." 


About the California State University
The  California State University  is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 56,000 faculty and staff and 486,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards nearly 129,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.9 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the  CSU NewsCenter

building with text overlay: CSU Chancellor Statement
CSU Statement on California’s Milestone of 20 Million COVID Vaccinations
CSU-Campus-Construction-Projects-and-Practices-Lauded-for-Safety-and-Sustainability.aspx
  
4/7/2021 3:11 PMKelly, Hazel4/6/20214/6/2021 1:40 PMAnnual CSU Facilities Management Conference honored three campuses for sustainable practices and five for safety in construction.SustainabilityStory

​​​Several CSU campuses were recognized for excellence in Safety in Construction and Sustainable Campus Practices during the February 2021 Facilities Management Virtual Forum, a systemwide conference facilitated by the Capital Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) department of the CSU Chancellor's Office.

The awards reflect a remarkable array of campus projects honored for their model efforts. Through a spirit of continuous improvement, these campus teams highlight the effective stewardship of the facilities across the 23 CSU campuses—collectively one of the state's most important assets.

​Sustainable Campus Practices 

Sustainable campus practices have been a part of the CSU's culture for decades, and the current focus is on reducing carbon emissions and equitably managing the impacts of climate change.

“While every campus has exemplary sustainability stories to tell, three were selected for their model efforts in 2020," says Aaron Klemm, Chief of Energy, Sustainability and Transportation at the CSU Chancellor's Office.

  • Energy Usage Reductions: CSU Dominguez Hills was recognized for its energy usage reductions—measured in BTUs per square foot—between March and August 2020 as compared to the same timeframe in 2019. In response to changes in the on-campus population due to COVID, the CSUDH team leveraged their building monitoring technologies to optimize service for the reduced occupancy levels, including customizing their HVAC and lighting schedules. These innovative practices delivered much-needed cost savings to support the university during these difficult times.

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Sacramento State reduced their greenhouse gas emissions—measured in metric tons per square foot—between fiscal year 2017-18 and 2019-20. The campus' emissions strategy focused on lighting retrofits and improved central plant efficiency. In addition, all of  Sacramento State's new construction meets the highest environmental standards, such as the LEED Gold certified science building and all-electric Welcome Center.

  • Highest STARS Score: CSUN received the highest STARS rating in 2020, achieving a score of 74.33 points, just 10 points shy of Platinum status. This recognition highlights CSUN's commitment to sustainability and its holistic approach to meaningful climate action initiatives. The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) platform from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) uses a common set of measurements for campuses to benchmark their sustainability progress across four main categories: academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. All 23 CSU campuses now use the STARS framework to self-report and draw meaningful comparisons.

  • Most Improved STARS Score: CSU Dominguez Hills had the greatest improvement between their previous and current STARS scores. Now at 54.16 STARS points, the campus rating has moved from Bronze to Silver, serving as an example of what's possible when an institution embraces sustainability as a core value.

Safety in Construction

Seven CSU construction projects across five CSU campuses were recognized for stellar safety performance between 2018 and 2020, demonstrating that achieving better safety does not compromise productivity or quality. Winning projects had no recordable injuries and zero lost time injuries, resulting in cost savings and improved schedule performance. The honored projects were:

  • Chico State: central plant modifications; completed January 2018
  • Cal State Long Beach: College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) classroom building; completed February 2019
  • Sacramento State: Parking Structure V; completed October 2018
  • Cal State San Bernardino: utility infrastructure upgrades; completed December 2018
  • San Diego State: Engineering & Interdisciplinary Sciences Building; completed April 2019
  • San Diego State: New Student Residence Hall; completed July 2020
  • San Diego State: Tula Conference Center; completed May 2019

​ 

Learn more about the CSU's commitment to sustainable practices on the Capital Planning, Design and Construction website


building
CSU Campus Construction Projects and Practices Lauded for Safety and Sustainability
CSU-Delegations-Visit-the-Nations-Capital-in-Support-of-Students-During-District-Week.aspx
  
4/7/2021 1:40 PMRuble, Alisia4/5/20214/5/2021 1:15 PMUniversity-wide federal legislative priorities include support for Dreamers and increasing the maximum Pell Grant award.PolicyStory
​​​Monday, April 5 kicked off a week of virtual visits between California State University leaders and federal legislators for CSU District Week. Chancellor Joseph I. Castro convened a virtual meeting Monday morning to rally trustees, campus presidents, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

During the meeting, Chancellor Castro reinforced key messages for the delegations to convey to legislators during meetings throughout the week including the need for legislative action to protect and support Dreamers, as well as the provision of a clear pathway to citizenship and access to federal aid, and advocating to double the maximum Pell Grant and reinstate the annual cost-of-living increase.

“It’s only with the support of our federal leaders that we can fully realize our potential as a force for healing, recovery, prosperity and understanding for our students, their families and their communities—and as a powerful driver of our state’s and nation’s recovery and sustained economic vitality,” said Dr. Castro.

Additionally, delegates were encouraged to take the opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation for the significant COVID-19 relief the CSU and its students have received from the federal government.

Chancellor Castro highlighted some of the ways campuses have used the relief funds to support student achievement, such as helping students bridge the digital divide with new laptops and wireless hotspots, expanding basic needs outreach and providing hundreds of thousands of hours in professional development for faculty and staff to ensure they were equipped to provide a robust teaching and learning experience.

The CSU delegation also welcomed special guest U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona for a Q&A session, during which he addressed federal priorities for the Biden administration and stressed the importance of providing support and guidance for underrepresented and first-generation students, especially coming out of a pandemic. 

“Higher education is the greatest investment to end cycles of poverty,” said Dr. Cardona. “We are in a unique postion to make better opportunities for our learners and I'm excited about partnering with CSU to make sure we get it right.”

Throughout the week, CSU representatives will meet with federal legislators and staff members to advocate on behalf of the university, including a joint meeting with staff from the offices of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla.

To learn more about the CSU’s federal priorities for the 2021-22 academic year, visit the Federal Relations website​.
Two photos side-by-side of smiling men in suits.
A smiling man wearing a suit jacket and glasses.
CSU Delegations "Visit" the Nation's Capital in Support of Students During District Week
courses-for-kids.aspx
  
4/5/2021 8:54 AMRawls, Aaron4/5/20214/5/2021 11:20 AMThe CSU invests in the education of potential Cal State students.Student SuccessStory

Courses for Kids

The CSU invests in the education of potential Cal State students.


 

While the CSU supports its students through educational programs, it also seeks to serve the communities around its campuses—with a particular eye for those children and young adults who will hopefully go to college themselves.

The university's How to Get to Cal State initiative is aimed at helping students from sixth to 12th grade explore the possibility of earning a college education and accessing the resources they need to get there. In addition, all 23 CSU campuses implement their own programs to support students from preschool to high school. Learn about some of them here.

SCIENCE FOR ALL

Founded by Humboldt State University students Christian Trujillo, Diana Martinez and Odalis Avalos in 2019, Ciencia Para Todos (Science for All) provides educational resources in Spanish for elementary, middle and high school students. The ultimate goal is increasing Latinx representation among college students and professionals in the scientific field.

“In a lot of our classes, we never really talked about working with individuals who spoke other languages,” says Trujillo, an environmental science and management senior. “But in our own experiences and identities, when we go back home to our families and our communities, it's very different. We wanted to figure out how we could include our science and cultural identity at the same time.”

With an initial focus on dual immersion schools, the student team developed and led Spanish-language activities, especially around environmental science, for elementary classrooms. One taught the water cycle through dance while another taught pollination by having students act as bees “pollinating” flowers with pipettes.

They also developed partnerships with organizations—working on a wetlands education project with Latino Outdoors and the Northcoast Regional Land Trust and translating children’s resources on rainbow trout into Spanish for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

“We want to change the narrative,” Trujillo says. “We want to show students they can be scientists, and they can be bilingual in their higher-educational selves and futures.”

Now, the team is assembling an elementary-level environmental science book featuring two learning sections and two activity sections using these resources. They hope to hand out the books to local students as well as to children in Spanish-speaking countries.

“We want to empathize and organize so we can help kids who don't have iPads, who don't have access to Wi-Fi on a daily basis, whose schools are not providing these resources,” says José Juan Rodríguez Gutiérrez, a wildlife biology management and conservation junior who recently joined the group. “They can view this information as something much more applicable to their personal surroundings, because these children are living in less-than-suitable environments—environments that are toxic from the pollution in the air, the trash around them and the lack of access to clean water.”

Going forward, they also want to introduce the in-person activities into more schools throughout California, include more languages and scientific topics and expand to other CSU campuses.

“We hear over and over and over, ‘You're the future,’ and these kids are hearing that,” Rodríguez Gutiérrez says. “But when you don't hear that in your language, you don't know if you're going to be part of that future. I believe letting these children know they can be whatever they want to be is the most valuable thing Ciencia Para Todos is trying to do—to encourage, empower and motivate.”

Stem Growth

The Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) at California State University, Dominguez Hills promotes STEM education through teacher pathways and programs designed for K-12 students. For example, CISE hosts a day-long STEM in Action conference for 1,000 local students and STEEAM (science, technology, engineering, English language development, art, mathematics) Week, during which the campus’s mobile fabrication labs (fab labs) visit local schools to conduct nontraditional STEM activities in the classroom.

With the onset of COVID-19, CISE introduced new health education programs in partnership with Apple’s Taking Action on Racial Equity and Justice Learning Challenge Series specifically for vulnerable populations of students, like those experiencing homelessness or under foster care. This included redesigning STEEAM Week.

“The main purpose [of STEEAM Week] has always been to engage K-12 students in fun STEM activities to get them closer to the STEM fields, to feel an excitement about STEM and to be inspired to pursue STEM as a major at a CSU and maybe as a viable career choice,” says Kamal Hamdan, Ed.D., director of CISE. “But [this year, it was] rather to serve the purpose of helping our fellow human beings. That was what was powerful about this project.”

In conjunction with local schools, CISE worked with middle school students to design and 3D-print protective face shields using the mobile fab labs, develop public service announcements concerning the pandemic and write letters of encouragement to older adults living in the community. They then distributed packages consisting of face shields, hygiene kits and the letters to these adults.

“There was a big plan to offer support to the older adults who live in the city of Carson and have been experiencing isolation as a result of the pandemic,” Dr. Hamdan says. “We heard stories about how older adults have been living in isolation, and they don't have the means to break down these barriers and be connected to the outside world.”

In addition, his team is recruiting 50 CSUDH students enrolled in CISE to provide online tutoring for K-12 students identified as potentially vulnerable at three elementary schools and one high school in Carson. Some CISE students will also provide technology support to the city’s older adults.

Hamdan hopes to recruit more CSUDH students outside CISE to be part of the tutoring program and expand the program to other CSU campuses.

“It's a life-long worth of hurt, meaning it takes a lifetime for someone to recover from the impact of the pandemic on learning,” Hamdan says. “This program is a perfect match with the CSU spirit, and I see this continuing for a long time. As long as there are communities that are underserved, as long as there are students in these underserved communities not receiving high-quality instructional experience, I see this continuing. This should not end with the end of the pandemic.”

ART OF LEARNING

With a new five-year grant, a team from California State University, Monterey Bay is launching a program to teach the children of Salinas farmworkers about environmental health using art and to inspire them to enter careers that address the health impacts of environmental challenges.

It’s based on the longitudinal Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) study out of University of California, Berkley, created by epidemiological researchers Brenda Eskenazi and Asa Bradman, on the effects of pesticides and other environmental factors on farmworker families.

“We're looking at how we can better educate and provide experiences that will enhance the opportunities of the young people growing up in this area, who may want to consider jobs that address environmental health, medicine or other STEM-related fields,” says Daniel Fernandez, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Applied Environmental Science.

The program will cycle each year through three areas of study—plastic pollution, climate change and agriculture—incorporating different forms of visual, media and theater arts.

“One of the opportunities of engaging students in hands-on project-based learning is they'll have the opportunity to practice and think about effective ways to communicate to an exter​nal audience,” says Corin Slown, assistant professor of science education. “The goal is the students themselves will be agents of change as they both engage with the material and learn about and inform their communities.”

Currently, the team is recruiting 30 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teachers who will be trained to introduce the educational materials into their classrooms. They’ll then work with art organizations Baktun 12—known for documentary theater—and Artists Ink, as well as students recruited through CHAMACOS, to develop the art curriculum, with Artists Ink developing a mobile application for the program. In addition, the Monterey Bay Aquarium will host a summer institute and winter and spring summits that reinforce the learnings.

“We have a diverse community here in Monterey County, and we have a growing Latinx population,” says Enid Baxter Ryce, professor of cinematic arts and technology. “We want to see that increase reflected in the fields of the sciences, to have more and more young folks feeling like the sciences are for them.”

The aim is also to create a lasting change in these schools’ curriculum. “The hope is this grant builds the teachers’ capacity so, as students generate ideas for continuing this work, that would be something that could be sustained well beyond the life of the grant,” Baxter Ryce says. “The hope is the teachers who participate become leaders in their own school districts or at their own school sites and are able to share the practices they develop in their own classroom with other teachers.”

START YOUNG​

Some CSU programs focus on students even younger than kindergarten age. The Associated Students Children’s Center at California State University, Northridge offers child development services for children between the ages of 18 months and five years. Open to children of faculty, staff, students and the community, the program usually offers full-day, year-round care. But when the center closed for COVID-19 in March 2020, it switched to distance learning activities on Zoom, o​ffering free 30-minute sessions in the morning and evening.

“It's extremely important because we promote and foster the kids’ development holistically—math, language, science and even movement,” Center Director Klara Pakozdi says. “The kids are very lively, they interact, they participate, they ask questions, they are growing very confident very quickly—not only with the technology but interacting with their peers and their teachers.”

Implementing the Creative Curriculum Cloud for online learning, the center’s teachers are providing age-appropriate activities in math, science, storytelling, art and English language development, including English as a second language. Parents are also encouraged to participate. “Our goal is to make it very interactive and creative,” Pakozdi says.

Since going virtual, the program has attracted some new families. Pakozdi hopes the distance learning program will encourage parents to bring their kids to the in-person services once that’s again an option, as well as prepare the children for that return.

“We hope, when some of the children participating in our comprehensive distance learning activities return to face-to-face services, they will transition well with a good foundation,” she says.


Learn more about other programs for children and young adults at California State University Channel Islands, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Humboldt State University, California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, San Bernardino, San Diego State University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Courses For Kids
Economic-Impact-Study-2018-19.aspx
  
4/8/2021 3:02 PMKelly, Hazel4/1/20214/1/2021 8:50 AMNew economic impact study quantifies the CSU’s economic contributions to the state including supporting the creation of 209,400 jobs annually throughout California.ImpactPress Release

​​​​A new economic impact study​ illustrates the California State University's significant and varied economic contributions to the state's economy including a return of nearly seven dollars for every dollar invested in the university by California. Some of the other notable examples of the CSU's annual statewide economic impact include: 

  • $26.9 billion in industry activity throughout the state 
  • $10.3 billion in labor income 
  • $1.6 billion in state and local tax revenue 
  • The creation of 209,400 jobs

​“The California State University has long been recognized for the quality of its educational offerings and as an economic engine powering California, and this new report helps to further illustrate and quantify the consequential impact of the CSU on the Golden State," said CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro. “A return of nearly seven dollars for every dollar invested in the university demonstrates the wisdom of continued bold investment in the university." 

The study utilizes data from 2018-19 and was conducted by global advisory and digital services provider ICF. As a state supported institution, the CSU is reliant on the state's General Fund allocation to fund the university's operating budget. California's increased investment in the CSU over the past several years has resulted in growth in student success with annual increases in graduation rates which have reached all-time highs under the university's Graduation Initiative 2025.  

CSU Provides Ample Return on California's Investment 
The economic impact study provides an even more comprehensive look at the return on California's investment in the CSU. For every dollar invested by the state in the CSU, $6.98 of positive economic activity is generated in the state. When the impact of the enhanced earnings of CSU alumni is factored in, the figure is even greater—$29.90 in total economic activity for every dollar invested. This figure demonstrates the ripple effect that each dollar of spending by the CSU and its students has on the state. 

 The study also points to the return on investment into CSU campuses in regions throughout the state. ​

  • For every dollar the state invested in the Bay Area CSU campuses, $7.24 in statewide spending is generated. 
  • For every dollar the state invested in Central Coast CSU campuses, $7.94 in statewide spending is generated. 
  • For every dollar the state invested in Los Angeles area CSU campuses, $5.97 in statewide spending is generated. 
  • For every dollar the state invested in Inland Empire CSU campuses, $6.72 in statewide spending is generated. 
  • For every dollar the state invested in Humboldt State University, $6.08 in statewide spending is generated. 
  • For every dollar the state invested in CSU campuses in the Sacramento Valley region, $8.07 in statewide spending is generated. 
  • For every dollar the state invested in CSU campuses in the San Diego region, $8.64 in statewide spending is generated. 
  • For every dollar the state invested in CSU campuses in the San Joaquin Valley region, $7.23 in statewide spending is generated. 

The report also examines the CSU's impact on several of California's most essential industries as well as those positioned for growth, including agriculture, water research, biotechnology and healthcare, and energy and environment, among others. 


About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 56,000 faculty and staff and 486,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards nearly 129,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.9 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter. 


woman in graduation clothing
The CSU Provides Sevenfold Return on State’s Investment
Celebrating-Her-Story.aspx
  
3/31/2021 7:04 AMRawls, Aaron3/31/20213/31/2021 9:00 AMThe CSU pays homage to Dolores Huerta, guardian of the farmworkers’ rights movement.   AgricultureStory

​​​​​As Californians pause today to acknowledge the revolutionary efforts of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, it's also worth remembering his steadfast partner in the movement, Dolores Huerta—​a woman Chavez called "totally fearless, both mentally and physically." Together, they dedicated their lives to La Causa (the cause) of farmworkers, shedding light on the dire working conditions they endured and demanding change.

Huerta cofounded the National Farm Workers Association, later known as United Farm Workers (UFW). She was a tireless advocate for the underdog, lending a voice to the voiceless. Often on the frontline of protests across the state, megaphone in hand, Huerta is credited with coining the battle cry Si se puede! (Yes, you can!) years before President Barack Obama adopted it as his campaign slogan. Huerta organized boycotts, led strikes and placed persistent pressure on the agricultural industry in California. The result was the first of its kind—a sea change in public policy that guaranteed farmworkers basic rights and union contracts. Her impact would eventually spread across the nation.

The California State University has maintained a relationship with this fearless leader for decades. In 2018, California State University, Bakersfield​ President Horace Mitchel​l (now retired) presented the campus's President's Medal to Huerta, describing her as “a living legend … an icon whose name is synonymous with civil rights." 

California State University, Northridge, in particular, has benefited from Huerta's 30-year commitment to public education. CSUN students have worked as interns at the UFW and with “la escuelita," the small school in Delano, California, that educated the children of farmworkers in the region.​ CSUN proudly conferred upon Huerta the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2002 for her lifetime of service to the state of California and to the students of the CSU. 

Huerta's recognitions also include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, award by President Barack Obama in 2012. Just last year, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, the Board of Trustees of the California State University resolved that each of the 23 CSU campuses would pay tribute to Huerta's legacy for generations to come by planting a tree— rooted in the same earth tended by many thousands of California farmworkers, including Dolores Huerta herself—or by taking other appropriate commemorative action to honor her lifelong work in service to California and Californians.

​Read more about Dolores Huerta in our celebration of Women's History Month.​​​

Celebrating Her-Story
STEM-Teacher-Candidates-Microsoft-Grant-2021.aspx
  
3/29/2021 8:46 AMKelly, Hazel3/29/20213/29/2021 9:30 AMA new $600,000 grant from Microsoft will be used to increase the number of scholarships available to mathematics and science teacher education candidates. Teacher PreparationStory

​The demand for highly trained CSU teacher education candidates specializing in mathematics and science has never been greater. As the largest teacher preparation program in the state and among the largest in the nation, the CSU produces more than 6,000 teachers annually. That's more than half of California's newest cohort of highly-trained teachers. On average, 1,000 CSU-trained teachers begin their careers in high-demand STEM fields each year.

A new $600,000 grant from Microsoft will be used to increase the number of scholarships available to mathematics and science teacher education candidates.

According to CSU's Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D., the scholarships could not have come at a better time.  “Microsoft's generous gift will enable us to provide an additional $5,000 to support the academic endeavors of 120 aspiring teacher candidates. The added financial support ensures candidates are able to focus on sharpening their teaching skills and expanding their knowledge of high-impact teaching techniques during their student teaching period by reducing the number of hours they need to work outside of their classrooms."

This isn't the first time CSU and Microsoft have teamed up. Most recently during the 2020-21 academic year, Microsoft funded two grants totaling $930,000 to support teacher education candidates specializing in mathematics, science and computer science, as well as to expand the design of computer science courses and mathematics training curriculum for teachers.

A student who was awarded a 2020-21 scholarship shared her appreciation and impact of the scholarship:

"I am truly blessed to have financial assistance through the CSU Microsoft Scholarship to support me as I work toward my goals," said Chelsea McFadyen, who recently completed her secondary teaching credential in biology at Cal State Long Beach.  "I lost both my college student aide and substitute teaching jobs as schools shut down during the pandemic, and, as I am currently student teaching, I am not 'working.' This award has provided financial relief to me and will enable me to better focus on my student teaching experience."  

Each of the CSU's 22 campuses with secondary mathematics and science credential programs will receive scholarship funding. Awardees must commit to teach in high-needs schools for two years following completion of their credential program. Scholarship-seekers should contact their respective campus College of Education dean's office to apply.

To learn more about how CSU campuses prepare California's new teachers, visit our Teacher and Educator Preparation website. ​


man with children in a school setting
man with children in a school setting
Calling all Science and Math Teacher Candidates: 120 New Scholarships Available for Aspiring Teachers
KGI-pathway-school-of-medicine.aspx
  
3/25/2021 4:40 PMRuble, Alisia3/25/20213/25/2021 9:55 AMSeeking to provide access to high-quality medical education, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and the CSU are creating a pipeline for qualified CSU graduates to enter the KGI Pathway Program at the School of Medicine.CareersPress Release

​​​Seeking to provide access to high-quality medical education, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and the California State University (CSU) are creating a pipeline for qualified CSU graduates to enter the KGI Pathway Program at the School of Medicine that leads to a medical degree.

“This is an exciting new partnership that will both provide CSU's brilliant and diverse students additional avenues to pursue careers in medicine as well as help to alleviate one of the nation's biggest challenges," said Fred E. Wood, CSU's interim executive vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs.

This pipeline will address the healthcare crisis and shortages in physicians and other healthcare workers in California and the United States.

The CSU is the largest and most diverse university in the nation, with a high portion of the student body who are first generation college students from underserved or underrepresented communities.

“KGI and the CSU recognize the importance of diversity in the medical professions," said Dr. David Lawrence, dean of the KGI School of Medicine. “It is critical that we provide access to top-notch medical education, regardless of income and connections."

The KGI School of Medicine will tailor its admissions process to recruit local students who come from the communities with the greatest needs.

Lawrence said: “Who we recruit, where we recruit them from, and how and where we train them is critical in encouraging doctors to practice in the communities that need them the most."

KGI, a leader in biotechnology and healthcare education, is launching a Master of Science in Community Medicine (MSCM) program in fall 2021. The first cohort will receive full tuition waivers.

The two-year online MSCM program will prepare students as skilled community medicine practitioners to work in the safety net community clinics, federally qualified health centers, public health departments, Native American healthcare systems, private healthcare systems, non-governmental organizations and industries that serve those communities.

When the KGI School of Medicine opens, there will be significant opportunities for its graduates to positively impact the Los Angeles County safety net—those practices and clinics that offer care regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

According to a UC San Francisco study in 2017, California is projected to face a shortfall of more than 4,100 primary care physicians within the next 10 years.

The first class of medical students to the KGI School of Medicine will be admitted once fundraising and accreditation requirements are met.

 

About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 56,000 faculty and staff and 486,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards nearly 129,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.9 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

 

About the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)

KGI was founded in 1997 as the first higher education institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to education and research related to the applied life sciences. KGI offers innovative postgraduate degrees and certificates that integrate life and health sciences, business, pharmacy, engineering, and genetics, with a focus on industry projects, hands-on industry experiences, and team collaboration.

A member of The Claremont Colleges, KGI employs an entrepreneurial approach and industry connections that provide pathways for students to become leaders within healthcare and the applied life sciences. KGI consists of four schools: Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Minerva Schools at KGI. For more information, follow KGI on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram


healthcare student checking blood pressure of patient
CSU Establishes Admissions Pipeline with the KGI School of Medicine
it-comes-in-waves.aspx
  
3/22/2021 8:04 AMBarrie, Matthew3/22/20213/22/2021 8:10 AMTsunamis pose a real threat to the California coast, even if the triggering earthquakes occur elsewhere. CSU researchers are helping ensure coastal cities are ready.ResearchStory
It Comes In Waves

it comes in waves

Tsunamis pose a real threat to the California coast, even if the triggering earthquakes occur elsewhere. CSU researchers are helping ensure coastal cities are ready.


 

“The Northern California coast is the most tsunami-prone area of the continental United States … In the past 70 years, 34 tsunamis have been recorded on the north coast. Five caused damage.”
Living on Shaky Grou​nd Magazine, Humboldt State University


“Tsunami magnet": that's what Lori Dengler, Ph.D., professor emeritus from Humboldt State University Department of Geology, has called Crescent City. This port city just north of the Humboldt County campus has been hit by tsunamis after earthquakes in Japan, Alaska and South America.

But it doesn't take a 50-foot tsunami out of a science-fiction film to inflict severe damage. In fact, the Crescent City Harbor was partially destroyed by a five- to six-foot tsunami in 2006 following an 8.3-magnitude earthquake in Japan, and completely destroyed by an eight-foot tsunami in 2011 following a 9.1-magnitude earthquake in Japan. “It was simply the really strong currents coming in and coming out that ripped apart the docks, that ripped the boats away from their mooring," Dr. Dengler says.

WHAT IS A TSUNAMI?

Tsunami Graphic 

A tsunami occurs when there is a sudden, large-scale movement of the sea floor that displaces the water above it. While earthquakes are the most common cause, volcanoes and landslides can also trigger such an event (#1 in the illustration). Tsunamis move the entire column of water from surface to sea floor—unlike storm waves, in which wind only moves the water's surface. Multiple waves or surges then ripple out in all directions, moving at speeds of 500 miles per hour or more in deep water (#2).

As the tsunami approaches the coast, it slows down significantly to about 25 to 30 miles per hour, causing the water behind it to build up and the tsunami to grow higher (#3). Because the tsunami carries more water at higher speeds than storm waves, the water penetrates the landscape further inland with greater force, resulting in more flooding, property damage and other destructive effects. Tidal height, coastal topography and sea floor depth may further amplify its effects (#4).

“A really large tsunami looks like a sudden increase in the height of the tide, because the water keeps coming in," Dengler explains. “It comes in for 15 minutes, for 20 minutes, for 30 minutes, rather than seven seconds or 14 seconds [like normal wind-driven waves]."

A Wave of support

Outside of Dengler's research and teaching roles, much of her work has centered on outreach—particularly after the 1992 7.2-magnitude Cape Mendocino earthquake, its large aftershocks, a three-foot tsunami and the resulting $66 million in damages.

Following that event, California ramped up its efforts to understand tsunamis—especially those generated by earthquakes in California—and prepare its coastal cities. Dengler, already a professor at Humboldt State since 1979, was one of the experts who made this happen.

“The outreach came very naturally because we are the most seismically active part of California," she says. “In fact, we're the most seismically active part of the contiguous 48 states. You have to go to Alaska to find an area with more earthquakes."

Dr. Lori Dengler and Amy Uyeki, artist, animator and HSU research associate, tell the story of the Japanese tsunami boat.

Dr. Lori Dengler (left) and Amy Uyeki (right), artist, animator and HSU research associate, tell the story of the Japanese tsunami boat, Kamome, to second graders at Jacoby Creek Elementary School.


In 1993, Humboldt State published the first edition of the Living on Shaky Ground magazine, in which Dengler first published the then-controversial advice: If you feel an earthquake on the coast, head for high ground. That is now a standard coastal earthquake response.

In addition, these efforts resulted in the 1996 creation of the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group (RCTWG)—an outreach and education alliance between government agencies, organizations and Humboldt State's Humboldt Earthquake Education Center (which manages grants for the group)—and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-led collaboration to mitigate the effects of tsunamis on U.S. coastal cities. Funds secured by the Humboldt Earthquake Education Center also helped develop the science behind the U.S. Geological Survey's Did You Feel It? website.

Then in 1999, the RCTWG started participating in the Humboldt County Fair to educate the public on tsunami preparedness. The organization's display usually features a tsunami wave tank and a special exhibit. In 2014, it included a small boat carried out to sea by the 2011 Japan tsunami that beached near Humboldt State three years later. During COVID-19, however, the group set up a virtual tsunami fair.

“You have to have a support base among your decision-makers, and to get a support base among decision-makers, you better have the public behind you," Dengler says. “Earthquakes are rare enough that we tend to forget about the last one just about the time the next one hits. So, it really is important to have everyone on board."

The Humboldt State Geology Department, students and RCTWG also work with middle and high schools to develop tsunami education resources, like those about Kamome, a second Japanese boat that washed up in Crescent City and was later returned.

“We can't control many of these natural hazards that are around us, but we can control how we respond to them," says Humboldt State lecturer Amanda Admire. “The more we can provide people with the knowledge and skills to be safe, the better off the community is going to be when these natural events occur."

Former geology undergraduate student Katie Bojorquez demonstrates the Earthquake Tsunami Room's tsunami wave tank.

Former geology undergraduate student Katie Bojorquez demonstrates the Earthquake Tsunami Room's tsunami wave tank—built by the HSU Engineering Department—during the 2012 Humboldt County Fair.


Current Events

In addition to educating the public, Humboldt State is studying tsunami activity in coastal areas, including Crescent City and Humboldt Bay.

Admire serves as the local project coordinator at Humboldt Bay for NOAA's Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS), a national program designed to increase maritime safety by monitoring the coastal environment. Working with the Humboldt Bay Harbor District and Chevron Corporation, she and her colleagues contribute to this program through the campus's Tsunami Monitoring Project, which she originally established while working with Dengler as an HSU graduate student.

The main component of this project is the placement and maintenance of equipment called Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) in Humboldt Bay that use sound waves to measure the speed of currents moving past the instruments. The data is posted in real-time on the PORTS website and helps experts understand the typical dynamics of currents in the bay, observe tsunami behavior and effects, monitor potential oil spills or contamination and warn mariners of other safety hazards.

Amanda Admire performs a site maintenance check and cleaning at one of the PORTS stations.

Amanda Admire performs a site maintenance check and cleaning at one of the PORTS stations.


Bennett Hosselkus, oceanography/physics undergraduate student and PORTS technician, inspects a newly installed ADCP.

Bennett Hosselkus, oceanography/physics undergraduate student and PORTS technician, inspects a newly installed ADCP before deploying it in Humboldt Bay.


Jose Montoya (bottom), former PORTS technician, and Jacob Partida (top), former oceanography/math undergraduate student and PORT

Jose Montoya (bottom), former PORTS technician, and Jacob Partida (top), former oceanography/math undergraduate student and PORTS technician, install equipment on Buoy 9 within the channel in Humboldt Bay.


“A tsunami could arrive at high tide or low tide, but it's an event that rides on top of typical conditions—and [the currents] can influence the hazard itself," Admire says. “So the currents are important because they help us understand how we need to reinforce structures within a bay or a river to minimize any type of failure that could occur. They also help us understand where vessels would need to be to navigate or not get caught by those currents."

For example, engineers were able to use similar data collected in Crescent City following the 2011 tsunami to determine how best to rebuild the harbor to withstand the force of future tsunamis.

“We can collect the data, analyze the data, interpret how fast these currents were moving based on where they came from and understand the relationship between the earthquake and the tsunami," Admire says. “Then we use that information and that evidence to help reinforce either new building designs they're doing in that location or be able to identify areas that are potential weaknesses."

past, present, future

To prepare for future tsunamis, HSU research associate Eileen Hemphill-Haley, Ph.D., looks to the past. Her focus is identifying the fossils of a marine species of diatoms, or microscopic algae, in cores collected from estuaries along the coast in California, namely Humboldt Bay, and Oregon—though her past research has also looked at the Washington coast and Vancouver Island. Depending on the area, the cores she collects can be about four to six meters long and encompass thousands of years of geological history.

Based on the presence of marine diatoms in cores collected in non-coastal areas, she can reconstruct abrupt changes in the environment due to past earthquakes and tsunamis. “If you find a core record and you have a saltier, sandy deposit that's full of marine diatoms in a place where they should not be, that can be very strong supporting evidence you're looking at a tsunami deposit," Dr. Hemphill-Haley explains.

Jose Montoya (bottom), former PORTS technician, and Jacob Partida (top), former oceanography/math undergraduate student and PORT

Former students Brandon Crawford, Jessica Vermeer, Casey Loofbourrow and Dylan Caldwell (from left to right) collect cores from a freshwater marsh near Crescent City in 2017, searching for evidence of past tsunami deposits.​


The location of marine diatoms in a core can reveal when and where a past tsunami occurred, while the width of that strata can demonstrate how large it was. By matching earthquake records to the existence of tsunami deposits, she can help coastal cities understand which earthquakes are likely to trigger a tsunami based on their location, how immense the resulting tsunami could be and where the tsunami would likely hit.

For example, a 1964 tsunami caused by the great​​ Alaska earthquake (which killed 14 people and inflicted $15 million in damage in California) left a thin deposit layer while a 1700 tsunami caused by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake left a much thicker deposit layer. By comparing the two deposits, Hemphill-Haley demonstrates a tsunami following an earthquake along this subduction zone, a fault line running from Northern California to British Columbia, could inflict much greater damage than the 1964 tsunami.

“[Understanding] a tsunami threat if there's an earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone is a big thing for driving coastal hazard planning, community training and exercises for tsunami evacuation drills," she says.

Lastly, Dengler, Hemphill-Haley and Admire also worked together to gather data from all tsunami-related studies conducted in California into a single database for the California Geological Survey.

“It's important for us to look into the past at what has happened and how we can use that to help us better understand the potential [of future events]," Admire says. “But [it's also important to] monitor the current events that are taking place so as they happen in real time, we can interpret that information and use it to better prepare our communities for the future. And, the first step is raising awareness and letting people know we actively live with these hazards."

Vermeer, Loofbourrow and Crawford examine a core from the marsh in 2017, pointing to a gray sand layer deposited by the 1700 tsu

Vermeer, Loofbourrow and Crawford (from left to right) examine a core from the marsh in 2017, pointing to a gray sand layer deposited by the 1700 tsunami in otherwise thick sections of freshwater peat.


 

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT EARTHQUAKE​?

With the help of the CSU's research and efforts, Californians have been able to better understand tsunamis and prepare coastal cities should one occur. All residents should take the following steps to protect themselves, their families and their homes.

It Comes in Waves
1 - 15Next
  
  
  
  
  
  
Page Heading
Page Image
Rollup Image
  
  
  
reopening-california-2021.aspx
  
4/6/20214/6/2021 4:50 PMCalifornia State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro today released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s outline of next step in state’s pandemic recovery.California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro today released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s outline of next step in state’s pandemic recovery.
building with text overlay: CSU Chancellor Statement
CSU Statement on California’s Milestone of 20 Million COVID Vaccinations CaliforniaPress Release
Economic-Impact-Study-2018-19.aspx
  
4/1/20214/1/2021 8:50 AMNew economic impact study quantifies the CSU’s economic contributions to the state including supporting the creation of 209,400 jobs annually throughout California.New economic impact study quantifies the CSU’s economic contributions to the state including supporting the creation of 209,400 jobs annually throughout California.
woman in graduation clothing
The CSU Provides Sevenfold Return on State’s Investment ImpactPress Release
KGI-pathway-school-of-medicine.aspx
  
3/25/20213/25/2021 9:55 AMSeeking to provide access to high-quality medical education, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and the CSU are creating a pipeline for qualified CSU graduates to enter the KGI Pathway Program at the School of Medicine.
healthcare student checking blood pressure of patient
CSU Establishes Admissions Pipeline with the KGI School of MedicineCareersPress Release
statement-dream-promise-act-2021.aspx
  
3/18/20213/18/2021 3:15 PMCalifornia State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro released the following statement on HR 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives.California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro released the following statement on HR 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives.
man standing outside talking to college students
CSU Statement on Passage of American Dream and Promise Act of 2021DACAPress Release
CSU-Statement-HEERF-2021.aspx
  
3/11/20213/11/2021 1:25 PM"This assistance will empower our talented and diverse students to persevere in obtaining their degrees and thus become future leaders who positively impact our communities and society."
building with blue sky behind it
building with blue sky behind it
CSU Statement on Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund BudgetPress Release
CSU-Statement-on-Immediate-Action-Agreement-for-Relief-to-Californians-Experiencing-Pandemic-Hardship.aspx
  
2/17/20212/17/2021 2:00 PM“The bold plan to fully restore the previous cut to the California State University budget is a tremendous development for the university and our students and their families throughout the Golden State," says Chancellor Castro.
CSU Statement on Immediate Action Agreement for Relief to Californians Experiencing Pandemic HardshipBudgetPress Release
California-State-University-Fresno-Presidential-Search-Committee-to-Hold-Virtual-Open-Forum.aspx
  
2/2/20212/2/2021 3:35 PMThe CSU Board of Trustees is beginning the search for a new president of California State University, Fresno to succeed Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., who became CSU Chancellor in January 2021.
California State University, Fresno Presidential Search Committee to Hold Virtual Open ForumLeadershipPress Release
Academic-Achievement-and-Student-Success-at-the-CSU-Continue-to-Benefit-from-Philanthropic-Support.aspx
  
1/26/20211/26/2021 3:05 PMDespite the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession, the educational mission and work of the CSU continues to resonate with donors, supporters and other friends of the university.
Academic Achievement and Student Success at the CSU Continue to Benefit from Philanthropic Support PhilanthropyPress Release
CSU-Faculty-Staff-Honored-for-Outstanding-Contributions-to-Student-Success.aspx
  
1/25/20211/25/2021 9:35 AMAnnual Wang Family Excellence Awards honor extraordinary dedication and contributions in teaching, scholarship and service to CSU students.Annual Wang Family Excellence Awards honor extraordinary dedication and contributions in teaching, scholarship and service to CSU students.
CSU Faculty, Staff Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Student Success FacultyPress Release
2021-22-January-Budget-Proposal.aspx
  
1/8/20211/8/2021 11:40 AMGovernor Newsom unveiled his 2021-22 January budget proposal, which includes $144.5 million in recurring funding for the CSU, including $30 million to support students’ basic and essential needs.
Statement on Governor’s 2021-22 January Budget ProposalBudgetPress Release
California-State-University-Receives-Donation-of-50,000-Protective-Masks-from--Magic-Ice-Cube-and-Imagen-SanGuard-.aspx
  
12/21/202012/21/2020 9:05 AMPPE equipment donation to benefit students, faculty and staff at CSU’s Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsPPE equipment donation to benefit students, faculty and staff at CSU’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
California State University Receives Donation of 50,000 Protective Masks from Magic Ice Cube and Imagen/SanGuard PhilanthropyPress Release
California-State-University-Anticipates-Return-to-In-Person-Coursework-for-Fall-2021-Term.aspx
  
12/9/202012/9/2020 2:00 PMThe CSU has announced that it is planning for an anticipated return to delivering courses primarily in-person starting with the fall 2021 term.
California State University Anticipates Return to In-Person Coursework for Fall 2021 TermApplyPress Release
Cal-State-Apply-Deadline-Extended-to-December-15.aspx
  
12/1/202012/1/2020 9:00 AMProspective CSU students may file by December 15 to meet the priority application window for fall 2021.Prospective CSU students may file by December 15 to meet the priority application window for fall 2021.
Cal State Apply Deadline Extended to December 15ApplyPress Release
Vlad-Marinescu-Appointed-Vice-Chancellor-and-Chief-Audit-Officer.aspx
  
11/18/202011/18/2020 8:35 AMThe CSU's Division of Audit and Advisory Services conducts and completes independent and objective operational and compliance audits, internal control reviews, investigations and advisory services to add value and improve operations across the university.
Vlad Marinescu Appointed Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit OfficerLeadershipPress Release
Richard-Yao-Appointed-Interim-President-of-California-State-University-Channel-Islands.aspx
  
11/12/202011/12/2020 11:20 AMYao will assume the leadership of the university on January 11, 2021 with the departure of current CSUCI president, Dr. Erika D. Beck.
Richard Yao Appointed Interim President of California State University Channel IslandsLeadershipPress Release
1 - 15Next
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Page Image
Rollup Image
  
down-by-the-ocean.aspx
  
4/19/20214/19/2021 1:30 PMThe vast blue expanse of the ocean is an awe-inspiring sight to behold. In its waves and along its shores, though, may lie answers to scientists' pressing climate change questions.ResearchStory
Down by the Ocean
floating-in-the-air.aspx
  
4/19/20214/19/2021 1:25 PMResearch at Cal State Fullerton helps determine the effects of brown carbon on climate change.ResearchStory
Floating in the Air
towering-over-the-land.aspx
  
4/19/20214/19/2021 1:25 PMCalifornia State University, Bakersfield recently installed an Eddy Covariance Flux Tower on campus that can measure the carbon and water vapor flowing in and out of the local landscape.ResearchStory
Towering over the Land
race-against-climate-crisis.aspx
  
4/19/20214/19/2021 1:20 PMJust adapting to climate change is not something the world can afford to do. So, the CSU is exploring all options to thwart potentially disastrous consequences.ResearchStory
The Race Against the Climate Crisis
trapped-underground.aspx
  
4/19/20214/19/2021 1:20 PMHuman development and fires are damaging and destroying the globe's natural habitats, but its plant life may be most helpful in healing the earth's carbon-choked atmosphere.ResearchStory
Trapped Underground
earth-month.aspx
  
4/12/20214/12/2021 8:00 AMThe beauty of Earth abounds at each of our 23 campus communities, from sunny San Diego to the Central Valley’s mesmerizing fields to the towering redwoods on the north coast.CaliforniaStory
60 Years of Educational Excellence: Earth Month
CSU-Campus-Construction-Projects-and-Practices-Lauded-for-Safety-and-Sustainability.aspx
  
4/6/20214/6/2021 1:40 PMAnnual CSU Facilities Management Conference honored three campuses for sustainable practices and five for safety in construction.SustainabilityStory
building
CSU Campus Construction Projects and Practices Lauded for Safety and Sustainability
CSU-Delegations-Visit-the-Nations-Capital-in-Support-of-Students-During-District-Week.aspx
  
4/5/20214/5/2021 1:15 PMUniversity-wide federal legislative priorities include support for Dreamers and increasing the maximum Pell Grant award.PolicyStory
Two photos side-by-side of smiling men in suits.
A smiling man wearing a suit jacket and glasses.
CSU Delegations "Visit" the Nation's Capital in Support of Students During District Week
courses-for-kids.aspx
  
4/5/20214/5/2021 11:20 AMThe CSU invests in the education of potential Cal State students.Student SuccessStory
Courses For Kids
Celebrating-Her-Story.aspx
  
3/31/20213/31/2021 9:00 AMThe CSU pays homage to Dolores Huerta, guardian of the farmworkers’ rights movement.   AgricultureStory
Celebrating Her-Story
STEM-Teacher-Candidates-Microsoft-Grant-2021.aspx
  
3/29/20213/29/2021 9:30 AMA new $600,000 grant from Microsoft will be used to increase the number of scholarships available to mathematics and science teacher education candidates. Teacher PreparationStory
man with children in a school setting
man with children in a school setting
Calling all Science and Math Teacher Candidates: 120 New Scholarships Available for Aspiring Teachers
journey-to-the-working-world.aspx
  
3/29/20213/29/2021 8:00 AMFind out how the CSU helps students launch their post-graduation careers.CareersStory
Journey To The Working World
it-comes-in-waves.aspx
  
3/22/20213/22/2021 8:10 AMTsunamis pose a real threat to the California coast, even if the triggering earthquakes occur elsewhere. CSU researchers are helping ensure coastal cities are ready.ResearchStory
It Comes in Waves
CSU-CalFresh-Outreach-Supports-Students-Basic-Needs.aspx
  
3/17/20213/17/2021 1:05 PMCSU campuses hosted CalFresh Outreach Week to raise awareness of expanded nutrition program for students. Basic Needs InitiativeStory
A woman wearing a face mask holding up a bag of produce.
CSU CalFresh Outreach Supports Students' Basic Needs
womens-history.aspx
  
3/15/20213/15/2021 9:00 AMThroughout the years, women have staked their claim in every industry, and the CSU is a prime example.CaliforniaStory
Women's History
1 - 15Next