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Cal State Long Beach Works To Become Sustainable | Environment |

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By Gary Metzker

Long Beach State wants to be off the grid in nine years.

No, the university isn’t going into hiding; that would be a challenge, seeing as it encompasses more than 300 acres. But three years ago, President Jane Close Conoley created the President’s Commission on Sustainability, enlisting campus and community members to advise her on strategies required to meet the promise of carbon neutrality.

“Every decision we make on campus is informed by our commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030,” Conoley wrote in October 2020 in the Grunion Gazette. “We know we can’t reverse climate change from just our 320 acres, but we are part of a network of more than 600 universities worldwide that have pledged to mitigate climate change and become resilient to the extremes caused by the changes.”

From solar panels in one of the university’s parking lots to recycling trash cans around campus, the university has embraced Conoley’s vision.

Parkside North Housing is scheduled to be completed this summer for students to move into for the fall 2021 semester. The student housing and a housing administration building are the first projects in the California State University system of 23 campuses to be certified under the rigorous Living Building Challenge standards.

The dormitory, which will have 476 beds, is at the corner of Atherton Street and Earl Warren Drive. Mark Zakhour, the university’s director of Design and Construction Services, told the Press-Telegram that it has been 30 years since the school has built new student housing on campus[…]

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