Earth Week Outdoor Events: The campus hosted the 5th annual Earth Week outdoor campus event in the Campus Quad and Titanwalk. Featured exhibitors showcased green vehicle technology, solar panel and energy efficient technologies, alternative transportation, and local farmer's market businesses, and sustainability non-profit organizations. Exhibitors demonstrated and promoted the various new and improved technologies and products.
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Sustainability Symposium: The 2nd annual on-campus Symposium was held on April 17 (Thursday) in the TSU Pavilions AB. The event featured three (3) invited speakers from different areas of sustainability during the evening session. Daytime sessions showcased presentations, posters and exhibits from on-campus students, faculty and staff. These presentations placed a focus on current sustainability topics, such as environmental justice, economic responsibility, and social equity issues. The Student Sustainability Contest winners and their awards were announced during the evening events with the three featured invited speakers.
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A Brief History of Earth Day
In spring 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.
CSU Fullerton celebrates Earth Day with annual festivities, student contests, expos and the Sustainability Symposium to show its continued commitment to environmental and social responsibility and awareness.
Campus Commitments to Sustainability
American Colleges & Universities Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. Its mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities—from community colleges to research universities, and from institutions just starting their sustainability programs to long-time campus sustainability leaders. STARS encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability. STARS is designed to:
Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.