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Conservation Goals

California is one of the nation's leaders in distributed generation, renewable energy development and energy conservation policy. Beginning in 2023 all new builings require solar generation and battery storage. The state also has a tartet to reduce its Green House Gas emmissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The CSU has commited to meet this goal by 2040. The state also has a goal to reduce its water consumption to 10 percent below 2019 levels by 2030.

All CSU buildings are required to operate in the most energy efficient manner and transition to a low carbon strategy without endangering public health and safety and without diminshing the quality of education and the academic program

Water Conservation

We live in an arid environment, averaging only tem inches of rainfall a year. As demand for water increases and supplies dinish, we need to be increasinly aware of how we used our water resources. CSUSM has implemented many conservation measures to increase our water effienceny. All of our buildings have low flow faucets, toilets, and fixtures. Additionally, we have installed weather-based, computerized irrigation controllers that monitor water use and can detect leaks. Our landscape efforts are focused on utilizing drought tolerant plants.

Consistent with AB1668, all CSU campuses shall pursue cost effective water resource conservation to reduce consumption by ten percent by 2030, as compared to a 2019 baseline.

If you see any leaks or broken sprinkler heads please email

Greenhouse Gas Reduction

According to the Enviromental Protection Agency, the earth's climate is changing, which affects chages in our weather, oceans, and ecosystems. These changes are due to a buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and the warming of the planet due to the greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide is the primarty greenhouse gas contributing to recent climate change.

The CSU Climate Action Plan strives to reduce systmewide facility carbon emissions to 40 percent below 1990 (consistent with SB32) and further reduce faciltiy carbon emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2040.

Highlighed points from Executive Order 987

  • All CSU buildings and facilities, regardless of the source of funding for their operation will be operated in the most energy efficient manner withour endangering public health and safety and without diminishing the quality of education.
  • All CSU campuses will continue to identify energy efficiency improvement measures to the greatest extent possible, undertake all necessary steps to seek funding for their implementation and, upon securing availability of funds, expeditiously implement the measures.
  • Each campus energy/utilities manager shall solicit and evaluate feedback from faculty, staff and students to monitor the effects of energy conservation efforts on instructional programs and the environment. Training on new energy management concepts and programs will be provided as necessary.