Californians create about six pounds of trash each day. At this rate, it would take our campus only one week to fill the entire Walter Pyramid with 240,000 pounds of trash. This is just one reason Long Beach State is committed to promoting sustainability through campus operations, academic programs, community efforts and initiatives.
Among the ways the university’s efforts can be found are in solar energy panels, drought-tolerant plants, on-campus recycling, its Waste Not campaign and involvement in Climate Leadership Network and signatory Climate Commitment.
The Climate Commitment integrates the goal of achieving climate neutrality (reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero) with the goal of climate resilience (building adaptive capacity to withstand inevitable climate impacts).
Meanwhile, the university’s Waste Not program is designed to change the way our campus community thinks about waste, recycling and disposal. Founded on the principle of “waste not, want not,” this program aims to promote policies and focus on reducing wasteful practices.
Long Beach State also has incorporated its sustainable efforts into its buildings with LEED certification. Currently, the university has one Platinum, five Gold and two Silver rated buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an internationally recognized green building certification.
The school also installed a vertical garden that is home to a variety of produce, such as lettuce, spinach, cucumbers and kale, which are supplied to the Chartroom. Vertical gardens are more environmentally sustainable than purchasing produce from suppliers because the towers use about 90 percent less water than traditional gardening and don’t produce vehicle emissions that come with transporting food.