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Earth Day Celebration Reinforces Sac State’s Commitment to Sustainability

Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen (second from left) helps plant an interior live oak as part of the university's Earth Day celebration April 14. (Sacramento State/Rob Neep)

Happy Earth Day!

Over at Sacramento State, California’s capital university got a jump on today’s officially recognized day with a daylong celebration of its own on April 14. Sac State annually conducts a grand Earth Day celebration that’s open to the community and features live music, food trucks, educational booths, the collection of recyclables, and much more.

Kicking off this year’s event, which was sponsored by Sustainability at Sac State, President Robert S. Nelsen and other university leaders participated in a tree-planting ceremony in which they planted an Interior Live Oak on the quad at the University Library.

Sac State is a leader in sustainable practices, both locally and nationally. Whether it be recycling, energy conservation, water and waste management, green landscaping, transportation, or purchasing processes, the campus incorporates green building standards into its construction and building renewal projects. The campus environmental health and safety program, including food production safety, employs sustainable systems as well.

What are some other ways Sac State is a leader in sustainability?

The university is home to several LEED certified buildings, a fleet of natural gas and hybrid vehicles, and solar energy projects.

The campus is also home to the Smart Grid Center, where the university is involved in pioneering research that serves to increase the efficiency and security of the nation’s electricity grid and develop a platform for alternative and renewable energy production, among other things.

Additionally, Sac State houses the Sustainable Technology Outdoor Research Center (STORC), which pairs academic research with operational needs to create new sustainable solutions for campus functions while providing students with opportunities for hands-on learning.

And just this week, Sac State announced a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by joining the national Climate Leadership Network.

To see a report of this year’s Earth Day celebration, check out this Good Day Sacramento video.

And learn more about the many ways Sac State is helping to fight global warming and change energy consumption habits by visiting Sac State Sustainability’s website at csus.edu/aba/sustainability.

Photo: Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen (second from left) helps plant an interior live oak as part of the university’s Earth Day celebration April 14. By Rob Neep/Sacramento State.


About the author

Ahmed V. Ortiz

I'm an editor and web content manager in Sacramento State's Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, where I've worked since March 2011. My past professional life was spent working in newspaper newsrooms for 13 years. I also have worked for Yahoo Sports. I'm a Sac High grad who is amazed and encouraged by how much the city grew up between 1993 when I left for Long Beach State and 2005 when I returned to work at the Bee. I ride my bicycle a lot, love music and baseball, and donate blood monthly.

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