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Sustainability Efforts Win Green Business Award

Sept. 27, 2012

Cal State Fullerton's sustainability efforts, including this year's installation of a 1.16 MW solar system and the largest public charging infrastructure in Orange County, were recognized during this month's National Plug in Day.

Doug Kind, facilities operation's manager of engineering and sustainability, accepted the award on behalf of the campus during the Sept. 23 OC event.

"It was an honor to receive the Orange County Green Business Award by Plug in America. This award recognizes the diligence and magnitude of the sustainable efforts being done here at CSUF,” said Kind. "These efforts include such things as the recent 1.16 MW solar PV system, our new car sharing program, our electric vehicle Earthweek outreach event, as well as the multiple electric vehicle charging stations available for use by the campus and the community."

Earlier this month, CSUF earned a silver ranking in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System for its sustainability efforts in operations, administration, curriculum and research. Last year, CSUF committed to the Talloires Declaration on environmental sustainability in higher education and the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Kind also was one of the speakers during the program, joining Jim McCarthy, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California; Bob Siebert, chair of Southern California's Sierra Club Conservation Committee; state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach); and Linda Nicholes, co-founder of Plug in America.

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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