The California State University and Southern California Gas Co. are working together to involve CSU students in service-learning activities that address energy efficiency and energy education. A $50,000 grant from SoCalGas will fund 10 demonstration projects that will lead to course implementation and curriculum development at six CSU campuses.
“Thanks to SoCalGas, students across the state will have the opportunity to participate in energy-related coursework, which will increase their awareness of the field and position them for careers in energy efficiency and conservation,” said Judy Botelho, CSU director of the Center for Community Engagement.
The 10 demonstration projects supported by the CSU/SoCalGas alliance will expand CSU’s efforts to actively engage students in service and learning related to energy, while also building a base of knowledge to grow the program. Projects will take place at Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Luis Obispo.
“Investing in job-creating educational programs is the definition of sustainability,” said Gillian Wright, SoCalGas director of Customer Programs and Assistance. “The service-learning programs that are being developed will help our economy and improve energy efficiency now, and in the years to come.”
Service learning integrates meaningful community service with academic instruction and reflection, allowing students to apply their disciplinary knowledge for the common good and to strengthen communities. During the 2011-12 academic year, 85,000 students from all 23 CSU campuses contributed more than one million hours to their communities through more than 2,600 service-learning courses. For more information about CSU service learning and the CSU’s Center for Community Engagement, visit www.calstate.edu/cce/.
CSU Northridge: Best Practices in Sustainability
Students in this course are learning about sustainability by conducting energy assessments of campus units in the areas of energy, waste, water and resource use and practices. Students will prepare reports detailing the assessment findings and outline recommendations to improve energy and water efficiency.