Published: Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Written by Alicia Casey
October is sustainability month, and there’s no better way to show your appreciation for the environment than by taking a climate pledge. Wondering how to start living a more sustainable lifestyle? We've got you covered! Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) has an entire department devoted to sustainability education. That’s right, ASI’s Sustain U is the hub for all things related to sustainability advocacy.
“We focus on promoting campus sustainability through hosting workshops and creating initiatives to educate students on environmental issues,” said Yusuf Rehman, Lead Sustainability Assistant. “Our goal is to motivate students to take action, one step at a time, to create a healthier world.”
Interested in learning how to go green? Sustain U teaches a variety of environmental workshops for you to choose from. Workshop topics have included gardening, composting, recycling, reusable everyday products, saving the coral reefs and more. Through their many classes and hands-on learning experiences, Sustain U works to facilitate conversations around environmentalism and it promotes adopting more sustainable practices in our daily lives.
Sustain U events are year-round and “students can expect to see collaborations with the different sustainability initiatives on campus,” Rehman said. “Sustain U has also interviewed experts on different topics such as ocean pollution and bee pollination. The information from these interviews will be included in the workshops as well.”
Sustainability month is hosted by the university’s Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with other campus departments, like ASI’s Sustain U. Activities began on Oct. 6 and end on Oct. 27. Make sure to check out Sustain U’s Environmental Impact of Lithium Batteries workshop on Oct. 20. To view the full Sustainability month event schedule, visit csulb.edu/sustainability
“It is important to band together as a community during this month to understand how human involvement affects the current environment and how we can combat the leading causes,” Rehman said.
What are you waiting for? Grab your reusable water bottles, gardening gear and compostable utensils, and get involved with the campus’ hotspot for environmental action! Read more about Sustain U and learn how to take action at asicsulb.org/sustain-u.