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Our mission is to enhance the environmental quality of our campus community by engaging with students, staff, and faculty through outreach, education, resources, and student life activities. By connecting the needs and interests of Long Beach State community to the university’s sustainability goals, we implement beneficial and lasting changes to the environment for generations to come.

About Sustain U

Sustain U was formed by retired recycling center coordinator Lee Johnson as an ad-hoc committee of the University Student Union (USU) Board of Trustees dedicated to sustainable recommendations within Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) and the USU. Since then, Sustain U has grown exponentially. Along with monthly outreach meetings, the Sustain U team has spearheaded the USU composting program “Compost Happens,” worked on education campaigns through “Trash Talkers,” collaborated inter-departmentally on the CSULB Zero Waste plan, and in July of 2017, passed the Policy on Sustainability through the ASI Board of Control, ensuring a greener, cleaner legacy for operations within ASI. Sustain U is Long Beach State students’ first stop for sustainability, and a growing force for a greener world.


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Arnecia Bryant

Associate Director, Facility Operations

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Andrea Coca Gonzales

USU Sustainability Assistant

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Maggie Bauer

USU Sustainability Assistant

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Yusuf Rehman

USU Lead Sustainability Assistant

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Norreen Chau

USU Graduate Sustainability Assistant

Sustain U Success

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  • Developed, launched and implemented the “Compost Happens” educational campaign.
  • Recommended and successfully implemented hydration stations throughout the USU.
  • Recommended the establishment of a campus-wide sustainability task force.
  • Recommended and assisted in the development of the ASI Senate resolution encouraging the University President to sign the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
  • Passed the Policy on Sustainability for ASI
  • Got rid of water bottle sales in ASI Facilities
  • Developed, launched, and implemented the “Trashtalker Tabling” educational outreach

Recycle Wars FAQ's

All Recycled materials for the contest will be turned in at the ASI Recycling Center in parking lot G9. The specific address is 5800 E. Atherton St., Long Beach CA 90815. Operating hours: 9AM- 4:30PM (closed on Tuesdays).

The recycling center on campus is a CA-CRV (California Refund Value) recycle center, meaning that you will receive cash payment for your recyclables. First place winner will receive a customize-able pop-up tent. Also, you and/or your club will be helping a great cause in reducing the amount of recyclables that goes into our landfills!

This competition will start on October 1st and will end on October 31st.

The ASI Recycling Center will keep up with tracking your totals throughout the month.

  1. Materials accepted for the competition

    • All CA-CRV labeled recyclables
    • All CA-5¢, or CA-10¢labeled recyclables
      • These include aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles
  2. Materials that are not accepted for the competition

    • Non-CA CRV Material
      • Recyclables labeled HI-5¢, ME-5¢
        • HI is for Hawaii
        • ME is for Maine
      • We can still recycle the material for you, but they will not count towards your overall score.
      • The score is based off how much money is given back to you for the CA-CRV (California Refund Value) materials your student organization or individual turns in.
      • Wine bottles
      • Hard Liquor bottles
    • Bottle caps and container covers
      • The caps are a different type of plastic than the container and considered a contaminant in recycling.
      • Save time by removing these before coming into the ASI Recycling Center.
    • Contaminants
      • Liquids, food, sand, and rocks are considered contaminants.
      • Contaminated recyclables are not as easily processed back into their raw material form.
      • This leads to contaminated recyclables being diverted into landfills unfortunately.
      • Please keep all recyclables as clean as possible.
    • Double Points
      • Immediate disqualification for any teams taking recyclables from any of the on-campus recycling bins.
  3. Disqualification Criteria

    • Immediate disqualification for any teams taking recyclables from any of the on-campus recycling bins.

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(As of Fall 2021)

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 3pm
Saturday CLOSED



Suggestions for Sustainability

Sustain U greatly appreciates any and all suggestions, comments or concerns related to creating and maintaining sustainability intiatives to help make the University Student Union do its part in making CSULB a more environmentally friendly community.