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Our mission is to take a leadership role in advancing the university’s overall sustainability goals by bringing students, staff, and faculty together to raise awareness about issues regarding sustainability, and facilitate the adoption of sustainable practices and actions within Associated Students, Inc. programs and facilities.

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 bi-weekly 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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Eric Bryan

Recycling Coordinator

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Daniel Pierce

USU Sustainability Assistant

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Alejandro Ramos

USU Sustainability Assistant

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Lamiya Hoque

USU 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).

Recycle Wars FAQ's

All recycled materials for the contest will be turned in at the ASI Recycling Center on campus. 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 recycle center, meaning that you will receive cash payment for your recyclables. First place winners will receive Recycle Wars swag hats, lanyards and shirts, and a Trash Trophy. Also, you and/or your club will be helping a great cause in reducing the amount of plastic that goes into our landfills!

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

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

Contest Rules:

  1. Materials will only be accepted to count toward the competition from October 1 – 31
  2. Immediate disqualification will occur if found removing recyclables from campus bins.
  3. Recyclable materials must be turned into the ASI Recycling Center
  4. Materials not accepted by the center will not count toward total score
  5. Caps of all plastic bottles and glass must be removed
  6. One organization per team

Room USU-238


(As of Summer 2017)
Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 9am - 1pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm



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.