SOLAR PANELS, LIKE THE ONES ATOP BROTMAN HALL, SAVE THE UNIVERSITY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN ENERGY COSTS. SOLAR PANELS RECENTLY WERE INSTALLED IN TWO PARKING LOTS.
Long Beach State is committed to promoting sustainability though campus operations, academic programs and community efforts. The university’s efforts can be found in energy efficient green buildings, drought-tolerant landscaping, its on-campus recycling center, zero waste campaign and many forms of transportation options.
Long Beach State has four LEED Certified Gold and two Silver buildings on campus. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system.
The university recently initiated a new waste diversion program, called Waste Not, which is designed to promote zero waste (90 diversion rate) by 2030.
In 2017, the university furthered its sustainability campaign when it unveiled solar panels in two parking lots that will provide 4.5 megawatts of energy, and plans for 46 or more electric car charging stations.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating traffic is another focal point of Long Beach State’s sustainability efforts, joining forces with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and Climate Action Plan. Students can help by utilizing the UPASS TAP program, which provides free bus rides, taking the campus shuttles, carpooling or riding a bicycle.
There are seven Long Beach Bike Share stations on campus with more than 35 bikes available.