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Campus taking steps to address California drought

Drought-resistant plants were planted around the SRC athletics field where students can be seen playing soccer on the turf utilizing artificial grass to preserve water in Northridge, Calif.

Devan Patel

January 27, 2014

As the drought and record-low rainfall have weakened California’s water supply, CSUN remains committed to sustainability as it has enacted a number of measures to reduce water consumption on campus. The dry weather only produced 3.60 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles, breaking previous rec...

Heating systems shut down in several buildings due to main pipe leaks

Champaign Williams

December 9, 2013

Leaks in the main campus heating hot water pipes have resulted in the shut-down of heating systems within multiple buildings, according to campus Physical Plant Management (PPM). The main heating hot water pipes serves all major campus buildings. As such, the heating systems in University Hall, Sierra Ha...

CSUN conserves water during drought season

Shaleeka Powell

April 25, 2013

The San Fernando Valley  has been in a substantial drought period for several years and the Physical Plant Management (PPM) team has continued to search for ways to conserve water and energy on campus at lower costs. According to maven’s notebook webpage, said the dry years of the latest drough...

Tropical oasis at CSUN example of sustainable green energy

The CSUN subtropical rain forest project was the first of its kind at a university in the United States. According to Physical Plant Management, the site is projected to save the campus $14.5 mil dollars over 25 years. Photo Credit: Irene Moore / Daily Sundial

Irene Moore

September 18, 2011

It was only a lunch break.  Eating on the future grounds of CSUN’s rain forest may have seemed uneventful to the workers that built the 13,000 square foot tropical oasis.  Little did they know they accidentally transplanted a tiny seed that would soon grow out of control in an environment that ...

CSUN not leading CSU energy efficiency, still committing to green

More than 2,800 165-watt solar panels cover this faculty lot on the southwest side of campus to help contribute to more than $140,000 annually in energy costs and give shade to parked cars. Photo Credit: Andres Aguila / Daily Sundial

Braulio Campos

September 6, 2011

Despite recently losing its No.1 spot for energy efficiency to CSU San Bernardino, CSUN still has big plans for its efforts to stay green, according to school officials. “Sustainability is a large commitment to the CSU system,” Elizabeth Chapin, spokesperson for the University Chancellor's Office, ...

Water leak shuts down heating system on campus

Jackie Holmes

October 26, 2010

A water main leak  affecting the entire campus heating system was discovered Tuesday. Lynn Wiegers, executive director for physical plant management (PPM), said there will not be any heat in the buildings and no hot water in the Sierra Hall restrooms. Wiegers said the leak started a couple of weeks ago, but PPM had trouble l...

Students involved in food fight incident may be fined

Antoine Abou-Diwan

October 19, 2010

CORRECTION: Members of the Sigma Chi fraternity were not involved in the food fight. The fraternity was identified in a statement by the Department of Police Services, which was later found to be incorrect.  Updated 10/21 Members of the Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi fraternities as well as the Delt...

Valley Performing Arts Center holds test performance for faculty, hard hats

Angela Melero

October 17, 2010

The Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) held its first concert Friday night, seizing the opportunity to showcase the advanced performance components that have had the community eagerly awaiting its opening. The concert, which featured jazz trumpeter, Doc Severinsen, was an exclusive ev...

CSUN students move chairs from classrooms due to over-enrollment

Angela Melero

September 14, 2010

Students are being turned away from classes because of the lack of chairs available in the classrooms. Leslie Gillman, academic facilities coordinator, said classroom chairs rarely stay put, even though the Academic Resources and Planning (ARP) Department meticulously allocates the chairs ever...

CSUN’s Physical Plant Managment executive director to retire in fall

Morgan Marx

July 6, 2010

This fall, Thomas Brown will step down as executive director for Physical Plant Management after 15 years in the position and about 30 as a member of the CSUN community. “I love this place, it’s been awfully good to me,” Brown said.  “But it’s a good time for me personally and professionally...

Solar panels power CSUN, more to come

Juana Esquivel

April 28, 2010

A dual access tracking solar system is the latest generation of solar energy panels in the CSUN campus. The third generation of solar panels is in the construction process in parking lot E6, said Bill Sullivan, energy manager for CSUN’s Physical Plant Management (PPM). “It’s being installed as we speak and its dual access tracking solar system,” Sullivan said. ...

Water conservation top-priority for CSUN

Kimberly Krieger

April 26, 2010

Los Angeles has a growing population but a shrinking water supply. This is where Bill Sullivan, energy manager for physical plant management (PPM) at CSUN comes in. “Water conservation is a more current issue than it used to be because water used to be so cheap,” said Sullivan, who has been with  PPM since 1994. Now that a change is warranted, Sullivan said C...

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