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Cal State L.A. gains power, saves energy

Taking steps to reduce carbon footprint, cut tons of greenhouse gases

Photo of solar panels on E&T building.

Through a study and redesign of its Central Plant, Cal State L.A. has prevented the creation of more than 1,300 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

The burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation produces so-called greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide. These gases are linked to global warming. To diminish its emission of carbon dioxide and decrease its reliance on fossil fuel-generated power, Cal State L.A. has also commenced or completed several other projects:

CSULA student projects keep paving the way to a more energy efficient future…

Highlighting the University’s excellence in developing environmentally-friendly vehicles, Cal State L.A.’s 2009 Super Eagle won third place in the 30th annual Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage Competition, held recently at the Eaton Corporation Marshall Proving Grounds, Marshall, Michigan. For the competition results, go to http://students.sae.org/competitions/supermileage/results/2009.pdf.

Other student projects contributing to sustainability, directed by Technology Professor David Blekhman, include solar panels recently mounted on the Engineering and Technology building; a hydrogen-safety experiment; and a database project to allow the campus to observe individual building power consumption.

Learn more about Cal State L.A.’s greening efforts:

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Last Update: 07/24/2009