CSU Dominguez Hills Recognized by City of Carson for Water and Power Conservation
The city of Carson recognized California State University, Dominguez Hills at the Carson Business Awards event held at the university’s Loker Student Union on June 11 for its conservation efforts. The award was presented to President Mildred García for the campus’s partnership with South Bay Environmental Services Center, Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company, which outfitted the University Housing complex with 224 low-flow toilets and 164 showerheads that are estimated to reduce water usage by 50 percent, saving 3.4 million gallons annually. In addition, the installation of compact fluorescent lighting is expected to save $100,000 in power costs.
Mayor Jim Dear commends the university for establishing itself as a learning lab for sustainability within the city of Carson.
“Students are going to learn as much from what other people do as they will from the lectures they hear in their classrooms,” he says. “You have a faculty and administration that are on board with the goals of making the campus a more environmentally positive place to learn.”
Carson’s business and employment development manager Barry Waite says that CSU Dominguez Hills has demonstrated its commitment to green leadership through the installation, which was the pilot project for West Basin Municipal Water District’s Green Living for Apartments and Condos program. The project was one of many aimed at water conservation, created from grants totaling $681,000 that were awarded to the agency by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
“From the first inquiries on possible options to the completion [of the project] was just a few months,” he says. “I was amazed at how [quickly] they pulled together all the parties involved. That the savings were at no cost to the university and improved the condition of the student apartments is even more impressive.”
Dear says that the city’s relationship with CSU Dominguez Hills is “mutually beneficial,” as both institutions have populations that are regarded as the most diverse in the United States.
“The experiences that students have in our community and on campus are going to mold them as far as their values and goals,” he says, “and have a positive effect on our multiethnic country [to ensure] that it will remain a leader among nations.”
- Joanie Harmon