The 16th annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) brought together professionals from independent/private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California once again to create opportunities for dialogue across institutions. This year was the 3rd year that Calsense has attended the event and it keeps getting better! We love that CHESC gives us a chance to educate others on the importance of water conservation and sustainability on college campuses.

Importance of sustainable awareness

Higher education campuses have the unique opportunity to make a lasting, positive impact on our environment while inspiring students to lead by example. Campuses in the United States use trillions of gallons of water every year. By sharing their water conservation efforts with the public and their students, colleges and universities influence others to take responsibility for water consumption. When campuses prioritize sustainability, they are helping to instill the importance of preserving the planet’s natural resources for future generations. Read more about best practices in campus sustainability.

For universities, the importance of conserving resources goes beyond water. The concept of the water-energy nexus describes the relationship between water and energy; consider the electricity needed to transport water, as well as the water used for electricity production. Many schools have recognized this relationship and have begun using solar for electricity in order to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and lower resource costs.

L.A New Green Deal

Dominique Hargreaves’, the deputy chief sustainability officer for the city of Los Angeles discussed the L.A. new Green deal. “L.A.’s Green New Deal” is guided by four key principles:

  • a commitment to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement
  • a promise to deliver environmental justice and equity through an inclusive green economy
  • a plan to ensure every Angeleno has the ability to join the green economy by creating pipelines to good paying, green jobs
  • a determination to lead by example within City government, showing the world what an urban Green New Deal looks like in practice.” (Mayor Garcetti Launches L.A.’S Green New Deal, 2019)

Not only is this a great initiative for the city, it creates a great opportunity for college campuses to get creative with their own “New Green Deal”. If such a large city can accomplish these goals on a large scale, universities are entirely capable of practicing similar initiatives.

Water and the future of sustainability

Calsense has been a leader in smart landscape irrigation for over 30 years and continues promoting water conservation and sustainability awareness. We are working to make a difference for campuses and municipalities across the U.S. to build a more sustainable future for generations to come.  Contact Calsense to learn more about how we can help.

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