Sustainability in Student Housing

sustainability practices

Cal State Fullerton has been focused on incorporating “green” design, construction and renovation elements into its buildings and outdoor space.

The five residence halls (Elm, Fig, Holly, Juniper, and Pine) and the Gastronome became the first student housing complex in California to be awarded the Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2011.

The LEED certification is based on a number of components that include sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and material selection.

In the summer of 2016, the majority of the interior and exterior lighting in the Doubles and Singles Apartments were retrofitted to LED fixtures, reducing energy consumption by an estimated annual savings of 250,000 kWh.

Campus Conservation Nationals

Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is a program for universities and colleges to engage in friendly electricity reduction competitions. CCN aims to educate, motivate, and empower students to conserve electricity hosted by Lucid, Inc.


Program Details

  • Students participate in the competition by achieving the highest percent reduction in electricity compared to a baseline period.
    • For this year's competition, we'll be scored on our community's electricity usage during the time of February 27 through March 13, 2017 compared to our usage during the three weeks before February 27.
  • Our friendly competition is constructed to have students in the Residence Halls, Singles Apartments and Doubles Apartments compete against each other collectively.
    • Team One: Elm, Fig, Holly, Juniper, and Pine
    • Team Two: Acacia, Birch, Manzanita, Oak, and Willow
    • Team Three: Cypress, Sycamore, and Valencia
  • Each of the three student housing building types will use Storyboards, Lucid's new occupant engagement tool, to display and share the competition progress and other sustainability information.
    • Residents can find and track live information about their team's electricity usage in the Storyboard below.

In its first 5 years, CCN participants saved over 6 million kWh, the equivalent to averting over 5 million lbs of CO2 emissions and saving over $500,000. 


Competition timeline:

  • We chose a 3-week period before the competition period to use as a baseline of energy consumption.
  • Competition Period: February 27 through March 13, 2017.

Please be aware that some interior and exterior lighting is required by the Campus Fire Marshal and state building codes for safe exiting and security.