The mission of the Center for Sustainable Living (CSL) is to promote the development of green education, jobs and public policies in Orange County. To this end, the CSL will:
- Provide applied, high-quality research for business and local government on sustainability questions in a timely manner.
- Train future “green” leaders and managers of Orange County in both the public and private sectors.
- Educate the public about the importance of sustainability and best practices.
- Promote sustainable practices on Brandman’s Irvine campus and throughout the county.
Focused exclusively on Orange County, the CSL has partnerships with the Energy Coalition of Irvine, an organization focused on grassroots, community-based approaches to energy conservation; and has reached out to the nearby Orange County Great Park, which the CSL views as the “greatest outdoor classroom in the world” for showcasing sustainability to future generations, and as an incubator for new green tech practices.
CSL also collaborates with three entities that have initiatives in sustainability issues: the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Center for Urban Infrastructure (CUI) and CleanTechOC.
The Urban Land Institute
A non-profit research and educational Institute, the mission of the ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Orange County/Inland Empire is one of the 10 largest District Councils in the world. Organized in 1936, ULI is a not a lobbying organization, but looks at best practices and lessons learned in land use planning and real estate development. (www.uli.org)
The Center for Urban Infrastructure
Led by Sarah Catz, a nationally recognized expert on transportation, mass transit and specially related mass transit issues, the focus of the CUI is high-speed rail, alternative energy and sustainability. (www.c-u-i.org)
CleanTech OC is a trade association promoting economic growth in the Orange County clean technology industry, likely to be one of the most significant engines for job growth over the next decade. The association consists of stakeholders from the private, public and academic sectors.
CleanTechOC is co-chaired by Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Greg Trimarche, a partner with Bryan Cave LLP in Irvine. Its Board of Directors includes California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss, Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell, and the mayors of Orange County’s largest cities — Santa Ana, Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Irvine. The Board also has representatives from Brandman University, Bryan Cave LLP, KPMG LLP, Squar Milner, US Bank, ENVIRON, SAIL Venture Partners, ROTH Capital Partners, Southern California Edison, Sempra Utilities, the Orange County League of Cities, Anaheim Public Utilities and Ship & Shore Environmental. (www.cleantechoc.org)