Transforming the Beach from a “campus” to a “community” in 2030

When most people think of a college campus, they think of the grounds and buildings of the campus, which is similar to the traditional definition of community: “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” A more modern definition of community adds a “feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.” In other words, the heart of a community is based on the connections and relationships between the people in the community.

What if in the future, college “campuses” became college “communities” that fostered the development of relationships, both physical and virtual, to support all aspects of an individual’s mental, physical and emotional development, related to working, learning and living?

As part of Imagine Beach 2030, members of the CSULB community came together to redefine the concept of the college campus into a community that supports all aspects of person’s life – even from birth to death. Campus libraries become “work and learn” centers that provide child care. University parking lots become landing zones for mobile work and sleep pods.

Great idea! We're working on it! We just opened a Family Friendly working space in the Children's Collection on the second floor of the library. Please check it out!

Our library can have embedded support services, accessible to students - like social workers, case managers and mental health professionals.

What if aspects of housing were completely reimagined as pods. On campus working locations that were mobile for commuters.

Interdisciplinary research labs develop new solutions to support the holistic health and well being of newborn and aging members.

If senior projects became products in the real world, the profits could go directly toward paying those students' loans with additional or a small percentage of the funds going to the college.

These solutions are then shared with other communities that could benefit, bringing in additional revenue and resources from outside.

We will have campus data warehouse in the cloud and we will focus more on business intelligence type of services.

Faculty become students, and students become faculty, where everyone learns from each other.

Opening 'centers' in which faculty supervise and coach students who work on projects for local Long Beach organizations as a discounted rate. Students gain resume-worthy experiences, Long Beach gets affordable labor.


Another great idea to incorporate the local community and #alumni into the curricula and culture of CSULB! Facilitating an intern "pipeline" supports #StudentSuccess and the community.

What if, instead of just “taking classes” and “living in a dorm” on a CSULB campus, you instead become a lifelong working member of the CSULB community that continues to provide self-sustaining opportunities for working, learning and living for generations to come?

In 2030 students at all 23 CSU campuses will be integrated and can take courses in virtual local spaces at the beach for other CSUs.

2030: changing climate has changed The Beach

It’s a Shadow future to think about, but by 2030, CSULB could be living in a world of extreme climate volatility. The fires of 2018 have brought this new reality home. Let’s hope they push us toward the tipping point for doing things differently starting in 2019.  Countless player are highlighting the issue:

Shadow Imagination - Daniel - "Extreme climate change"Paula Kiley - great foresight - "I'm concerned that rising sea levels will affect how the city of long beach will look like and in turn the univeristy."Adam - Distinguished foresight - "Overpopulation. Global climate change, including hotter overall temperatures and bigger storms."

Living with climate change can seem like a dreary future. Mahesh Dixit paints a vivid picture of 2030 in which wildfires force students to drop out.

Mahesh Dixit - Awesome Foresight - "Climate change-induced wildfires force many of our students to drop out due to lack of funds and housing. #climatechange #campushousing."

Already wildfire smoke across California is making it harder for people to get around or spend time outside. CSULB must think about how to operate day-to-day in a world where some students simply might not be able to get to campus, or sustain themselves while enrolled.

Living with climate change won’t just make it harder to be outside and get around. This super-interesting card from Elena Jimenez raises the issue that living with climate change will also increase mental health stress:

Elena Jimenez - Amazing Foresight - "In 2030 LBSU & our region faces a mental health crisis due to climate crises, displacement, and an unstable employment landscape."

What will it mean to operate a university set in a volatile and unpredictable climate?

In 2030, player Nguyentnolan hopes, we’ll have “solidarity in the movement towards adapting institutions and lifestyles towards climate change.” What adaptations will CSULB will have made? Who do we need to start creating solidarity with, today?

Ngyuentnolan - great foresight - "Solidarity in the movement towards adapting institutions and lifestyles towards climate change."

A new interdisciplinary major – Climate Change Science and Solutions – could form the basis of solidarity, suggests Holli:

Holli - awesome foresight - "I propose a new interdisciplary major: climate change science and solutions. It could be co-housed in CNSM, COE, and CLA and deal with the science, technology solutions and social issues associated with climate change. #LB4Sustainability"

Such a major would position CSULB as a learning hub for future climate action leaders, attracting research and interest to a region bound to be affected.

The Beach could make radical changes to its transportation subsidies and systems, as Ashley Anderson points out:

Ashley Anderson - Sharp Foresight - "Fighting climate change through more available transportation - free Metro passes for CSULB students and faculty"

We could challenge ourselves and all the other public universities in a race to be the first to run off of 100% renewable energy. Eddie Rangel - "With climate change being a huge topic at hand, CSULB should start a race with all the other public universities to become the first university to run of 100% renewable energy"

We have a choice. We can avoid the Shadow future where a media campaign in 2030 blames LBSU for not preparing its students for the changing reality of climate change, and instead, be the subjects of a Positive media campaign that praises the university’s prescient efforts, starting in 2019.

Reply - Evelyn Warwinth - "Here's an alternative future: Media campaign highlights efforts by the university to prepare student for climate change, dating back to 2019! #climatechange"

CSULB could make itself known as an institution that teaches climate change resilience, designs and engineers solutions, and exemplifies living with climate change through its course offerings, its research, and its infrastructure. We’re already beginning. Martin Herman reminds us that there’s precedent for CSULB coming up with new solutions:

Martin Herman - Great Foresight - "See Climathon! we participated this and last year. #Beach2030Design Lots of great ideas came out of these relating to campus emissions, housing."

(Literally) powering the future of CSULB

While there has been lots of great discussion about some of the technology infrastructure needed to build the future of The Beach, we can’t overlook the importance of the energy infrastructure that would be required to power those futures.

As we can tell from many, many player comments, we need more places to charge electronic devices, even today. In 2030, these could be distributed throughout shared green spaces, like D Guilbeau suggests, or embedded into new furniture and spaces. As Incognito points out, if we want to #LearnEverywhere, we must also be able to #ChargeEverywhere!

Yes, Somone, I imagine we have small computer centers all over the campus so students don't have to go across the campus to use them. we could also have charging stations all over the campus. what if we put stations by all the trees with a round ledge to hold devices?There will be charging stations for electronic devices everywhere, it will be second nature in all furniture and spaces #LearnEverywhere

And in 2030, charging goes beyond today’s standard power grid to include Hydrogen Fueling and much more solar.

As one of the largest commuter schools in CA I would love to see a lot more green infrastructure on campus. While charging stations are nice, I hope to see Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure like UC Irvine or Cal State LA. Hydrogen fueling puts less stress on our electrical grid.

Building on today’s EV charging stations on campus, players would like to see a 2030 campus that supports (hopefully solar-powered) charging for electric vehicles of all kinds: cars, motorcycles, bikes, and golf carts (and skateboards!).

I would like to see Electric motorcycles and bicycles on campus and infrastructure to support charging these vehicles.Just asked a student delivering mail what would make the campus better. He said solar powered golf carts so students can carry all their stuff and get to class. Interesting to consider when promoting use of public transportation.

Creative revenue generation: CSULB in 2030

Many players are talking about money challenges, whether it’s students struggling to keep up with tuition, or faculty and staff seeking more competitive wages.  No wonder “Tuition is free” is one of the biggest builds in the game with over 260 replies and counting!

Mary sums up the precarity for faculty in this card:

Faculty work so hard with very little resources — I worry about funding for research, travel for conferences, incentives to teach abroad, etc. Many faculty can’t afford to purchase a home in CA let alone be expected to conduct research with 4/4 load. #resources #fairpay

Good thing that players have hundreds of new and creative funding ideas for both the university as an organization, and for students struggling with paying tuition.

In 2030, students earn money in new ways like: 

  • Having the gig economy on campus (Lori Joy):Let Tapingo make deliveries on campus. Like UBEReats or Postmates, where students can make a little extra cash by walking around and making deliveries #morestudentjobs#gigeconomy 

If senior projects became products in the real world, the profits could go directly toward paying those students’ loans with additional or a small percentage of the funds going to the college. #FundCSULB #ES2030

And in 2030, The Beach is raising money through new efforts like: 

  • A Zipline that 1) alleviates foot traffic on campus, and 2) opens to the public on the weekends for an additional income stream:We have a ZIPLINE running from the MacIntosh Building (toaster) to the Pyramid. #Transportation #CHHS2018#

Maybe, in 2030, there’s even….a doggy daycaremarijuana farm, hotel, or retirement center? 

Many believe 2030 may have more corporate sponsorship on campus, with displays of corporate partners’ newest products and technologies in campus buildings (Planon), and even corporate advertising on CSULB’s social media channels (StephanieG):

Can the CSULB Instagram page or Twitter get sponsor funding if it were to showcase products? #creativefunding #DAF

Tech titans such as Amazon and Google could “create their own ‘universities,'” which could serve as a model for “other companies who would hire our students and possibly lower the cost to students” and create a direct pipeline for students to employment opportunities (Lori Joy)

And direct corporate partnerships could be critical funding for better research lab facilities (Bessie).

By creating research partnerships with corporations, we can build better on-site research facilities, acquire more supplemental grants, and serve our students better with highly applicable training.

But of course as a public, state university, working closely with corporations may draw controversy. The College of Education warns of a potential shadow future: “Becoming corporatized is a clear concern. Even if it’s not Amazon, other corporations may have greater influence in the future. Let’s be proactive to determine other sources of revenue. #FundCSULB #ced.”


Could my Next Professor be an AI?

Artificial intelligence has become incredibly sophisticated recently. As Manuel Perez noted, “China recently launched an artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor. Will CSULB have AI faculty and staff to providing instruction and support services by 2030?”

China recently launched an artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor. Will CSULB have AI faculty and staff providing instruction and support services by 2030? #TechnologyCampus #DestinationForFaculty #DestinationForStaff

The concern around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it’s impact on everything from future of work and automation to computational propaganda and influencing elections, is raising a lot of questions around what AI can and should be used for. And depending on where you stand AI can appear as a welcome support, or an existential threat.

From the student side, AI could become a “study buddy” as player Emily Colville suggested. And make student customer service more effective and easier.

The development of AI technology that can help students with things such as tutoring and homework. More virtuality and interaction within classroomsI think a study buddy AI would be the norm in the future. We already do this with our mobile devices. What types of tutoring and AI would be appropriate for classroom interactions?

In 2030, I think AI integration into customer service departments could help solve student inquiries. Instead of physically going somewhere to ask a question about a student account, a question can be asked online, and through AI, an answer can be given saving time and stress.

AI might make moving around campus seamless. Paul Quezada  suggests using facial recognition to help with student identification to access buildings, checkout books and facilitate proctored exams.

#TechnologyCampus Facial recognition tech will be used to facilitate proctored exams, checkout books, pay for campus-services and allow users to access to rooms & buildings. This will eliminate the need for key-codes and ID cards, which are easier to compromise/abuse. #CSULB2030

But when you explore AI from the faculty perspective, the future can feel very different. On the one hand

On a positive note, using AIs to support student day-to-day needs, could free up time for faculty to focus on research and more qualitative communication with students, as noted by Tangan Gao.

With AI, the robots will do an excellent teaching job as we do in 2030 or sooner such as supervising a group discussion, performing an activity, or conducting a lab session. Faculty can focus more on their own research and direct student research. #TechnologyCampus

But, some question the quality of using AIs to support learning (instead of qualified teachers). Ming Gu brings up that we might lose our communication channels with professors and classmates and Adam is wondering how AIs would affect peer reviews and fact checking.

In an AI based economy of intelligence, what happens to teachers, what happens to peer review/fact checking, what happens to the value 'accredited' education?AI would replace a lot of things, even human brain. I'm afraid of losing actual communication with professors and classmates.

And of course we also need to consider how AI would impact the pay of faculty and staff.

The university could view AI as an opportunity to decrease salary/benefit costs to its budget.


There are still a lot of questions to sort out and risks to take into account when it comes to incorporating AI systems in schools. But the interest and curiosity remains around the endless possibilities of utilizing these emerging technologies to help bring value and support to CSULB in 2030.


How might emerging technologies such as AI enhance learning and culture at CSULB in 2030? How does the model of education need to change in order to ensure its value in the long term ? Where does 'how to work with an AI at the office' thinking come into play?

Plant-Based and Late-Night: Making The Beach’s food more accessible, healthy, and inclusive

Reducetarian“, “Flexetarian“, “Plant-Forward“, “Meatless Monday”– whatever you call it, there is a growing movement across the United States (and around the world!) to eat less meat. A recent study in the journal Public Health Nutrition found that 2/3 of people reported eating less of at least one type of meat, so it was no surprise to see lots of people advocating for more delicious, more affordable vegetarian and vegan options on campus:

Let’s move towards a greener campus with more vegetarian/vegan options #gogreenbeach!

 We should look into expanding our USU and opening more eating options that are healthy. Some vegetarian options should be available in order to reduce the amount of meat we consume because it harms the environment. As college students, we need nutrients every day! There should be more vegetarian/vegan options for students on campus. The options that are available are often half meals that are either equally as expensive or even more costly. #studentwellbeing

I am excited to know that we are becoming more sustainable. In 2030, the food that the school serves can be sustainably sourced & having more vegetarian options will reduce the schools impact on greenhouse gasses. Transforming parking lots to gardens would be an awesome effect

Aligning with CSULB’s sustainability and student wellbeing goals were the primary benefits cited for this change. Researchers at Oxford University have now suggested that “climate change cannot be sufficiently mitigated without dietary changes towards more plant-based diets.” So what might that look like at CSULB?

There are a number of great resources already developed to help large food service providers transition to more plant-foward menus. For example, the Menus of Change initiative from the Culinary Institute of America and Harvard School of Public health. The plant-forward menu approach at CSULB could be twofold: work with the campus’s existing residential dining and catering providers, as well as encourage new forms of smaller-scale entrepreneurship. (There is a great blog post highlighting some of the ideas related to creating space for growing food on campus here! )

A recent report from GrubHub, found that vegan food deliveries rose 19% over the past year, and the growing demand is being met by a variety of startups with plant-based meal-kit and meal-delivery options. Drawing on this growing popularity of meal-prep / meal-kit companies, player Betsy suggested campus dining meal-prep boxes, to which player Bo responded with the idea for those meal boxes to be personalized to health and aligned with learning objectives or climate action goals.

And for students who don’t have kitchens, they might be able to prepare their meal kits in one of these repurposed-parking-lot spaces imagined by Laura:

Let’s move towards a greener campus with more vegetarian/vegan options #gogreenbeach!

We know that creating vibrant student life on campus revolves around food. Making those food options reflect campus culture, student diversity, and local entrepreneurs could be a great way to strengthen that.


I would love to see a revamped and more unique dining plaza, with local run businesses. While chain restaurants are nice, we need healthier, more affordable and more sustainable food options. Think of the Anaheim packing house. That’s what I envision.

But even if there are tons of healthy, plant-forward, delicious food options – many people are asking for them to extend hours of operation to nights and weekends in order to make the campus a more thriving place.


Keep restaurants on campus open longer and over the weekend to boost student involvement /student life. + response - Restaurants being open would help our students who come directly from work to take classes at night.Restaurants on campus should be open regular hours during the weekends. It will make it easier for freshman who dorm and don't have cars to eat somewhere besides the dining hall.For the students that live on campus, this is their home, and we should make sure there are ample facilities and dining options for them to feel safe and secure, and be able to socialize and feel part of a real community all week long; day and night.

One way to justify the late-night hours? Make the restaurants highly sought after destinations for everyone in Long Beach and attract top chefs (who focus on plant-based menus, of course!)

Maybe we can invite the community to dine in these world-class restaurants during the weekends, which would justify the additional hours. Could we attract top chefs to open up here? This could also be a revenue booster.

Bringing esports to campus

Since the launch of the first esports scholarship at Robert Morris University in 2014, formal esports programs have rapidly emerged at colleges all over the country. Several players hope that the wave of esports that has hit other colleges will find its way to CSULB so that by 2030, the university is a leader in the rapidly growing world of esports. Players see this as not just an opportunity to expand recreational activities at the university, but as a new source of academics and revenue.

For instance, Jeff Bliss started this thread, which suggests that esports could improve computer science education:

Eventually, CSULB will join other universities in fielding esports teams. It will not only satisfy intercollegiate competition needs but it also will augment studies related to gaming, programming, computer science, etc.

Johnny Holman notes that in addition to the educational and professional development opportunities involved with esports, CSULB could also look at licensing and merchandising opportunities:

CSULB will create new licensed e-sports merchandise and obtain sponsorships.

In addition to these kinds of opportunities, participants noted that esports would also provide a great vehicle for enhancing campus life and creating new kinds of activities at the university. Several players, such as Edward Flores, have big ambitions for the university’s esports efforts, who suggest CSULB should invest in an arena for esports. Others, like Jeff, think that a more informal approach, like placing computers around for students to use informally for esports, could add to the vibrancy of campus life.

In light of the possibilities, what do you think the university’s first step should be to jump start an esports effort?

Childcare futures as a lever for broader change

Players are shouting out the great work that is already happening on campus with the Child & Family Center and the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center – and not surprisingly, they would like to see more resources directed to expand these services in the coming years. Students, staff and faculty are all using their Positive Imagination to envision a 2030 campus with more childcare, for a broader age range, and for less money.

Yes! Currently the only child care on campus for staff/faculty starts at 18 months old. Employees have limited & expensive options off-campus, often with long wait lists and that entail longer commutes. How can we direct resources to expanded infant care for employees?

As a former student parent, students need more childcare options too. Like part-time childcare for infants and toddlers.

But as some players point out, reinventing child care could go well beyond simply expanding access and affordability. It could actually transform campus life in 2030 for everyone, parent and non-parent alike.

What if, for example, in addition to the regular class schedule, 2030 has a whole new set of class schedules that accommodate parent and caregiver calendars?

Classes are regularly offered from 6 am to 12 am. This accommodates for work and childcare schedules. Additionally, this would solve problems with parking.

If classes were expanded to nontraditional hours, campus facilities could be used more efficiently (no more classrooms empty all weekend), CSULB could attract a different set of students, and even reduce course congestion. Students juggling work and childcare could have more options. Of course, this would also extend to more options for backbone faculty and staff:

IMAGINE 4/10 work schedules, 4 week work schedules, 6am-2pm work schedules, 3 weekday/2 weekend schedules. This would provide us options to be productive employees and dedicated parents.

So not only could we see classes offered at different hours of the day, we might even see them offered in different chunks of time rather than the traditional M-F and the full semester. Pop-up classes, weekend classes, all could be added to a new menu of blended learning (digital + face to face) to create a daily rhythm that expands options for attending, working at, and teaching at The Beach.

Protecting CSULB’s campus

Can the Beach become a zero violence campus by 2030? Before? Or an open, non-violent campus?

Campus safety has been a popular theme for the Imagine BEACH 2030 community. More specifically, the two issues of guns and sexual assault have been frequently mentioned as sources of apprehension. This pronounced concern is understandable considering the national context where both the “Me Too” and “Never Again” movements have shined a bright light on the respective sexual assault and gun violence issues festering within the country.

It’s clear from online conversations that a number of students, faculty, and staff don’t feel safe on campus. One player named Lili points to a shadow future where gun violence continues to happen and legislation doesn’t get passed.

Lili says "School safety & public safety: gun violence will continue to happen- difficult to pass gun control legislation #guncontrol #schoolsafety #studentwellbeing #pactt12 #edd". M. Anderson replies "I agree. It is sad that we have to live with this. #EDLD #PACTT12 #CED #EDD"

One silver lining of the Parkland, Florida shooting, which occurred on February 14th and resulted in 17 deaths at a high school, is that it led to a student-led movement which organized numerous “March For Our Lives” marches across the country and has kept the conversation on gun violence, especially in schools, alive. What can state and local institutions, like universities, do to take action to ensure students, staff, and faculty feel secure?

A player by the name of Robin asks how it is we can protect the university community while still ensuring openness.

Robin says "How can we protect the CSULB community from gun violence while keeping an open environment on campus? #es2030". Natalie Young replies "This issue needs to be addressed."

The question might not be easily answered, but other players are echoing the consternation and the necessity for something to be done.

Erikar says "I am concerned for the safety of students and gun control."

What would an open, nonviolent campus look like? Just a few possible questions to ask are what behaviors, technologies, aspects of campus culture, or institutional structures should be created, modified, or removed to protect the community’s physical and mental well-being while also respecting people’s freedom? As Kristy Nguyen mentions, fear shouldn’t be a constant emotion on campus.

Kristy Nguyen says "GUN awareness in full affect. Never having to fear about campus safety! #StudentWellbeing". Adam Mitchell replies "Amen! #SAFECAMPUS"

Some students, like Zakipalm, believe a secure campus shouldn’t mean the presence of police. With a diverse population like the Beach, it’s important to remember that different communities have different relationships with police, and the site of a police officer can instill more fear than safety.

Zakipalm says "#Security No police state, please. Student's have a range of experiences with police, not all positive." Nathan replies "Yes! #abolishCSULBpolice"

We shouldn’t wait until after a university shooting happens to find the solutions. The CSULB community is expressing its worry, and a campus-wide plan to prevent violence and maintain safety which takes all voices and experiences into account would put students, staff, and faculty at ease.

In addition to gun violence, sexual assault is a topic where some students are communicating their unease. One player Sophia suggests regular mandatory sexual misconduct prevention training to address the issue.

Sophia says "There should be a mandatory training course emphasizing on mental health that students and faculty have to take every semester with resources like the Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training."

Another player Isaias M envisions a future where sexual abuse (and racism) have been eradicated.

Isaias M says "Are racism and sexual abuse going to be non-existent by then? How can technology and other advances in society helps us to eliminate this ? The faster this is eradicated in this campus, the better. It would be disheartening to have a 2030 and be exposed to this."

Why not? What if CSULB could become the first university campus in the U.S. to go through an entire school-year with zero incidents of sexual assault, racist acts, or gun violence? Whether through mandatory trainings on self-defense or sexual abuse prevention, mental health counselors, or new technologies like smarter campus alarms and lighting, CSULB has the potential to transform the feeling of safety on its campus by analyzing its vulnerabilities and taking direct action informed from collaborative foresight and insight.




Building a sustainable and food secure future

Not only is food on campus at CSULB not always nutritious, affordable, or sustainable, but more than 40% of California State University students are hungry. And this problem is only going to get worse as cost of living and studying gets more and more expensive, and wages struggle to keep up. The exciting opportunity hidden behind this challenge is that solving food insecurity in a local way could also, in turn, help create a more sustainable campus.

Kelsey Haley explains that growing food on campus could be part of a bright future that addresses both food insecurity and intersects with CSULB’s biology studies. As Kelsey’s hashtag makes clear, there’s no two ways about it: starving sucks.

Kelsey Haley - bight foresight (45). "I think growing food on campus is a great idea, and that it could reduce the amount of food insecurity in the student population. #starvingsucks #biology"

Growing food might not only provide fresh food itself, but also opportunities for biology students to learn, beautiful places for people to relax, and a sense of ownership and buy-in to one’s campus.

And As Walter Martinez Marconi points out, these ideas can lead to multiple wins. He proposes an inter-connected system, where the output of one system is the input for another, “We use the compost produced at CSULB to grow food on building roofs and feed students who are in need on campus. These students learn how to grow their own food. Extra food is given to local community shelters. #LB4Sustainability”

Reply: Walter Martinez Marconi - clever foresight (3588). "We use the compost produced at CSULB to grow food on building roofs and feed students who are in need on campus. These students learn how to grow their own food. Extra food is given to local community shelters. #LB4Sustainability"

Meanwhile, Matt is looking into the further-out future, a world in which lab-grown meat is commonplace. Might that be a tool The Beach can use to improve food security for students?

This isn’t only a sustainability issue, it will also create additional food options on campus. Replies to Matt mention that this could also be an opportunity for the on-campus labs to produce the meat. Hyper-local and educational!

Dylan had a particularly popular idea, that on-campus food production could also provide credit for those involved:

Super interesting - positive imagination - Dylan H - Superb foresight (8517) "What if we got credit for on-campus food production?"

This is a perfect example of the win-win dynamic that can arise out of addressing food insecurity. Furthermore, the replies were quick to jump on the ambiguity of the word “credit” – did Dylan mean class credit or tuition credit? Hector Villanueva notes that either one would be great. This illustrates how on-campus food production could provide different benefits to different people, and still be a win all around.

But even before the chemistry students start cranking out lab-grown meat, there’s consensus that getting nutritious, healthy, and tasty food to all members of the CSULB community is vitally important. College of the Arts proposes that partnering with local food producers could lead to win-win solutions:

In response to: "#FeedLBState 1 in 4 CSU students are food insecure. What can we do to help them? What is a permanent solution to this issue?" Reply: College of the Arts - outstanding foresight (41718) "#FeedLBState is a vital issue. How can we better partner with area food producers and sellers to find win-win solutions so that they aren't throwing away and destroying food resources that our food insecure students need?"

In a possible positive future, better local partnerships could lead to more sustainable local food systems AND reduction in food insecurity. Even if it’s not the single long-term solution, it could be a part of the intersection between sustainability and food insecurity. In other words, improving one often improves the other.

Furthermore, building connections with local food makers can improve the options and food culture of the campus. As Nicole Winchester says, CSULB could even become a “foodie destination” by bringing community food sellers onto campus:

Reply: Nicole Winchester - Incredible Foresight (75135). "Many cities have done well with food truck and stalls as attractions - could the school become a foodie destination AND have great food for students by 2030 if they started offering parts of campus to food sellers from the community?"

But don’t get the idea that food trucks and stalls are just indulgent spots for so-called foodies: they actually might be part of a system of solutions for food insecurity. After all, as Betsy notes, they might provide more job opportunity for students.

Positive Imagination: Betsy - fantastic foresight (1715). "#campusdining meal carts/trucks spread out throughout campus. This capitalizes on the food truck popularity, and creates more job opportunity for students. #daf #foodtruck #diningoptions"

What all of these forward-thinking ideas point to is that a better food environment will need to address intertwined issues with multiple solutions. But the complexity of the issue might also provide chances for win-win solutions. More local food options not only creates jobs for students but creates a vibrant food culture, and increases connection to the community. Meanwhile, ideas like growing food on campus and reusing compost can make these local food producers even more sustainable and functional while also providing new ways for students to get food. “Futuristic” (but perhaps not so far off…) ideas like making lab-grown meat on campus have clear links to academics, as well developing a local campus food system.

Food insecurity and sustainability pose some tricky and complex issues – but looking at them through an inclusive, systems-focused lens shows that they’re also spaces ripe for big, multi-faceted wins.