Congratulations to the Urban Planning Department Class of 2014!

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2014 in the Urban Planning Department at California State University Northridge! We at the Urban Planning Students of Northridge will miss you and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!


With this years graduation, we bid farewell to an amazing 2013-2014 executive board: Amy Turnbull, President; Diana Benetiz, Vice President; Rawan Al-Jamal, Secretary; Analisa Campos, Treasurer; Elena Campos, Historian; and Melodi McGee, Webmaster.

This year, the Urban Planning Students of Northridge has become more than just a professional club, but a group of friends that have explored together and achieved great things. The 2013 APA LA Student Symposium, held at CSUN was an overwhelming success and has made CSUN’s Planning Department the talk of the town. Field trips to the Hollywood Sign, Downtown and the Never Built LA exhibit have allowed for learning and bonding among CSUN URBS students and is just a small indication of the great things to come in UPSN’s future.

The 2014-2015 Executive Board has a tough act to follow, but we are confident that the leadership of David Oulrey, President and Marisol Zamara, Vice President will take the UPSN even further than ever.

Big things are coming for the Urban Planning Students of Northridge in the 2014-2015 academic year. Stay tuned, or better yet, get involved!

More Than “Just” Urban Planners


Urban Planning Students of Northridge is more than just a club about Urban Planning, we’re friends! While we all have a vested interest in topics pertaining to City Planning, Transportation, Housing, Sustainability and Community, we’re also an all-inclusive club full of members from different disciplines who seek to better understand the world around us. As part of this desire to explore and learn about the city, the UPSN has several social events planned for the upcoming Spring Semester.

This past Saturday, February 22, 2014, members of the UPSN gathered in Griffith Park to hike the Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign. It was a beautiful day and a fun afternoon of sightseeing for all who attended and a great opportunity to see Los Angeles in all her glory from above. Check out the photos from the event here. Thank you for all who joined us! We look forward to hanging out with you again at our next outing!



Energy Comes With a Price

This video was shared with UPSN by a reader in response to our last post about Gasland 2. ITs a really interesting watch about how fracking is really creeping right into our backyards here in LA. Feel free to share your comments/thoughts below.

Ban fracking in the State of California


As part of the UPSN sustainability advocacy mission, members attended a screening of Gasland 2, directed by Josh Cox on January 30, 2014 hosted by the CSUN Insitute for Sustainability. The film showcased shocking footage of the effects of hydraulic fracturing and the panel following the screening discussed how fracking is truly knocking at our back door as Southern California residents. Fracking is an extremely dangerous practice with long term, permanent health and environmental implications. UPSN supports the call for a moratorium on fracking in Los Angeles proposed by Council members Koretz and Bonin and will be involved with the movement to “BAN FRACKING NOW” in the future.

For more information in hydraulic fracturing, please visit:

Planning for the future!

Happy New Year! The Urban Planning Students of Northridge are excited for 2014 and all the adventures this year has in store. We are now on Instagram, follow us at upsncsun. In the days and weeks to come we will be posting information about upcoming UPSN events and field trips, links to exciting articles and videos about Urban Planning and ways you can get invovled with us, or in projects within your own community.

On February 12, we will be hosting an “Open House” on campus where anyone can come and learn more about what UPSN is all about and how they can get involved. Details to follow soon!

Some of the upcoming events include:

  • Hike to the Hollywood Sign
  • Transit Trips to Lon Beach
  • Bonfire
  • San Fernando Relics Museum
  • A tour of a local landfill

…and many more.


We are also involved in some community projects including:

  • Reseda Boulevard Parklet
  • Community Gardening
  • Pacoima Beautiful

We’re always looking for ways to get involved, so if you have a suggestion or an event you would like us to attend, please contact us by commenting here, or by email at


We look forward to an exciting year! We hope you will join us!

Registration closed

Registration for the 8th Annual APA LA/UPSN Student Symposium is now closed. Thank you to everyone who registered to attend this amazing event. We look forward to seeing you all this Saturday, November 9th, 2013, at 9AM at California State University, Northridge!