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Ryan Todd

​Sustainability Manager
California State University, Sacramento​

Todd earned a bachelor’s in environmental studies and a minor in geology at Sacramento State, where his robust composting program creates mulch for a garden that produces vegetables to be donated to fight food insecurity. Todd’s passion for nature led him to pioneer the campus’ sustainability practices, and he leads a team of five full-time employees and a dozen student assistants. The team is helping to transform the campus while students gain research experiences that prepare them for professional careers. One student study led to Sac State receiving a $600,000 grant from the California Department of Water Resources to replace manual faucets with smart faucets. The university—with its 3,500 trees, innovative energy-saving practices, two LEED-certified buildings and more green construction underway—is now recognized as one of the most sustainable campuses in the world.