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Since 2005, the CSU has invested over $128 million in energy-efficient funding.


Fifteen campuses have committed to developing a climate neutrality plan.


The CSU system has reduced its carbon emissions to 1990 levels.


Commitment to Sustainability

See how each of the 23 campuses of the California State University is working toward a more sustainable future.

  • ​​CSU Joins "We Are Still In" Climate Declaration

    In June 2017, Chancellor Timothy P. White issued a statement confirming the CSU’s commitment to environmental stewardship.​

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  • ​​Sustainability Policy

    The 29 goals of the CSU Sustainability Policy seek to incorporate sustainability principles into all areas of the university.​​

  • Read the Policy

​​Progress Toward Sustainability Goals

The system continues to work toward achieving the nine goals set out in the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy:

​Greenhouse Gas Emissions


The CSU has already met and exceeded its 2020 goal for reducing greenhouse gas*.​

​​Ener​​gy Efficiency

Systemwide energy use continues to decrease. The CSU has installed ​$128 million in energy efficiency projects since 2005*.​

​Water Conservation


The CSU has already met the 2016 water conservation goal of reducing use by 10% and is on track to meet the 2020 goal of 20%*.​​

​*Updated November 2016

  • sustainability awards
  • Sustainability Awards

    The campuses of the CSU are regularly recognized for the extraordinary work we’re doing in sustainability.

  • See the Latest Winners

  • Sustainability Research Centers and Institutes
  • Sustainability Research Centers & Institutes

    Did you know the CSU has nearly 30 centers and institutes on 13 campuses dedicated to environmental and energy issues?

  • Read Abo​​ut Our Research

  • Earn a gree degree or certificate
  • Earn a Green Degree or Certificate

    The California State University offers more than 150 degrees and certificates related to environmental issues.

  • Learn About Our Programs

  • campus as a living lab grant program
  • “Campus as a Living Lab” Program​

    Faculty and campus facilities management staff work together to explore solutions to real-world sustainability problems.

  • Learn About the Program

  • student led initiatives
  • Student-Led Initiatives

    The Green Campus Program and the "This Way to Sustainability" conference are two of the leading-edge projects headed by students across the CSU.

  • Learn About Student Initiatives