Commitment to Sustainability

Degree Programs

Thirty-six facilities are LEED certified; 10 more are in design and construction, expecting LEED certification
Solar PV installations provide 10.5 megawatts, enough to power 11,000 homes, and more are in design or construction
The CSU produces 30 megawatts-enough to power 29,000 homes-through on-site energy cogeneration
The CSU has 18 MW of thermal energy storage capacity
Since 2003, the CSU invested over $50 million in energy efficiency funding
Since 2003, the CSU has reduced operational costs by $8 million annually and leveraged over $13 million of utility incentive
Reduction of more than 25,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions since 2004, equal to taking 4,500 cars off the road
35-year track record of energy and greenhouse gas reduction
Six CSU campuses signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment: Pomona, Bakersfield, Chico, Fullerton, Monterey Bay and San Francisco
Innovative and emerging technologies in facility design and renovation

CSU campuses offer more than 150 environmentally related degrees and certificates. From the dense forests surrounding Humboldt State to the mountainous and desert environments in proximity to Cal Poly Pomona and CSU San Bernardino, the diversity in California climates, wildlife, land use and energy sources provides a rich learning environment for these academic programs.

The programs are possible due to incredible CSU faculty. This includes Assistant Professor Sean Anderson of CSU Channel Islands who has worked for years on wetland restoration and research on Louisiana's Gulf Coast.

SFSU Geosciences Master's Degree
The master's in Geosciences at San Francisco State provides students with knowledge of geology, meteorology and oceanography. These fields are critical to understanding many environmental problems including air and water contamination, coastal erosion and climate change.

CSU Dominguez Hills Master's in Environmental Science
The master's in Environmental Science at CSU Dominguez Hills prepares professionals in government, planning, education, research, journalism, law and academia to address and solve environmental challenges. The program emphasizes environmental problems and opportunities in an urban setting.

CSUMB Bachelor's in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy
The innovative bachelor's in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy at CSU Monterey Bay links natural science, physical science, technology, economics and policy. The program emphasizes the critical thinking and technical skills necessary to develop workable solutions to complex environmental problems.


From 1995 to 2008, core green economy employment in California grew 36 percent-almost triple California's total employment growth over the same period. CSU program offerings align the CSU's educational and leadership goals with numerous undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs related to sustainability and environmental studies.

Professional Science Master's
Among these degree programs, the CSU has developed Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs focused on the environment. As part of earning a degree in a PSM program, students intern in an industry or public sector position. The PSM is designed to generate a clear pathway from studying science, technology, engineering and math to a career in applied sciences. Examples of PSM programs in the environmental sciences are located on the CSU campuses of Chico, Humboldt and San Bernardino.

Last Updated: April 23, 2013