Commitment to Sustainability

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

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  • ​​Sustainability Policy

    In May 2014, the CSU Board of Trustees adopted the first systemwide Sustainability Policy, applying sustainable principles across all areas of university operations. This February 2018 report represents the first CSU-wide assessment of progress toward the goals outlined in the policy.

  • Read the Report

    Read t​​he Policy

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  • CSU Journal of Sustainability & Climate Change

    This open-access publication provides an opportunity to lift all voices in sustainability and climate change research to drive inclusive and diverse perspectives to explore and advocate for solutions to meet today’s critical challenges.

  • Access the Journal

​​Progress Toward Sustainability Goals

The system continues to work toward achieving the nine goals set out in the 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 Summer 2022, COVID-19 response may have impacted data accuracy and completeness.


For more information on systemwide achievements, goals, and strategies for sustainable campus operations,
please visit our Capital Planning, Design, and Construction website.