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Awards and Accolades

Cal Poly strives to demonstrate leadership in sustainability – both in operations and academics. In 2019, Cal Poly received its 32nd Best Practice Award from the UC/CSU/CCC Energy Efficiency Partnership Program, received significant CSU funding and utility incentives for energy conservation, and received its fourth consecutive designation as a Tree Campus USA.

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Best Practice Awards:

Click on the links to review each awards supplemental information

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United States Green Building Council- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Awards

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Grants

  • 2016 CSU Campus as Living Lab Grant – Electrical Engineering Microgrid Lab - $31,000
  • 2016 So Cal Gas Savings by Design Incentive for the Warren J. Baker Center for Science - $134,000
  • 2016 CSU Chancellor's Office capital allocation for Energy Information System - $300,000
  • 2016 College of Architecture named to the National Resilience Initiative Network
  • 2016 CSU Chancellor's Office capital allocation for water conservation - $305,000
  • 2015 UC/CSU/CCC Energy Efficiency Partnership Program Rebates - $254,000

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Other Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 Center for the Built Environment Livable Building Award—Warren J. Baker Center for Science
  • 2017 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year—Green Campus Team Manager Molly Barker
  • 2017 National Arbor Day Foundation—Tree Campus USA Certification
  • 2017 League of American Bicyclists—Bicycle Friendly University Bronze
  • 2017 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools (Undergraduate)— Best in the West, Number 2 in the Nation
  • 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers World Environmental and Water Resources Congress—First Place, Parsons Brinkerhoff Student Design Competition
  • 2016 National Arbor Day Foundation—Tree Campus USA Certification
  • 2015 National Arbor Day Foundation – Tree Campus USA Certification
  • 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, Overall Rating B+. Cal Poly received the highest rating of any CSU campus.
  • 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, Overall Rating B+. Cal Poly named a "Sustainability Leader" and received highest rating of any CSU campus.
  • 2009 University of South Florida National Center for Transit Research- Gold Winner - Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence. View the Best Workplaces website.
  • 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, Overall Rating B-. Cal Poly the first and only CSU campus to be recognized.
  • 2009 Alliance to Save Energy Outstanding Green Campus Marketing and Publicity Campaign- Red Brick Dorm Energy Competition.
  • 2008 National Wildlife Federation National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education. Cal Poly named "The Leading School for Environmental Sustainability Goal Setting" and "A Leading Employer of Environmental Management and Sustainability Professionals." View the 2008 NWF Report Card results.
  • 2008 Alliance to Save Energy Most Innovative Green Campus Student Project- "LEED the Way" Student Rec Center LEED Certification Initiative. View the project summary in the Green Campus Newsletter or view the student outreach video.
  • 2008 Peterson's Survey of Sustainability Efforts in Higher Education. Review Cal Poly's response to this survey .
  • 2006 San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District Air Pollution Reduction Award- Engineering West 135 kW Solar PV Installation, view the Air Pollution Reduction Award
  • 2006 Flex Your Power Award Honoree, Summer Demand Response Program.

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