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Go Green this Move In

August 15, 2016

When you become part of the Cal Poly community, you are joining an academic institution dedicated to being a model for environmental stewardship. That means it's up to YOU to make every day sustainable choices! Here are a few tips to make the Move-In experience as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible:


Planning Ahead – Save time and money by knowing what will and will not fit in your room. You can learn about room features and furnishings at . Make sure you have a discussion with your roommate regarding who will be responsible for bringing particular furnishings to the room. There's no need for two televisions, two microwaves, two irons in one room!

Buy Secondhand – There are many options online for finding used lamps, textbooks, etc. from current and former Cal Poly students, whether it's Facebook (SLO County Buy, Sell, Trade), eBay, or the local thrift stores. Many used products still have years of life left in them and do not have a high environmental cost to transport.

Reuse & Repurpose - Ask your local grocer if they can spare any empty cardboard boxes instead of buying new ones. This will not only be a smart way to reduce waste, but a great way to save money on moving material. Also, remember that cardboard recycling is mandatory at Cal Poly since we are committed to becoming Zero Waste, so be sure to break down those boxes when you take them out to the recycling bins. Lastly, if you would rather avoid the cardboard, use plastic storage containers and suitcases that you can use over your college career.

Avoid Bottled Water - Instead of purchasing a large case of bottled water, we suggest taking advantage of the free refillable water stations located across campus or bringing your own water pitcher and rest assured knowing tap water has stricter health regulations than bottled. Also remember to use that free reusable water bottle that will be provided during WOW.

Choose Energy-Efficient Products – Bring LED or CFL bulbs which require 70% less energy than traditional bulbs. Pack a power strip to help you easily shut appliances when you leave your room. Buy ENERGY STAR®-qualified products. Bring the ultimate energy efficient tool with you, a clothes drying rack, to shorten those long waits down in the laundry room.

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The 2016 Cal Poly Sustainability Charrette

May 15, 2016

Just after Earth Day 2016, Cal Poly convened a campus wide Sustainability Charrette to shape Cal Poly's role in Sustainability and Climate Change. With President Armstrong, Provost Enz-Finken, and Vice President Vizcaino-Villa in attendance, the all-day event brought together over 100 faculty, staff, students, administrators, industry partners, and community leaders. The Charrette brainstormed ideas to further infuse sustainability and climate change into curriculum, research, and student experience, resulting in a number of proposed initiatives that build on Cal Poly's strengths and ongoing efforts. Charrette Proposed initiatives under consideration include:

  • Faculty workshops and stipends for integration of sustainability into curriculum
  • A sustainability graduation requirement
  • Incorporation of sustainability metrics into the faculty retention, promotion, and tenure process
  • Identification of sustainability courses in the University catalog and on-line class registration system
  • A formal Cal Poly role in the emerging Central Coast Climate Collaborative
  • A Sustainability Guest Speaker Series
  • A Clean Tech prize to recognize climate change innovation by Cal Poly faculty and students
  • An ASI Student Government Executive Cabinet position focused on Sustainability and Transportation
  • Implementation of TGIF – The Green Initiative Fund – to finance student led sustainability projects
  • Action teams to collaborate on solar PV and sustainable transportation planning
  • Creation of a new Office, Center, or Institute for Sustainability to coordinate campus wide efforts
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    The Journey to become a Zero Waste Campus by 2020

    April 1, 2016

    ZeroWasteDid you know Cal Poly has committed to becoming a Zero Waste campus? Currently we are only diverting 20% of what we throw away. Meaning, we are only recycling and composting 20% of our post consumer waste including plastics, cardboard, food scraps, etc., we have potential to do much better! Cal Poly's leadership has committed to invest in strategies that promote behavioral changes that move us toward a diversion rate where 80% of the waste we produce is recycled or composted by 2020 and a 100% recycling and composting thereafter. Read more about the CSU Sustainability Policy. Do your part and learn how Zero Waste works, what goes in each bin, and how to join the movement!

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    Cal Poly goes above and beyond State mandated water reduction targets!

    March 1, 2016

    droughtDo you ever wonder what Cal Poly is doing to reduce water consumption and respond to the ever growing impacts of drought? Thanks to a diverse group of Cal Poly stakeholders who crafted the 2015 Drought Response Plan [PDF], the University has gone above and beyond the 20% reduction CSU policy and state mandated targets and reduced water consumption from ALL campus users by 31%!

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    Cal Poly grows sustainability team in Facilities!

    February 23, 2016

    AFD logo With a new team made up entirely of Cal Poly grads, Facilities is elevating its focus on sustainability. Under Director Dennis Elliot (BS Mechanical Engineering 1993), two new employees have come on board - Eric Veium (BS Industrial Engineering 2008 and former Green Campus Intern) is serving as Energy and Sustainability Analyst, and Kylee Singh (Masters of Public Policy 2013) is filling the role of Sustainability Coordinator.

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    Green Campus Program goes back to it's roots!

    January 1, 2016

    droughtIn 2015, when funding became limited for the Alliance to Save Energy's Powersave program, Cal Poly Facilities Department decided to independently fund the internship opportunity. Through outreach events and peer to peer education, team members work to engage and create behavior change around the way students manage their water, energy and waste. Green Campus recognizes the value in engaging newly admitted students to achieve successful culture change on campus around sustainability. In addition to organizing the Annual Conservation and Diversion Challenge the team is crafting plans for an Eco Rep's program, Res Hall Eco Certified program, as well as planning for activities that will engage thousands of students during Earth month in April of 2017.

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