Facility Management and Development department is responsible for the physical and environmental maintenance, renovations and small projects, upkeep and operations of buildings, roads, parking lots, lighting, utility transports, sidewalks, waterways and landscaping. Facilities Planning and Capital Projects provides the management for programming, planning, architecture, engineering and construction of new or remodeled major capital project in support of the university's academic mission. Both are heavily involved in sustainability on campus.
Cal Poly's main campus encompasses approximately 6,000 contiguous acres within San Luis Obispo County. The Academic Core abuts the City of San Luis Obispo and includes about 2.3 million square feet of academic and support space, and 8,200 student beds. With a population of over 23,000, the Cal Poly campus is much like a small city. Cal Poly participates in a variety of utility procurement and energy and water conservation programs to reduce consumption and manage costs. The campus' 2016/17 utility budget for electricity, gas, water, sewer, trash, and recycling is $9.4 million. Utility master planning, procurement, reporting, recharge, construction and maintenance projects, and conservation programs are managed by Facility Management and Development.