Students at Cal Poly care about sustainability. They take initiative outside the classroom to organize, take action, and make a difference. As of Fall 2015 there were over 20 student clubs and organizations at Cal Poly actively involved in a wide variety of sustainability fields and specialties. The following student groups are actively making a difference at Cal Poly and in local, national, and international communities:
A professional and social Engineering and Technical Sciences sorority that prides itself on sisterhood, professionalism, and and leadership.
Agricultural Engineering Society
Ag Engineering Society (AES) is a club thats goal is to inform the public of the technology and agriculture, as well as provide community service to Cal Poly, and San Luis Obispo.
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Cal Poly ASHRAE is the first student branch of ASHRAE. The Air Conditioning Club was formed in 1930 to promote and develop student interest and professional development in the HVAC&R industry (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration). The club promotes energy efficiency and sustainable design of mechanical systems.
American Society of Landscape Architecture, Student Chapter
The American Society of Landscape Architecture promotes education, community involvement, student activities, a sense of spirit and pride, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural landscapes, including issues related to water conservation, use of native species, and sustainable environments.
Associated Students in Planning
Associated Students in Planning is a social/professional club geared towards preparing students for the planning profession.
Association of Environmental Professionals
The Association of Environmental Professionals Cal Poly Student Chapter provides its members with numerous opportunities to network with professionals and fellow students who share a common concern for the environment. Club members organize outdoor activities, visits to environmentally-oriented companies, and community service endeavors throughout California's central coast.
Beta Beta Beta
Tri Beta is a National Biological Honor Society created to cultivate intellectual interest in the natural sciences and to promote a better appreciation of the value of biological study. The society emphasizes sound scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge and promotion of biological research. Tri Beta was first founded at Oklahoma City University in 1922 and became a national organization in 1925. The Epsilon Pi Chapter on the Cal Poly campus was founded in 1952 and is one of over four hundred chapters in the nation.
Cal Poly Organic Farm
The Cal Poly Organic Farm consists of approximately 11 CCOF certified organic acres of land used for vegetable and fruit production, which includes the original 'Student Experimental Farm' and 2 other parcels. Largely student managed, the Organic Farm is home to a variety of programs, including Cal Poly's annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, which serves over 300 subscribing members.
Electric Vehicle Engineering Club
The Electric Vehicle Club (EVC) was formed to learn about, promote, and work towards developing technologies that will sustain an alternative energy future.
Empower Poly Coalition
The Empower Poly Coalition is a coalition of Cal Poly student sustainability related clubs and organizations. Founded in spring of 2006, Empower Poly was created to unify the student voice for a sustainable future and has since grown into a diverse coalition of over 20 member clubs and organizations.
Engineering Student Council
The Engineering Student Council is a body of students in the college of engineering that is committed to being the voice of the students not only to the faculty of CENG, but also to ASI. The Council hosts the annual National Engineers' Week events at Cal Poly each year, as well as many small events throughout the year. The club's goals are to improve the engineering experience at Cal Poly for Cal Poly students, represent the interests of Cal Poly engineers through a unified force, provide opportunities for professional development and academic excellence, and encourage a sense of social responsibility among engineering students.
Engineers Without Borders
The student chapter of the non-profit humanitarian organization Engineers Without Borders-USA is committed to partnering with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. While the focus of EWB USA is primarily on international projects, EWB Cal Poly is dedicated to serving our local community as well.
Ethical Eating Club
The Ethical Eating Club is a group that promotes ethical eating.
Future Fuels Club
The Future Fuels Club was started in December 2012 by a small, dedicated group of students in order to promote and further develop technologies that provide an alternative fuel source to Petroleum. Our two main focus areas are public education and hands-on conversions. Not only do we take pride in educating our own members, we enjoy speaking in front of classes and the general public as well. Students can join with little to no knowledge of vehicles or alternative fuels.
Fair Trade Club
The Fair Trade organization empowers farmers in developing countries by ensuring appropriate prices for their products. Development of communities and sustainability of the environment are emphasized as well.
International Student Volunteers Club
The International Student Volunteers Club joins Cal Poly students together in an effort to make an impact not only in our community, but around the globe! As a club we participate in local community service, as well as prepare ISVer's who wish to travel to abroad where they can help in wildlife conservation, environmental protection, and community development projects in developing nations! Come join us as we participate in diversity jam and show us where in the world you want to make a difference!
The Horticulture Club is a social and professional club for students interested in ornamental plant cultivation and issues related to the environment.
Green Campus Program
The student run Green Campus Program is funded by the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy and is hosted by Facility Services. Paid student interns develop and implement energy and water conservation projects and programs, and work to foster behavioral change through educational outreach to faculty, staff and students.
Institute of Transportation Engineers
The Institute of Transportation Engineers focuses on issues related to development of energy efficient and sustainable transportation systems.
Materials Engineering Student Societies
The Materials Engineering Student Society is the student club that includes the professional Materials Advantage Chapter and Materials Research Society (MRS) Student Chapter at Cal Poly. Its purpose is to promote and inform others about the Materials field, working toward a goal in which "all human activity nourishes the ecosphere, and technology solves humanity's grand challenges."
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
Poly Pack is a student packaging club at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In cooperation with the Industrial Technology Society (ITS) the club is interested in issues related to sustainable manufacturing and packaging.
Power and Energy Society
The mission of the Power and Energy Society, also known as PES, is to enhance academic goals by providing information about the Power Engineering Industry. The Power Engineering Society (now Power and Energy Society) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was established in 1981, received its IEEE/PES National Student Chapter in 1982, and was founded on three main goals: to provide input to the curriculum by following current industry trends and maintaining a strong relationship between Cal Poly and the power engineering industry, to establish professional engineering attitudes by involving students in a professional engineering society, and to strengthen student/faculty relationship by providing cooperative social activities.
Sierra Student Coalition
The Sierra Student Coalition is a National Society formed to assist students and local residents in running strategic grassroots organizing efforts that influence environmental policy and alter public attitudes.
Social Science Club
The Social Science Club promotes cultural and environmental sustainability.
Society of Environmental Engineers
The Society of Environmental Engineers is a student run organization that provides guest speakers, student competitions, field trips, professional resources, and academic resources related to issues of sustainability and the environment, as well as HAZWOPR certification.
Student Community Services
Student Community Services (SCS) provides the opportunity for students to act as vital members of the community, share their resources with others and develop skills and leadership abilities while creating meaningful social change. Within SCS, there are eight volunteer programs led by students that organize events ranging from helping the homeless to helping the environment. SCS hosts annual events such as See the Need Week, Homelessness Awareness Week, and Change the Status Quo, a one day conference designed to give students tangible tools to be effective advocates for social change.
Surfrider, Cal Poly
The Surfrider Foundation Club is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education.
The Cal Poly Zero Waste Program aims at reducing the solid waste our campus sends to the landfill by enhancing the composting and recycling program. The club also aims to educate students on campus about the importance of recycling/composting and how they can practice waste reduction at home.