The Cal Poly Green Campus Team

The Cal Poly Green Campus program, originally established in 2007, was funded by Investor Owned Utilities and administered by the Alliance to Save Energy. Upon termination of utility funding in 2015, Cal Poly took the program in-house. The Green Campus team now works from a student led model with oversight from the Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability department in Facilities. Having the CSU policy goals to work from, the Green Campus team is better able to implement conservation projects, expand educational outreach and marketing, infuse sustainability into curriculum, and empower student leaders and clubs to be more impactful.

Green Campus Current Projects

To learn about Green Campus' annual impact, view their End of Year reports here:

Green Campus Team member positions require a two year commitment from each student and are paid student assistant positions through the Facilities Management and Development department. To learn more about upcoming hiring opportunities, please email or to learn more about current team members visit their staff bios.

Past Projects

Annual Diversion and Conservation Challenge (ACDC)

Green Campus teamed up with University Housing, Inter Housing Council, Associated Students (ASI), and Residential Life to host the Annual Diversion and Conservation Challenge (ACDC) from January 31 to February 20, 2022. ACDC pit residents of the five Red Brick Buildings against each other to reduce the most heating and electricity in their buildings. Heating and electricity was tracked below using the live Power BI dashboard. The winning hall, the hall that reduced the most electricity and heat, received a visit and free goodies from a local dessert truck.

In 2017, ACDC water and energy use reductions saved University Housing over $2,000 in utilities expenditures and resulted in savings that continued throughout the academic year suggesting that the competition results in long term behavior changes for residents. Not living in the Red Bricks but still want to learn more? Keep an eye out for the upcoming FLOW challenge, which has extended the competition to all first-year dorms. For more information about upcoming events, follow Green Campus on Instagram to receive the latest updates and get involved!


In 2017 the team competed in RecycleMania, a national competition to divert waste from landfill. Waste reduction events included Smash-Yo-Trash (a Super Smash Brothers recycling event), Zero Waste trainings, a clothing swap event, and a waste audit.

Student Sustainability Leadership Summits and Retreats

To build alliances with and empower student club leaders, the Green Campus team hosted an event during fall quarter to unite the student sustainability community and springboard efforts for the year ahead. Over 50 student leaders participated in the 2018 summit, covering topics of organizational leadership, team retention, time management, effective communication, campaign planning, and creating inclusive spaces. Participants set goals for their clubs and presented their plans to a group of over fifteen staff and faculty stakeholders. This event won a Best Practice award at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and led to creation of a Succession Planning Retreat each spring.

Eco Reps and Green Rooms Programs

The team runs the Eco Reps and Green Room program on campus. Eco Reps are volunteers who have a passion and commitment to fostering sustainble living at Cal Poly. To join the Eco Reps or learn more about what they do visit the Eco Reps and Green Rooms page or follow them on Instagram @calpolyecoreps .