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.

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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


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.

Green Living Certified Programs

Through the Green Living Certified program, Eco Reps provided sustainable consultations to on-campus residents to educate and empower the Cal Poly community to live more consciously; in turn, reducing Cal Poly's energy, water, and waste. The goal of the Green Living Certification was threefold: to serve as a mechanism to continue increasing sustainability awareness, to bring together already sustainable minded students, and to bring new students into the community.