Cal Poly

Campus Environmental Sustainability Programs


Master Plan (adopted March 2001)

Considered sustainability and the natural environment as a major component of the Plan.




  1. Awareness

Recurring activities and events

2. Commuter Services

3. Conservation

    Energy Conservation Projects


    Dairy Cogeneration Project

    Refrigeration Heat Recovery

    Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    Electric Vehicle Charging Station

    Electric Bicycle Charging Station

    Energy Efficient Motors



    The Cal Poly recycling program recycles all materials that can be recycled. Presently 42% of its total material is diverted from the landfill.

    Water Conservation

4. Design

    1. CSU Design and Energy Guidelines

    2. New CSU Sustainable Design Guidelines

5.Land and Water Management

    Water Quality Master Plan

    Cal Poly has developed a Water Quality Master Plan that requires best management practices for daily activities. Training is also performed on an annual basis. This plan has been approved on campus and is being implemented, although the Regional Water Quality Board has not yet endorsed it.

    Creek Enhancement Projects

    Cal Poly faculty and staff have worked with the Land Conservancy and Coastal Resource Institute to enhance the creeks running through the campus. They include obtaining grant funding for projects and developing new animal grazing practices that enhance appropriate vegetation and wildlife habitat. Projects in the last five years include:

    College of Agriculture Programs Sustainable Farm Project

    Students use this farm to practice sustainable farming practices.

6. Joint Ventures with the City and County of San Luis Obispo



    Campus Planning Committee

    Master Plan Committee

    Landscape Advisory Committee

    Biological Sciences Advisory Committee

    Alternative Transportation Committee

    Brizzolara Creek Committee

    College of Agriculture Land Use Committee

    Cal Poly Sustainability Initiative


    Coastal Resources Institute

    Irrigation Training Research Center


    Renewable Energy Institute


    Evelyn and Harold Hay Fund

Bioremediation Institute