Sustainability

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Winners of the 2023 Champions of Sustainability Awards

Meet Our Sustainability Champs

The seventh annual Sustainability Champion Awards program honors Cal Poly Humboldt employees who have deepened a culture of sustainability on campus, advanced  the integration of sustainability into academics or student life, or have reduced the University’s environmental footprint. 

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WRRAP student on a bike towing compost bins for food scraps.

Zero Waste Kudos

Cal Poly Humboldt is on the road to zero waste, and for its efforts was recognized by the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) with a bronze Zero Waste Certification.  

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A variety of events and activities are planned during Earth Week, from volunteering opportunities to free plants and skillshops.

Earth Week 2023

A reverence for the environment is instilled in the Humboldt experience, whether it’s via the graduation pledge, or by participating in the many sustainability-driven efforts on campus. Each April, members of the university community affirm these values during Earth Week celebrations.

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A Coast Guard helicopter lands at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay.

Groundbreaking Microgrid Ushers in 'New and Exciting Era'

California’s first 100% renewable energy, front-of-the-meter, multi-customer microgrid is now fully operational. Located in Humboldt County, California, the microgrid provides energy resilience for the regional airport and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station.

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Cal Poly Humboldt student Katie Miller, Health Educator Ravin Craig, and  Art Professor Stephen Nachtigall.

Stewards Of Sustainability

Recognizing the innovation, collaboration, and leadership of students, faculty, and staff who are advancing sustainability on campus.

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Bee pollinating a California lilac

Laying the Groundwork for Climate Resilience

With an eye on a warming planet and the North Coast’s future, Cal Poly Humboldt is turning its attention groundward with a new project designed to create a more resilient landscape in the face of climate change. 

The Plan for a Carbon-Free Cal Poly Humboldt

In response to the mounting effects of global climate change, Cal Poly Humboldt has released a draft update of its Climate Action Plan (CAP 2.0). A valuable tool for University-wide climate resilience planning, the CAP 2.0 is a roadmap to guide Cal Poly Humboldt towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.

Speaker Series: Environmental Hazards, Offshore Wind Energy, and Children's Rights

Humboldt State University’s Sustainable Futures speaker series (SFSS) kicks off January 27 at 5:30 p.m. with Jill Lindsey Harrison, author of "From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice within Government Agencies." Plus, Alison Bates, who will share research on the social acceptance of offshore wind energy, and Andrea Rodgers, who will discuss on children’s fundamental rights, the climate crisis, and the call for judicial branch engagement.

New Minor Offers Education in Sustainability for Every Major

Humboldt State University has launched a new minor that transcends disciplines and can complement any undergraduate major. Starting this Fall, the Sustainability minor will explore real-world problems from a variety of academic perspectives, incorporating curricula from across the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities and the arts.

Helping Set the Gold Standard for Green Colleges

Once again, Humboldt State University has been named a “Green College” by The Princeton Review. The education services company included HSU in their 2022 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges, released this October.

HSU Named a Green ‘Cool School’ Again

For the fourth year in a row, Humboldt State University has been named a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club magazine’s annual ranking of sustainability among North America’s greenest colleges and universities.

HSU Continues Polytech Push with Plans for Several New Programs

Drawing on its strengths in STEM, environmental and social responsibility, and experiential learning, Humboldt State University has submitted documentation of its intent to launch several new and innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs as soon as Fall 2022 and Fall 2023.

HSU Sustainability Champions Announced

Sustainability is the recognition that humanity is a part of the natural world, not separate from it, and that healthy social and economic systems depend on the health and resilience of ecological systems.