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Sustainable California

Keeping California's Colleges & Universities Clean, Green, and Sustainably Operated with Educational Programs and Campus Initiatives

  • Are you looking for a career in an environmental or sustainability-focused industry?
  • Do you want to be part of the solution in bringing sustainable practices and values to your campus?

California’s colleges and universities lead the way in environmental science, policy, and sustainability solutions.

About Sustainable California

Across California, from small private colleges to large public universities, many institutions of higher education are committed to promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship through education. When you study in California, you have many opportunities to affect the future landscape of sustainability, both at your school and beyond.

Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

  • Join teams doing innovative research projects
  • Work cooperatively with scientists, engineers, and business professionals
  • Help set the standard for environmental legislation and regulations

California schools are at the vanguard of the green movement and eco-friendly programs. From environmental law programs to marine science, you’ll find a college or university that fits your interests.

  • Alternative energy
  • Carbon-negative projects
  • Energy efficient building
  • Environmental law
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Marine science
  • Natural resources management
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable hospitality management
  • Urban planning
  • Waste management
  • And many related fields

Mission Statement

Study California member institutions commit to collaborate in equipping the next generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a sustainable future locally and globally.


Member institutions share innovative resources, promote a culture of global responsibility on their campuses, and intentionally inspire sustainability values and practices across international student programs and operations.

California’s colleges and universities lead the way in environmental science, policy, and sustainability solutions.

Programs, Initiatives, and Events


Sustainability Spotlight!

Santa Rosa Junior College

Earth Day Street Murals at Santa Rosa Junior College

SRJC’s international students joined other student groups, academic departments, student services, and community organizations to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by creating a beautiful street mural with a border representing the 34 countries that they come from. The Earth Day Street Mural event builds on the history of Earth Day and environmental activism on college campuses and connects SRJC to the broader community with the purpose of envisioning a livable future for all. In an effort to build community and foster healing, SRJC acknowledged those affected by the recent wildfires and honored our collective resilience through the use of non-toxic paint made from ashes and reclaimed natural materials from California wildfires. The 1,024 foot mural project, that attracted more than 200 participants, was the largest in-person gathering to be organized by SRJC since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Watch this video to hear from a few of the international students at SRJC as they share their perspectives about the impacts of climate chaos on their communities and what it felt like to be a part of this incredible project. And view a video time-lapse of the murals as the murals are being created.

To learn more about Santa Rosa Junior College’s sustainable campus click here.

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