At Humboldt State, sustainability is widely reflected in our vision and values. Conserving resources, championing social responsibility, as well as reducing our overall carbon footprint, are goals of numerous initiatives and policies. As is the case with many green endeavors at Humboldt State, students are deeply involved in creating a campus that operates with sustainability in mind.

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Recent Happenings:

(updated 10/25/2021)

  • 6th Annual Zero Waste Conference! Three days of virtual and in-person events to educate, engage and inspire our campus community with ideas, solutions, and opportunities to help build a sustainable future. This student-led conference is hosted by the Waste Reduction Resource Awareness Program. November 3 - 5.  See this program for details.
  • All-Abilities Zero Waste Group Bike Ride. Join us on on an easy ride to see zero waste in action in our community! Friday, November 5th, 3-4:30pm. Starts/ends at the Harry Griffith Hall bikestation.  See this flyer for details.
  • Understanding Food Date Labels: A panel discussion with experts in the fields of nutrition, food recovery, and food policy to dispel confusion surrounding food labels and to prevent food waste. Thursday, November 4, 12-1pm. Register to attend at this link and download the flyer.
  • The Office of Sustainability is excited to partner with the Native American Studies Department to offer two Fall 2021 opportunities for people to learn more about how decolonization intersects with notions of sustainability:
  • Alternative Transportation Fair, October 5th from 12-3pm on the SAC Quad.  See PDF icon this flyer for details.  Join us after the fair at 4pm at the Harry Griffith Hall bikeshare station for an all-abilities group bike ride!
  • Bike Share Program is back! Bikes are once again available to rent from stations at Harry Griffith Hall, Jolly Giant Commons and downtown Arcata. Go to Humboldt Bike Share for details and to sign up.
  • Check out the new campus Path to Platinum Reporta report summarizing actions that will help HSU achieve a Platinum STARS rating!
  • Congratulations to the winners of the Fifth Annual Sustainability Champion Awards, honoring faculty, staff and student employees that further sustainability at HSU. This year's winners are Amanda McDonald (student), Frank Herrera (staff), and Sarah Ray (faculty).
  • Climate Action Plan Reboot! HSU has a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. Watch this short video about the Climate Action Plan 2.0 to find out how we will get there.
  • Join the Office of Sustainability in celebrating campus Sustainability Month with two keynote events:
  • New Dashboard Launched to Track Sustainability at HSU!
    • The HSU Sustainability Dashboard makes visible our progress towards meeting our sustainability goals, by featuring updated metrics for ten key sustainability performance areas, along with project descriptions, next steps and information on how you can learn more and get involved.
  • Check out L4HSU talk co-resented by Native American Studies Professor Dr. Kaitlin Reed and Office of Sustianability staff member Katie Koscielak entitled "White Supremacist Roots of American Environmentalism" (presented August 3, 2020). Download slides here and a video recording of the talk here.  
  • Find the updated Guide to Sustainability for Students here for Academic Year 2020-2021
  • HSU has earned a gold rating from STARS again! Check out the most recent iteration of the assessment here


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The Office of Sustainability

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