Office of Sustainability

Current Initiatives

Humboldt State University recently launched Zimride, an online ridesharing service that connects drivers and passengers for local or long-distance trips. HSU students, faculty and staff can sign in to the network using their HSU user ID or Facebook account at

The Sustainability Tracking and Rating System, STARS, is being implemented for the first time during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Developed by AASHE, STARS is a rating system specifically for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance.  To learn more about STARS at HSU visit our STARS site.

Climate Action Planning is being developed for HSU to provide a strategic plan for reducing the GHG emissions of the campus.  AB-32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 has capped California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 emissions levels by 2020. Additionally under the California State University's Sustainability Policy (Executive Order 987), Humboldt State plans to reduce its energy consumption by 15 percent, increase its renewable energy portfolio, and expand on-site campus energy generation.   CAP will provide a roadmap for HSU to reach these carbon mitigation goals.

To learn more and provide feedback, visit our Climate Action Plan site. 

Zipcar gives you wheels when they want them. Humboldt State has partnered with Zipcar to bring you 2 cars to campus. Cars are available on-demand 24/7, to be reserved by the hour or day.  Make easy to get off campus whenever for errands, entertainment, even road trips! Plus avoid the hassles and expenses of owning a car and finding parking on campus.  Join today and you can be driving in no time.

The Campus Center for Appropriate Technologies, CCAT, is a 34-year-old student-run demonstration home for sustainable living. In 2008 CCAT won Best Practices for the CSU Student Sustainability Program. Annually, CCAT educates over 2,000 students, faculty, staff, and visitors through tours, student-taught courses, workshops, presentations and hands-on projects.

Graduation Gown Rental is available through CCAT.  Instead of buying a new cap and gown for graduation, over a thousand students have rented them since the program began in 2007.  CCAT also accepts donations of used graduation gowns and caps.  Note: these gowns are now made out of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles.

The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund strives to reduce the environmental impact of energy use at HSU through student driven projects.  HEIF is funded through a student fee that was established in 2007 from a student’s idea.   Students can get involved with HEIF by submitting ideas, participating on the committee, or filling a variety of student assistant paid positions.

HSU Power Save Green Campus Program is a nationwide student-run energy efficiency program and is a two-time winner of the CSU's Best Practices in Student Energy Efficiency Program.  Through PSGC students design and implement energy efficiency projects on campus and in the residence halls.   From these efforts, in 2007 Humboldt State won first place in the CSU's Facilities Management Student Energy Efficiency Program.  PSGC offers both paid and for-credit internship opportunities.

WRRAP stands for the Waste-Reduction and Resource Awareness Program. WRRAP is the Associated Students program that supports the Compost Squad, R.O.S.E., and HSU Takes Back the Tap.  They also provide education about waste reduction and provide resources for Zero-Waste Events on campus.  WRRAP has opportunities for students to volunteer or serve in leadership roles supporting the education and active change in resource conservation and consumption principles.

Reusable Office Supply Exchange accepts surplus and used school and office supplies for reuse.  R.O.S.E. diverts up to $12,000 worth of supplies each semester from being thrown away and provides them free to the campus community.  As a student run program, R.O.S.E. provides an opportunity for students to take an active role in keeping reusable materials out of landfills. 

HSU Takes Back the Tap started as a student-led campaign that opposed privatization of water, particularly the bottling of water and its negative environmental, social and health impacts.  The group was instrumental in the installation of two hands-free hydration stations that provide students access to free, clean municipal tap water. Now, as part of WRRAP, HSU Takes Back the Tap continues its message and also helps organize  “bottle-free” events on campus at which no plastic water bottles are sold, including the HSU commencement ceremony. 

Donation Dash occurs during the week-long move-out of students from the Residence Halls. Housing & Dining, WRRAP, and Plant Operations coordinate a collection for things that that can be recycled or donated to local charities and thrift stores instead of thrown away.  Annually this keeps over 25,000 pounds of materials out of the landfill.

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