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Student-Led Sustainability Projects

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Project ended on April 30, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Student-Led Sustainability Project Fund

Sustainability at Fresno State has always been driven by students, whose passion and advocacy both in and out of the classroom have fueled meaningful changes in our community. We holistically define sustainability, encompassing human and ecological health, social and environmental justice, and a better world for all generations to thrive. We are kindly requesting donations to support class or extracurricular student-led sustainability projects so that we can empower our students and community to demand a more sustainable world.

In 2023, Fresno State declared the intent to become “a model for advancing social, economic and environmental progress regionally, nationally and globally by providing an accessible, transformative education; researching critical issues; and producing a generation of diverse leaders.” With your support, we can move one step closer to making this a reality for our campus

Your tax-deductible donation would be instrumental in providing our students with opportunities to make actionable changes both on and off campus and gain valuable experience in sustainability education, outreach, and engagement. Even the smallest of donations will go a long way in helping our students plan and execute high-quality sustainability experiences. Please consider supporting us as we create a more sustainable Central Valley.

Highlights of student engagement around sustainability efforts on campus:

  • Real Food Challenge: students inventoried a portion of food and beverage purchases from the University Dining Hall evaluated the ethical aspects of production and assessed the environmental footprint of those purchases. The results of this analysis can be viewed in our 2024 AASHE STARS report.
  • The conclusion of campus construction projects, as well as updates to California’s water code, has left the campus with much-needed landscape restoration. California Climate Action Corps Fellows, hosted at Fresno State, coordinate events to replace grass with plants native to the Central Valley. In the past six months, Fellows have replaced 5408 square feet of grass with milkweeds, lupine, California poppies, yarrow, tidy tips, and much more!
  • Central Valley College Corps students hosted the Interfaith Climate Alliance Summit with keynote speaker the Honorable Ron Goode, Tribal Chair of the North Fork Mono tribe, to discuss topics around climate change, cultural burning, and forging meaningful alliances.
  • In the last six months, California Climate Action Corps Fellows have recovered 504 pounds of edible food for delivery to our Student Cupboard, where students can obtain free food and groceries daily. They have also collected 3219 pounds of food waste for composting, which will be spread across campus gardens once matured.
  • The Sustainability Club at Fresno State hosts the only Earth Day event on campus each year in the Spring semester, bringing a conscious culture of sustainability to our community. The celebratory event provides space for attendees to reuse or thrift various items, brings local organizations and fellow student clubs together to educate and network with attendees, display climate change-inspired art, and usually features an appearance from our very own live mascot, Victor E. Bulldog IV.
  • Students designed the stickers that can be found on all trash and recycle bins on campus, with the support of staff in Facilities Management, to inform users which items should go to landfill or recycle. Students also placed these stickers on all bins throughout campus.
  • Developed research and learning opportunities in areas of nanocarbon (biochar) technology, energy transformation systems, agriculture systems, gardening and plant care, river systems, and land stewardship.

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Did you know Californians, on average, throw away 290 Olympic-sized pools worth of plastic each day? Plastic breaks down and hurts underwater ecosystems and impacts our public health. TIP: Refuse plastic products or things wrapped in plastic and opt for biodegradable options.


Friend of the Earth

The EPA estimates that 30% of methane emissions from landfills come from the breakdown of food waste. Methane is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere, which contributes to global climate change. TIP: Eat all of your food and leftovers, and compost any food scraps along with yard trimmings to create healthy soils.


Green Guardian

The apparel industry is responsible for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is projected to increase by 50% by 2030, and also consumes 930 trillion liters of water each year! TIP: Only buy new clothing if absolutely necessary, buy secondhand as much as possible, and donate old clothing to a place you can trust will resell your items.



In just the last year, 47 wells have run dry in Fresno County, 59 wells have run dry in Madera County, and 20 more wells have run dry in Tulare County due to dwindling groundwater resources beneath the Valley floor. TIP: Advocate for groundwater sustainability through your local groundwater sustainability agency and reduce groundwater pumping when possible.


Champion of Change

You understand sustainability. You embody generosity of spirit and have the power to make waves. Waves that carry belief, hope, and movement. Action is key and together we will build a better tomorrow.

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