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Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP)

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The Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) involves academic institutions, such as CSUMB, that work with regional government entities (such as cities, counties, or transportation agencies) where we address some of their sustainability-related needs through class projects. This is a part of a movement that around 30 schools across the country are involved in thus far. This model allows for multiple classes across the campus to be working on different projects associated with a single governing body (such as a city, county, or regional transportation entity).

On October 28, guest presenters from San Diego State, Professor Jessica Barlow, who is running their very successful program called SAGE, and Dr. Laura Bloch, the Sustainability Adviser of EPA, Region 9, in San Francisco. The goal of this visit was to engage more faculty and better inform the campus of this unique opportunity. Our current partnership with the City of Salinas extends through this Spring, and we are currently seeking a new regional partner for the subsequent year.

Interested faculty who were not able to attend the informational session can contact Professor Daniel Fernandez ( if they would like to get involved. Students will be able to register for the Sustainable City Year program this spring during class registration. In the meantime, please fill out these two capstone surveys from the Sustainable City Year Program.

ENSTU Club Beach Clean-ups

Interested in giving back to the community? The Environmental Studies Club organizes beach clean-ups once every few weeks at local beaches. The most recent one was on Saturday, November 5 at the end of Divarty St. near the tunnel. Some professors offer extra credit for participation. A number of students came and helped clean up our beaches. For future clean up dates and more information, contact Riley Rhodeback.

Clean Me Up on Beach with flowers

Dr. Bhatti’s Harvest

Dr. Robina Bhatti grows vegetables and crops in her garden. She would love to have students help her. Students may receive a week's supply of organic vegetables for a couple of hours of weeding. Students in GS 385 (Spring 2017) may grow their own food at the farm or at the new Community Garden in Seaside. Students also have the option to join Dr. Bhatti’s research project on 'Mapping Organic Monterey' either through GS 385 or as an independent study. This is a long term project and she has already mapped (using GIS) all organic operations in Monterey County. The goal of the project is to create a social and material map of the economies and ecologies of Organic Monterey. Please contact to get involved.

American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) Shoe Donation

ASMA collected shoes during 2016 move out. After collecting all the shoe bins, they were sorted through, of 8 bins collected 2 full bins of really nice, useful, shoes in adequate condition. ASMA volunteers helped distribute them to the homeless patients that visited the clinic. It helped attract a total of about 20 new patients, and spread the word about the organization to more individuals in the community. The entire American Medical Student Association club thanks you for all your help during this process. it was a very successful shoe drive.

American Medical Student Association’s Shoe Donation

CSU Food and Housing Security Study

Please help California State University Dining Services learn more about how to increase access to food and housing support services for CSU students by completing a short online survey. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you choose, at the end of the survey, you can enter your name into a drawing to win one of two $40 gift cards.


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