What We've Accomplished
SJSU is proud to be a leader in campus sustainability. These are some of the projects that we’ve already implemented:
SJSU is one of only two CSU campuses with a large Cogeneration facility. This facility produces 6MW of electricity, steam, and chilled water.
Recycled water is used for cooling university buildings and irrigating campus grounds. Installing artificial turf at Spartan Stadium has saved 1 million gallons of water each year.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Library was designed and built to meet LEED Silver standards. All new buildings on the SJSU campus will also be designed to LEED Silver standards.
Facilities Development & Operations has a “green fleet” of 68 electric maintenance carts.
Transportation Solutions, a branch of the Associated Students dedicated to promoting alternative transportation, initiates and promotes programs to reduce auto-related trips to campus. Currently, of those who commute to campus, approximately 60% come via alternative transportation.
Waste Reduction & Recycling
SJSU has a comprehensive campus recycling program that goes beyond just cans and bottles. We also recycle furniture, greenwaste, computers and electronics, paper, packaging materials, batteries, light bulbs, and much more. In 2009, our waste diversion rate was 91% (compared to 59% in 2006)!
Spartan Shops has been moving food served on campus toward sustainability with practices such as recycling 100% of cooking oil for biodiesel and by founding Grounded, a campus eatery serving only local, organic food. See their entire sustainability program.