About Us : Focus Areas
Center for Sustainability is currently working with participating faculty, staff and advisory members implement activities in four primary Focus Areas.
- Curricula for Sustainability
- Metrics and Certification
- Compost and Soil Health
- Central Coast Food System
In 2012, the Center reorganized four existing committees comprised of participating faculty and staff into two new committees: 'Curricula & Community' & 'Agro-Ecosystems Stewardship.' The former primarily focuses on educational activities including the development of catalog curricula (starting with the design of a new Sustainable Agriculture course in 2013), of continuing education offerings for professionals and the general public, of campus-wide initiatives to improve adoption of sustainability education and practices on campus (including the implementation of existing university Sustainability Learning Objectives), of free public education in the form of lectures and workshops, and of collaborations with our region to strengthen food system efforts on the Central Coast. The Agro-Ecosystems Stewardship committee is charged with development and coordination of experiential activities and campus-farm demonstrations facilitated by the Center. These include the Sustainable Stewards intern program, the Cal Poly Compost Project, coordination of a new worm composting commercial-scale pilot project in collaboration with VermiVision, Inc., and demonstration and use of sustainability metrics and certification systems on the campus farm where feasible.
Faculty and staff participating on committees for these four these focus areas are listed on our People page.