Awards & Recognition

SDSU received an iCommute Diamond Award (Gold Tier) for our efforts to encourage our campus to use alternate modes of transportation, like taking transit, biking, and carpooling.

STARS Silver certification from AASHE acknowledging SDSU for its campuswide sustainability efforts around several areas: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration.

Certification effort was led by a student, Travis Freeman, who also developed a Road to Gold report.

Award from the Air Pollution Control District-Industrial Environmental Association recognizing SDSU's efforts to reduce carbon, water, and waste.
Award from San Diego Food Systems Alliance to Aztec Shops for being the first university markets in the nation to be Green Restaurant Certified.  Also, awarded to Brightside Produce for being an "Anchor Institution" collaboration, providing healthful produce at University pricing while assisting with pricing, displays, sales, signage, and nutrition education to 13 grocery stores in National City.


Awarded to Glen Brandenburg, Director of Facilities and Sustainability, Associated Students from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

Award from the City of San Diego to recognize local businesses and organizations that have implemented or expanded innovative and successful waste reduction, recycling and recycled product purchasing programs.

Award from the California State University's Facilities Management Conference for the Storm Nasatir Hostler Complex. Recognized for reuse of existing building and LEED Gold certification.


Award for efforts to comprehensively reduce food waste on campus from the San Diego Food System Alliance.

SDSU Dining has dozens of restaurants, Catering, Concessions and central production kitchens certified from the Green Restaurant Association. First large event arena to be GRA certified in College and Universities. Highest density of operations GRA certified within a university.

Award from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference for the Arts & Letters building

Dining Green Restaurant Certification Excellence award from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference


Award from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference for Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2012. Full report and rating can be found at the AASHE website.
Several campus buildings have been LEED certified.