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Center for Regional Sustainability

The Center for Regional Sustainability (CRS) fosters research; establishes collaborations across campus and with partners from business, government, and education; and generates solutions that enhance the natural environment, economic vitality, and social equity in the greater San Diego-Tijuana region.


  • Develop comprehensive solutions for the region’s key issues such as water resources, energy use, and transportation.
  • Educate and train the next generation of sustainability experts and practitioners to meet the needs of local businesses, governments and non-profits organizations.
  • Inform and educate the public about sustainability issues through curriculum, publications, web forums, and seminars and conferences.

Our Mission

The Center for Regional Sustainability’s primary mission is to advance sustainability through regional collaborations in higher education, research, stewardship, and outreach to ensure that generations of students will gain the skills and abilities that will allow our region to grow, prosper, and sustain itself in the long term.

CRS is home to two programs on campus:

The Sage Project

The Sage Project partners with local governments and engages faculty and students on projects that address pressing social needs in San Diego communities. Courses from across the campus participate in tackling real-world projects that help communities in the region to improve quality of life for residents.


The Sage Project 


BrightSide Produce is an SDSU, student-driven, social venture with a sustainable produce distribution model designed to eliminate food insecurity in underserved areas in San Diego County. BrightSide Produce bridges communities through people and produce, with students and volunteers tackling food insecurity by distributing fruits and vegetables to food insecure communities.


Both programs aim to provide students with the opportunity to help address social and economic needs via community engagement in the greater San Diego region through their courses, leadership opportunities, volunteerism, and internships.   

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