Center for Regional Sustainability 

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 homelessness, housing, food insecurity, water resources, energy use, and transportation.
  • Educate and train the next generation of sustainability experts and practitioners to meet the needs of community members, local businesses, governments and non-profits organizations.
  • Inform and educate the public about sustainability issues through community engagement, 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. 

Our Programs and Initiatives

CRS is home to the Sage Project and related binational and brownfields initiatives. CRS is also part of two SDSU Big Ideas: the Community Climate Action Network (CCAN) and Addressing Homelessness.  

By design, CRS aims to help to move SDSU toward the “Fifth Wave” institutional goal toward a culture that is “...increasingly transdisciplinary, collaborative, and problem-driven..." (Crow, 2020:307), by addressing global challenges at a local level, through collaborations across campus and with partners from business, government, nonprofits, and education.