CRS@SDSU Center for Regional Sustainability

About Us

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


Sage Project

The Sage Project
The Sage Project is a program with a simple goal: improving quality of life in our region through community-based projects, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

SDSU Brownfields Assessment National City

CRS has been awarded grants from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to conduct a community-wide brownfields assessment in National City, CA.

Casa De Cultura Playas

Tijuana's Historical Archives
CRS has been awarded a grant from UCLA’s Modern Endangered Archives Program (MEAP) grant to work with the City of Tijuana to preserve and modernize Tijuana’s culturo-historical archives.

Our SDSU Partners and Affiliates

BrightSide Produce San Diego

BrightSide Produce
Committed to increasing access to healthy food options in underserved communities, while reducing food waste and strengthening the local food system in San Diego County.


Social & Economic Vulnerabilities Initiative
Brings together leaders, policy makers, and researchers, to create new innovative solutions to support affordable housing and reduce homelessness in the San Diego region.

SDSU Library

SDSU University Library
Supports the information, curricular, and research needs of the university's diverse community through the widest possible range of resources. 

Conservation, Ecucation, Research - Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve

Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve 
Supports an active scientific research program of southern California ecosystems, provides an outdoor classroom for education and outreach, and protects critical wildlife habitat.


Community Climate Action Network
Leverages SDSU’s expertise in public health, sciences, arts education and business to create actionable research and scholarship that will result in community driven transformation.

BFF, Center for Better Food Futures, SDSU

Center for Better Food Futures
Encourages action-oriented research with low-input solutions to increase food security, support food livelihoods, and reduce the environmental footprint of food.

Center for Community Energy and Environmental Justice (CCEEJ)

Center for Community Energy and Environmental Justice
Aims to strengthen community organizations' capacity and effectiveness in applying to, managing and implementing environmental and energy justice grants and programs.



Who We Are

Jessica BarlowJessica Barlow
Executive Director of CRS; Sage Project Faculty Director; Professor of Sustainability, Department of Geography
Phone: (619) 594-3807
Email: [email protected]

Madi SwayneMadison Swayne
Associate Director of CRS; Assistant Professor of City Planning, School of Public Affairs
Email: [email protected]