California State University, Monterey Bay


California State University, Monterey Bay
Sustainable City Year Program
Case Type
Program Stories
School Size
0 - 20,000
Focus Areas
Environment Sustainability
Business, Education, Environmental Studies, GIS, Statistics

Sustainable City Year Program

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In 2016, our second year of operation, saw a total of 11 classes involved in partnerships with the City of Salinas. For CSUMB this is the most we have had yet. Disciplines involved include Business, Education, Environmental Studies, Statistics, Journalism, and GIS. Projects included surveys of residents in terms of what they think of the city, what works for them, and what does not. Another project included surveys of bus usage and the completion of a manual to encourage more use of buses. There were studies of bike share programs and possibilities, Road Diet surveys and studies, and studies of housing homeless. Other work included the uses of land slated for organic farming, studies on sidewalk safety, education on locally-written environmental literature, GIS/lidar hydrographic studies of water resources, and studies on community planning. 

Fun Facts about SCYP of CSUMB

The Director of Public Works for the City of Salinas, Mr. Gary Petersen, was quoted was saying “You touched the heart of Salinas” during a presentation of the project results in Spring 2017 in a journalism class.

As of Spring 2018, SCYP facilitated 25 classes using the EPIC model. In July, 2018 CSUMB received a Best Practice Award for University/Community Partnerships at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference in Santa Barbara.

Year Program Established | 2015
Country | US
Federal Region of Program | 9

Public or Private Institution | Public
Number of students at institution | 7,000

Highlight Articles/Videos

News Briefs – Applications soar for fall enrollment
Around Campus – Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP)

City Partners

2015 – 2017 | City of Salinas • Population: 150,000
2017 – 2019 | City of Seaside • Population: 34,312
2019 – 2021 | City of Pacific Grove • Population: 15,698 (2017)
2019 – 2021 | City of San Juan Bautista • Population: 1,976 (2017)

Contact Info

Daniel Fernandez
Program Manager
(831) 582-3786