Sustainability Team Causes Mania!

Facilities Services’ sustainability team has become the recipient of high praise recently, both for sustainable programs, and outreach.

Recycling at Men's Basketball GameIn February, Sacramento State participated in the national Recyclemania event, scheduled to coincide with a men’s basketball game. Recycling Coordinator Joey Martinez and Sustainability & Operations Coordinator Kristina Cullen, as well as other volunteers, were on hand to help promote and get students involved in recycling on campus. Volunteers helped collect recyclable materials such as plastic bottles during and after the game.

Getting students engaged is just one of the sustainability teams’ goals. “Revitalizing and improving campus recycling practices, including implementing a more streamlined recycling process at Hornet Athletic events, is a big short term goal for the sustainability team,” said Cullen.

The event was such a success that Recyclemaniacs recognized Sac State’s efforts in their most recent newsletter, available here. Receiving such high praise helps validate the Sustainability teams’ efforts. “[We are] extremely proud of our efforts. There’s a real sense of a burgeoning sustainability scene here, and it’s awesome that Sac State is getting that kind of notoriety!” said Cullen.

Sac Tree Foundation Advices Best PracticesBut it doesn’t stop at recycling. Early in the month of March, the sustainability team held another event: “Mulching Mania.” With student volunteers, representatives from the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and Herky himself, the sustainability team set out to improve the health of campus trees, as well as beautify area landscaping. Volunteers received helpful advice from tree specialists, as well as Facilities Services Manager of Grounds & Landscaping Robert Anchor.

Volunteers spread tree mulch around young saplings in order to protect the tree and ensure a sufficient water supply. In addition, volunteers spread compost to ensure proper moisture, and to beautify designated areas, including the bed of roses across from Douglas Hall.

The event was such a success that local news outlet KCRA Channel 3 covered the event. Kristina Cullen and her team understand the importance of this coverage:

“It is important to share progress and efforts so people know what’s going on.  By receiving notoriety like this, it helps Sac State sustainability reach a broader audience.  Half of the success of an event is the event itself, but the other half of our success comes from getting the word out about what we’re doing, which raises awareness and encourages more support and participation by all.”

Recycling Coordinator Joey Martinez agrees: “We’ve been very appreciative of all the attention given to our sustainability team lately and especially to all of our efforts. Getting the word Joey and Kristinaout is always key and we’re thankful for the opportunity to do so.”

To help promote the program, Sac State sustainability has published a new logo. Appearing at all of their events, this new logo helps cement brand recognition with their sustainability projects and programs. “We were looking for something organic and a symbol that encompassed the essence of Sac State.  The tree seemed like the best symbol, especially with our recent Tree Campus USA designation,” said Cullen.

The goal, ultimately with this new logo, is to create a culture to “support the campus’ mission to cultivate sustainable practices that will contribute to greenhouse emissions reduction, energy conservation goals, and an overall awareness of sustainability,” said Cullen. “We believe there is power in numbers. Our main priority is fostering a sustainability program that attracts the student population and encourages them to get involved.”

Mission accomplished! Let’s hear it for our Sustainability team!

If you would like to get involved in future sustainability programs, contact Joey Martinez at or Kristina Cullen at

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