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Alumnus Ryan Todd leads ‘culture of sustainability’ at Sac State

Ryan Todd Ryan Todd graduated from Sacramento State in 2009 with a degree in environmental studies and a resolve to help the planet. Now, as the University’s sustainability manager, he’s doing exactly that, leading the team responsible for keeping Sac State one of the world’s most sustainable campuses.

Sac State’s roots as an environmentally friendly campus run deep. Designated a Tree Campus USA in recognition of its 3,500-tree urban forest, Sac State was one of just 21 campuses – and the only one in the CSU – to make The Princeton Review’s 2017 Green College Honor Roll, one of many honors for sustainability the University has recently received. Among Sac State’s top sustainability efforts is the closed-loop project, which involves collecting campus food waste and turning it into biofuel and compost. Other projects range from solar panels and water-saving faucets to lighting that “harvests daylight.”

Todd was recently profiled by the California State University as part of a series on students, faculty, and alumni who are proving the transformative impact of a CSU education. In the profile, he talks about how he discovered a love for nature as a Sac State undergraduate and how he’s applying that passion to sustainability now.

“What we’re doing is … trying to create a culture of sustainability,” Todd says. “When you do that, it makes being environmentally responsible happen naturally. It sets the expectation that this is just how we do things at Sac State.”
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