Two students pose for a picture, one holding flowers and the other a sign that reads “Climate Forward Community Market”

Think Beyond Carbon Neutral

Come nurture the Earth from the University of San Francisco. In 2019, 31 years ahead of schedule, we at USF achieved carbon neutrality. This means that each year, we produce zero net carbon emissions. Now we're working to become “climate positive” — that is, to generate more energy than we use. Come see, hear, smell, touch, and taste the work that our students, professors, and alumni are doing to save the world.

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Number of USF courses related to the environment or sustainability.

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USF ranked 17 out of 320 colleges and universities across North America in RecycleMania 2017.


Carbon-neutral university since 2019


of food served in USF cafeterias that is grown or raised locally.


metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions we've avoided by recycling and composting — the equivalent of taking 573 cars off the road for a year.


megawatts of power generated by USF's cogeneration facility, which also provides heat to 14 campus buildings.


of all university printing impressions were made on post-consumer recycled paper. 


of campus waste diverted from landfill by our recycling and composting programs.


reduction in annual water use since 2018.


gigawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity generated on campus, equivalent to ~13 million miles of travel by electric car.

Welcome to
Star Route Farms

USF owns a certified organic farm near the town of Bolinas, 17 miles from campus as the crow flies and 28 miles as the van drives. Star Route Farms delivers the freshest possible produce to restaurants and farmers markets in the Bay Area — and serves as a living laboratory for USF faculty and students across all disciplines.

Students at Star Route Farms