Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

Image: Ripples on water

SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

RTC's Sustainability Program


The California State University system, including San Francisco State University, is committed to sustainable operations and curriculum. SF State has again been listed in Princeton University's Guide to Green Schools.

  Princeton Green Seal  

The faculty, staff, students, advisory board and volunteers at SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) are also invested in achieving and maintaining a sustainable operation.


RTC's Sustainability Mission Statement

We are a community committed to integrating the values and principles of sustainability into our daily operations. We apply these principles to our planning, policies, research, education, member activities and local community engagement.


Sustainability Program Goal

Sustainability will become a key element within all RTC activities, planning & implementation strategies.


"Groundbreaking" News!

Solar panel installation to serve our main laboratory building and electric car charging has begun! Check here for photos and progress updates.



  • Installed solar panels on Bay Conference Center, generating up to and even over 100% of electricity needs
  • Implemented food scrap composting through Mill Valley Refuse
  • Recycle all cans, plastic and glass bottles to support Sustainability efforts
  • All other recycleables recycled through Mill Valley Refuse
  • Constructed, planted and maintained organic vegetable garden
  • Installed bike rack, posted transit schedules, and implemented Green Commute prize drawing to encourage biking and carpooling
  • Installed freecycle table to share and reuse unwanted goods
  • Recyling of usable plastic labware for use in schools
  • Joined SF State e-waste recycling program
  • Removal of invasive trees and planted native plants
  • Planted pollinator garden
  • Purchase recycled materials whenever possible


Future Initiatives

  • Improve carpooling access
  • Recycle packing materials
  • Compost paper towels in restrooms
  • Install solar panels to generate power for main lab building
  • Incorporate green vehicles into fleet (electric, hybrid, fuel-efficient)
  • Include one or more solar-powered charging stations for fleet or staff vehicles
  • Landscape lower campus with native plants
  • Construct walking trails to create a more pedestrian-friendly site
  • Rainwater collection
  • Emissions free technology (solar or wind power) to power small equipment such as mowers, pumps, gates
  • Use of the 36 acre site as a living lab for sustainability courses


Want to get involved or share ideas? Join a Green Team! We typically meet the second Monday of each month.

Transportation-contact Erin Blackwood

Recycling-contact Anne Slaughter

Gardening-contact Sarah Blaser

Composting-contact Toni Ignoffo


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