On Thursday, April 21, Cal Maritime will celebrate Earth Day 2022 on the Quad (or Morrow Cove due to anticipated rain) from 11AM – 2PM. All members of the campus community have been invited to attend, and private companies and public organizations with a focus on energy, water, clean transportation, waste management and other sustainability areas will be on hand. The Earth Day celebration is also part of a weeklong series of events around sustainability. 

“Our annual Earth Day celebration is a great opportunity for us to highlight all the efforts toward sustainability already underway on campus,” says Energy and Sustainability Director Sheikh Nayeem. “We have a series of ongoing projects designed to transition us to clean energy by 2029 as well as other efforts to “green our campus,” he shared. 

Academically the campus offers ten sustainability courses, eight of them at the focus-level, and two at the inclusive-level including Environmental Law, Environmental Ethics, Marine Biology, Environmental Policies, Ocean Environmental Management, Citizens Environmental Sciences, Polar Politics, Ocean Politics, Comparative Maritime Policies, and Energy Systems Design. 

In addition, the campus has an active Energy & Sustainability Committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students. Students are encouraged to consider energy, water, and other sustainability related projects for their class projects as well as in their daily lives on campus.   

The ongoing efforts toward sustainability include: 

  • Post-fire revegetation effort 
  • Electric vehicle charger program 
  • Electric van 
  • Roof-top and ground mount PV solar systems,  
  • Engineered Marine Hydrokinetic Sustainability Platform
  • Wind Energy project 
  • Battery Energy Storage 
  • SkyCool Cooling System  
  • Zero-Global Warming Potential Heat Pumps  
  • Energy and Sustainability components of the Mayo Hall remodel 


Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.