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CSU, Social Innovation Generation will Create Green Jobs and Social Business Solutions

September 17, 2009
By Teresa Ruiz

California’s economy may still be floundering, but more green-collar jobs, social entrepreneurship and sustainable communities are on the way now that several CSU campuses will be taking part in the pioneering Social Innovation Generation program.

CSU's participation in the Social Innovation
Generation project is just one of many ways
the CSU is working for California and helping
the environment.

Social Innovation Generation will focus on two key areas – developing student leaders who give back, and aiding in the state’s recovery using social entrepreneurship, micro-financing and social investments. Five CSU campuses were selected to participate as part of a larger grant. Here is a list of their programs:

- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will focus on the development of a more sustainable economy through green jobs

- Fresno State is expected to design and implement a multiphase neighborhood network initiative that involves alumni and local consultants. Workshops, assessments and customized implementation plans will be created to provide nonprofits with the capacity to fully meet the needs of the community

- Humboldt State will involve multiple disciplines in a food security-green sustainability program

- San Francisco State will work with coalitions of neighborhood groups to locally create safe, green and economically viable communities

- Chico State will create and implement the Chico Homeless Advocates (CHA) program, which will serve as a catalyst to recruit, screen and train student volunteers to staff local nonprofits serving the homeless

The effort is part of a larger $1 million grant awarded to the California Campus Compact (CACC) by Learn and Serve America Higher Education.  CACC is a coalition of California's leading colleges and universities partnering to advance civic and community engagement. As part of the compact, CSU will take part in an amazing program that will benefit the state, communities and students. See Social Innovation Generation press release.