UC Santa Barbara

July 9th-12th, 2018


CHESC Exhibit Show

If you are representing a non-profit, school, or government agency, please contact Nicola Hesketh at for tailored opportunities. We offer significantly discounted opportunities for non-profit exhibitors.


The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) and host campus, University of California, Santa Barbara invite you to join us for our Seventeenth Annual Conference, held July 9th – July 12th, 2018.

This conference attracts close to 1000 attendees from 80 campuses and is supported by over 60 corporate sustainability sponsors and exhibitors.

It is designed to deliver effective, interactive, and informative sessions that provide clear take away value to our sponsors and participants. Conference stakeholders share best practices, discuss state-wide policy, and lay the groundwork for future policies and programs.

Our exhibits highlight innovative, sustainable technologies and service providers. Exhibitors engage in meaningful dialog regarding bona fide solutions being presented, and engage in building action plans with California higher educational institutions, policymakers, and sustainability businesses.

Jointly organized by Independent / Private Colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California, this sustainability conference provides a rare opportunity for a company to increase its visibility with all four systems of higher education at one of the largest higher education sustainability assemblies in the world.

Buying Power of California Higher Education

Our annual conference brings a powerful platform for California higher education vis-a-vis  sustainability. In terms of capital outlays over next few years, The California Community College (CCC) System which comprises the largest postsecondary system of education in the world (approximately 2.1 million enrolled students, 12 campuses, 72 semi-autonomous community college districts encompassing 114 colleges, 77 approved off-campus centers, 24 separate district offices, 24,425 acres of land, 5,951 buildings, and 87 million gsf/52.3 million asf of space), has a 2018-19 five-year capital outlay plan projection. The plan identifies $21.5 billion in capital facilities needs, including $9.1 billion for new construction and $12.4 billion for modernization for existing facilities. Assuming additional deferred needs of $8.4 billion over the next five years would bring the total to $29.9 billion.  The total facilities needs for the next 10 years, including the 29.9 billion, are estimated at $42 billion. The capital requirements of the University of California system for just the current fiscal year of 2016-17 and the next five fiscal years are estimated to be $14.6 billion.  The California State University system expects a $13.7 billion capital outlay for facilities over the next five years.

Grow your business with the sponsorship of the 2017 Sustainability Conference.

Eligibility and Sponsorship Policy

  • The CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference will only accept sponsorships from companies who have or could provide products or services with the potential to advance campus sustainability.
  • The CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference does not accept corporate sponsorships for certain categories of products and services, including illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, weapons, tobacco products or establishments, sexual escort services, or check cashing services.
  • The CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference does not endorse, directly or by implication, any products, services, or ideas promoted by sponsors.