UC Santa Barbara

July 9th-12th, 2018


CHESC Exhibit Show

If you are representing a non-profit, school, or government agency, please contact Katie Maynard 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 sixteenth annual conference, held June 26 – June 29, 2017. Last year’s event saw approximately 1,200 attendees, 71 campuses, 18 sponsors, and over 70 corporate sustainability exhibitors.

Within CHESC’s core sustainability mission, campus stakeholders share best practices, discuss statewide policy, and lay the groundwork for future policies and programs. Our events highlight cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, community partnerships and attendent sustainability procurement. This unique annual event is jointly organized by independent / private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California. It is the only event which includes all of these entities as organizers, speakers, and attendees. The CHESC exhibit show highlights innovative, new, sustainable technologies and service providers. Attendees engage in meaningful dialog around the nuts and bolts of the bona fide solutions being presented, and gain a dynamic opportunity for building action plans in collaboration with California higher educational institutions, policymakers, and sustainability businesses.

We bring a conference that is both impactful and effective in comprehensive sustainability within California higher education – interactive, informative, and able to provide clear take away value to our sponsors and participants. We will deliver this by fostering a platform for authentic opportunities amongst higher education, industry practitioner leaders, and peers sharing best practices and insights for future developments. The CHESC steering committee includes representation from the UC Office of the President; CSU Chancellor’s Office; California Community Colleges; and private and independent colleges and university leaders. As such, this sustainability conference is a rare opportunity to increase visibility for a company to a statewide audience representing all four systems of higher education. Taken together, in terms of size, reach, policy, and practice, this is one of the largest higher educational sustainability assemblies in the world.

Buying Power of California Higher Education

The California Community Colleges comprise the largest postsecondary system of education in the world. Approximately 2.6 million students are enrolled each year at 72 districts encompassing 112 campuses, 70 approved off‐campus centers and 23 separately reported district offices. These assets include 23,879 acres of land, 5,052 buildings, and 71 million gross square feet of space that includes 46 million assignable square feet of space. The system also has numerous off‐campus outreach centers at various facilities. The California Community College System’s 2012 five‐year capital outlay plan projects a total facilities need of approximately $30.9 billion. This unmet need includes the construction of an additional 15.4 million assignable square feet (asf) for new facilities to meet enrollment growth and 27.6 million asf for the modernization of existing facilities. Also, the CCC system’s 2012 five‐year scheduled maintenance plan projects a total need of approximately $981,000,000. The University of California expects to invest a total of approximately $6.77 billion in capital construction projects between the periods of 2011‐12 and 2015‐2016.The California State University expects a $6.5 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/institutions/non-profits who have or could provide products or services with the potential to advance campus sustainability.
  • The CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference does not accept 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.