California State University Journal of Sustainability and Climate Change

The Chancellor’s Office of Sustainability and Department of Research has collaborated with the Press at Cal Poly Humboldt to launch the peer-reviewed CSU Journal of Sustainability and Climate Change.

The Journal offers a few paths to highlight scholarship in the higher education space. Submit Today! We are accepting submissions on an on-going basis.

  1. Journal Articles - Academic journal with peer review for scholarly communications centered on Sustainability and Climate Change topics. Volumes follow annual schedule.

    Journal Article Submission and Guidelines to submit

  2. Student Research Briefs - Academic journal affiliated content area for published student works. Simplified publication model, without peer review.

    Student Research Brief Submission and Guidelines to submit

  3. Conference Proceedings - Academic journal affiliated content area, archive of content links for sustainability/climate change conferences.

    Conference Proceedings Submission and Guidelines to submit.

Please review submission guidelines for each path. Copyright and Permissions for more details. Requirement of IRB approval, when necessary.

Dr. Natale “Nat” Zappia, a founding member of this Journal’s Editorial Board, was the Director of Institute for Sustainability at CSU Northridge. Dr. Zappia was a brilliant scholar, gifted teacher, caring mentor, beloved husband, devoted father, and a treasured member of the community. As a colleague, we were all saddened to hear of his passing recently. We were honored to have Nat as a contributing member of this Journal’s Board and deeply appreciative of the passion he brought to this project of inclusive scholarship in climate change and sustainability research. Information for supporting the Zappia Family during this difficult time can be found here: click here

Current Volume: Volume 3 (2023) The CSU Journal of Sustainability and Climate Change


Spatial and Temporal Variations of Microplastics within Humboldt Bay, California
Isabelle M. Marcus, Tamara B. Barriquand, Rebecca M. Thompson, Bennett C. Hosselkus, Cole T. Hutson, Michael Jacobs, Connor McNeil, Leah Newton, Stephanie M. Olivarez, and Jeffrey Abell


Tidal, Geological, and Biological Impacts to Humboldt Bay's pH
Tamara Beitzel Barriquand, Jeffrey Abell, Heath Boulanger, Karina Bernbeck, Lauren Gaul, Joelle Mattos, A. Ayse Macknight, Vanessa Pacheco, Ismael Chowdhury, and Sofia Barandas


Wellness Among University Employees: A Holistic Assessment During Traumatic Times
Jing Guo, Vincent G. Ornelas, Patrick Borel, Karin L. Lightfoot, and Josh Trout

Managing Editor

Tamara Wallace, Chancellor’s Office, Sustainability Programs Manager

Morgan Barker, Cal Poly Humboldt, Sustainability Librarian

Associate Editor

Nazli Yesiller, Ph.D, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director at Global Waste Research Institute

Advising Editor

Leslie Ponciano, Ph.D, Chancellor’s Office, Director of Research Opportunities

Editorial Board

Dragos Andrei, Ph.D., Cal Poly Pomona, Professor, Civil Engineering Department

Roya Azizi, Ph.D., CSU Dominguez Hills, Professor, Department of Public Administration and Public Policy

Arlene Haffa, Ph.D, CSU Monterey Bay, Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Mehran Mazari, Ph.D., CSU Los Angeles, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Director at Sikand Center for Sustainability and Intelligent Infrastructure

Mahmood Nikbakhtzadeh, Ph.D., CSU San Bernardino, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Science

Joseph Ragsdale, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

Hanoz Santoke, Ph.D., CSU Bakersfield, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ken Seligson, Ph.D., CSU Dominguez Hills, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

In Memoriam

Natale Zappia, Ph.D., CSU Northridge, Associate Professor, Department of History and Director of the Institute for Sustainability