SDSU Sustainable Items.  Sustainability & social responsibility.

The SDSU Bookstore recognizes that the student community it serves is more committed than ever to environmentally sustainable practices and social responsibility.

Social Responsibility

Student Savings

Through its innovative Rent to Save program, the SDSU Bookstore saves students over $1 million each semester.

2011 and 2012 studies performed by the Social Science Research Laboratory at SDSU revealed that Rent to Save, as stated by students, enhanced their course preparedness.  A two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education has allowed the SDSU Bookstore to increase rental offerings and include 2,700 titles in the program, representing about 80% of the titles in the store. (Read a Daily Aztec article on Rent to Save).

Brand Partners

The SDSU Bookstore is proud to offer brands recognized as dedicated corporate citizens.  Recent partnerships include:

Alta Gracia

Alta Gracia : Proudly pays its Dominican Republic factory workers a "living wage" (three times the industry average) without raising consumer prices.

TOMS : Signature One for One™ initiative offers in-kind charitable donations for every customer purchase.  The Bookstore carried #1 New York Times Best Seller “Start Something That Matters” by TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie in Fall 2011.

Solo Eyewear

SOLO Eyewear : Each purchase helps restore vision to someone in need.  A company started by SDSU students.


Jostens : Earned USDA BioPreferred BioBased certification for the fabric used in the Elements Collection (cap, gown and hood shell) offered through the SDSU Bookstore for graduation.

Retail Inkjet Solutions

Retail Inkjet Solutions : Aztecs can be green while saving green at the SDSU Bookstore. The sustainable and same-day service cuts the cost of ink up to 60% by refilling through our RIS station instead of buying new.

Community Involvement

The first annual National Student Day at SDSU was held in conjunction with the National Association of College Stores’ National Student Day on October 6, 2011.  The event was organized by The Bookstore, Associated Students and Student Life and Leadership to encourage community volunteer activities among SDSU students.

In response, over 150 SDSU students committed more than 627 hours in service to their community.  As a reward, The Bookstore and its sponsors (including TOMS, Alta Gracia and MAC Cosmetics) gave away $2,690 in prizes to student volunteers. The second annual National Student Day will be held October 4th, 2012.


We are proud to offer dozens of sustainable items across six product categories in The Bookstore.


Gifts: SDSU Imprinted + Regular

General Books

Computers + Electronics

Bags + Totes


The SDSU Bookstore also has a program in place to recycle all packaging material that arrives with incoming product.

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