Experiential Learning

Work with real-world companies, planning real-world projects, making real-world impact. Integrating course learning with practice in the real world rigorously prepares students for career success.

How does it work?

Working in teams on a semester-long project, students partner with businesses, government agencies, or nonprofits to create research-based strategies and implementation plans to address sustainability challenges.  The work processes are established in conjunction with partner organizations.

The Experiential Learning Program (EL) at PGS fosters collaboration. Students sharpen professional skills and gain valuable know-how through hands-on, out of classroom application of the concepts and tools they have learned. EL partners gain access to fresh thinking on how to apply sustainable practices and actionable recommendations. Faculty mentoring and instruction ensure that students can successfully create finished work that meets the agreed scope of the project.


Our students have contributed more than 152,500 advisory hours to more than 500 organizations of all sizes and missions. Experiential Learning is one of the top three sources of jobs for graduates.

Our EL clients include Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized enterprises, startups, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies. Here are some recent examples:

  • Cisco
  • CNote
  • Code for America
  • Daimler AG
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • Farmland LLP
  • General Electric
  • Google
  • Guayakí Yerba Mate
  • HP
  • IDEO
  • Marin Municipal Water
  • PG&E
  • Puma
  • REI
  • Sambazon
  • TCHO Chocolate
  • New Leaf Paper

Completed Projects


Acterra brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet  by providing environmental education in the areas of energy and climate change, corporate sustainability, and advocacy to build an informed and empowered citizenry…. Read more »


Recology is a resource recovery company with the mission of building exceptional resource ecosystems that protect the environment and sustain the community. Based in San Francisco, Recology is an employee-owned company that serves California, Oregon,… Read more »


 Flex is the third largest global electronics manufacturing company focused on the automotive, building materials, cloud, communications, energy, and health sectors. It has locations around the world including one nearby in Milpitas, California.  Flex wanted… Read more »

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