About Nature!Tech

Nature!Tech Introductory Video (5 min)


The Nature!Tech Collaborative engages people from all backgrounds and disciplines to develop and apply new technologies to environmental challenges. Our goals are to:

  • address growing technological skill gaps in today’s marketplace
  • apply new developments in technology to environmental challenges.

The Collaborative was launched by the SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry, SSU Engineering Science Department, and PG&E in 2015.

How We Work

We empower students to find technological solutions to the environmental challenges facing the North Bay.

  • Outdoor Learning -  We give students an intuitive understanding of environmental processes on 4200-acres of SSU preserve lands. Central to the Collaborative is a sensor-to-screen network located at SSU’s Fairfield Osborn and Galbreath Wildlands preserves.
  • Real-World Projects - We engage students across all disciplines in finding technological solutions to North Bay environmental challenges. Students gain hands-on experience with sensor development, data transmission, big data challenges, and data visualization and learn communication and problem solving skills.


Nature!Tech regularly engages over 200 students each year in environmental technology projects. Projects are shared on the Search Projects webpage. The Nature!Tech Conference hosted May 7, 2016 explored business academic partnerships in environmental technology.