Nominate CSU, Chico Faculty for the Paul Persons Sustainability Award

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Many people knew Paul Persons as family man, activist attorney, and all-around adventurer. Few people knew how tirelessly he worked to establish the principles of sustainability as a core concern of California State University, Chico and—his more recent priority—the entire CSU system.


Furthering sustainability was a primary purpose for Paul Persons and the University committed itself to its Sixth Strategic Priority with his considerable support. Paul understood that protecting the environment assumed a commitment to environmental justice.


The Paul Persons Sustainability Award was established in 2008 by family and friends to honor Paul Persons' memory and to help realize his vision of a CSU system-wide emphasis on sustainability. Paul wanted every student in the CSU to have an opportunity to learn how to apply sustainable practices in his or her chosen field.


The Institute for Sustainable Development is responsible for soliciting nominations and for working with a faculty committee to select one person each year to receive the award. We are now accepting nominations for CSU, Chico faculty only online through February 1, 2016.


For nominations instructions, a list of criteria, and additional information, please visit our website at