Topping the Green List

Campus Embraces Sustainability

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Chico State has become the CSU’s leading campus in environmental education and sustainability programs.

  • Chico State was one of 22 schools in the U.S. and Canada named to The Princeton Review’s 2014 "Green Honor Roll," honoring "environmentally friendly" institutions. Chico received the highest possible score.
  • The 2011 California Sustainability in Higher Education conference gave awards to three campus sustainability programs: Associated Students Zero Waste Policy, AS Student Sustainability Collaborative, and energy consumption monitoring for the Student Services Center.
  • Yahoo! News listed Chico State as one of the top five ‘Green’ Colleges in America in September 2011.
  • The Gateway Science Museum, two homes built in 2010 for the Blitz Build Project, Sutter Hall, and the Wildcat Recreation Center are LEED Gold certified for sustainable and environmentally conscious features. 
  • The Normal Street Office Complex and Parking Structure was built to LEED silver specifications. Ninety-two percent of the construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills.
  • Chico State’s annual This Way to Sustainability is the nation’s largest student-run conference.
  • The DailyGreen website’s "12 of the Greenest College Cafeterias" (2009) features Chico State. In 2011 and 2008, the website profiled Chico in its "10 of the Greenest Colleges of America."

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