Chico—rooted in sustainability

On any given day, there is something fun, something engaging, that you can do with sustainability here in Chico.

“Chico is a sustainable hub—there is so much going on,” says graduate student Stacy Canada, assistant sustainability coordinator for Associated Students Sustainability. “On any given day, there is something fun, something engaging, that you can do with sustainability here in Chico.”

Stacy loves the close-knit community. So much so that—after getting her bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management and moving away to start a career—she moved back to start grad school.

“I really missed Chico State,” says the Orangevale native. “I loved it here—the community feel, how I can ride my bike everywhere, the friends I made. Being able to access amazing food all year at the farmers markets.”

The cohesiveness of the city also fosters collaboration among community groups, says Stacy. “Here in Chico, a lot of projects that promote sustainability become huge because everyone gets involved.”

She points to one such project, Cultivating Community. It brings together four campus and community organizations to improve health in the North Valley. 

Through AS Sustainability and the Institute for Sustainable Development, Stacy takes part in many of these collaborations, on and off campus. She is proud of Chico State’s role as a sustainability leader.

“I’m right in the middle of it—there are a lot of students who are really into promoting sustainability on campus,” she says. “I get to interact with students who are passionate about what they do.”

Stacy notes that the campus has done a lot in this area, pointing to initiatives and programs like the AS Zero Waste Initiative, the Organic Vegetable Project on the University Farm, the Compost Display Area and Garden, and the Alternative Transportation Group.

Eli Goodsell, program coordinator for AS Sustainability, agrees that Chico State is a special place when it comes to sustainability.

“I am constantly amazed by the environmental aptitude of students and their eagerness to educate others,” he says. “This dedication has resulted in Chico State being recognized as a sustainability leader at a national level.

“The students I work with impress me every day. They recognize that the future of this planet is in their hands, and they do not take that responsibility lightly.”

Stacy Canada, here with her dog, Zeno, loves that sustainability is central to life in Chico.
Stacy Canada, here with her dog, Zeno, loves that sustainability is central to life in Chico.