Experience Excellence

A Sustainable Campus

Imagine following a drop of water along its journey—from its origin at the headwaters of Big Chico Creek to its winding path through campus and eventual confluence with the Sacramento River. This spring, 44 students did just that, using a variety of multidisciplinary research techniques in partnership with the Center for Water and the Environment. They are working to preserve the watershed’s future by engaging in real-world problem-solving to improve its health, benefit wildlife that call it home, and support the ecological system that relies on it to thrive.

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In 2018, we reached our greenhouse gas reduction targets 5 years early—cutting emissions by 33% in the last 10 years.

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After examining our students’ lifestyles, the University’s ability to prepare graduates for careers in sustainability, and how environmentally responsible Chico State’s policies are, The Princeton Review named us one of the nation’s greenest campuses in its annual “Guide to Green Colleges.”

Akira Motomura and other students have the opportunity to create a chandelier made from 170 recycled plastic bottles

We were awarded a Gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. With the highest sustainability score ever achieved by a CSU campus, the University is setting the pace for overall green efforts.

The annual Diversion Excursion diverted a record amount of recyclable and reusable items from the landfill as students moved out of residence halls, including:

  • 2 tons of food for the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry
  • 22 bedding sets for our Emergency Housing Program
  • 150 foam mattress toppers for the local homeless shelter
  • 2 moving trucks of clothing and household items for local nonprofits
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A record 1,400 people attended the 13th annual This Way to Sustainability conference—one of the largest student-run conferences of its kind in North America—as it brought together more than 130 professionals to discuss resilient cities and climate change.

Paper straws will be provided by request as Associated Students Dining Services will eliminate all plastic straws

Chico State is the first CSU to eliminate plastic straws. Offering and encouraging paper and metal alternatives, the change prevents the waste of 130,000 plastic straws every year.

Cindy Daley (center) shows the soil conditions to animal Science majors Kate Carlson, 22 (left) and Clint Lundell,

Driven by a devoted group of multidisciplinary faculty, the launch of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative signals a new approach to food and farming systems that works with nature’s rhythms and technology to feed our growing population, regenerate topsoil, and enhance biodiversity now and long into the future.