A Sustainable Campus

The Chico State Tiny House Club took home three top honors at the 2016 Tiny House Competition in Sacramento. This competition was the first of its kind nationwide and was hosted by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Just 196 square feet but boasting a zero carbon footprint, Chico State’s tiny house—the creation of an interdisciplinary team of students—included space- and energy-saving features such as solar panels, repurposed flooring, and aesthetic but effective electric controls. The completed home was donated to Habitat for Humanity to be used as a model home for a tiny house village.

We Are Still In logo

President Gayle E. Hutchinson joined leaders around the country in signing an open letter urging then-President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming Congress to support US participation in the science-based targets outlined in the Paris climate agreement. She has since reaffirmed Chico State’s stance on global climate action as part of the We Are Still In campaign.

Installation of water-saving plumbing fixtures on campus is expected to reduce water consumption by 400,000 gallons per year. Other water-saving measures include replacing grass with more native vegetation, creative improvements to irrigation, and embracing bioswales to replenish water in the underground aquifer.

A low-water sprinkler spraying landscape

A $20,100 award from the AS Sustainability Program to the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry will support the Veggie Buck program, helping food-insecure students purchase organic produce from the University Farm’s Organic Vegetable Project.

A "Fix a Flat Day" flyer sticks out of a bicycle tire

Efforts for Fix a Flat Day—fixing flat tires for free to support student bikers—earned the Wildcat Recreation Center, Regional & Continuing Education, and the Associated Students Bike Cart the Creative Excellence Award in Sustainability from the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association.

A student sits at wooden table using the power outlets fueled by the solar panels on the red umbrella above

A solar-powered charging station for electronics opened in 2016 at the Bell Memorial Union terrace. According to its student designers, the project is the first solar-powered charging station in the nation to utilize thin-film photovoltaic panels.

Chico State now composts leaf waste from our extensive arboretum, transforming it into mulch that retains moisture and adds nutrients to campus plants, including the 60-year-old George Petersen Rose Garden.

Organic Dairy student employee sits with their arm around one of the dairy cows in a barn

Seventy-five student employees, 800 calves, and nearly half a million milkings after it first began, the Chico State Organic Dairy celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017. It was the first university-based organic dairy west of the Mississippi and the second in the entire nation.