CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Named One of Top ‘Green’ Schools

Date: 08-20-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has been named to a list of 15 colleges and universities around the world cited for their leadership in sustainability and environmental programs.

Grist, a well-known Web-based environmental news and commentary publication, has placed CSU, Chico eighth on its list of “15 Green Colleges and Universities.” Other schools that made the list are Harvard, Yale, Oberlin, Middlebury, Tufts, University of British Columbia, Glasgow University, Leeds University in the United Kingdom, Evergreen State, and EARTH University in Costa Rica.

Grist cited CSU, Chico’s recent first-place award from the National Wildlife Federation for work to combat global warming, as well as campus efforts in environmentally conscious building and solar energy. In addition, Grist noted that CSU, Chico students “have taken up the charge with energy-saving projects and sustainability-minded service-learning programs.”

Lisa Hymas, senior editor of Grist, said the list was created during the summer, as the staff “researched, asked experts and consulted other rankings to get a broad picture of green activities on campuses.” She said the list has been getting a lot of attention since it was published Aug. 10. “All together, we’re glad it’s getting people talking and thinking about sustainability on campuses, and maybe it will inspire some friendly competition to be even better,” Hymas said.

Grist was started in 1999 by Chip Giller, former editor of Greenwire, and Dennis Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day and former director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Grist is based in Seattle and is on the Web. The list of top green colleges and universities is available online.