CSU, Chico News

More ‘Green’ Honors for CSU, Chico

Date: 09-19-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico continues to receive distinction for its work as a leader in sustainability and environmental programs.

Kiwi Magazine, a New York based bi-monthly print and online publication focusing on families and health, has for the second straight year profiled CSU, Chico among other U.S. colleges and universities. “Kiwi’s 2008 Green College Report features schools pioneering the way in campus sustainability, excelling in environmental stewardship, and making great strides toward going eco,” the article states.

Kiwi Magazine profiled 50 schools in its 2007 report, and 75 in the 2008 report. In the report’s introduction, the magazine attributed the higher number of schools to a tremendous surge in collegiate interest in sustainability. It pointed to the fact that from 2007 to 2008 the number of schools signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) has increased from 206 to 560. In December 2006, CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg was one of the first seven signatories of the ACUPCC, which pledges to reduce and ultimately neutralize campus greenhouse-gas emissions.

The Kiwi 2008 Green College Report is available at http://www.kiwimagonline.com/green-college-report/index.php.

In a special section focused on sustainability issues in higher education, the New York Times has highlighted CSU, Chico and other “grass-roots efforts” in an article titled “Catalysts for Change.” The other campuses singled out by the newspaper were Dartmouth, MIT, Brown, University of Kentucky and St. Lawrence University.

The New York Times article pointed out CSU, Chico’s efforts to save energy and reduce carbon dioxide output by changing the heating and cooling in campus buildings.

The New York Times article, published July 27, is available at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/education/edlife/27bus.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=Chico&st=nyt&oref=slogin&oref=slogin.

The Sierra Club has named CSU, Chico to a list of Honorable Mentions in a feature about 10 “Cool Schools” that are environmentally aware and responsible. Chico was highlighted in an article called “Four That Almost Made the Cut” along with Yale, Carleton College and Unity College.

The article states, “Nestled in a small town 90 miles north of Sacramento, Chico State boasts some of the nation’s most impressive environmental-education courses. The university currently offers over 100 green classes, ranging from plant biology to urban-transportation-system planning. When they’re not hitting the books, Wildcats work at the college’s organic farm and dairy, watch green movies at the Ch-Eco film festival, and restore the creek that runs through campus.”

The Sierra Club article is available at http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200809/coolschools/ten/index.asp.

CSU, Chico has previously been featured on two Web-based sites with lists of top “green” colleges. In July, TheDailyGreen included CSU, Chico in its “10 of the Greenest Colleges in America” article on the Web at http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/10-greenest-colleges-460708?src=rss. In August 2007, CSU, Chico was named to a list of 15 top colleges and universities by Grist, another leading Web site on sustainability and environmental issues. That feature is at http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2007/08/10/colleges/index.html.

“This national attention for our sustainability efforts is gratifying, because our students, faculty, staff and community partners are working hard to make a difference locally and globally,” said Scott McNall, executive director of CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development.