University Selected for National Climate Leadership Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 06-16-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
James Pushnik, Director
Institute for Sustainable Development
530-898-3331

California State University, Chico has been selected for a national award by a leading sustainability organization for higher education.

The fifth annual Climate Leadership Awards recognize colleges and universities for their innovation and leadership in sustainability efforts. The awards are hosted by Second Nature, a nonprofit working to further sustainability through higher education. The  competition is open to signatory institutions of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which pledges to eliminate campus net greenhouse gas emissions and make sustainability a part of students’ educational experiences.

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg signed the commitment in 2007, and was one of the 12 founding signatories of the ACUPCC in the United States.

The University was among five master’s-level universities named as award finalists in February. Finalists submitted a video detailing the school’s sustainability efforts. The videos were posted on the Second Nature website, which was open for public voting. CSU, Chico is the only recipient among master’s-level institutions; more than 50 institutions applied for the awards.

Winners in other categories are Western Michigan University; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Minnesota, Morris; Valencia College; and Montgomery County Community College.

“As a University, we have a long history of commitment to reducing greenhouse gases,” said James Pushnik, director of the Institute for Sustainable Development. “From the administration and working down to the faculty, staff and students, sustainability is a collaborative effort at CSU, Chico and this recognizes those efforts on a national level.”

Pushnik, Zingg, and CSU, Chico Vice President for Business and Finance Lorraine Hoffman will attend an award presentation during Second Nature’s 2014 Climate Leadership Summit in Boston on Oct. 1-3.

In 2006, Zingg established sustainability as a priority in the Campus Strategic Plan. Innovative student-run recycling and conservation programs have earned the University national accolades in recent years. CSU, Chico is one of just 21 schools in the United States and Canada named to The Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Honor Roll, and has been named by both Yahoo! News and The Daily Green as one of the “greenest” campuses in America.

More information about Second Nature is available at www.secondnature.org. To learn more about CSU, Chico’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture.

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