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The Princeton Review Names CSU, Chico One of Nation’s Greenest Campuses

Date: 09-21-2017

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Fletcher Alexander
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The Princeton Review has again recognized California State University, Chico’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, including the University in its annual “Guide to Green Colleges,” which was released Wednesday.

“This is certainly an acknowledgement of the campus’s continuing commitment to provide leadership toward a more sustainable and resilient future for our students, service communities and beyond,” said Jim Pushnik, director of the Institute for Sustainable Development.

Based on criteria such as students’ healthy and sustainable lifestyles on campus, the school’s ability to prepare its students for careers in sustainability and how environmentally responsible the school’s policies are, CSU, Chico received a Green Rating of 90 out of a possible 99.

The Princeton Review began publishing its “Guide to Green Colleges” in 2010, and CSU, Chico has been named to the list every year. Additionally, the University was named to the Honor Roll and was the top CSU campus in 2013 and 2014. Read more about The Princeton Review’s methodologies here.

As one of its core values, CSU, Chico is committed to practicing sustainability throughout campus – and it has been recognized regularly for its efforts through the years. The Sierra Club named the University to its “Sierra Club Cool Schools” list in 2013 (No. 74), 2014 (No. 39) and 2015 (No. 31), garnering top CSU honors all three years.

Additional sustainability honors include the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS Gold Rating in 2013; the Second Nature Climate Leadership Award and a top-10 ranking in Campus Conservation Nationals in 2014; the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) BPA, Jupiter Cup in 2015; and the CHESC BPA, Lucid Communicator Award in 2016.

The University’s commitment to sustainability reaches from the residence halls and dining halls to older and newer buildings alike. More than a half-dozen buildings are certified either Gold or Silver in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED Gold buildings include the new Arts and Humanities Building completed in 2016, the parking structure near the University Police Department (2012) and the Wildcat Recreation Center (2009). LEED Silver buildings include Colusa Hall (2011), Sutter Hall (2010), Gateway Science Museum (2009) and Student Services Center (2008).

And the University has hosted the This Way to Sustainability Conference – the largest student-run sustainability conference of its kind in the nation – for the last 12 years.

Fletcher Alexander, sustainability programs manager at the University’s Institute for Sustainable Development, said CSU, Chico was the first CSU – and one of the first universities in the nation – to establish a sustainability office. It was also the first to hire a full-time sustainability officer in 2006 and the first to sign the President’s Climate Commitment in 2007.

“We stepped out strong early, and that commitment has continued,” Alexander said. “Students, staff and faculty all across campus are invested in sustainability as an institutional value. And our new administration has made clear that this commitment is a top priority and that we will continue to lead and innovate in this space.”

CSU, Chico’s campuswide sustainability efforts, including energy consumption, recycling totals and food waste collection, can be viewed in real-time.


About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 graduate and undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region, where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.