National Campus Sustainability Day 2012 at Chico State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-15-2012

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Eli Goodsell
Program Coordinator for Sustainability
Associated Students
530-898-6677

Come join California State University, Chico as it celebrates the 10th annual National Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday, Oct. 24. The Institute for Sustainable Development, the Associated Students (AS) Sustainability Program, and Facilities Management and Services are the organizers of the local celebration of a day that is observed by colleges and universities across the nation. It is sponsored by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium.

CSU, Chico was recently named to the Princeton Green Guide’s Honor Roll. An open house in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature displays highlighting the programs and practices that brought this national recognition. These sustainability efforts reach across campus—to facilities management, academics, housing, dining, the AS and campus governance.

Campus Sustainability Day at CSU, Chico is a time to learn about existing and new campus initiatives and offers an opportunity to connect with like-minded people and get more actively involved in programs on campus. 

“Together, we’re moving society forward to a sustainable future,” said Eli Goodsell, AS program coordinator for sustainability. “I’m proud of Chico State for being a model of sustainable practices and for being an important part of the larger movement. Together we are strong.”

Event Highlights

Open House
9 a.m.–1 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium                          

Green Giveaways
Fill out a drawing entry form at the information table for your chance to win:
A refurbished bike from AS Bike Cart
A free Zipcar membership with $50 driving credit
Free Local Lunches from AS Dining Services
Free bike tuneups from AS Bike Cart
Conservation Kits from PowerSave Green Campus

Don’t Drive Alone! Carpool Challenge
Use Zimride to carpool to campus on Campus Sustainability Day and be automatically entered to win a gift certificate to Sierra Nevada Brewery Taproom.
http://zimride.csuchico.edu/events/csuchicosustainability

National Keynote Broadcast—Preparing Students for a Changing Climate
View a nationally broadcast live panel discussing the role colleges and universities must play in creating sustainability education for all students that will prepare them to be leaders to lead a just, healthy and sustainable society.
http://secondnature.org/csd/keynote-broadcast.html

National Food Day—Real Food Challenge
Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.
http://www.foodday.org/

Lunch Hour Speakers in BMU Auditorium
During the lunch hour, there will be a number of announcements and talks about campus sustainability efforts at CSU, Chico.

Campus Sustainability Tour
A walking tour of campus will take place at the end of the open house. Space is limited, so sign up at the open house welcome table early in the day. Meet in the plaza in front of the BMU.

To learn more about this event, visit
http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/events/

To learn more about sustainability at Chico State, visit
http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainability/

To read about what other campuses are doing for the event, visit
http://www.aashe.org/campus-sustainability-day

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