Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Leading in Green

Seeing Green

Environmental sustainability is one of CSU, Chico’s six strategic priorities. Green initiatives are supported by the Institute for Sustainable Development, the Rawlins Chair of Environmental Literacy, and the Associated Students Sustainability Program, among others. Below are highlights of Chico’s environmental dedication:

  • The new Student Services Center was designed for LEED gold, and the new Wildcat Recreation Center was designed for LEED silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Associated Students has committed to becoming a Zero Waste organization by 2015, and has expanded its Compost Display Area, which composted 176,000 pounds of waste during the 2008–2009 academic year.
  • In its ninth year, Diversion Excursion diverted 18,837 pounds of recyclable and reusable goods from campus residence halls.
  • Professor Mark Stemen, Geography and Planning, was named Sustainability Champion at the seventh annual UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference in San Luis Obispo in August 2008.
  • Five public relations students received the fall 2008 $6,000 Jack Rawlins Environmental Prize for their Energy Conservation Awareness Campaign.
  • CSU, Chico’s Marketplace Cafe was named one of the 12 greenest college cafeterias in the nation by The Daily Green Web site in August 2009.

For more information, go to “Our Sustainable Future” at

California State University, Chico, founded in 1887, is a residential campus located in Northern California. With Little Chico Creek winding through the center of campus, CSU, Chico is known for its beauty. One measure of the quality of a university is the opinion recent graduates have of their alma mater. In the most recent Spring Graduate Survey, 97 percent of baccalaureate graduates reported they were satisfied with the value of their education at CSU, Chico, and 98 percent indicated they were satisfied with CSU, Chico as a whole.

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