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Leading in Green

CSU, Chico is Dedicated to Sustainability

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 commitment:

  • The new Gateway Science Museum was designed for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • The annual This Way to Sustainability conference is the nation’s largest student-run sustainability conference.
  • In its 10th year, Diversion Excursion diverted 20,488 pounds of recyclable and reusable goods from campus residence halls.
  • The Organic Vegetable Project brings local and organic foods from the University Farm to campus through the Associated Students Dining Services and an on-campus market.
  • The Wildcat Recreation Center, designed for LEED silver certification, has retrofitted exercise machines so that users generate electricity for the facility’s power grid while working out.

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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