Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Civic Engagement & Sustainability

Students Devoted to Service

CSU, Chico is committed to instilling in its students a dedication to community service. Service learning and civic engagement are supported by the Office of Civic Engagement and by Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), among others. Below are highlights of the University’s civic engagement:

  • In 2011, the University was designated, for the fourth time, a member of the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
  • The W.M. Keck Foundation awarded CSU, Chico $250,000 in 2010 to support new courses and civic learning opportunities, establish Civic Learning Institutes for faculty, and create the Neighborhood Connections Project.
  • CSU, Chico was the top collegiate fundraiser for four years in a row for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 2010 CSU, Chico celebrated being the fastest school to reach $1 million in donations.
  • About 3,000 students from CAVE average 60,000 volunteer hours each year; CAVE celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2011.
  • CSU, Chico was among the first U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Sustainability a Top Priority

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

  • Three buildings on campus are LEED gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council: the Wildcat Recreation Center, the Gateway Science Museum, and the Sutter Hall residential complex. The Student Services Center received LEED silver certification.
  • The annual This Way to Sustainability conference is the nation’s largest student-run sustainability conference.
  • In its 12th year, Diversion Excursion diverted 21,547 pounds of recyclable and reusable goods from campus residence halls.
  • CSU, Chico received a 2010 & 2011 Best Practice Award for the Energy Efficiency Partnership Program with the California State University system. The monitoring-based commissioning improvements for the Student Services Center were judged the best in both the UC and CSU systems.
  • CSU, Chico was named in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges.

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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