Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Civic Engagement & Sustainability

Chico State Values Service

Since its 1887 founding, CSU, Chico has embraced the value of service. Service learning and civic engagement are supported by the Office of Civic Engagement and by Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), among others. Some highlights of the University’s civic engagement are

  • In 2012, the University was designated, for the fifth time, a member of the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
  • In 2012, CSU, Chico was the top collegiate fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the fifth time in six years. The University has raised more than $1.25 million for St. Jude.
  • About 3,000 students from CAVE average 60,000 volunteer hours each year.
  • 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.
  • In celebration of CSU, Chico’s 125th anniversary, My Service Counts challenges the campus community to perform 125,000 hours of service in 2012.

Leading Green

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 (AS) Sustainability Program, among others. Below are highlights of Chico’s environmental commitment:

  • CSU, Chico was named one of the top five “green” colleges in the United States by Yahoo! News.
  • 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 annual This Way to Sustainability conference is the nation’s largest student-run sustainability conference. The campus also hosted the 2011 convergence of the California Student Sustainability Coalition.
  • In its 13th year, Diversion Excursion diverted 20,803 pounds of recyclable and reusable goods from campus residence halls.
  • The 2011 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference gave awards to three campus programs: AS Zero Waste policy, AS Sustainability Collaborative, and energy monitoring for the Student Services Center.

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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