“To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
The World Commission on Environment and Development
Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico
What have we accomplished so far?
At CSU, Chico we have been working diligently to implement our 6th Strategic Priority:
Believing that each generation owes something to those who follow, we will create environmentally literate citizens who embrace sustainability as a way of living. We will be wise stewards of scarce resources and, in seeking to develop the whole person, be aware that our individual and collective actions have economic, social, and environmental consequences locally, regionally, and globally.
What all have we done?
- April 2016 - Facilities Management and Services completed installation of 10 water bottle filling fountains (hydration stations) in several prominent buildings across campus in efforts to reduct plastic waste and single use bottles.
- March 2016 - CSU, Chico hosts 11th Annual This Way to Sustainability Conference hosting over 1,500 participants.
- October 2015 - our University Farm ranked No. 1 for Sustainability in College Values Online's recent list of top sustainable college farms
See News Release of 10/2/15.
- July 2015 - sustainability coordinator Fletcher Alexander named Sustainability Champion at CHESC in recognition of his work with our student programs, campus initiatives and community partnerships.
- July 2015 - PowerSave Campus Team wins the Energy Efficiency Partnership Program Best Practice Award at the 2015 CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) for their Wildcat Sustainability Showdown / Campus Conservation Nationals at Shasta and Lassen Residence Halls.
- March 2015 - CSU, Chico hosts 10th Annual This Way to Sustainability Conference hosting over 1,400 participants.
- August 2014 - Sierra Club announces the Cool Schools of 2014 and CSU, Chico ranked # 39. See news story.
- May 2014 - CSU, Chico is one of six academic institutions selected to receive Second Nature's fifth annual Climate Leadership Award.
- April 2014 CSU, Chico's electricity competition was ranked among the Top 10 in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN). Just in case you didn't know, CCN is the largest electricity and water reduction competition program for colleges and universities in the world.
- March 2014 - CSU, Chico is one of twenty schools, and the only in California, to be named a finalist for Second Nature’s 2014 Climate Leadership Awards!
- March 2014 - Shasta and Lassen Halls won the Campus Conservation Nationals over 16 other California campuses
- 2014 CSU, Chico was named to the Princeton Review 2014 Green Honor Roll, and only one of eight schools to repeat from the 2013 list.
- See 2008 Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future report
- Adopted the Talliores Declaration in 2002 and began implementation.
- Created The Institute for Sustainable Development, to integrate all environmental efforts across campus and increase the capacity to do research related to our bioregion.
- Signed as a charter campus the American and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
- Completed a sustainability assessment in 2005.
- Four LEED certified buildings recently constructed to be used to teach about sustainable building practices: Student Services Center (LEED Gold Certification) , and the Wildcat Recreation Center (LEED Gold Certification (click here to see how we achieved a Gold Certification Rating), the Gateway Science Museum (LEED Gold Certification), and Sutter Hall (LEED Gold Certification).
- Solar array of 365 kW to increase "green" energy.
- Developed new programs in engineering focused on renewable energy, sustainable construction (pervious concrete) and biofuels (biodiesel project).
- Participants in the American Democracy Project (AASCU, Carnegie Foundation, and New York Times) with a focus on Stewardship of Public Lands.
- Free bus transit for faculty, staff, and students.
- The campus is an arboretum.
- A system of preserves, Butte Creek Ecological Preserve, including 4,000 acres of diverse canyon and ridge habitats close to campus, the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve used as an outdoor laboratory.
- A Sustainability House (see April 14, 2006 news release).
- Organic Dairy, the first university dairy west of the Mississippi.
(See April 5, 2007 news release).
- Organic Food Conference.
- Hosted an Environmental Film Festival Greendance Film Festival 2010
- The Annual "This Way to Sustainability Conference" each year in November hosts over 1,400 participants.
- Restoration of the riparian corridor that runs through campus.
- On September 22, 2009 The Institute for Sustainable Development partnered with Zipcar to launch the car sharing program. Chico is the second CSU campus to partner with Zipcar, San Francisco State being the first (see full story).
- In March 2011 The Institute for Sustainable Development partnered with Zimride to launch a social network for ridesharing.
- Established the Campus Conservation Committee in 2000 by order of Executive Memorandum to review the University's existing waste management procedures and to make recommendations on further ways to reduce
waste on campus.
Associated Students organizations, projects, and positions committed to sustainability:
University-wide positions and projects committed to sustainability (campus collaboration):
- Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy
An endowment has been established to create a position for a faculty member whose responsibility will be to prepare all students of all majors, across the campus, for dealing with a world environment which is being continually diminished by loss of species, disappearance of habitats, and degradation of air, water, and soil.
- Director of Environmental Programs collaborates with both state and federal agencies to obtain environmental grants and contracts.
- Sustainability coordinator to work with students, campus and community groups to implement and support sustainability programs.
- Director of Civic Engagement with a determined focus on community-service–learning.
- Chico Carbon Challenge: Students Test Energy-Reduction Strategies
As we continue to grow and expand with our sustainability mission and goals, we will continue to update this web site so please continue to visit this site.