Institute for Sustainable Development
Paul Persons

In loving memory of Paul Persons

Richie Hirshen Greenie Award PhotoSherwood Montesorri Grow-Cook Eat - 1st Place Winners in the 7th-8th Grade Category

Don Hankins & Bonnie Persons, 2013
Don Hankins, 2013 Award Recipient with Bonnie Persons at This Way to Sustainability VIII


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Paul Persons Award

Congratulations this year to Nate Millard, CSU, Chico's First Year Experience Program!

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Many people knew Paul Persons as family man, activist attorney, and all-around adventurer. Few people knew how tirelessly he worked to establish the principles of sustainability as a core concern of California State University, Chico and—his more recent priority—the entire CSU system.

Furthering sustainability was a primary purpose for Paul Persons and the University committed itself to its sixth strategic priority with his considerable support. Paul understood that protecting the environment assumed a commitment to environmental justice.

The Paul Persons Sustainability Award was established in 2008 by family and friends to honor Paul Persons' memory and to help realize his vision of a CSU system-wide emphasis on sustainability. Paul wanted every student in the CSU to have an opportunity to learn how to apply sustainable practices in his or her chosen field and to create a more just society.

The Institute for Sustainable Development is responsible for soliciting nominations and for working with a faculty committee to select one person each year to receive the award. Previous recipients of this award are:

  • 2008 ~ Timothy Sistrunk, CSU, Chico History Department
  • 2009 ~ Diana Flannery, CSU, Chico Health and Community Services Department
  • 2011 ~ Jesse Dizard, CSU, Chico Anthropology Department
  • 2012 ~ David L. Brown, CSU, Chico Geological and Environmental Sciences Department
  • 2013 ~ Don Hankins, CSU, Chico Geography & Planning Department
  • 2014 ~ Nate Millard, CSU, Chico, First Year Experience Program

Nominations will be accepted for CSU, Chico faculty only and must be submitted online by February 14, 2014. Once received, nominees will be contacted and asked to provide relevant course syllabus (or syllabi) and other appropriate materials. The following criteria will be used to determine who the recipient will be. Nominees should:

• Demonstrate a concentrated effort in helping students get the broadest perspective possible on sustainability principles.

• Incorporate methods and materials into their curriculum, including current information, case studies, expert advice on alternative methods and practices used in a particular industry or career path, etc.

• Facilitate opportunities to learn about procedures that can be implemented to create a more just and sustainable organization, business, or government.

The recipient of this year's Paul Persons Sustainability Award will be presented during the This Way to Sustainability Conference IX reception on Thursday, March 6, 2014 (reception guests must be registered conference participants to attend).


Greenie Awards

Each year through our Greenie Awards we recognize businesses, individuals, students, non-profit organizations, or community members in their successful efforts of working toward a sustainable future.

2014 Higher Education Greenie Awards
Congratulations to the following Greenie Award Recipients for 2014:

1st Place Nelson's Green Aquaponics (Sacramento State)
2nd Place Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP - CSU, Chico)
3rd Place PowerSave Campus (CSU, Chico) 

The annual This Way to Sustainability Conference “Greenie Awards” this year will recognize student groups from north state colleges and universities. First, second and third place winners will be announced from student groups within the following schools:

Chico State
Humboldt State
Sacramento State
UC Davis
American River College
Butte College
Cosumnes River College
Folsom Lake College
Sacramento City College
Shasta College
Sierra College
Yuba College

2014 K-12 Greenie Awards
Congratulations to the following Greenie Award Recipients for 2014:

(K-6th Grade)
1st Place Parkview Elementary School-Operation Salmon Stream
2nd Place Notre Dame School Has Gone Green

(7-8th Grade)
1st Place Sherwood Montessori Grow-Cook-Eat 

(9-12th Grade)
1st Place Inspire School of Arts & Science

Within the Chico Community Area for the “K-12 Greenie Awards” category, we will have three sub-categories. There will be K-6, 7-8, and 9-12, with first, second and third place winners for each. All Chico Unified School District Elementary, Middle, and High Schools will be recognized.

Nominations are now closed. To see details about groups nominated and to vote for a 2014 Greenie Award winner visit our Greenies link.

Nomination Criteria:

  1. Nominated organizations must have clearly demonstrated an accomplishment or a significant improvement relating to sustainable solutions that they have implemented through their project, research, community involvement, or other means.
  2. The accomplishment must have occurred within the past two years.
  3. Nominated student organizations must attend the conference and display a board or poster outlining their project and accomplishments Thursday, March 6, 2014. Nominees must be present to win.
  4. Nominations may be submitted online until Friday, February 14th, 2014. Voting will take place during the conference on Thursday, March 6th ONLY in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium until 2:00 p.m.
  5. There will be a first, second and third place winner in each category.
  6. Winners will be announced after the Local Lunch on Friday, March 7th in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium.

Judging Criteria

  1. Does the sustainable solution address the “3 E’s of Sustainability”: Economy, Ecology, and Equity?
  2. Can the solution sustain itself? In other words, what resources are used to maintain and implement the solution?
  3. Are other organizations able to replicate the sustainable solution?
  4. Does the solution impact school, home and neighborhood environments?

Download Full Award Criteria (pdf document)

Our 2013 Award Recipients were:
Student Organization ~ SCOOP, Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices

Community Organization ~ Grid Alternatives, North Valley