Institute for Sustainable Development
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The annual This Way to Sustainability Conference in November

November 2007


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

News Archives

4/29/09 The Orion - Moss graffiti revives amphitheater

4/19/09 Chico Enterprise Record - Localities Link for Focus the Nation

4/15/09 The Orion - Green Campus pushes energy saving program

4/9/09 Sacramento News and Review - Brew that's True - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the beer of discriminating greens

4/7/09 Press Release - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to dedicate 1.5 megawatt AC solar array at ChicoFest 2009

3/19/09 Chico News and Review - Greg Kallio studies the efficiency of a local green house

3/18/09 California Farm Bureau Federation - Expanding markets are possible for farmers 'going organic'

3/13/09 Chico Enterprise Record - Grange events focused on growing food

3/5/09 Central Valley Business Times - Butte College now largest solar campus in California

3/2/09 KHSL TV - Looking for Jobs in the Green Economy

2/27/09 Chico Enterprise Record - Air quality board will pursue ban on woodstove

2/3/09 Sacramento Business Journal - Sierra Nevada to turn beer yeast into fuel

12/5/08 CSU, Chico News - SCOOP Scoops First Place at Facilities Conference

12/3/08 The Orion - University's green rating jumping-off point to future changes

12/1/08 CSU, Chico News - CEO of Ethanol Fuel Company to speak on Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

11/24/08 CSU, Chico News - College of Business' SIFE Program Receives Grant from Target

11/18/08 CSU, Chico News - Chico on $10 a Day: Learn to Eat Locally with Nutrition and Food Sciences

11/18/08 CSU, Chico News - Public Relations Students Win Jack Rawlins Environmental Prize

11/17/08 CSU, Chico News - Historian Timothy Sistrunk Receives First Paul Persons Sustainability Award

Other nominees who have provided their course syllabi (pdf files):
Dr. James Pushnik - ENVL 105: Environmental Literacy
Dr. LaDona Knigge - GEOG 425: Community and Regional Development: Planning for Sustainable Communities
Dr. Timothy Sistrunk - HIST 341-01: The American Environment
Dr. Mark Stemen - GEOG 304-09S: Environmental Issues
Instructor Angela Casler - MGMT 460: Managing for Sustainability
Professor Tracy McDonald - MGMT 460: Managing for Sustainability
Professor Mahalley Allen - POLS 461: Environmental Politics and Administration and POLS 653: Environmental Politics and the Law
Dr. Diane Schmidt - POLS 661: Collaborative Community Management
Dr. Bruce Grelle - RELS 347: Cross-Cultural Environmental Ethics

See additional course syllabi with sustainable focus or content

11/13/08 CN&R Greenways section - All about the numbers: At Chico Sustainability conference, immigration-control advocate highlights America's unsustainable growth - Roy Beck, Numbers USA, speaks

11/12/08 The Orion - Students' Way to Sustainability

11/7/08 Chico Enterprise Record - Lowell Catlett speaks at sustainability conference (pdf)

10/31/08 CSU, Chico News - This Way to Sustainability IV Conference Presents Six Keynote Speakers

10/22/08 CSU, Chico News - College of Business Named to Best 296 Business Schools List by Princeton Review

9/19/08 CSU, Chico News - More ‘Green’ Honors for CSU, Chico

9/10/08 CSU, Chico News - ‘Dr. Mark’ Honored for Sustainability Contributions

9/9/08 CSU, Chico News - ‘Sustainable Dave’ Will Teach ‘Chasing Sustainability’ to First-time Students

7/17/08 CSU, Chico News - Chico Named to Top 10 List of Green Colleges

University Printing Services Receives Forest Stewardship Council National Certification
California State University, Chico’s University Printing Services has been awarded Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification by Scientific Certification Systems (certificate number SCS-COC-001517), supporting CSU, Chico’s campuswide commitment to sustainability.
CSU, Chico is one of the first universities in the country to receive this certification.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. The chain-of-custody certification means that products by CSU, Chico’s Printing Services bearing the FSC trademark meet strict tracking requirements ensuring that they come from responsibly-managed forests.
The complete news release is available online.

Robyn DiFalco Receives the Paul Maslin Environmental Stewardship Award

The Paul Maslin Award was created in 2001 to honor Paul (now a professor emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences) for his work with students along Big Chico Creek. Paul was the first recipient of the award as presented by the AS Environmental Affairs Council in 2001. This year’s recipient goes to Robyn DiFalco, AS Recycling and Sustainability Programs Coordinator.

Robyn DiFalco is an alumna of CSU, Chico and a former Commissioner of Environmental Affairs. She helped to start the AS Recycling program in 1996, and she is an advisor and impetus for such events as Recyclemania, which is a part of a nationwide competition between campuses to see who can divert the most trash from our landfills. She also oversees projects such as the Take Back the Tap Campaign, which promotes the elimination of bottled water, Recycle Week which offers recycling and composting workshops, shows environmental films, and lectures and presentations on various aspects of sustainable living. Therefore, it is with great honor that the Environmental Affairs Council recognizes Robyn DiFalco for the 2008 Paul Maslin Environmental Stewardship Award.

Fueling Innovation
Chico State students keep plugging away at biodiesel project
Last year, Foust and 21 other manufacturing technology students won the grand prize at the Western Tool Exposition and Conference, or WESTEC, for creating and presenting the processor that turns animal fats and vegetable oil into fuel.
Chico News and Review 3/6/08 story

Sustainable Business Partnership Kick-Off Conference
In a community-wide effort to develop a sustainable community, the City of Chico, CSU, Chico's Institute for Sustainable Development, and the Chico Chamber of Commerce Community Corporation gathered together at Sierra Nevada Brewery on March 10, 2008 to share ideas and collaborate. To see our brochure from this event please click here.

CSU, Chico to Help Pilot Sustainability Rating System for Higher Education
California State University, Chico is among 91 colleges and universities in North America that have been selected to participate in the pilot phase of a rating system for sustainability in higher education.
The program was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The self-assessment system, called STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System), officially begins this week. Continute Reading...

Students Plant Seeds of Change
The students of The Cause house work to live a sustainable lifestyle. This outlook on life earned them the $6,000 Jack Rawlins Environmental Prize in 2007 for their work in sustainability. The Cause received the prize at the This Way to Sustainability Conference III in November.
See full story from 2/14/08 Inside Chico State (written by the Institute for Sustainable Development student intern Stephanie Tombrink)

First Chico Greenies Awarded at Sustainability III Conference
One of the highlights of the conference and of particular significance to the Chico community was the conference’s first presentation of the “Greenies.” More than 400 people attended a Friday night banquet where the awards were given to the local individual, nonprofit organization and business that have done the most for sustainability this year.
See full story in 11/7/07 News Release

Passport to Sustainability - Chico State's annual environmental conference boasts big names with big ideas
See 11/8/07 story in the Chico News & Review

This Way to Sustainability III - Largest Conference of its kind in the United States
See 11/7/07 story in the Orion

This Way to Sustainability III Conference Features Five Keynote Speakers and Chico’s First-Ever Greenie Awards
See 10/25/07 News Release

California State University, Chico Student Wins National Scholarship for Research on Sustainability!
California State University, Chico business student Greg Turcotte has received the $10,000 2007 SAP America Scholarship for a research paper applying accounting principles to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. See September 13, 2007 story.....

California State University, Chico makes top 10!
Grist, a nonprofit environmental newsletter, rated our University #8 among the top 15 among green colleges and universities. See story

California State University, Chico Wins Grand Prize for Fighting Global Warming
California State University, Chico has been awarded the grand prize in the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Chill Out contest. The competition recognizes colleges and universities around the country which are implementing innovative programs to reduce global warming pollution, the biggest environmental threat facing the nation. CSU, Chico was selected as the grand prize winner from over 100 competition entries received from colleges nationwide. Continue reading...

CSU, Chico is chosen as one of ten pilot sites for the first set of undergraduate chapters of Net Impact, an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of new leaders who use business to improve the world. Net Impact members are current and emerging leaders in CSR, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability who are actively improving the world. For more information visit:

Manufacturing Students Win Top Award at Prestigious Event

April 2nd, 2007
California State University, Chico Manufacturing Technology Program students once again won the Grand Prize in the prestigious WESTEC (Western Tool Exposition and Conference) Manufacturing Challenge on March 26th for an automated biodiesel processing system. See April 2, 2007 story...

Professor is One of the Lead Authors on Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change Report
Professor Jeff Price, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, California State University, Chico is one of the lead authors on the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change report, which was released beginning on Feb. 2, 2007. The report is used by policy makers in member nations of the Intergovernmental Panel and by other decision makers and scientists around the world. See April 18, 2007 news srelease ....

Community Outreach

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) helps neighbors with invasive plant removal in Forest Ranch. See October 5, 2006 article from our Inside Chico State Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Project a National Success Story.

Diversion Excursion

The annual Diversion Excursion was held Thursday and Friday, May 17th and 18th 2007 from 10am to 6pm outside of all on-campus residence halls. This program was created by the University Housing and Food Service and the AS Recycling Program to reduce the amount of usable goods going to the landfill as students move out at the end of the school year. Click here to see their report on waste diverted this year!

Presidents Climate Commitment

California State University, Chico is one of the first campuses in the nation to sign a long-range commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become "climate neutral" in its affect on the environment. In December 2006, CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg joined six other top campus executives in signing the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

President Paul Zingg's August 2004 convocation address emphasized the importance of service as a "fundamental tenet" of the University's identity and strategic plan. In his fall 2005 Chico Statements article, the president continued his expression of the value of civic engagement by writing: "In the words of author and civil rights activist Marion Wright Edelman, we 'educate students not just to make a living, but to make a life.' We emphasize that the capacity to learn finds its fullest expression in the use of knowledge to improve self and society. We believe that the goals of self-discovery and service are connected and complementary."

Click here to view the Inside Chico article "Sustainability: Building Community and Creating Distinctiveness" by President Zingg and Provost McNall which highlights the addition to our Strategic Plan, a Sixth Priority.

In 2002, our Academic Senate proposed a resolution in support of green building and clean, renewable energy, and endorsed the Talloires Declaration, which proposed a set of actions to deepen an awareness of sustainability, to change campus practices relating to the use of energy, and to embed the study of sustainability across the curriculum. The president signed the declaration on March 3, 2003, and we continue to take that declaration seriously.

In the summer of 2005, Provost Scott McNall participated in the "wolf project" as part of the American Democracy Project, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Carnegie Foundation, and the New York Times. "The project had several different strands; all of them were concerned with whether or not American universities are graduating students who understand that democracy is something that must be actively created..." (Click here for more of the Inside Chico article)