Institute for Sustainable Development

CSU, Chico's award-winning residence hall move-out waste-diversion program, Diversion Excursion, diverts over 20,000 pounds of material from the landfill every year.

AS Recycling at CSU, Chico


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Campuswide Sustainability Practices

Chico State is committed to sustainable policies and practices that reduce the campus' "ecological footprint." For example, we are reducing CO2, constructing sustainable buildings, implementing energy conservation practices, purchasing and investing in environmentally and socially responsible products, regularly conducting environmental audits, and minimizing the use of hazardous chemicals. The actions that contribute to the campus reducing its ecological footprint also provide us the opportunity to integrate our sustainable practices into the educational and scholarly activities of the University.

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, CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg joined six other top campus executives in signing the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). See Program Overview.
See January 16, 2007 news release:
CSU, Chico Among First Schools in the Country to Make 'Climate Neutral' Commitment to Reverse Global Warming

Decisions for a Sustainable Tomorrow: 2005 CSU, Chico Campus Sustainability Assessment (PDF) is a report that was developed over an academic year as a class for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in information gathering, data collection, and the writing of the report. The assessment is intended to serve as a foundation for planning future progress toward sustainability at Chico State while serving as a bridge between academics and facilities.