Campus grounds connects with student groups regularly to keep the creek running through campus clean.
Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico
Campus Stewardship Policies
Top level support, institutional policies, and investment in the community are all essential components of successful sustainable development on campus. In order for the California State University, Chico to lead towards a sustainable future, successful environmental programs must persist and provide momentum for change throughout the campus.
Presidents Climate Commitment
The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to make campuses more sustainable and address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on campus. The effort is modeled after the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. See the Program Overview.
Provost's Environmental Summit
Provost Scott McNall started informal monthly meetings in the fall of 2005 called Environmental Summit. Faculty, staff, students, and community members come together for the Environmental Summit to discuss topics of sustainability and to develop campus sustainable projects.
Executive Memorandum EM-9933
Executive Memorandum EM-9933 from the Office of the President issued on September 20, 1999 ensures that all vehicle purchases are looked at closely and alternative fuel vehicles are purchased when possible.
Strategic Plan for the Future of CSU, Chico
Plan for the Future of CSU, Chico contains both a vision
of the kind of institution CSU, Chico can become and a set of reasonable
steps to take in getting there. There are currently five strategic priorities
that focus on student learning, the role of faculty and staff, technological
use, service to the community, and resource management. A sixth priority
has been recently proposed to focus on campus sustainability.
2005 Master Plan
2005 Chico State Master Plan seeks to comprehensively incorporate
sustainable design approaches into the design of all physical campus
elements and systems including campus site layout, circulation plans
and systems, landscape and hardscape systems, building design, and campus
infrastructure. The plan will also harmonize the human-built environment
with natural systems and processes in such a way that non-renewable
natural resources are conserved and that the natural environment maintains
its capacity for healthy growth and regeneration. The plan states that where possible, the
campus will utilize construction materials that have been recycled,
are made of renewable natural resources, minimize the use of non-renewable
natural resources, and minimize negative impacts upon the natural
environment. The plan will build new and renovation projects to achieve
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Systemwide Sustainability Policy
Energy Conservation, Sustainable Building Practices, and Physical
Plant Management Plan was passed by the CSU Board of Trustees
in September 2005. Kathleen Kaiser has received the
Outstanding Faculty Services Award at California State University, Chico.
Kaiser recently completed a two-year term on the CSU Board of Trustees,
and one of her accomplishments on this board was serving as the lead
trustee on sustainability. She is responsible for the Chancellor's office
decision to establish a committee of students and faculty to develop
a systemwide sustainability policy.