Institute for Sustainable Development

While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually, it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Des Moines Register
July 8, 1979


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Programs in Research and Creative Activities

CSU, Chico Research Foundation

The CSU, Chico Research Foundation: The CSU, Chico Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit corporation that serves as an auxiliary to California State University, Chico. Its purpose is to develop and administer activities that aid and supplement the educational mission of CSU, Chico. The Research Foundation administers hundreds of projects annually with annual revenues of about $34 million; many of these projects focus on sustainability.

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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RESP), part of Academic Affairs, works with the Research Foundation to solicit and manage externally funded projects that are oriented towards research, education, or public service. These projects provide opportunities for scholarship, creative activity, and professional development.

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Center for Ecosystem Research

The Center for Ecosystem Research builds upon the successes of the College of Natural Sciences' faculty, staff, and students within ecological and environmental science disciplines. The center will support interdisciplinary research and coordinate the sharing of resources such as laboratories, equipment, and staff.

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Geographic Information Center

Geographic Information Center has the technical expertise to plan, develop, install, serve, and maintain your agency's GIS. They offer expertise in GIS technology, orthophoto development, global positioning systems (GPS), computer cartography, image processing, airphoto interpretation, and serving GIS data over the Web.

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California Department of Fish and Game's Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory

California Department of Fish and Game's Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory has a satellite lab for freshwater macroinvertebrate taxonomy on the Chico State campus called the Chico Bioassessment Laboratory (Chico ABL). The Chico ABL processes samples of freshwater invertebrates from a diverse range of habitats (wadeable streams, non-wadeable rivers, lakes and lagoons). The Chico ABL employs four taxonomists with graduate-level training in the taxonomy and ecology of freshwater invertebrates, and 10-15 student lab technicians.

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The Northstate Watershed Initiative

The Northstate Watershed Initiative is being developed by the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences for integrated research within the areas of geology, hydrology, hydrogeochemistry, environmental science, and ecology within watersheds located in Northern California. For more information, contact Dr. Karin Hoover at

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Archaeological Research Program

Archaeological Research Program (ARP) provides professional archaeological reconnaissance, testing, and mitigation/data recovery on historic and prehistoric sites. The ARP conducts historical architecture and documentary research, Native American consultation and traditional use evaluations, critical program review and regulatory compliance consultation (NEPA, CEQA), construction monitoring, sensitivity studies using non-invasive techniques, significance determinations, and professional, academic-quality analyses and technical report writing.

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Northeastern California Small Business Development Center

Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (NECSBDC) specializes in such areas as planning, community development, employment generation, natural resource management, leadership training, and hundreds of other areas. Through the California State University system, the NECSBDC utilizes information, knowledge, and expertise in the above areas.

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