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Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Helpful Resources and Tips

Announcing a new interactive campus web portal:

The Institute for Sustainable Development has partnered with Lucid Design Group to develop this Storyboard for the campus community in an effort to increase awareness and transparency of utility consumption patterns on campus and to foster an expanded dialogue regarding resource conservation and efficiency.
Visit the Dashboard for information, tips, statistical data about campus buildings, and links to a variety of resources today!

On Campus Resources Available:

Green Book Cover


Check out the new Green Book 2017 for connections to sustainability groups and projects going on at CSU, Chico. Your guide to getting involved!




Top 12 Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Is your office doing all it can to help save energy and the planet? Have our group of consultants come to your office to perform an audit for FREE! Contact our SCOOP website or connect with them directly via e-mail at and request your personal audit today.

Free office and school supplies available at the AS Sustainability Office (BMU 005) you will find bookshelves of FREE reuse school and office supplies, books, dishes and more. Feel free to bring in any of your extra school/office supplies and remember to only take what you can use.

Want to learn how to compost? Visit the Compost Display Area (CDA) during open hours or view the schedule to attend a free weekend workshop.

We have a variety of environmental films available for loan to faculty for educational purposes. Click here to see a list of films available. To check out a film contact The Institute for Sustainable Development at (530) 898-3333.

AS Sustainability also has films available for educational purposes and you can contact them directly at 898-6677 or visit their office in BMU 005. (see video list)

Have you ever wondered what some of the terms mean relating to sustainability issues? See our helpful Eco-Matrix and get some of the answers you may have been looking for.

Want to know which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues? Download EWG's pocket guide for a full list.

Other Resources:

In a North State Garden, writer Jennifer Jewell, provides an amazing gardening resource on her website at where you can find information on just about anything related to gardening in the North State.

What can you do to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions? Visit the US EPA web site and find helpful tips and calculators. Personal Emissions Calculator - US EPA's calculation tool to help you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take action!

Want to measure your ecological footprint? Visit the Redefining Progress web site to measure yours.

What can you do to help undo global warming? The Environmental Defense Fund has some helpful tips you can use every day to help make a difference. Also download their booklet of tips (pdf) for even more strategies!