Institute for Sustainable Development
2015 DE event

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money...

Cree Indian Proverb


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Diversion Excursion

Diversion Excursion is an excellent example of what sustainability means to this campus – it’s about conservation, reuse and reducing environmental impacts in a way that engages students and staff. It’s a collaboratively managed program that involves hundreds of volunteers, many of whom return year after year, and thousands of Campus Housing residents.

The program directly benefits a range of community organizations working to help those with limited resources and has become an award-winning model for similar programs on other college campuses. DE is all about taking opportunities for positive social and environmental impact and is a clear demonstration of how hundreds and thousands of small actions add up to a very meaningful difference – over 22,000 lbs of material diverted from our landfill in two days, the majority of that material being reused in our community, and students taking ownership of their ability to affect this change.

2015 DE Figures

18,642 lbs.
clothing, baskets, bedding, mats, books, bicycles, back packs, etc.
965 lbs.
food items donated to the Jesus Center
1,440 lbs.
food items donated to the Chico Wildcat Pantry for hungry students
2,092 lbs.
AS Recycling items - paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum
735 lbs.
23,874 lbs
Grand total diverted from the landfill during this 2-day event


2015 Student Volunteers

2015 Student Volunteers