CSU, Chico News

Chico Named to Top 10 List of Green Colleges

Date: 07-17-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has once again been named to an exclusive list of national schools leading the way in sustainability and environmental awareness.

The DailyGreen, a popular Web site that bills itself as “The consumer’s guide to the green revolution,” has featured CSU, Chico in a list of 10 top colleges and universities that includes Harvard University, Duke University, Middlebury College and Oberlin College.

The listing, dubbed “10 of the Greenest Colleges in America,” is at the Web site.

The other campuses honored were Evergreen State College, Berea College, Warren Wilson College and the College of the Atlantic. The University of California System as a whole was the 10th honoree.

The Daily Green, owned by Hearst Magazines and based in New York, first lauded CSU, Chico in an April 2007 article titled “America’s Greenest Campus,” after the University won the grand prize in the National Wildlife Federation’s first Campus Ecology Chill Out Contest. CSU, Chico was selected from among over 100 entrants for its work on several fronts to combat global warming.

“We are flattered to be recognized for the efforts of many people both on campus and in the community to help improve environmental conditions locally and for our planet,” said Scott McNall, executive director of CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development. “We have North America’s largest student-run sustainability conference and are a recognized leader in recycling, reuse, the reduction of the use of scarce natural resources, and our commitment to helping students become environmentally literate citizens.”

In August 2007, CSU, Chico was named to a list of 15 top colleges and universities by Seattle-based Grist, another leading Web site for news and information on sustainability and environmental issues. That listing is at the Web site.