CSU, Chico News

Report Highlights Campus Sustainability Practices

Date: 08-19-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

A sustainability report is being posted on the California State University, Chico website this week that highlights many efforts on campus to incorporate “green” practices into how the University conducts its business and takes care of its facilities and property.

The 24-page report, produced by the CSU, Chico Division of Business and Finance, has sections on energy use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, alternative transportation, stewardship of land, green building, purchasing and cleaning, waste diversion and recycling and water conservation.

The report includes introductions from CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and Vice President for Business and Finance Lori Hoffman.

“It’s an exciting time to report about the many efforts being made at Chico State to integrate environmental awareness and resource management into campus culture and operations,” said Hoffman. “Needless to say, there’s much more to be accomplished, and yet these sustainability efforts, both large and small, have a positive impact on our environment. It’s a pleasure to report our progress thus far, and it is our intent to report on future sustainability efforts on a biennial basis.”

Along with being posted on the University’s website, 100 copies of the report will be printed. Dale Wymore, director of Business Services, said the number of copies was kept small to save paper.

Wymore said University Printing Services is printing the publication using a digital press that is less wasteful and demanding on resources compared to conventional printing. She said digital printing eliminates harmful chemicals associated with plate production, inks and press wash-ups.

The report is being printed on paper made with 40 percent postconsumer recycled fiber and is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, Wymore said.

A large number of staff, faculty and students contributed to the report, said Wymore, who was the project coordinator. To read the report, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/vpbf/_assets/Sustainability%20Report.pdf (PDF).

CSU, Chico has received a number of honors for sustainable practices, including Best Practice Awards at the past two California Higher Education Sustainability Summits. In addition, the campus has built four buildings certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) over the past three years: Sutter Hall, the Wildcat Recreation Center, the Gateway Science Museum and the Student Services Center.