CSU, Chico News

University Named to Exclusive National ‘Green Honor Roll’

Date: 08-21-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has received another prestigious national honor for its sustainability and environmental programs by making Princeton Review’s 2013 Green Honor Roll.

CSU, Chico was one of only 21 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the highest possible score in a ranking of schools for their environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings.

Princeton Review surveyed 806 colleges and universities about sustainability and environmental efforts such as waste diversion, energy consumption and alternative transportation programs.

Schools were given scores on their sustainability and environmental programs ranging from 60 to 99. CSU, Chico and 20 other colleges and universities received a 99, the highest rating possible.

The other California schools included in the Green Honor Roll are Cal Tech, San Francisco State and UC Santa Cruz.

Other colleges and universities listed include Harvard, Columbia, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, University of Washington and Arizona State.

“This recognition is an acknowledgement of a lot of good work over time from collaborations across our campus community, all sharing in a vision for a sustainable future,” said Jim Pushnik, director of CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development. “Making Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll is something we can all take pride in and point to as an example of how we are working together to realize our campus values,” he said.

“This honor is a result of broad institutional buy-in and support for our sustainability goals,” added Fletcher Alexander, campus sustainability coordinator. “Sustainability on this campus isn’t just in facilities or academics—it belongs to everyone and is a fundamental part of our culture.”

Alexander said CSU, Chico is well-known for its long-standing involvement in sustainability and environmental efforts. In 2006, CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg was one of the first seven signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which pledges to reduce and ultimately neutralize campus greenhouse-gas emissions. Almost 700 colleges and universities have subsequently joined this initiative.

Last September, CSU, Chico was named one of the “Top Five ‘Green’ Colleges in America” by Yahoo News. Prior national honors for CSU, Chico in the area of sustainability include being ranked on top “green” school lists by the Sierra Club, Kiwi Magazine and the New York Times and winning the National Wildlife Federation’s “Chill Out” contest for innovative ways to reduce global warming.

Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll website http://www.princetonreview.com/green-honor-roll.aspx has details about the achievements of CSU, Chico and the other top-ranked schools as well as information about the green ratings methodology.

In a news release announcing the 2013 Green Honor Roll, Princeton Review publisher Robert Franek reported 68 percent of college applicants they surveyed “said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school.” The full news release is at http://www.princetonreview.com/green/press-release.aspx.