CSU, Chico News

University a Finalist in National Higher Education Sustainability Competition

Date: 02-13-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
James Pushnik, Director
The Institute for Sustainable Development

California State University, Chico has been named a finalist in a national sustainability competition. The University will next create a video showcasing its efforts, in hopes of winning the competition.

The annual Climate Leadership Awards recognize colleges and universities making advances in climate leadership and campus innovation. Hosted by Second Nature, a nonprofit aimed at increasing sustainability in higher education, the awards are a competition among colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Finalists will produce a video chronicling their campus’ sustainability efforts, and winners will be chosen by a public, online vote.

Twenty total finalists were announced. CSU, Chico was among the five master’s-level universities on the list.

“This is an outstanding recognition of the work of a lot of people on campus over time to model sustainability, cut emissions, reduce our carbon footprint and be mindful of our impact,” said Jim Pushnik, director of the University’s Institute for Sustainable Development. “From President Zingg to our students, this recognizes the collaborative effort this campus takes in tackling this subject. This is not an administrative function, but reflects a cultural change on campus that has gotten us to this point. It’s really the highest honor we can achieve on a national level.”

Voting will be open throughout Earth Month, in April, on Second Nature’s website, www.secondnature.org; winners will be announced in late spring. A link to CSU, Chico’s video will be shared when available. Last year’s public voting process garnered about 50,000 votes.

The ACUPCC is an active partnership among approximately 680 colleges and universities to accelerate the education, research and community engagement needed to slow and stop human-induced climate change while setting an example by eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations.

CSU, President Paul J. Zingg signed the ACUPCC in 2007 and, the year prior, established sustainability as a priority in the Campus Strategic Plan. The University is one of just 21 schools in the United States and Canada named to The Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Honor Roll, and has been named by both Yahoo! News and The Daily Green one of the “greenest” campuses in America.

For more information on CSU, Chico’s sustainability efforts, visit www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture.