Sustainability at Chico State

Sustainability in Academics and Research

At Chico State, our academic programs offer students exposure to a multitude of concepts and learning experiences that contribute to their understanding of sustainable development.  Sustainable development is infused throughout our curriculum.  

Academic Programs in Sustainability

GE Pathway in Sustainability Studies(opens in new window)

Rawlins Endowed Professorship Awarded

Dr. Cindy Daley It is with great excitement that we announce that Dr. Cindy Daley has accepted the Rawlins Endowed Professorship in Environmental Literacy (Rawlins Professor) for a three-year position, beginning on August 22, 2019.  Dr. Daley will be taking the reins from Dr. Colleen Hatfield who has held the post for the last five years.  The Rawlins Endowed Professor in Environmental Literacy was made possible through a generous donation from Jack Rawlins, who through a successful career as a businessman, rancher and hunter, came to realize that environmental problems are not only complex but require an informed citizenry to work toward solutions. 


The overarching goal of the Rawlins Professorship is to promote environmental literacy and sustainability across the CSU, Chico campus and beyond.  In this professorship, Dr. Daley will play a visible role in advancing sustainability across the university with particular leadership within Academic Affairs and support for CSU, Chico students engaged in sustainability efforts. Join us in congratulating Dr. Daley! 

2019 Paul Persons Sustainability Award

lee altier This award, established by family and friends, honors Paul Persons' memory by helping to realize his vision of a CSU system-wide emphasis on sustainability. Paul wanted every student in the CSU to have an opportunity to learn how to apply sustainable practices in their given field.

2019 recipient, Dr. Lee Altier, is the director of the Organic Vegetable Project at the Chico State University Farm.  His primary areas of interest are sustainable cropping systems and food security.  He is an advocate of the holistic management framework for planning and decision making.