Sustainability at Chico State

Campus Sustainability Committee

Campus Sustainability Committee

Executive Memorandum 11-017 established the Campus Sustainability Committee.

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In 2007, President Paul Zingg became one of the founding signatories of the American Colleges & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This climate commitment is an outward expression of our campus’s leadership in charting a path toward a more sustainable campus community and our commitment to address climate change by reducing, and ultimately neutralizing, greenhouse gas emissions from campus and to accelerate research and educational efforts to equip society for a more sustainable future.

As a signatory of the ACUPCC, our institution is pledged to eliminate our campus’s collective contribution to climate change over time. This commitment includes establishing an institutional structure to oversee the development and implementation of a program to comply with this commitment. The Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) works to fully integrate sustainability across campus departments. 

Since originally signing the commitment, Chico State is proud to have achieved Gold status in AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®). See below for a detailed look at how we scored in each category.

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Meeting Minutes & Agendas

About the Committee

The role of the Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) is to serve in an advisory capacity to all campus departments, colleges, and other entities in an effort to advance environmental, social and economic sustainability at CSU, Chico.

The CSC provides leadership in identifying mechanisms to integrate sustainability concepts into all core functions of the university by making recommendations for implementation addressing the following nine focus areas:

  1. Education
  2. Transportation
  3. Waste
  4. Procurement
  5. Food services
  6. Biotic environment
  7. Water
  8. Energy
  9. Built environment

Within each focus area the CSC will develop goals, actions, and timeliness. 

Building a common vision is essential to expanding the integration of CSU, Chico’s 6th strategic priority into daily departmental operations. As departments reflect on assessment questions, they will be prompted to consider sustainability efforts in their current departmental operations and evaluate what future efforts may be feasible.

The role of the campus sustainability committee is to:

  1. Work with supervisors to introduce assessment and garner support
  2. Help identify appropriate personnel to answer assessment questions
  3. Provide political support to the assessment project
  4. Monitor progress of assessment 

Committee Membership and Organization

  1. The Vice President of Academic Affairs (or designee)
  2. The Vice President of Business and Finance (or designee)

Ex officio members:

  1. The Executive Director of Facilities Management and Services (or designee)
  2. The Executive Director of the Associated Students (or designee)
  3. The Sustainability Manager (or designee)
  4. The Associated Students Sustainability Coordinator (or designee)
  5. Associated Students Environmental Affairs Commissioner (or designee)
  6. Representative appointed by the President
  7. Representative appointed by the Vice President of University Advancement
  8. Representative appointed by the Vice President of Student Affairs
  9. Staff member appointed by Staff Council
  10. Staff member from Information Resources appointed by Information Resources
  11. Student appointed by the Associated Students
  12. Faculty member appointed by Academic Senate 
  13. Faculty member appointed by Academic Senate

All appointed faculty and staff members of the CSC serve two-year appointments with the option for renewal. Student representatives serve one-year appointments. Faculty members appointed by the academic senate serve two years on the committee, with the first year having one full, two-year term appointee and one temporary one-year appointee, in order to offset the terms of the two faculty member appointees.