Sustainability at Chico State


Paul Persons Award

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Many people knew Paul Persons as family man, activist attorney, and all-around adventurer. He also worked tirelessly to establish the principles of sustainability as a core concern of Chico State and the entire CSU system. Paul wanted every student in the CSU to have an opportunity to learn how to apply sustainable practices in his or her chosen field. With Paul's considerable support, Chico State committed sustainability as its Sixth Strategic Priority

The Paul Persons Sustainability Award was established in 2008 by family and friends to honor his memory.

Nominate a Faculty member for the Paul Persons Sustainability Award(opens in new window)

Nominations due March 26, 2019

Nominations accepted for Chico State faculty only.

The winner will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to helping students get the broadest perspective possible on sustainability principles
  • Incorporation of current methods and materials into curriculum such as case studies, expert advice on alternative methods, or practices used in a particular industry or career path
  • Facilitation of opportunities to learn about ways to create a more just and sustainable organization, business, or government

Past Recipients:

  • 2008 ~ Timothy Sistrunk, History 
  • 2009 ~ Diana Flannery, Health and Community Services
  • 2011 ~ Jesse Dizard, Anthropology 
  • 2012 ~ David L. Brown, Geological and Environmental Sciences 
  • 2013 ~ Don Hankins, Geography & Planning 
  • 2014 ~ Nate Millard, First Year Experience Program
  • 2015 ~ David Eaton, Anthropology
  • 2016 ~ Thia Wolf, English 
  • 2017 ~ Kristen Kaczynski, Geological and Environmental Sciences 
  • 2018 ~ Melody Yeager, Anthropology

Greenie Awards

NOTE: Due to a programming glitch, any nomination submitted prior to Feb 20, 2019 was lost and must be resubmitted.  Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

Sponsored by the Rawlins Endowment for Environmental Literacy, our Greenie Awards recognize student groups in their successful efforts working toward a sustainable future. 

There are multiple categories of Greenie awards:

  • Kindergarten - 6 grade
  • Junior High, 7-8 grade
  • High School, 9-12 grade
  • Higher Education, CSU Campuses

Nominate a Student Group for the Greenie Award(opens in new window)

Submissions are due March 15, 2019

Students will present their group projects on Thursday, March 28 from 8:00-10:00 am in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium.  Conference participants will visit each display, meet the students, learn about their projects, and vote for their favorite group projects. Winners will be announced at 10:30am in the BMU Auditorium.

Cash prizes will be presented in each category!!

Winners in each category are encouraged to submit a video and poster to be used in the next This Way to Sustainability Conference (March 2020) documenting how the 2019 cash award supported or enhanced their winning project.

Note: Award payments will be made to the faculty or advisor leading the student project with this written, signed acknowledgement in agreement in advance of awards being issued.

Judging Criteria:

  1. Does the project address the “3 E’s of Sustainability”: Economy, Ecology, and Equity?
  2. Can the project sustain itself? What resources are used to maintain and implement the project?
  3. Are other organizations able to replicate the project?
  4. What is the scale of impact of the project?  
  5. Does the project support broader goals in sustainable development?

Nominated student projects must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Student group projects only; individual projects are not considered 
  2. Clearly demonstrate an accomplishment or a significant improvement focusing on a sustainable solution implemented through the project
  3. The accomplishment must have occurred within the past two years; may be in the final planning stages but must be conceptually complete. 
  4. Nominees must be present to win
  5. Groups are strongly encouraged to provide a fun, entertaining video (3 minutes maximum in length on flash drive) documenting their project to be shown prior to the final voting. 
  6. Submitted videos will be included on this web page starting March 1, 2019 to give participants a preview of the student group projects they will be able to see and vote on when they arrive at the conference.
  7. Nominated groups will be contacted by conference staff to confirm the status of their nominations by Mid-February 2019.
  8. Winners will be announced during the Greenie Awards Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 28th in the BMU Auditorium.