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Sustainability at Chico State

Green Campus

green campus logoChico State's Green Campus students work under the direction and advisement of the Campus Director of Energy & Sustainability and in collaboration with all campus partners to further our sustainability goals and commitment of carbon neutrality by 2030. Green Campus leaders and interns are key catalysts in building a campus community and culture of sustainability through peer education and awareness building, program and project development and implementation, and sustainability related research.

Green Campus interns work under the direction of a project coordinator where they gain real world experience in being a sustainability change agent and are given the opportunity to put creative solutions to work.  Interns work with stakeholders from across the campus to advance our goals.  

Student Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with sustainability efforts on campus, including ancillary units, and in the broader Chico community
  • Become engaged in a solutions oriented approach to carbon neutrality
  • Use and think critically about current research when implementing solutions and creating outreach materials
  • Practice organizing and implementing a project, activity or educational campaign from start to finish
  • Develop productive relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and community members
  • Develop leadership, written communications, and public speaking skills
Do you have an idea for a campus sustainability project or just want to get involved? 
Reach out to us today!

SCOOP logo Sustainable Consultants of Office Practices (SCOOP) assesses sustainability practices in office settings on the Chico State campus. Through the assessment, SCOOP team members audit campus office spaces and provide recommendations for sustainable improvements. SCOOP is a vehicle to bring sustainability awareness to the everyday lives of our campus faculty and staff.  Team members exhibit a strong sense of leadership on campus, create long term change at Chico State, and leave with skills they can take into any future career path.

**NEW SELF AUDITING TOOL!  Given recent physical distancing efforts, many of us working and studying from home, the SCOOP team has updated the auditing tool to now be used as a self-auditing tool for home office spaces.  Download the tool now (Google Sheet) and see how you can adjust your home office space for optimal sustainability!

If you missed the workshop on the home office audit tool, you can watch it on YouTube(opens in new window).

Would you like a FREE audit of your office space? Or are you a student interested in gaining valuable job skills? Email us at 

If you are leaving your office for an extended period, make sure to use our Departure Checklist (PDF)

Green Machine

green machine logo In May 2011, Chico State adopted its Climate Action Plan (PDF) (CAP) to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2030. The Green Machine Program (formally the Alternative Transportation Group) was established as a collaborative effort to support the CAP by promoting and encouraging alternative transportation.  

Alternative transportation can take many forms and is ultimately anything except single occupancy vehicles.  Biking, skateboarding, walking, carpooling, and public transit are all easily accessible modes of alternative transportation.

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There are many other ways to get involved!

Without the enthusiasm, dedication, and imagination of our students, Chico State would not be the institution is it today. Student efforts lead the campus on the road toward sustainable development, engaging in projects and programs that touch every facet of our campus, and will continue to be the fuel in the engine that is the University.

Check out these additional groups and join in where you can!

Get Involved in Your Student Government

associated student leaders 2018 

Did you know that you can have a voice in student government decisions?  There are many committees and councils, including the Sustainability Affairs Council, that you can join.  These committees and councils are what guide policy and government affairs decisions for your campus so make your voice heard. 

Here is your chance to shape the future of our campus!

Check out the Associated Students Committees and Councils(opens in new window)