Sustainability at Chico State

Student Activities

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

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Alternative Transportation Group (ATG)

In May 2011, The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) adopted its Climate Action Plan (CAP) to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2030. The Alternative Transportation Group (ATG) was established that fall as a collaborative effort between the ISD, AS Sustainability, and the University Police Department’s Transportation and Parking Services to ultimately support the CAP by supporting Campus Transportation Advisory Committee and ISD initiatives related to transportation.

AS Recycling

The AS Recycling Program (ASRP) was founded by students in May 1996. Today the program provides comprehensive recycling services for a wide variety of materials.  With over 1,400 recycling receptacles, nearly 400,000 pounds of paper, beverage containers, food waste, and other recyclable materials are collected annually.  In addition, the ASRP provides student internships focused on educational outreach on issues of recycling and waste reduction.

AS Sustainability Program

The AS Sustainability Program was created in 2006, when students voted to fund the program through an increase in the existing student union fee ($5 per student per semester).  The money supports one full-time coordinator, two student staff positions, and provides approximately $80,000 annually for a “sustainability fund” to support student-initiated projects.   

The program seeks to promote sustainable practices within all areas of the Associated Students including the Bookstore, Dining Services, Conference Services, Maintenance & Operations, Information Technology, and all AS programs such as the Children's Center, CAVE, Adventure Outings, AS Presents, the Women's Center, KCSC, CLIC, EARC, and of course, Recycling.  

Adventure Outings

Adventure Outings (AO) is funded by the Associated Students to provide student-led adventures in the wilds of Northern California and beyond. AO offers students trip leadership, information, educational experiences, and roughly 40 adventures each semester.


Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) places approximately 1,600 student volunteers in settings where they provide needed volunteer time, learn about the Chico community, help address pressing social and environmental needs, and develop skills to be effective citizens for years to come.


The Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) is a collection of projects which serve the community by providing free legal information and referrals, presenting seminars, workshops, and informational media to the population of Butte County. Environmental Advocates is the CLIC program which focuses on concern for environmental quality and a willingness to work toward safeguarding the environment. Their primary goal is to enhance environmental practices in Chico and surrounding areas in order to increase the quality of life for everyone within our community.

Diversion Excursion

Diversion Excursion is a program on campus whose goal is to divert waste from the landfill that is generated during the residence hall move-out at the end of the spring semester. Volunteers set up tables outside of each residence hall and have special bins for different materials such as clothing, paper, non-perishable food, and electronic equipment.  

Eco Reps

Chico State Eco Reps are peer educators within the Residence Communities that model environmentally responsible behaviors and promote sustainability through education and outreach to fellow residents. Eco Reps’ responsibility is centralized in the residential areas of campus supporting sustainability focused programs, activities and events for their communities. The program is run out of the campus’ Institute for Sustainable Development and managed by the Campus Sustainability Coordinator and two student Eco Rep Coordinators, and works closely with resident hall professional staff, RHA and the Community Councils.

Green Campus Group

Chico State's Green Campus Group's mission is to engage the student body at CSU, Chico in water and energy conservation practices as well as education on the importance of resource conservation on a personal and local level.

Organic Vegetable Project

The Organic Vegetable Project (OVP) at Chico State's University Farm is a grant-funded, student-run project which completed its first year of harvest in 2008. The project houses three certified organic acres which are in production year round. The project was initiated through funding from the Earl Foor Foundation, the CSU, Chico Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), the AS Sustainability Fund, and the CSU Agricultural Research Initiative (ARI).

Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices

SCOOP is a student group working with offices on campus to assess current office practices and make recommendations for improvements. This student project began in 2007 with students performing office energy audits and comprehensive sustainability consultations. By 2008 this has rapidly progressed into a campus supported program. 

This Way to Sustainability Conference

This Way to Sustainability Conference is a nationally recognized, student-run conference focusing on challenges, ideas, solutions, and resiliency in planning our sustainable future. Scheduled in March each year the conference hosts an average 1,400 participants each year with a variety of respected professionals speaking on the many aspects of sustainability. The goal of the conference is to help educate our students, staff and faculty, and communities, and to provide attendees with an opportunity to network, discuss, and become more aware of pertinent environmental and social issues we all face.

Miscellaneous Student Projects Related to Sustainability

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