Sustainability at Chico State

Travel, Transportation, Parking, and Fleet Maintenance

New Travel Claim Reporting Requirements

In order to monitor our carbon footprint we have implemented a new policy requiring state employees to report miles traveled on all state business or the Travel Claim Form (Section 27). 

You can also contact The State Travel Office by phone at 530-898-6426. For your convenience below are some helpful mileage calculation links: 


The California State University, Chico campus is very bike-friendly and offers information about bike and skateboard regulations, but automobile use is still common among students, faculty, and staff. Innovations in transportation have helped the campus to lessen its impact on the environment while still continuing to promote the advantages of walking, biking, and mass transit transportation options. For more information regarding campus transportation and parking, please visit Parking Services.


On September 22, 2009 The Institute for Sustainable Development partnered with ZipCar to launch the program. Chico is the second CSU campus to partner with Zipcar, San Francisco State being the first.

The program allows students, faculty and staff who are 18 and older to share new cars for as low as $8 an hour. The cost includes gas, insurance, cleaning, and maintenance. There are two new cars conveniently located on campus available for personal use 24 / 7. One is located in the Student Health Center Parking Lot and the other in the Hazel Street Lot across from the BMU.

The car sharing program is very convenient and inexpensive when compared to owning your own vehicle and each shared car takes 15-20 personally-owned vehicles off the road. This is a great money-saving program for those who only need a car once in awhile. Eligible users can join on line for just $35 per year.

To find out more contact the Institute for Sustainable Development at 530-898-3333 or visit the Zipcar website(opens in new window).

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Alternative Fuel Vehicles have been on campus since 1989 when FMS purchased its first electric cart. Since then, Facilities Management Services has an electric vehicle fleet with 43 vehicles in addition to a new Green Machine 525 HS Sweeper. The A.S. also owns one electric vehicle and one propane-powered truck. The Associated Students owns one student shuttle bus that is used by the Chico Area Transit service and is run on natural gas.

Free Bus Transit

Free Bus Transit is offered to students, faculty, and staff on the Chico Area Transit and Butte County Transit bus services during the fall and spring semesters. This service is subsidized both by the Associated Students and the University through an agreement with the City of Chico.

For more information regarding campus transportation and parking, please visit Parking Services.