Institute for Sustainable Development

Every human has a fundamental right to an environment of quality that permits a life of dignity and well-being.”

United Nations Conference on the Human Environment


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Civic Engagement

At Chico State, we are committed to our role and responsibility as a public institution to serve the community by creating educated, informed, and engaged citizens. We believe that civic engagement and service learning contribute to student learning and success, preparing more effective contributors to society. More than 60 faculty members are already involved in environmental teams and projects. It also has a responsibility to raise funds from private and public partners to support the work of the center.

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Programs in Civic Engagement and Service Learning

American Democracy Project

American Democracy Project is dedicated to increasing student involvement in public life. Although Chico State's program is still in the development stages, the American Democracy Project is a priority on this campus. It is a goal to train student leaders and imaginative citizens by deepening our involvement in the American Democracy Project and to engage students to participate in outreach to the community on issues of mutual concern, e.g., environment.

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Community Action Volunteers in Education

Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) places student volunteers to help the Chico community address pressing social and environmental needs and to help students develop skills to be effective citizens. CAVE offers volunteer opportunities for students interested in the environment.

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Environmental Affairs Council

Environmental Affairs Council (EAC) works to improve environmental quality of the campus and the community by increasing the university and community commitment to the environment, by influencing campus policies and administration, and by working to educate students about environmental issues.

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Environmental Advocates

Environmental Advocates (EA) 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.

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