Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Building Usage Consolidation Proposal in Support of Climate Neutrality Target

As a founding signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), President Zingg has committed Chico State to an institution-wide goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

One of the biggest contributors to campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the use of energy to heat and cool, light, and support plug load in buildings. The campus has pursued a range of energy efficiency measures, but we still have great strides to make. With strategic scheduling we stand to realize substantial energy savings from reduced energy consumption in buildings during the evenings and weekends. Frequently, because of a single class or event, the campus will ‘boot up’ or keep running an entire building outside of normal business hours to support activity in one or two rooms.

By consolidating the number of buildings in use during evenings and weekends we stand to eliminate a substantial amount of unnecessary energy consumption. This particular strategy has been successfully implemented at university campuses across the country, resulting in significant reductions in institutional GHG emissions.

The Sustainability Committee understands that pursuing this strategy will require strategic and collaborative implementation and we are reaching out to the campus community for comments, suggestions and concerns.

If you would like to contribute your comments, suggestions and concerns, please email directly to: now through May 15, 2015.

Building Dashboard

You can participate and make a commitment to conserve in your campus building. CSU, Chico’s University’s Building Dashboard is an engaging interactive tool that underscores Chico State’s commitment, to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

The Building Dashboard provides real-time utility data in an effort to increase awareness of our consumption patterns and carbon footprint. It also offers information about campus Sustainability initiatives, energy conservation tips, campus sustainability links, an interactive discussion board, and a “click to commit” section dedicated to the Chico community.

Compare your building's energy consumption to others, and make commitments to conserve, and be sure to let others know how you're working toward a more Sustainable Future.