Institute for Sustainable Development

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

Aldo Leopold
A Sand County Almanac


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

University Purchasing and Campus Stores

At Chico State, we often purchase environmentally friendly goods and services to show our support of environmental products and practices. We do this because universities and colleges have the opportunity to create the market for environmentally friendly products through their purchasing power. By purchasing environmentally friendly goods and services, the institution not only shows its support of these products and companies, but also shows support of the environmental practices such as material reuse, recycling, waste stream diversion, and pollution prevention.

Procurement and Contract Services

Procurement and Contract Services supports and promotes the purchasing of environmentally friendly products on campus. For example, they are making efforts to comply with the state mandated recycle content report (RCP) procurement goals, which specify that a certain percentage of products purchased must contain recycled content, such as 25 percent of fine printing and writing paper; 50 percent paper products; 50 percent glass and lubricants; 50 percent tires and tire-driven; 50 percent steel, paint, and solvents; 50 percent compost and plastic. 

Associated Students

The Associated Students led the nation as the first student group selling organic cotton T-shirts. The organic Chico State T-shirts, manufactured by Patagonia, were a first for college bookstores, a first for Patagonia (which had not previously had their line used for collegiate wear), and a boost for organic cotton farmers.