CSU Commitment to Sustainability

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CSU Sustainability Network Advances Environmental Movement
April 24th, 2015

CSU Leader

CSU’s sustainability mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement statewide by implementing sustainable practices and giving students the skills needed to solve the planet’s most urgent environmental needs.

CSU’s green vision encompasses goals such as reducing CO2 emissions by 15 percent by 2020, increasing on site self generation capacity to 80 megawatts (MW), reducing water consumption by 20 percent by 2020, integrating sustainability into academic curriculum and reducing solid waste disposal by 80 percent by 2020. The CSU has begun collaborating with the local community on developing a green workforce and supporting various green projects to further cultivate sustainability throughout California. More…

Mean Green and Eco Green
April 5th, 2012

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

The solar installation on the rooftop of the Clayes Performing Arts Center at Cal State Fullerton

The color green can be a powerful symbol.  The introduction of “Greenbacks” as the U.S. dollar in 1861 solidified green as the color of money, greed and excess in American culture.  In the song For the Love of Money – the theme to Donald Trump’s Apprentice – “mean green” takes on all of those meanings.  Yet, the sustainability movement in many ways has reclaimed one of the oldest uses of green, as a symbol of nature and ecological balance.

Mean green and eco green can be compatible.  Reducing resource costs is good economics and reducing non-renewable resource use is good sustainability.  California State University campuses, facing cuts in state support, need to make a case for sustainability that also demonstrates good financial sense and ultimately provides more resources for students.  Below are a few examples. More »

Seven Conferences and Counting
March 13th, 2012

CSU Public Affairs


The Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU Chico and Associated Students of CSU Chico continue the tradition of hosting an excellent student-led conference that explores the huge variety of actions and concerns that fall under the heading of sustainability.  From March 1-3, the seventh This Way to Sustainability Conference combines student, faculty, staff, industry and community directed sessions with keynote speeches by prominent figures in the green movement. 

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Taking advantage of the collective talents of those attending the conference, the CSU Sustainability Summit on Feb. 29 brings together expertise and perspective on how to expand sustainability efforts across the system.  Eric Recchia (center), a student of Sustainable Development and Economics at Humboldt State, shares his experience with a group of faculty, staff and administrators from across the system. More »

Report Highlights Chico State’s Sustainability Practices
August 22nd, 2011

CSU,Chico News

A sustainability report is being posted on the California State University, Chico website this week that highlights many efforts on campus to incorporate “green” practices into how the University conducts its business and takes care of its facilities and property.

The 24-page report, produced by the CSU, Chico Division of Business and Finance, has sections on energy use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, alternative transportation, stewardship of land, green building, purchasing and cleaning, waste diversion and recycling and water conservation.


Greening California’s Colleges and Universities
July 18th, 2011

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

Cal State Long Beach hosted this year’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, which is celebrating a decade as one of the most attended gatherings of its kind and the only sustainability conference in California that brings together all three public higher education segments—the California State University, the University of California and the California Community Colleges.  The conference lauded campuses for their sustainable practices, but also focused on how California’s higher education institutions can go greener.

Themes from the conference touched on a wide range of issues.  Student service and leadership was a prominent topic, often highlighted by the work of the Green Campus Student Internship Program and various student government organizations.  Faculty, students and industry leaders delivered presentations on incorporating sustainability into curriculum and workforce training.  Campus facility and energy managers addressed the specific needs of campus infrastructure improvements.  Additionally, issues of transportation, food sources and food waste gained increased attention this year.

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