CSU Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability Highlights & Awards

Sustainability Champion Caitlin Steele
July 29th, 2013


Caitlin Steele (left) of San Francisco State University with Len Pettis and Meaghan Smith of the California State University Chancellor’s Office – Steele received a ‘plate’ recognizing her Sustainability Champion Award at the 2013 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

During a speech introducing Caitlin Steele as the California State University’s Sustainability Champion for 2013, she was described as talented, tenacious, thoughtful and thorough. Add smart and considerate to those descriptors and a picture begins to emerge of the person who has helped marshal the forces of sustainability at San Francisco State University. More »

This Way for a Healthier Planet
March 28th, 2013

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

Chico State students are thinking through the consequences of collective human actions. Much of the evidence is that our species is making poor decisions, utilizing record levels of the earth’s productive capacity while choking that productive pipeline for future generations.

A coalition of students, faculty, staff, entrepreneurs and activists are striving for a better path, a healthier path. This Way to Sustainability is an enormous undertaking – a student-run conference that hosts more than 100 speakers and 1,400 participants. This conference brings together those who dare to question the decisions we make today. In so doing, they find many answers about how we might move toward a sustainable future.

Decked out in an elaborate dress of plastic bags, Health Education major Alexandria Gipson (center) quizzes and informs students with trivia about the impact of plastics in the environment. More …

State’s First Platinum LEED Ranking for Student Housing Awarded to CSUF
April 9th, 2012


Cal State Fullerton’s newest student housing complex is a step ahead of any statewide — it is the first in California awarded the Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The council’s platinum certification is verification that a building or building project meets the highest in green building and performance measures. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of green buildings. 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 »

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