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Chico State hosts open sustainability forum

Multiple discussion groups took place in small groups. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza

February 7, 2019

An open forum was held in Colusa Hall on Tuesday to discuss measures to move campus in a more sustainable direction. The goal of the forum was to hear ideas from Chico State affiliates and community members. It featured small group discussions about different topics.   Each topic had its own tab...

Environmental organization celebrates 43 years in community

The Arc Pavillion hosted the 43rd anniversary dinner and awards gala for the Butte Environmental Council. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

October 22, 2018

The Butte Environmental Council's 43rd Anniversary Gala was held in the ARC Pavillion Saturday. Within a hour of the event starting, the room was filled and the sounds of soulful alternative folk, thanks to the band Sunday Iris, welcomed members to their tables. The Butte Environmental Council (B...

Chico State students encouraged to walk trashed through campus

Alyssa Van Steen's waste jar contains a Band-Aid wrapper and the top packaging piece of a potato chip bag. Photo credit: Yaritza Ayon

Yaritza Ayon

October 10, 2018

Associated Students Sustainability is challenging students to carry their trash with them for the entire month of October. The Zero Waste Challenge asks students and faculty to carry around all trash not recyclable, compostable or reusable in either a mason jar or gallon bag. Individuals signing up are given; an instructions guide, a paper bag for compostable items and a Ziploc bag for the...

Garbage display shows a year’s worth of cups

While heading to their classes, students cast curious glances at the dozens of plastic cups laid out. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

September 27, 2018

Dozens of clear plastic cups reflecting the afternoon sun captured the attention of students passing by between the Student Services Center and Bell Memorial Union Monday. Approximately 365 plastic cups were laid out by Associated Students Sustainability to visually represent the waste of using a single cup every day for an entir...

Chico State’s strawless challenge successful in first 72 hours

A.S. Dining Student Lead Jordan Menkes assembles a Post Plastic straw kit on May 2.

Kelsi Sibert

May 7, 2018

Less than 72 hours after going strawless, A.S. Dining sold 507 reusable straw kits at various coffee shops and dining areas on campus. On April 23, Chico State officially went strawless and traded in plastic straws for paper ones. While paper straws are more compostable than plastic straws, student employees at Sutter Dining also made straw kits that included reusable m...

Waste Audit examines Chico State’s sustainable practices

Amanda Reinhart believes a waste audit is important to help students be aware of their waste habits and where their waste actually ends up. Photo credit: Kelsi Sibert

Kelsi Sibert

April 18, 2018

A.S. Sustainability, in collaboration with A.S. Recycling, will be hosting a waste audit outside of Chico State's Student Service Center on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A.S. Sustainability Assistant Coordinator Amanda Reinhart said the aim of this event is to call attention to people's waste habits. “We...

We are part of the problem

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Kendall George

April 18, 2018

The start of a solution is understanding that the U.S. is part of the problem. Chico State students are part of the problem. Anyone who has a social media account has that one friend who won't stop posting pictures of the melting ice caps, sad Koala Bears with their habitats cut down and beach pictu...

Photo of the day

Did you know Chico State is one of the leading campuses in sustainability and plans to be climate neutral by the year 2030? So enjoy your morning coffee with a guilt free conscious and keep up those sustainable practices Wildcats. Photo credit: Kelsey Veith

Kelsey Veith

April 16, 2018

Did you know Chico State is one of the leading campuses in sustainability and plans to be climate neutral by the year 2030? So enjoy your morning coffee with a guilt free conscious and keep up those sustainable practices Wildcats.

Chico State and local businesses take the Strawless Challenge

Sophia Graves believes that all Chico State students should take the strawless challenge. Photo credit: Rachael Bayuk

Roberto Fonseca

April 16, 2018

An estimated 500 million straws are used daily in the United States and the majority of those end up in various oceans. On April 23, Chico State will be officially be taking the strawless challenge in an effort to bring awareness to the plastic straw waste problem and to reduce the amount of plastic used on ...

Chico State: This is the last Straw!

Do you think straws should be banned on campus? Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Karen Limones

March 21, 2018

Sipping on a cool drink with a fancy colored straw while relaxing sounds all too intriguing. It’s a picture on Instagram that will attract all the likes but, in my eyes, this is just another accessory. While this image gets attention through the virtual world, that one plastic straw is going back into...

‘This Way to Sustainability’ highlights carbon neutrality and student engagement

(Left to right) Kelly Scott, Michal Hanson, Alyssa Myers and Elizabeth Harmer celebrate the successful sustainability conference that they all helped coordinate this year. Photo credit: Alex Grant

Josh Cozine

March 19, 2018

Sustainability driven students and faculty gathered from across the state Thursday and Friday for Chico State’s 13th annual This Way to Sustainability Conference. One of the largest conferences of its type in the state, the event was organized by The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), a...

Building project raises concerns over climate neutrality, campus transparency

Michael Guzzi and Jason Whiteley are lead consultants for information on the new Siskiyou Hall building project. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

March 12, 2018

The science building behind Meriam Library, Siskiyou Hall, has a replacement three times its size coming soon. And after students recently expressed concerns about what this new building means for the campus’ future, as well as the university’s commitment to sustainability, administrators have begun re...

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