Campus awarded sustainability gold

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Chico State has been awarded the second-highest sustainability rating offered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

The university received a “gold” rating under the association’s self-reporting system, which has given higher education institutions a way to measure performance and progress since 2010, according to a Chico State press release.

“This represents the first completed campuswide assessment of sustainability programs, policies and practices in the University’s history,” said Fletcher Alexander, sustainability coordinator for the University’s Institute for Sustainable Development, in the release.

“The report is the culmination of years of cross-campus collaborative efforts by students, faculty, staff and administration,” Alexander said. “We are extremely proud of this achievement.”

The university scored a total 67.26 points, with 65 required for the gold rating, in categories including Education and Research; Operations; Planning, Administration and Engagement; and Innovation, according to the release.

The next and highest level offered by the system is “platinum,” with a required minimum of 85 points.

The campus received the best possible scores in Co-Curricular Education and Innovation, according to the report. The lowest proportional score was in Energy, with .06 of 7 possible points awarded for clean and renewable energy.

The full report can be viewed here.

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