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Contaminated water a residual effect of Camp Fire

Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Julian Mendoza

November 3, 2019

One year after the Camp Fire, residents in Paradise have been using bottled water as their main source of water since water quality has plummeted from pollutants. “One of the problems that happened when the fire came through is that it created compounds in the lines themselves that have now rende...

Sunrise Movement protests at Meriam Library

Sunrise Movement protesters gather in the Meriam Library breezeway Thursday. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza

September 28, 2019

Students protested Thursday outside Meriam Library - using buckets as drums, smoke masks and their voices - to raise awareness about climate change.Starting at around Noon, students from the Sunrise Movement gathered around the south side of Meriam Library underneath the second floor, setting up pos...

Hundreds join global Climate Strike in downtown Chico

Many students, from various grades, came to the event to participate in the strike. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Julian Mendoza and Carolyn Allen

September 23, 2019

Students of all ages and community members gathered for the Chico Climate Strike where they demanded a change in legislation and encouraged others to take action in the fight again our changing climate. Chico is one of many cities across over 150 countries participating in the climate strike. “Today is the first day of the ...

Chico 2037 shares a much different future than most are considering

Demondra Martin adds her idea to include in a resolution to the university on acting on climate change. Martin wrote that scooters and bikes need to be available for rent, and cheaply Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

December 11, 2018

Students of Mark Stemen’s Community Service and Geography class shared stories, Dec. 5, written from the perspective of students living in a much warmer and very different future from what we now face, during a Community Action Planning (CAP), organized by the First-Year Experience Program. With ...

Chico State plans a quick fix for the university’s parking problem

The parking lot across from the Wildcat Recreation Center is full of cars on a Tuesday afternoon. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Amelia Storm

October 8, 2018

Parking has never been easy for Chico State students, but, thanks to new developments, temporary lots may be coming soon.The university has slowly been acquiring land after the publication of Chico State’s master plan, which outlines ideas for expansion. This plan calls for the acquisition of the Co...

‘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...

Butte Hall banners call for divestment

Butte Hall banners call for divestment

Yessenia Funes

April 3, 2014

Orange squares were scattered around Butte Hall Thursday afternoon, leading students to six banners hanging from the building outside.Together, the banners read "DIVEST."Professor Mark Stemen's Environmental Thought and Action class put together the demonstration as part of a campaign to get the university to divest ...

Fire marshal report reprimands Butte Hall

Mark Stemen, associate professor in the geography and planning department, discuss the fire safety issues in Butte Hall. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

April 1, 2014

Butte Hall's corridors now stand naked as departments have been instructed to remove bulletin boards, recycling bins and seating from outside their offices. State Fire Marshal Carol Jordan inspected the building in December and reported several fire code violations in February.The report required the removal of tea kettles, microwaves, ...

Student activists seek oil divestment

Kaitlin Haley, A.S. Commissioner of Environmental Affairs, discusses the importance of sustainable investments. Orion File Photo.

Eric Mccauley

February 9, 2014

Members of a student activism course are working with Associated Students to draft a ballot measure that would urge the university to release all stock holdings in fossil fuel companies. Each year, students in the Environmental Thought in Action course work to place an advisory measure on the A.S. spring election ...

Chico State rated ‘green’ by Princeton

Nicholas Carr
Crissy Geiger volunteers in the University Farm’s organic garden. Many of the crops produced here will make their way into the menu served by A.S. Dining Services and University Housing.

Bill Hall

September 7, 2013

Farm-to-table lunches. Alternative transportation programs. Composting and recycling. Student resident hall competitions to reduce energy use. These are just a few of the programs that Chico State engages in while traveling the long path to a sustainable campus. For the second year in a row,...

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