The Orion

Bottle ban should follow bag ban

Kevin Crittenden

April 28, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

A city-wide plastic bag ban will soon be put into effect. Local shoppers will have to alter their habits slightly, or pay a small fee per bag.If this town is serious about being sustainable, such a miniscule shift in consumer habits shouldn’t be too difficult to manage.The next step in disrupting the cyc...

Fish feces fuel sustainable food business

Fish feces fuel sustainable food business

Christine Lee

March 11, 2014


Filed under News

Two Chico State graduates are starting a sustainable food business using a combination of fish feces and age-old agricultural techniques. Zi Kuang and Kirill Obraztsov, two friends who graduated from Chico State with masters degrees in business administration, are using a production method called aquaponics to grow ve...

Campus wins state energy competition

Campus wins state energy competition

Yessenia Funes

March 10, 2014


Filed under News

Chico State's Shasta and Lassen Halls competed in this year's Campus Conservation Nationals and beat other 16 California campuses. The two residence halls reduced their energy by over 23 percent from a two-week baseline, said Fletcher Alexander, the campus sustainability coordinator. No other c...

Sophomore shines at sustainability conference

Sophomore shines at sustainability conference

Yessenia Funes

March 9, 2014


Filed under Features

As students lined up to register for this year's sustainability conference in Bell Memorial Union, they may have noticed Sheridan Ex, a sophomore recreation major, whizzing around in a royal blue top, clipboard in hand. Though she coordinated the conference with two other students, Ex led the pack. She is incredibly motivated and organ...

Agriculture not green enough, experts say

Agriculture not green enough, experts say

Yessenia Funes

March 7, 2014


Filed under News

Anya Fernald, CEO and founder of Belcampo, believes aspiring farmers should go big rather than small. Belcampo is an California-based agricultural company that handles meat the old-fashioned way but on a larger-than-usual scale—20,000 acres to be exact.While Belcampo is small compared to huge monocultural industrial farms,...

Workshop engages sustainable minds

Workshop engages sustainable minds

Yessenia Funes

March 6, 2014


Filed under News

The Campus Sustainability Committee has high aims for 2020.The committee showcased its long-term campus-wide plan to improve sustainability and garnered student feedback at the This Way to Sustainability Conference Thursday in the Bell Memorial Union. Students split into five groups and provide...

University ignores students’ voices

February 12, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

It is said that change starts with one person, but that rarely seems to be the case. This semester, students in a geography class are working toward change on campus. Students in the Environmental Thought in Action course are currently trying to get a new advisory measure on the Associated Students...

Agricultural organization offers organic vegetables

Agricultural organization offers organic vegetables

Gary Nelson

February 11, 2014


Filed under Features

The University Farm is opening a new market on Friday with the Organic Vegetable Project. The Organic Vegetable Project is a grant-funded, research-based and student-run project that started in the spring of 2008. The project was spearheaded by Associated Students Sustainability and Lee Altier, professor of horticulture and director of the...

Student activists seek oil divestment

Student activists seek oil divestment

Eric Mccauley

February 9, 2014


Filed under News

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 ...

Campus awarded sustainability gold

Campus awarded sustainability gold

Nicholas Carr

December 20, 2013


Filed under News

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 progres...

Campus summit looks for fresh, green ideas

Nathan Lehmann

October 25, 2013


Filed under News

The scene was 'go green' yesterday at the Bell Memorial Union as people filled the auditorium for an annual environmental summit hosted by the university's sustainability-focused communities.Every year, Campus Sustainability Day aims to promote the environmentally friendly efforts that are being a...

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