The Orion

AS Sustainability hosts Clothing Swap Extravaganza

Students gathered in Bell Memorial Union on Dec. 8 to trade clothes with each other. Photo credit: Taylor Sinclair

Taylor Sinclair

December 14, 2014

Chico State's Associated Students Sustainability hosted its first Clothing Swap Extravaganza on Dec. 8. At the event students could pick out new clothes that were donated by other students while watching the movie "Elf" and munching on holiday treats. Sarah Anderson, a junior sociology major and marketing intern...

Sustainability Day held on campus

Kaitlin Haley, Team Manager at PowerSave Campus at the Campus Sustainability Day event held at Colusa Hall. Photo credit: Jovanna Garcia

Jovanna Garcia

October 23, 2014

Students setup booths Wednesday morning at Colusa Hall in celebration of the campus's 12th Annual Campus Sustainability Day.Celebrated across the U.S., this year's theme is Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community."This event is a cool way for students to learn about all of these opportunities t...

Environmental groups lack diversity

Kaitlin Haley, A.S. Commissioner of Environmental Affairs. Orion File Photo.

Yessenia Funes

May 13, 2014

Natalie Calcutta, a graduating Chico State sociology major, was the only non-white voting board member of the Associated Students Environmental Affairs Council this year. "I don't think it ever really clicked with me being the only non-white person there," she said. The A.S. Environmental Affai...

Groundskeeper impacts sustainability program

Luisa Garza expresses her love for nature as she poses beside a colorful, blossoming plant. Photo credit: Dominique Diaz

Dominique Diaz

May 11, 2014

An activist and lead groundskeeper has been involved in politics, local projects and is one of the main people responsible for the annual Diversion Excursion on campus. Luisa Garza started the Diversion Excursion program 14 years ago. The program has allowed students to donate and recycle items, which has re...

Bottle ban should follow bag ban

Kevin Crittenden

April 28, 2014

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

Zi Kuang, a business administration alumni, pulls a head of lettuce from an aquaponic grow bed. Photo credit: Christine Lee

Christine Lee

March 11, 2014

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

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

Sheridan Ex poses with her raffle prize from the This Way to Sustainability Conference. Photo credit: Shannon Miller

Yessenia Funes

March 9, 2014

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

Anya Fernald, the CEO and founder of Belcampo, a California-based meat company, talks the future of sustainable agriculture. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

March 7, 2014

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

Michael Alonzo, the Facilities Management and Services' supervisor of grounds and landscape services, explains water conservation plans as Marie Patterson, the department's assistant manager of utilities and sustainability, writes down students' ideas. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

March 6, 2014

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

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...

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