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17 amazing green college campuses

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Feb. 24, 2015, 1:18 p.m.
California State University, Chico

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California State University, Chico

Packed with local and sustainable food in its cafeterias and restaurants, this California school has been praised for having one of the greenest college food systems in the country. Student-run organizations manage nearly 2,000 recycling bins on campus and collect more than 600,000 pounds of recyclables each year. In 2014, a campus program diverted 17 tons of trash from landfills when students moved out of residence halls. The items were recycled or donated to local charities. That's a new record for the program, which has been in existence for 14 years. The campus has more than 200 sustainability-related courses, a new interdisciplinary minor in sustainability, and more than 15 sustainability-focused student groups. The university is also committed to seeking LEED certification on all new building projects.