Butte College has been named the Grand Prize Winner in the National Wildlife Federation's Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming nationwide competition. This prestigious award was given to Butte College for its comprehensive campus climate action plan. Butte College boasts a broad array of comprehensive global warming pollution reduction initiatives, including plans for a Sustainability Studies certificate and degree program.
The college is a designated 928 acre wildlife refuge and has long been committed to sustainability. Students at Butte College have been instrumental in its environmental successes as well, including the "green design" café, classroom recycling, and creek habitat restoration. The Associated Students funded a Sustainability Resource Center with books, journals, magazines, and staff.
Butte College is on track to be carbon neutral by 2015 and is employing energy efficiency measures in all campus facilities, as well as a Green Building certificate program for five new buildings to achieve this goal. From 2002 to 2006, Butte College has already decreased its electricity and natural gas use by 33 percent. Butte College recycles 75 percent of its waste stream and also runs the largest community college transportation system in California, keeping 1,000 cars off the road daily.