Member of The American Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) released The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and "Lands-on" Experiences for Students and Butte College is featured along with 84 other colleges across the nation.
The guide highlights how colleges and universities play a dynamic role protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces--including on-campus landscapes and natural areas, as well as distant campus-owned lands. It explores how such green places--dedicated to "The Wild"--also can benefit students, faculty, and staff with leadership opportunities, hands-on learning, energy savings, water conservation, and much more. Butte College is showcased on page 55.
The guide highlights 85 higher education institutions, representing all 50 states including the District of Columbia, and showcases a variety of habitat-related projects from diverse regions across the U.S. Efforts include a campus building that is home to nesting peregrine falcons, a controlled burn to restore prairie land, a no net loss of forest canopy policy that requires tree plantings when any tree is removed, forest surveys to measure carbon sequestration capacity, and campus gardens that not only provide food for the dining hall, but provide hands-on learning for students and homes for local wildlife.
More than half of the 4,600 schools in the U.S. have participated in Campus Ecology projects that have created wildlife habitat, increased biodiversity and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Campuses are "perfect environments for nurturing wildlife while providing outdoor, living laboratories for students," says Courtney Cochran, coauthor of the guide and NWF's Campus Ecology senior coordinator.
Download the entire guide here.
Read page 55 that has the Butte College article here.
What is a Green Map you ask? A “Green Map” helps locals and visitors to live sustainably. It's a free, online, interactive resource designed to highlight sustainable businesses, social services, art and cultural opportunities, as well as point out all the wonderful environmental resources available in a community.
The Butte College Green Map, researched and developed by MESA students with support from the Student Success Department, is now open to the public. The Chico Green Map was developed and researched by the "Introduction to Sustainability" English 119 students. Please feel free to suggest sites and offer feedback:
Those of us at Butte College are committed to maintaining our national leadership in sustainability. As part of this effort we've made "Modeling Sustainability" one of the five initiatives in our Strategic Plan, signed the Talloires Declaration and the President's Climate Commitment, established a Board Policy on sustainability, and become active members in a variety of sustainability-oriented organizations to include the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
Our focus on sustainability is reflected in our curriculum, in our facilities and operations, and in our student activities. We've established a broad-based sustainability steering committee to oversee the program and to ensure that our efforts are coordinated.