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Student Involvement

Student Alliance for Sustainability
Mimi Riley, 895-2497,

SAS is a group of dedicated students devoted to advancing sustainable causes and educating our peers on collaborating in our community and abroad. We accomplish this through various events like Campus Sustainability Day, Earth Day and the Energy Awareness Fair. We also work to connect with national and international sustainability campaigns, i.e. Power Vote and Focus the Nation.

Sustainability Resource Center
The Sustainability Resource Center is a place for students, staff, and faculty to further educate themselves on sustainability issues and become involved in the efforts at Butte College, the community, and beyond. The Center has a small library of books, DVDs, magazines, and other publications related to sustainability. It also provides support to students on writing assignments and presentations relating to sustainability. The Sustainability Resource Center is located in the Swing Space G, Room 101.  Contact information: (530) 879-6143;

Student Events:

  1. Sustainability Ball – Fundraiser planned and put on by Butte College and Chico State students to raise money to attend the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) in Eugene, OR.
  2. Campus Sustainability Day – CSD is a day to showcase the multitude of efforts happening campus-wide and in every department.  Departments participate by setting up booths and exhibits to demonstrate their "best practices" and projects in planning. Read more.
  3. Earth Day – This festival is an annual multi-day event featuring live music, speakers, food, educational booths, vendors, demonstrations and exhibits to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members on environmental and sustainability issues.
  4. Energy Awareness Fair – The Sustainability Resource Center hosts this annual event to educate students about energy use and conservation.  Local and regional energy companies and related businesses & educators are invited out for a 2 day information fair on campus.
  5. Power Vote – “On campuses and in communities nationwide, youth are leading the way in responding to the global climate crisis. Now ‘Power Vote,’ a national non-partisan effort spearheaded by the Energy Action Coalition, seeks to elevate the issue of climate change in the 2008 election by mobilizing one million young ‘climate voters.’ To do this, the Energy Action Coalition and its more than forty partner organizations are organizing young people across the United States to pledge their vote ‘for clean and just energy.’” Power Vote
  6. Powershift – “In the middle of our new administration's first 100 days, Power Shift 09 brought 12,000 young people to Washington to hold our elected officials accountable for rebuilding our economy and reclaiming our future through bold climate and clean energy policy. At Power Shift, we not only delivered our message of change to our elected officials, but we strengthened the climate and clean energy movement by infusing our nation's young leaders with new ideas, skills, connections with each other, and opportunities for employment and action.” Power Shift '09 four students from Butte College were able to attend this historic event. Read the article.
  7. Focus the Nation – Butte has organized FTN events 2 years in a row.  Both years have included community town hall gatherings to learn about and discuss a just and clean energy future.  On campus activities for FTN have included faculty panels and educational movies related to climate change.

The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states, “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”

Students at over a hundred colleges and universities are using the pledge at some level. Graduates who voluntarily signed the pledge have turned down jobs with which they did not feel comfortable and have worked to make changes once on the job. For example, they have promoted recycling at their organization, removed racist language from a training manual, worked for gender parity in high school athletics, and helped to convince an employer to refuse a chemical weapons-related contract.

Friends of the Refuge -
Kelly Wood, 895-2580

The Friends of the Refuge is a student organization that leads educational hikes, building community awareness on the many plant and animal species that inhabit the refuge. We also work to restore the native species habitat on the Butte College Wildlife Refuge, with a specific emphasis on our Boyer Glen picnic area restoration site.

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information 530.895.2511

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