Conference aims to grow green schools

Butte College‘s vast solar array is probably the most visible sign of the campus’ commitment to sustainable practices, but the project is just one of its many environmental efforts.

The campus, which is located on a wildlife refuge, has made many strides in its sustainable practices in recent years. In addition to generating about a quarter of its electricity from the solar array, the college diverts between 75 percent and 93 percent of its waste from the landfill each year.

On Aug. 3 and 4, the college is hosting a sustainability conference at its main campus in Oroville. The event is designed for professionals in the areas of construction and education, and will focus on sustainable construction for public schools—both K-12 and higher education.

Butte College is home to several sustainable buildings, and has sustainability courses in many disciplines, such as agriculture, the environment, horticulture, science, geography and sociology.

State and regional experts in architecture, building design and construction will discuss strategies for creating environmentally friendly campuses. Additionally, representatives from the campus, along with city and county officials, will highlight several programs and partnerships.

For more information or to register for the event go online at