By Dan Shapley
The California State University at Chico, a 16,250-student campus about 90 miles north of Sacramento, has won the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Chill Out contest. The innovative campus has invested in certified green buildings, signed the American College and University President Climate Commitment, and fostered a number of student initiatives - from funding sustainability projects with a student fee to installing energy-saving software on computers. The best part of this contest: It's viral. The National Wildlife Federation will highlight the best energy efficiency, alternative transportation, habitat restoration and clean energy projects it discovered during a Webcast
April 18. With 4,100 colleges and universities, and more than 15 million students, the nation's institutions of higher learning can be incubators for the solutions to global warming.