Jan 20, 2016 2:48 PM by David McVicker
Chico State student contractors traded in their green thumbs for bronze medallions, and tools for trophies, after they placed third in the National Outstanding Student Chapter Competition held by Associated General Contractors of America.
The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is an honor presented to groups of students who undertake projects that are geared towards improvement throughout the community. The outreach, organizers said, is meant to exemplify the tenets of skill, integrity and responsibility Associated General Contractors of America encompasses.
Student organizations are critiqued based on the portfolio of projects and community outreach they present. Chico State had five projects in all.
One of the group’s high profile projects was that Blitz Plant, where students designed and executed planting 32 native species trees in areas of need around the city of Chico.
The chapter also participated in The U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day of Service, repainting the exterior of 10 portable classrooms at a local elementary school.
The bronze victory marks the sixth time since 2009 that Chico State students placed in the top three of the National Outstanding Student Chapter Competition. The chapter has won first prize three times total, most recently in December 2014 for its Blitz Build project.