CSU, Chico News

Grossman Family Contributes $5,000 to SAGE for Environmental Stewardship Prizes

Date: 12-11-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Curtis DeBerg
College of Business

Katie Gonser and her husband, Ken Grossman, co-founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, today announced sponsorship of the SAGE Award for Environmental Stewardship. This award was made to the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) program at California State University, Chico, to be distributed to high school students who display the most creativity, innovation and effectiveness at launching environmental ventures.

With these funds, the Grossmans hope to encourage high school SAGE teams to create ventures that are environmentally sound and sustainable and to develop the next generation of environmental leaders.

SAGE is a global program initiated by Curtis DeBerg, business professor at CSU, Chico. The program links high school students to mentors from local universities and businesses. Its purpose is to advance global entrepreneurship in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

“We are extremely grateful to Katie Gonser and Ken Grossman for their leadership in sponsoring this award,” said DeBerg. “This will give an exciting and important new focus to SAGE, while helping young students locally and globally.”

The awards will be distributed to high schools in spring 2008, when they compete in regional, state and country SAGE competitions. A total of $500 will be awarded to the best three environmental ventures completed by California high school SAGE teams at the California SAGE tournament in April, and $1,000 will be awarded to the best three ventures at the USA SAGE tournament in May. The best three environmental ventures completed by high schools competing in the Sixth SAGE World Cup in Abuja, Nigeria, in July 2008, will be awarded prize money of $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively.

DeBerg sees the SAGE Award for Environmental Stewardship as aligned with the University’s strategic priorities. “The sixth priority says that we will create environmentally literate citizens, who embrace sustainability as a way of living,” said DeBerg. “With university students working hand-in-hand with high school students to create sustainable ventures, our youth have a direct say in what their futures hold. Their individual and collective actions truly have environmental and economic impact.”

The award will be made annually for each of the next three years, with future funding to be determined after that time period.

For more information contact Dr. Curtis DeBerg, California State University, Chico, SAGE, 530-898-4824, cdeberg@sageglobal.org, skype id: cdeberg.