CSU, Chico News

Registration Open for CSU, Chico’s This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII

Date: 02-06-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
Joe Wills, director
Public Affairs

The This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII will be held March 7–8 in the Bell Memorial Union at California State University, Chico. This two-day event is the nation’s largest student-run sustainability conference, hosting more than 100 speakers and 1,400 participants to explore approaches to creating a sustainable society.

This year’s keynote speakers are Shalini Kantayya, a Brooklyn, N.Y., -based filmmaker and eco-activist, and Chris Jordan, an internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist from Seattle. Kantayya will speak on Thursday, March 7, after a showing of her short film, “A Drop of Life,” which examines the mounting worldwide water crisis. Jordan, who will speak Friday, March 8, will present and discuss his work on Midway, a remote cluster of islands more than 2,000 miles from the nearest continent, where he experienced a startling metaphor for the detrimental effects of mass consumption.

Thursday’s schedule also includes a presentation by featured speaker Heather Cooley, who as co-director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program oversees and conducts research on water issues such as the connections between water and energy, sustainable water use and management, and the hydrologic impacts of climate change.

Other presentations focus on sustainable solutions in the areas of business and economy, education, energy and water, food and agriculture, lifestyle and more. Sessions are designed for beginners as well as those with advanced knowledge.

A complete schedule of the conference, including times for the keynote speeches and registration information, can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/conference. Registration for the event is open until March 1.

The This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII is hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Development and Associated Students at CSU, Chico with the generous support of community sponsors, including The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., CashUSA.net, Lundberg Family Farms, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, Oxford Suites Chico, YouTube Downloader and in-kind donors, Brooklyn Bridge Bagels, Chili’s, Honest Tea, Knudsen Juices and Raw Indulgence Ltd.

For more information, call the Institute for Sustainable Development at 530-898-3333.