CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico to Celebrate Earth Day with Events Encouraging Environmental Awareness

Date: 04-19-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant

Public Affairs


Fletcher Alexander

Institute for Sustainable Development


The Institute for Sustainable Development, in coordination with Facilities Management and Services and the Associated Students Sustainability Program, is sponsoring a four-part schedule of Earth Day events Monday, April 22, at California State University, Chico. The day includes an outdoor Earth Day Extravaganza, two film screenings — “Thin Ice” and “In Organic We Trust” — and a panel discussion called “Whose Business is Sustainability?”

Earth Day on the CSU, Chico campus is designed to promote environmental awareness and global thinking while engaging the campus community in open-ended discussion and connecting students with resources for local action. All events are free and open to the public, though space may be limited. Light refreshments will be served at the film screenings and panel discussion.

The Earth Day Extravaganza will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Commons. This event strives to raise awareness on critical environmental issues, encourage student involvement and celebrate the planet’s natural beauty. Net Impact is partnering with campus organizations and community businesses to offer fun and sustainable activities, including a Take the Stairs Campaign, a barbecue, bubble making, an “I promise” mural, face painting, Frisbee and more.

From noon to 2 p.m., the film “Thin Ice” will be screened in Colusa Hall Room 100 A/B. The film chronicles geologist Simon Lamb as he follows scientists at work around the world, illustrating an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate.

The panel discussion “Whose Business is Sustainability?” is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Colusa Hall Room 100 A/B. Coordinated by Phi Chi Theta, this discussion will illustrate the benefits of choosing a career in the sustainability industry and highlight the growth of sustainability in all industries. Participating business professionals include Andy Keller, founder and president of Chico Bag; Danielle Cresswell, sustainability director of Klean Kanteen; Tim Schultz, vice president of Lundberg Farms; and Jessica McGraw, branch manager at Meek’s Lumber.

The film “In Organic We Trust” will be shown from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., also in Colusa Hall Room 100 A/B. This documentary answers commonly asked questions about organic food and explores the truth behind marketing through conversations with farmers, organic certifiers, scientists and organic critics. It takes a balanced approach to clear up misconceptions about organic food while highlighting practical solutions that are transforming the way we grow and eat food.

For more information on Earth Day at CSU, Chico or other upcoming sustainability events, visit www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/events or call 530-898-3333.