A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Feb 14, 2008 Volume 38 / Number 4


Up Front

David Chameides: “Chasing Sustainability”

The Institute for Sustainable Development and the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics are co-hosting David Chameides, an award-winning director and cameraman, as well as a freelance journalist who writes about alternative fuels. He will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Performing Arts Center 134 at 7:30 pm.

“Chameides presents an argument in favor of practicing conservation in the broader ambition of living a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Andrew Flescher, Religious Studies, who is helping coordinate Chameides’ visit. “His talk begins with a now-famous Cal Tech study from 1999 in which scientists determined how much energy the inhabitants of the earth used compared to how much we will eventually need.”

David Chameides has won two Emmys, one for his work on the television show E.R. He is now using his connections in the film industry to get the word out about living a more sustainable lifestyle.

GIC Receives Levee Mapping Grant

The Geographical Information Center (GIC) has received approximately $200,000 to assist the California Department of Water Resources Delta Risk Management Strategy in providing more precise mapping information related to Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta levee projects.

“DWR recently flew new aerial photographs and collected highly accurate LIDAR (light detection and ranging) digital elevation data,” said Chuck Nelson, director of GIC. “Our role will be to compile this digital information into usable data sets.”

Jason Schwenkler, GIC, is the project manager. Eric Fintel, GIC, will be the GIS analyst and will be doing most of the daily work on the project.

“DWR has been a strong supporter of the GIC over the years,” said Nelson. “We started out doing simple mapping tasks. However, this association has grown, so they now call on us for our GIS skills.”