Institute for Sustainable Development
2006 Conference

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Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Speaker Biographies:

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Lance Astrella
Mr. Astrella has been engaged in the private practice of law for 32 years with a primary emphasis in the energy industry. He is the senior partner of Astrella & Rice P.C. based in Denver, Colorado. He is a member of the state bars of California and Colorado. Mr. Astrella’s work in the energy field has included commercial and litigation matters concerning land use and the environment, oil and gas exploration and production, federal leasing, royalty disputes, gas processing and storage, natural gas transportation, power generation and energy trading. Major trials have involved contract and mineral ownership disputes, fraud and unfair trade practices, bid rigging, price manipulation and other antitrust cases. Recently, Mr. Astrella was lead counsel in the California class action antitrust cases involving the 2000-2001 California energy crisis.

Mr. Astrella obtained his Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Economics from California State University, Chico in 1969, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis in 1970 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1973.
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Thor Bailey, third generation born and raised in Chico and have watched Chico transition from a primarily farming community into small urban city. Have 25 Years experience in all phases of biomass renewable energy project development and public policy.
A founder and President of the Ag Biomass Council a small non-profit organization established in 2004. The purpose is to provide education, grass roots practical experience & support public policy regarding use and application of biomass conversion systems based on sound agronomics and environmental mitigation.
Founding member of Green Capital Network LLC (GCN) headquartered in Fresno, Ca. which develops and markets green credits for Sustainable Agriculture Systems that qualify.
Founder & President of Applied Biomass Technology Inc. (ABT) headquartered in Chico. ABT is a management company specializing in development sustainable agriculture projects such as anaerobic digestion, wood gasification, bio-diesel and ethanol.
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Danielle Baker, involved in compost education at Chico State for 5 years working at the Compost Display Area and for RARE (recycling and rubbish exhibit) where we teach kids about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.
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Tom Barrett has developed sustainable programs for the past 30 years. He wrote his Master's Thesis in the early 90s on developing sustainable communities at the local level. Tom has participated in numerous green building projects, energy programs, and planning process.
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Will Bakx is the co-owner of Sonoma Compost LLC in Petaluma and co-founder of the California Organic Recycling Council (CORC). He is also the Founder and Chair of the California Compost Quality Council (CCQC).
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Robert Bateman, President of Roplast, Inc., has worked in the polyethylene film industry since 1976, in Canada, Tennessee and California. Since 1990 he has been President of Roplast Industries Inc, a film and bag manufacturing company, employing 120 in Oroville, California. Roplast focuses on developing packaging that is environmentally responsible.   The company is one of the leading producers of biodegradable/compostable film and bags and has developed blends that incorporate post consumer resin and non petroleum additives.
In the mid 80s, he was President of the National Plastic Bag Association for 2 years and subsequently served on the Executive Committee of the Film and Bag Federation (FBF), its successor organization which is affiliated with the Society of Plastic Industries (SPI). He has been a Director of the California Film and Bag Association (CFECA) since 1995 and was President from 1997 to 1999.   From 1998-2000 he served on the Steering Committee of the EPA’s study of Flexographic Ink Options and on the Steering Committee of the Coastal Commission’s Ocean Debris project in 2005-2006.
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Beta Theta Kappa, the Butte College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, is an international award winning organization dedicated to promoting scholarship, leadership, and service in our community. As part of our commitment to Sustainability, we organize and implement many events throughout the year to promote environmental awareness and action. This year, Beta Theta Kappa is ranked as the 6th chapter in the world out of over 1200 chapters based on service to the community, including work for the environment.
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Genevieve Bertone has worked with Sustainable Works, which is housed at Santa Monica College's Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, in a variety of different capacities over the past five years. As part of her Masters degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, she recently facilitated a comprehensive environmental audit of the College. Genevieve is Vice-Chair of the City of Santa Monica's Sustainable City Task Force, a member of UCLA's Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability, and the Solar Santa Monica Advisory Board.
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Bret Bosma is a graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Alternative Energy. He has been with the Chico Green Campus program for three years and has been behind all the large successes of the program.
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Jillian Buckholz is the first sustainability coordinator to be hired at California State University, Chico. Jillian serves as the sustainability link between CSU, Chico students and the university's faculty, staff, and administration. Should students approach her with an idea for a project for improving campus sustainability, she will connect these students with the appropriate campus people to help bring their ideas to fruition. Sustainability has been her primary interest for quite some time. Jillian grew up in Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with an environmental geography degree in 2002. Before beginning as CSU, Chico's sustainability coordinator she worked in the geography department office, acted as the assistant director of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, and served as the assistant director of environmental programs for the Bidwell Environmental Institute at Chico State. She received her master's degree in geography from CSU, Chico in 2005.
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Eileen Burke-Trent, an annual speaker at the CSU, Chico Sustainability Conference, and a long-time community, small farms, and environmental activist, Eileen also encourages individuals, businesses, and municipalities to invest in ways that enrich the lives of citizens, employees, and business owners alike; increases employee retention; and promotes practices that help improve neighborhood and community services through tax-free, municipal bond funding.
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Rex Burress, best known locally for his columns in Chico's ER ("Natural Wonders") and Oroville's Mercury-Register ("River Watcher"), Rex Burress is a renowned naturalist, acclaimed artist, and talented essayist with a lifetime of stories to tell, in words and in pictures. His credits as a visual artist include a 1995 Winner of the California Fish and Game Habitat Stamp juried show, and Best of Show at many art fairs. Burress is also a master photographer and nature guide.
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Justine Burt works for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) with a current assignment at NASA Ames Research Center as the Manager of Pollution Prevention, Sustainability and Environmental Management Systems. From 2000 until 2005, she was the program manager for the StopWaste Partnership, supporting StopWaste.org in Alameda County. Ms. Burt has 17 years experience in the environmental field, a B.A. in Economics from Lafayette College and a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.
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Torrey Byles is an economist and business consultant assisting investment groups, managers and non-profit enterprises in strategy, finance, business development and marketing communications. He has 20 years in the information technology sector, and five years in sustainable industries. He is Chairman of the non-profit THRIVE, The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy which is dedicated to local economic development. Torrey has worked with scores of start-up technology companies in Silicon Valley and around the world. He has conducted a wide range of studies on the effects of information systems on supply chains, industry structure, and enterprise performance.
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John Carlon is the president of River Partners and the owner operator of Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm.  John received his MS in Agriculture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a BS in Horticulture and Agronomy from CSU, Chico.  He managed an 8,000 acre wheat farm for 5 years in Saudi Arabia and worked briefly at an agricultural college in Khartoum Sudan.  Returning to the states he purchased his farm, planted blueberries and certified the land as organic in 1988.  As president of River Partners, John is involved in large-scale riparian restoration projects and works to integrate natural resource conservation with agriculture.
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Tom Carter is Staff Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety for the Portland Cement Association. He has served in PCA's Washington, D.C. office since early 1997. His focus is on policy issues of concern to the U.S. Portland Cement industry, such as air quality, climate change, and sustainability.
Mr. Carter earned both Bachelor of Science and law degrees from the University of North Carolina. While in law school, he founded an independent record label and entertainment management company. The highlight of his musical career was a week-long stay in Chico during a nationwide tour. In the environmental field he has worked for a think-tank, a consulting firm, and an association: three entities that baffle people in the real world outside of Washington.
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The Cause is a student run organization focused on the exploration of tangible sustainability through conscious lifestyle changes and community engagement. We have been living a low impact lifestyle in our home on fourth avenue for over a year now and have branched out to many households and community organizations.
Africana Peace Project is the vision of Rochelle after spending a year in Ghana through study abroad. She spent the majority of her time dancing with this group of highly skilled energetic Ghanains. Their connection grew to that of family, and Rochelle has now dedicated her efforts towards helping them buy their own property to open up a sustainable village of dance on the coast of Ghana. Rochelle is currently in Ghana filming a documentary to share with the world after a tremendous support effort from Chico locals towards her cause.
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CEERT is a nonprofit public-benefit organization founded as Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) in Sacramento, California. Our team of professional staff, board members, and affiliates is comprised of scientists, environmentalists, public interest advocates and innovative energy technology companies working to promote sustainable resources and nonpolluting technologies to meet the world's integral appetite for energy. Our work is organized into discreet policy advocacy projects focused on renewable energy development issues.
We were founded in 1990 originally to pool the combined resources of key public interest and environmental groups together with new energy technology private sector companies to jointly approach the California Public Utilities Commission for consensus policies to encourage greater utilization of renewable resources for utility electricity supplies. We have since expanded our activities before the full spectrum of federal, state, regional and local energy decision agencies and built our capacity to provide technical and policymaking assistance regarding cost effective, less polluting, and climate-friendly non-fossil fuel resources and technologies.
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The purpose of the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP) is to serve the nutrition, fitness, and health education needs of the CSUC service region residents and to promote substantial contact with service region communities. The Center promotes collaborative multi-disciplinary research among CSUC faculty and provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student pre-professional practice, service learning, and research. CNAP supports the academic mission and strategic plan of CSUC by serving as an educational resource and coordinating with departments to help strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration for student service learning and pre-professional practice opportunities.
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Dr. Jacque Chase's work in Brazil has focused on reproductive rights and the fertility decline in that country. She is currently the Department Chair of the Department of Geography and Planning at CSU, Chico.
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Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's primary mission is to produce the finest quality beers and ales. We believe this mission can be accomplished without compromising its role as a good corporate citizen and environmental steward. Founded in Chico in 1980, Sierra Nevada applies resource conservation and reusing/recycling raw materials as guiding operating principles. While Sierra Nevada has grown to over 300 employees with state-of-the-art brewing and processing equipment, founder/owner Ken Grossman continues to operate the brewery in as ecologically clean and efficient a manner as possible.
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Steve Cook is a highly regarded Chico singer-songwriter. The Steve Cook band plays to huge crowds. Steve also plays guitar and sings with the famous Spark and Cinder and other established Chico Bands. His CD, Deep Waters is a gem.
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Kristin Cooper Carter, CSDP, MA, a graduate from CSU, Chico in Program Administration and Evaluation, has recently been hired to direct the newly proposed Concrete Industry Management Program for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management at CSU, Chico. Cooper Carter is the Director of the College's Office of Environmental Programs and has been a project director on several environmental projects on and off campus for over 10 years. These projects include, faculty research studies, feasibility studies and land management. Carter oversees biological resource analysis, assists in developing mitigation strategies and recommendations for offsetting project effects on natural resources. She also prepares environmental documents and permits for all of the aforementioned projects. Her main area of focus is sustainability in the built environment. Over the last few years she has been awarded over $12 million dollars in grant funding in support of her work. In 2004 she was given the Outstanding Project Director of the year award by the CSU.
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Greg Cootsona is Associate Pastor at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology and the Philosophy of Religion from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley and an M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary specializing in New Testament Studies. He is author of Creation and Last Things: At the Intersection of Theology and Science.
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Julie Danan is Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Chico and a Lecturer in Religious Studies and Modern Jewish Studies at CSU, Chico. She did undergraduate study in Jewish Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and received her degree from Tel Aviv University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Hebrew Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of The Jewish Parents' Almanac.
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Elizabeth Devereaux has been an architectural glass artist for 38 years creating art glass for churches and public art projects. Elizabeth is also an activist and has been involved in the non-proliferation treaty for nuclear weapons 1979-81, Chico General Plan Task Force member, 1991-1994, and currently the Chico Sustainability Group (CSG) which she is an organizer.
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Jessee Dizard is an Anthropologist who has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Before coming to CSU, Chico, Dr. Dizard was Research Director for the Division of Subsistence at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Headquarters.
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David Eaton, PhD, UC Berkeley (2001); MPH, UC Los Angeles (1991).
My interests include medical anthropology, anthropologies of the sciences, critical theory, and narrative and performance. My research has focused on health, governance, and human ecologies in francophone equatorial Africa (especially the two republics of Congo; also Cameroon and Rwanda) and in Kiswahili-speaking east Africa (especially Tanzania and Kenya), and includes work on HIV and AIDS in several countries.
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Evan W.R. Edgar is a consultant and lobbyist and has more than twenty years of experience in solid waste management, recycling, composting and renewable energy issues. Mr. Edgar was co-founder of the California Compost Quality Council and the California Compost Coalition, a statewide compost market development project and Lobbying Coalition, respectively.
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Philip Evans has managed the award-winning grounds of San Francisco State University for 20 years and has supported innovative solutions for sustainable practices throughout the campus. In recent years he has planned and implemented a far-reaching campus accessibility program, leading projects such as accessible site furniture construction, audible way finding networks, and improved accessible pathways.
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Amie Frisch, a recent graduate of SJSU, guides the Veggielution! SJSU Student Garden Collaborative and is the CSU Coordinator for the CSSC Food Initiative. As a student, Amie worked to bring sustainable food to SJSU and build connections between students, faculty, staff, and the administration to drive further change. Amie has served as Director of the SJSU Environmental Resource Center and she is a co-founder of the SJSU Environmental Club.
Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies
GRUB was inspired by the work of Amie at San Jose State who began gardening on private property due to the universities lack of agricultural space. Her presentation at the UCSB Sustainability Conference this past June inspired a group of Chico students to replicate her efforts.
GRUB hopes to unite neighborhoods by facilitating home gardens to provide residents and their surrounding community with environmentally friendly food. We're helping people lessen their ecological footprint by cutting wasteful packaging and fossil fuel consumption out of our food system. As a result we are bridging food production and community.
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Pat Furr, Computers for Classrooms
In 1991 Computers for Classrooms was founded in Chico. CFC is dedicated to refurbish surplus computers for reuse in schools, non-profits and low-income families.
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Bob Garner is a writer and an artist. His prose and poetry have been published in The Painted Hills Review, California Quarterly, Watershed, and elsewhere. He paints very small watercolors and does pen-and-ink figurative gesture drawings. Attracted by the general 'kindness' of its people and the beauty of the green, Bob came to Chico in 1987 and graduated magna cum laude in art from CSU, Chico in 1992.
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Alan Gair is a British, retired CEO of one of Europe's largest marketing and advertising agencies. Since my American wife and son moved here 12 years ago I have used my skills to create and implement local informal community action groups. TreeAction, is one and was responsible for bringing into being Chico's first Tree Ordinance three years ago.
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The Alliance to Save Energy’s Chico Green Campus Program is leading the way towards campus sustainability by bridging the divide between students and institutional energy costs. Through Green Campus, students are working to save energy on campuses by building general campus awareness, incorporating energy conservation and efficiency into course curricula, and implementing projects targeting energy use, student purchasing decisions, and operational changes.
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The Alliance to Save Energy's Humboldt Green Campus Program is funded by the ratepayers of Pacific Gas & Electric. Humboldt State University's Green Campus Program has been working since 2004 to educate the campus community about energy efficiency and conservation, as well as create hard energy savings. They have had success conducting energy audits, energy competitions, and making use of existing classes and class projects to further their mission. A prime example of this is their most recent video "Phantom Hunter."
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Bruce Grelle is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Religion and Public Education Resource Center at CSU, Chico. He teaches a course on "Cross-Cultural Environmental Ethics" and is co-editor of Explorations in Global Ethics: Comparative Religious Ethics and Inter-religious Dialogue (Westview, 1998).
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Jeremiah Grim is one of a group of students from Chico State, Sonoma State and Humbolt State, who met while bicycling down Highway 1 this June en route to a sustainability conference in Santa Barbara. The desire to explore alternative modes of transportation was a motivating factor for all of us to take on this endeavor. The result was the realization that "thinking outside the box" and bicycling are fun and feasible!
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Scott Gruendl, a former Chico Mayor and member of the Chico City Council, works as the Glenn County Health Director where he is responsible for public programs such as Public Health, Environmental Health, Mental Health, and Drug and Alcohol Programs. He leads the Health Services Agency with over 100 employees that deliver well-being programs to over 27,000 north state residents. He has also served on the Chico Planning Commission and has several years experience as an entrepreneur in environmental and land use planning. Scott also serves on the Board of Directors for the Butte County Air Quality Management District and the Butte County Association of Governments. Scott lives in the new urbanism development, the Doe Mill Neighborhood, is twenty-four year resident of Chico and a Chico State alum.
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Amelia Gulling is a graduate from Chico State with a major in English Education. She is director of the Chico Green Campus Program and will be starting her teaching credentials in the Spring.
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Edward C. Hartman, author of "The Population Fix" and a native Californian, has observed the effects of rampant population growth on the nation's most populous state. A new role as a grandfather in 1996 led him to question the underlying causes of the state's falling fortunes and declining quality of life for its citizens and for future generations.
Edward C. Hartman spent 28 years in the telecommunications industry and runs his own financial services business. He lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have two children and four grandchildren.
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Dresden Holden is a senior at CSU, Chico. She wrote her own major entitled Literature, Humanities and the Environment. She is currently working on campus as the Director of the Environmental Action and Resource Center.
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Vinita Huang is currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley, studying urban design and environmental planning with an interest in stormwater management. Her background in landscape architecture has enabled her to work on community development design throughout California, and she is now focusing on water resources development at San Francisco State University.
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Shirley Innecken - Gallaway Consulting Inc. is dedicated to providing efficient, cost-effective environmental consulting and project management services to a wide range of clients including private landowners, the agricultural community, conservation organizations, private industry, and local, state and federal government agencies. By understanding wildlife and wetland policy, planning law and by keeping track of new legislation, GCI ensures that the company offers forward thinking solutions to fulfill our clients needs.
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Jef Inslee moved from Oakland last year to open Cartridge World in Chico.
After years of neighborhood organizing and grassroots political activity, he
and his partner of 16 years decided they needed a change. Jef has been interested in sustainability since before it was called sustainability. In grad school in the early 90s he read Al Gore’s book ‘Earth in the Balance’ as a class requirement. In 2002 he was one of the first homeowners in Oakland to take advantage of a state rebate program to install a solar electricity system on his roof. Jef Inslee and Jeff Lewis have worked on various projects together and as close friends they make an effective and multifaceted business team. Being
responsive and responsible to the community, incorporating sustainability
creatively and effectively, enhancing their employees’ lives as well as
their own, and having a good time while doing it all are values they share.
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Lin Jensen is Senior Buddhist Chaplain at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California and the founder and teacher of the Chico Zen Sangha. A member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, he writes and works on behalf of nonviolence and in defense of the earth. Lin is the author of Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places. His most recent book is Pavement: Reflections on Mercy, Activism, & Doing "Nothing" for Peace. His next book Under One Roof: Taking Up Residence in the Buddha's Household will be released by Wisdom Publications in Fall 2008.
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Robert Jones received his PhD in philosophy from Stanford University in 2005. His current research explores the relationship between nonhuman animal cognition and moral considerability, and the environmental impact of food production.
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Morgan King is a Program Manager for Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), where he serves a number of programs across the State, including the Housing Energy Program, Awareness of Communities about Energy (ACE) Program, the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program, and the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program. Morgan holds a Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences—Environment and Community Program from Humboldt State University. Morgan has had extensive academic and work experience overseas, studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica, working with fish farmers as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, and leading students on Community development projects in Mexico.
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Fred Klammt is principal of WinSol.org specializing in adapting appropriate and leading edge processes and technologies for the built environment.
Over the past 30 years, Mr. Klammt has worked on Corporate Real Estate and Facility Management projects for over 40 Fortune 100 companies including Cisco, Northrop Grumman, Hewlett Packard, Southern Cal Edison, USC, Paramount Studios, and many more.
Fred was one of California’s first Certified Energy Auditor in 1978, and is a Baldrige Certified Quality Auditor for the State of California and Senate Productivity Awards. Fred teaches at California State University at Sacramento and at the University of Applied Science at Kufstein, Austria.
On a personal note, Fred has designed and owner-built three passive solar homes, his current residence being totally off the grid and zero cost.
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LaDona Knigge is an assistant professor in the Geography and Planning Department at CSU, Chico. She completed her dissertation research on community gardens in Buffalo, NY at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2006.
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Madi Krisko has been an active environmentalist on campus and is studying English as well as Environmental Studies. She is also one of the co-founders of Chico for Animal Rights.
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Kathleen Lawrence-Davis grew up watching her mother—an oil painter and museum restorationist—making art. In the late 1980s, she pursued a career in arts administration. Eventually, her joy in creating artwork caused her to come full circle back to painting. Recently, she has been immersed in studying watercolor, oil, and pastels. She is now focusing her energies on practicing her art to help protect and preserve "the cultural, historical, and natural resources of our beautiful state."
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Michae Leitner has been teaching at CSUC since 1981. He is the author of the textbooks "Leisure Enhancement" and "Leisure in Later Life", published by Haworth Press in 2004. Michael has never driven a car to work in all of his years of teaching at Chico State.
Arielle Leitner is a junior at CSU, Chico. As a student at Chico High School, she organized the "Bike for the Future" campaign.
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Margareta Amy Lelea is the Program Coordinator for Gender and Global Issues and Ph.D. Candidate in the Geography Graduate Group at UC Davis with a designated emphasis in feminist theory and research. Based on her work on livelihood strategies in the western borderlands of Romania, she will give a talk entitled “Sustainable for whom?: Eastern European Transformations, Migration and Rural Change”.
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Jeff Lewis, is co-owner of the local Cartridge World franchise in Chico, CA. He was born and raised in Redding, CA. His interest in sustainability
was sparked early on in life through participation in Boy Scouts and
frequent trips to places such as his grandparents' home in McCloud, CA
(located at the base of Mt. Shasta), and his family cabin in Shingletown, CA
(just a few miles from Lassen Volcanic National Park). Excursions into the
great outdoors afforded Jeff the opportunity to revel in nature's beauty and
gain an appreciation for the environment. Although only 26, Jeff has been thinking green for quite some time. He has worked for two land management companies that focus on the employment of sustainable practices and he has a degree in Natural Resource Management from U.C. Berkeley. Jeff recently graduated from CSU, Chico with an MBA and is working to further Chico’s status as a sustainable community through his partnership with Jef Inslee and the opening of Cartridge World.
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Jim Lynch is TechSoup.org’s program director for computer recycling and reuse and has led and coordinated TechSoups’s work in this field over the last several years. TechSoup is a San Francisco based high-tech nonprofit whose mission is to supply very low-cost hardware, software, and know-how to charities around the world. Jim is responsible for developing the Community Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher Program in the 44 countries of the Americas, maintaining TechSoup’s online recycler listings, and he leads efforts to affect U.S. policy in the area of electronics reuse. He also organizes the yearly international computer refurbishers conference - the next one of which will be in Toronto in May 2008.
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Grace Marvin Professor Emeritus CSU, Chico currently is Chair of the Sierra Club, Yahi Group. The club serves five counties, including Butte, with a broad range of serious conservation and fun outings activities. In 2006, the club was instrumental in getting Chico to sign the Mayors’ Agreement on Climate Change, leading to a Sustainability Committee appointed by City Council. The Club is also active (as volunteer time & interest permit) in protecting the environment  by voicing our interest in General Plans, Habitat Conservation Plans, forestry clear-cutting issues, off road highway vehicle use, Bidwell Park, water issues, and development projects that should meet CEQA guidelines. Grace will be retiring next year from the Executive Committee, and is eager to find others who can help her as she concentrates solely on conservation activities. Please review  outings and conservation activities on the club web site at motherlode.sierraclub.org/yahi , or you can call Grace at home at 893-1994 to volunteer.
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Greg Massa and his wife Raquel Krach are former tropical biologists who decided that farming offered unique opportunities for hands-on conservation and social work that was missing from their academic studies. They operate Massa Organics, part of a 4th generation rice farm located along the Sacramento River near Chico. They grow and direct market organic rice in an effort to remove themselves from the unsustainable and unprofitable world of conventional commodity agriculture, while reconnecting their family farm to the local community.
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The Master Food Preserver (MFP) program started in 1980 and continues today with dedicated volunteers who are trained to assist the county Extension staff in providing up-to-date food preservation information to the citizens of El Dorado County. 
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Ben Mattio is one of a group of students from Chico State, Sonoma State and Humbolt State, who met while bicycling down Highway 1 this June en route to a sustainability conference in Santa Barbara. The desire to explore alternative modes of transportation was a motivating factor for all of us to take on this endeavor. The result was the realization that "thinking outside the box" and bicycling are fun and feasible!
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Tracy McDonald, Ph.D. is a Professor of Management at Chico State. She is responsible for the managing for sustainability program in the College of Business. Other accomplishments include organizing the Chico Sustainable Business Network, editing a CSU systemwide monograph on civic engagement and sustainability, guiding students to through the process of being recognized as one of the ten pilot undergraduate chapters of the prestigious Net Impact, and consulting with the tourism industry in Iceland to help promote eco-tourism. Tracy's students have learned how to conduct sustainability audits and have been actively sought after by companies wishing to engage in more sustainable practices.
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Kasey Merrill, President Chico Avenues Neighborhood Association Organizing and encouraging citizen participation in local government decisions related to neighborhood living.  The Chico Avenues Neighborhood Association works to educate and advocate for positive outcomes related to neighborhood planning issues.

Amy Miller’s role as the Sustainability Coordinator supports various areas of the Associated Students, including the dining services, bookstore, student union maintenance and operations, and IT, in their varied sustainability efforts. She also works with colleagues across campus and in the community to address broader issues of sustainability and student involvement.
Her background includes hands-on and management experience in the areas of sustainable agriculture, community organizing, holistic health, and social entrepreneurship, including positions at Stanford University and the City of San Jose. She has ridden her bicycle from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. as part of a fundraising effort for global sustainable development, did a brief stint as a white-water rafting guide on the American River, and spent two summers on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and Vermont as a USFS back country ranger. Miller received a special major B.A. in Environmental Science from Dartmouth College, has a certificate in technical writing from San Jose State, and completed the Master Compost training through the Santa Clara County program
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Mike Miller is the director of Facilities Planning & Management at Butte College.  He has been an instrumental role in completing approximately $41M of construction projects both large and small on our main and Chico campuses.  He is coordinating the efforts on all of these projects to assure they are built in the most economic and energy efficient way.  All the current projects he has managed have been designed and constructed well under Title 24 requirements.  He will also be managing the next two large construction projects on the campus totaling approximately $43M where both buildings will be LEED certified with the possibility of being classified as LEED Silver. Mike also assisted with the design and implementation of our Phase I Solar project that included 900 kw of solar panels and is currently working on Phase II which will bring on approximately 1 Meg of Solar to help off-set the districts forever growing utility costs. He is the co-chair of the Sustainability Committee at Butte College.  Due to his leadership and knowledge, the College just held its first annual sustainability conference to further our efforts on sustainability. Our sustainability conference held August 3-4, 2007 focused on how to build and develop sustainable buildings.

Stephen Miller serves as a Program Director for Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), where he leads sustainability programs in under served markets.  With a master's degree in Business Administration, Stephen previously worked on energy programs for the U.S. Department of Energy and for a Fortune 500 electric and gas utility.
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Todd Mills, network development manager for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), has a BA in global studies with a focus on development and globalization from the University of Michigan. He also studied micro finance, economies of solidarity, and community development in Brazil and helped launch a neighborhood development project in Kampala, Uganda, focused on job creation and community health. Over the course of three years in the development department at Global Exchange, an international human rights organization based in San Francisco, Todd served as membership coordinator, interim major gifts and events coordinator, and assistant to the grants coordinator. In his spare time, Todd enjoys hiking and making furniture from reclaimed wood.

Phaedra LaRocca Morrill is a second-generation manager at LaRocca Vineyards in Forest Ranch.  As a manager, she carries out the company's mission to make the highest quality organic wine, without compromising sustainable ideals as they related to growing and processing the grapes and treating employees in an ethical and fair manner. Phaedra is a true Chico local.  She attended Chico High, moved on to UC-Santa Cruz where she received her B.A. Phaedra returned to Chico to enroll in Chico State's Interdisciplinary Master's Program to study agricultural business.  Currently. she is carrying out her family's tradition at LaRocca Vineyards.
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Fumiko Motohashi is a international student from Japan, studying International Relations with two minors in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Management.
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Kelly Munson has been a Faculty Advisor at Butte College for more than 5 years. At this two year college, she teaches Leadership and Service Learning courses, oversees the Associated Students and the club system as well as campus events. In 2006 she took on the additional roles of Co-Chair of the Campus Sustainability Committee, Advisor of the Student Alliance for Sustainability, and Coordinator of the Sustainability Resource Center at the college. She holds a B.A. in Recreation Administration and a M.Ed. in Organization and Management.

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Laurence (Laurie) Norton was born in London, England and came to America in 1984.  He has been building for over 22 years.  He spent five years as a superintendant of a large Chico subdivision.  He went on to start Norton Construction. He has done everything from custom homes to complicated to remodels, always with a eye to quality. Twelve years ago, he began building energy efficient homes using Advanced Framing technique, emphasizing “green” and “sustainable” building practices.
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Maria Phillips is an artist, art historian and founding partner of Avenue 9 Gallery. Her love of beauty, nature, and community has combined with her documentary bent to help create at the gallery a major plain air painting center in the North State. She believes strongly that art is a major actor in identifying, documenting, and preserving special places. She taught at CSU, Chico and then at Georgia State University.
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Char Prieto has been with CSU, Chico since the fall of 2005. She completed her Ph.D. at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN in 20th Century Spanish Literature. Char organized a panel in the Fall 2006 sustainability conference with some of her students from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Investigating the Role of the Humanities in the Cultural Imperative of Sustainability. As educators we can add the element of sustainability and environmental awareness to our teaching philosophy and to our courses. The emphasis of deep respect for our environment and sustainable ideas to keep our natural surroundings could be reflected in the teaching of any foreign language.
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Valerie Reddemann founded Greenfeet.com in 1997. She has gained local and national exposure for her company by appearing on local television as well as on CNN. Her company’s products have been featured on the Early Show on CBS, SoapTalk, MSNBC.com as well as in publications including Real Simple, House Beautiful, Natural Home and Garden, O the Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Time Magazines.  Valerie is the co-host of the internet radio show “More Hip Than Hippie, a 2 year old podcast that’s all about living green and having fun. Topics range from composting to the ins and outs of pet care. Valerie and her co-host Dori have interviewed such guests as Ed Begley Jr, Danny Seo and Julia Butterfly Hill. The Green Divas of podcasting have been on the BBC and Valerie has written several published articles on living green.
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Mark Reiser has been the owner of Alaska Outdoors since 2000. Alaska Outdoors is an adventure tour company based in Alaska that leads travelers on 7-21 day experiences throughout the state. Mark is a CSU, Chico graduate from the Department of Biological Sciences. He has been in the tourism industry since 1988 and has led thousands of adventure tours since then. Mark is passionate about exposing people to the natural world in an effort to educate them about the importance of respecting our environment. He is committed to incorporating sustainable practices into his business.
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Mimi Riley teaches sociology at Butte College and is a co-chair of the Butte College sustainability steering committee.  She is also the chair of the Butte College sustainability curriculum sub-committee and coordinator of the Clear Creek Project, a sustainability curriculum development project (modeled after Emory University’s Piedmont Project) that assists faculty wanting to infuse sustainability topics into existing courses or to develop new sustainability themed courses.    She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in sociology from U.C. Berkeley, and U.C. San Diego respectively.  After qualifying for PhD candidacy in 1998, she joined the faculty at Butte College where she has been teaching courses in mass media and society, and a social problems course that surveys a variety of unsustainable practices in a global perspective (a class meant to depress anyone).  After experiencing a personal and professional epiphanal moment while attending the AASHE conference in Tempe, AZ last fall,  her personal habits, teaching and scholarship took off into what she calls a ‘life-saving, positive, solutions-oriented direction”.  This fall she is piloting a new course she designed last year called “Our Sustainable Future” which surveys how various institutions, organizations, and individuals around the world are pioneering sustainable solutions for today’s local, regional, and global problems.
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Jessica Rios is a graduate student in Values-Based Business at CSU, Chico and owner of Love Events, a green wedding planning business. She graduated from CSU, Chico in 1998 with a BA in Social Ecology and Personal Ethics, and trained in life coaching and leadership through the world renowned Coaches Training Institute. A lifelong writer, Jessica is a columnist for the Upstate Business Journal and InsideOut magazine, and will soon be writing for the Women’s International Press. She is a leadership and communication coach and lives on the bank of Little Chico Creek with her canine pal, Lusa.
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Jennifer Rotnem has been working as part of the sustainability movement in Chico for 12 years. She currently works on campus as the Director of Environmental Programs for the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Director of the Center for Ecosystem Research for the College of Natural Sciences at CSU, Chico.
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Suellen Rowlison is a local member of the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and will present sustainability issues in its four county area. Areas of concern are conservation of Vernal Pool habitat, Blue Oak woodland, and riparian forests among other habitats.  Members are involved in advocacy at the table of General Plans and Habitat Conservation/Natural Community Conservation Plans. CNPS is dedicated to the Preservation of the California Native Flora which in turn sustains wildlife and their habitats which also benefits people.
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John Ruffo, FAIA, RIBA, is a Partner at WRNS Studio, an architecture and planning firm based in San Francisco. With 30 years of experience, John has been responsible for more than 100 commissions ranging up to $450m in value, and he has developed sustained relationships with the University of California, California State University, and Stanford University. John is on the Board of Directors for the SCUP and he is a Faculty Member with the SCUP Planning Institute.
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Carl Salas is a majority stockholder and President of the firm of Salas O'Brien Engineers, Inc. in San Jose, California. Carl has been evaluating and re-designing existing facility infrastructures and power systems since 1974.
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Daniel Salazar is a graduate in geography at California State University, Chico. His interests include the institutionalization of sustainability with emphasis on greenhouse gas emissions studies. Daniel has assisted in teaching environmental related courses for the last year and recently completed his masters thesis, “Measuring What Matters: A Greenhouse Gas Inventory of California State University, Chico.” Over the summer Daniel worked with the City of Fort Bragg where he completed their greenhouse gas inventory and carbon footprint reduction plan.
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Founded in 1953 by Hideo Sasaki, Sasaki Associates is an interdisciplinary firm of over 270 professionals. Since the firm’s inception, ecological issues have been an inherent consideration in our work. Hideo Sasaki believed that ecology and the environment were equally important considerations to be integrated into the entire design process. From his earliest writings as an assistant professor in the 1950s, to his teaching at Harvard University and the creation of Sasaki Associates, Hideo Sasaki applied this approach to all he did.
Today, we are proud to have more than 30 LEED™ accredited professionals representing each of the disciplines of the firm. Our work on such projects as the interior design and green roof design for Manulife Financial’s new headquarters in the Seaport District of Boston, the planning and architectural design of the American University in Cairo’s new campus located in the arid climate of New Cairo, and the design of living and learning facilities for colleges and universities throughout the United States, continues to educate, challenge, and inspire us in our pursuit of creating environmentally responsible designs.
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Kif Scheuer is a Project Coordinator for Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), where he focuses on campus sustainability and green building programs. Kif recently completed a PhD in environmental psychology, researching residential green building practices. He also holds a masters of Science in Architecture where he focused on life cycle assessments of green building practices. Prior to graduate school Kif was lead designer and a partner in Resource Revival, a recycled product design firm based in Portland Oregon.
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Irv Schiffman is recently retired from CSU, Chico where he taught Political Science for 35 years. He is the author of Alternative Techniques for Managing Smart Growth (UC Berkeley, Institute of Governmental Studies) and presently serves as board chair of the riparian restoration organization, River Partners. He is a former chair of the City of Chico Planning Commission and of its Architectural Review Board.
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Dick Schneider is an environmental planner, consultant and population analyst. He works with citizens groups to produce growth management plans and strategies for local communities. He is Vice-Chair of the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter and Chair of its population committee, board member of Californians for Population Stabilization and the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, and co-author of "Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards." Dick received his BA in Physiology/Anatomy and MS in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley where he studied the impacts of acid rain on high altitude lakes in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains.
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Aldebra Schroll is CSU, Chico graduate and local family physician with interests in healthy lifestyles, stress management and sustainability and personal health.
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Ann Schwab is Vice-Mayor of the City of Chico and chair of the City’s Sustainability Task Force and Internal Affairs Committee. Her passion for the environment is evident in her activities as member of the Rawlins Endowed Professor Advisory Board, Focus the Nation Steering Committee, former Bidwell Park and Playground Commissioner and past co-chair of the Bidwell Park Centennial Committee. In her role of Program Manager for Community Action Volunteers in Education, Ann creates volunteer partnerships with local environmental organizations and the National Park Service as well as organizing service projects for the First Year Experience Program and Scour and Devour. A graduate of Chico State, Ann has made Chico her home for thirty-two years.
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Steven Sherman, Resource Economist, has 18 years of experience planning and implementing municipal composting and recycling programs. Throughout his 14 years as owner of Applied Compost Consulting, Inc. (which was recently acquired by Environmental Science Associates), he has worked extensively on residential and commercial sector waste reduction, recycling and composting program planning and expansion, including helping to pioneer the implementation of food scraps recovery programs for the City of San Francisco, and later with the City of Berkeley, the City of Oakland, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, San Mateo County, the City of Portland, and elsewhere. Mr. Sherman holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Cornell University, and a B.A. in History from Yale College. 
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The Sierra Club's members are more than 700,000 of your friends and neighbors, with more than 1500 in the Yahi Group alone. The Club is the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the U.S. Our local hikes and other outings, conservation education activism, and monthly programs depend entirely upon volunteers. Our most basic mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet! The current chair is Grace M. Marvin, Sociology Professor Emeriti, CSU, Chico.
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SIPerior Homes serves Butte and surrounding Counties. We are comprised of two environmentally concerned builders who over the years have realized the short comings of traditional stick-and-batting construction, who have scrutinized the various alternative construction methods, and who have identified Structural Insulated Panels as the superior building material with which to promote "Green Building."
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Pauline Souza is an Associate Partner and the Director of Green Services for WRNS Studio. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with 23 years of management and design experience focused on facilities for the education, transportation and civic sectors. Pauline was recently recognized for her work on 405 Howard Street which achieved LEED Gold Certification for the Commercial Interiors Pilot Program and won the 2005 AIA San Francisco Energy + Sustainability Citation. She is Member of the AIA National Cote Committee and Chair of the Resource Subcommittee for the NCC-USGBC.
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Francine Stuelpnagel is one of a group of students from Chico State, Sonoma State and Humbolt State, who met while bicycling down Highway 1 this June en route to a sustainability conference in Santa Barbara. The desire to explore alternative modes of transportation was a motivating factor for all of us to take on this endeavor. The result was the realization that "thinking outside the box" and bicycling are fun and feasible!
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Liza Tedesco - For the past ten years I have served my local community and the industry market through my position in which I have demonstrated an adherence to the progressive principles of Cooperative Management while actively contributing to the growth and health of our business. By working to actively promote Fair Trade within the Chico community I hope to make potent my professional, educational and independent ideologies about taking steps toward a positive and responsible model of capitalism and globalization.
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Eric Teitelman is the Director for the City of Oroville’s Department of Community Development and Public Works.  His responsibilities are to the Building, Planning, and Engineering Divisions, as well as to the City’s municipal airport.  He has over 17 years of public and private sector experience, with a degree in Civil Engineering, graduate courses in urban and transportation planning, and a certificate in public management.  He brings a progressive viewpoint and businesslike model to municipal government.  His passion is to building communities by implementing the best available strategies, including principles of smart growth and sustainable development.  He lives with his wife and two children in Chico, and loves Butte County for its climate, scenery, and abundant recreational opportunities.
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Imam Mamadou Toure is the founder and president of the Institute of Islamic and Inter-faith Studies. Currently an Imam at the Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, OR, he is also the co-host of Al-Islam in Focus, a local television program which disseminates accurate information about Islam.
Imam Toure is an emerging national voice calling for a meaningful interfaith dialogue as an important pre-requisite to world peace. Imam Toure travels extensively,both nationally and internationally to speak on Islamic spirituality,inter-faith dialogue and world peace. His upcoming book, In Search of the Sacred: Religion, Man and World Peace, is due out in 2008.
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Tom Varga is presently the Capital Project Services Director for the City of Chico. This Department was created during a recent reorganization to focus on public construction projects. These projects include an emphasis on sustainability including alternative transportation. Recent projects are the new Downtown Transit Center nearing completion next to the Chico State campus at 2nd and Normal Streets as well as several miles of bike/pedestrian paths to be built over the next two years.
Tom has worked for the City for 13 years dating back to 1988. He has also worked at a variety of local public agencies that include: Glenn County, the City of Martinez, and the City of San Pablo. Tom is a graduate of Chico State, earning his degree in Civil Engineering. He is both a registered Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor.

Andy Vranich received his MBA from CSU, Chico in 1987 and since accumulated 20 years experience in Business and IT management and consulting.  His concern for the environment became poignant when he found out that the spring water from Panther Flats, on Mt. Shasta, in the early ‘90s, was making people sick; that people willingly fouled their own nests became an ongoing enigma to him.  From 1994 thru 1996 he worked as a Financial Accountant for an Environmental Clean Up company and began to learn some of the real costs of doing business and how much of that cost was passed onto the tax payer.  All of these experiences begat the question, what could he do to help?  Suddenly, in October of 2006, he experienced quite an epiphany when he attended the Sustainability Conference at Arizona State University, in Tempe, where he discovered that he could be part of the solution by incorporating the concept of the Triple Bottom Line in his business classes at Butte College; as well as encouraging his students to seriously consider the value of including Sustainability in their educational plans.
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Arlene Ward is a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria. Ms. Ward culminated a 30-year career as administrative support in the fields of engineering, geology, management training, and law enforcement to return to school. She recently received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Certificate in Museum Studies from California State University, Chico (2004). She is committed to rebuilding Mechoopda traditional cultural life ways, values, and spiritual beliefs and to working with her friends and tribal families to strengthen the partnerships between the Mechoopda and the local communities of Chico and Butte County. She is employed by the Tribe as the Cultural Coordinator.
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Martha Wescoat-Andes is the Economic Development/Redevelopment Manager for the City of Chico. She is working with the businesses, educational
entities, economic development service providers and local government to
strengthen the economy of Chico now and into the future. While there
are several efforts being pursued, two areas of focus are: How can
Chico develop an industry cluster around sustainability, and How do we
assist in setting the conditions for Chico businesses to strengthen
their market reach within and outside of Chico?
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John Williams graduated from Brown with a degree in Classics and completed the core coaching curriculum and leadership program through the world renowned Coaches Training Institute. He has taught Latin for 5 years and averages two workshops a month on various leadership and life coaching topics relating to students. He also maintains a client load of ten students as life coaching clients, in addition to coaching a few parents, teachers, and administrators. He lives with his wife Amois and daughter Paloma in southern Oregon.
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Susan Wooldridge facilitates poetry and creativity workshops across the U.S. She's author of Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words (a Three Rivers/Random House book in a 20th printing) and Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing (and freeing your creative process.) Susan lives in a co-housing village in Chico California.
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Shannon York is finishing her undergrad in Journalism and Public Relations with a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Management. She has also started another organization on campus, Chico for Animal Rights.
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Theresa Zaro is a landscape architect and a graduate student at UC Berkeley, studying river restoration and sustainable water resources management. She’s been involved in landscape design and construction throughout California and is currently working with San Francisco State University to further its water resources planning efforts.
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