Institute for Sustainable Development



Conference Program
Friday, November 2, 2007

Conference sessions and events will be held in our Bell Memorial Union Building (BMU) except where noted.

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Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
BMU Auditorium - (Main Lobby)

REGISTRATION - Please make sure you stop here first to pick up your registration packets and events tickets.
Please Note: Limited quantities of conference programs will be available at the registration table. If you do not plan to collect a printed program at the conference, please print your double-sided personal registration confirmation and itinerary and bring it with you to the conference to limit the amount of paper used for this event.

7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast will be served in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium during registration.

NOON: Break for lunch - See some local restaurant options at

Friday Keynote Speakers

Friday, 2:30-3:30 (BMU 210)

John Bellamy Foster, Professor of Sociology
University of Oregon
World Alienation: The Problem of Capitalism and Ecology
John Bellamy Foster is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and editor of Monthly Review. His most recent books include Marx's Ecology (2000), Ecology Against Capitalism (2002) and Naked Imperialism (2006)--all published by Monthly Review Press.

Friday, 4:00-5:15 (Laxson Auditorium)

Werner Fornos , President
Global Population Education, Inc.
Gaining People, Losing Ground: A 21st-Century Challenge
Mr. Werner Fornos will present world-class answers to the world-wide problem of population growth. While it took all of recorded history for the earth's population to reach one billion by 1830, it doubled to two billion in 1930; three billion in 1960; four billion in 1975; five billion in 1986; and, in 1998, it reached six billion. It is conceivable that the world's population will reach 12 billion in a relatively short amount of time.

Though there have been significant strides in reducing population pressures, last year the world population grew by nearly 80 million, with 99 percent of that growth occurring in the poorest parts of the world where people already face civil strife and social unrest, and many live in brutal poverty.

As the principal spokesperson for Global Population Education, Mr. Fornos will present solutions that are non-partisan and free of religious agendas to the population challenge facing the global community.

Friday, 6:30 (BMU Auditorium) Conference Banquet
All conference attendees are welcome to attend this banquet. Have your choice between vegetarian eggplant parmesan rolls, free-range chicken, grass-fed beef. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get together and mingle with others interested in sustainability! Come and enjoy the great food, good company, exciting raffle prizes, and fun to be had by all!

Population and its Environmental Impacts

Friday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 303)
Global Views on Population, Health, and Sustainability
Jacquelyn Chase, Geography & Planning, and David Eaton, Anthropology, at CSU, Chico, and Margareta Lelea, Gender and Global Issues at UC Davis
This panel will explore how gender, sexuality, economics and development affect population growth and change in various parts of the world that we typically think of as underdeveloped, and in diasporas from these areas. We hope to shift the debate about population from a focus on overpopulation to one that acknowledges the various forces that conspire to produce population trends. We also hope to emphasize ethical dimensions to the population debate (reproductive rights, access to health care) when contemplating the nexus of population and sustainability.

The Built Environment

Friday, 8:00-8:50 (BMU 209)
Global Warming, Land Use Planning, and Property Rights
Irv Schiffman, River Partners
The consequences of global warming and efforts to de-carbonize the economy will have major implications for land use planning and property rights. Future land use plan policies must take into account climate change and efforts to control greenhouse gases. Such polices may lead to restrictions on coastal development, urban sprawl, and tree removal. Agricultural and forest land preservation will take on new importance. Flood dangers due to earlier snow melts will require new land use controls, and increased wildfire dangers will generate new restrictions on housing in forested areas. All of these policies will necessitate further restrictions on private property rights and engender serious legal and political conflicts.

Friday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 209)
Sustainable Buildings and Concrete
Kristin Cooper Carter, CSU, Chico Concrete Industry Management Program, and Tom Carter, Environmental, Health and Safety, Washington DC
Amid the teardown-and-replace mentality still pervasive in the world today, concrete stands out defiantly. Try to replace concrete with some other material, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a substitute possessing the same thermal qualities, design flexibility, and permanence. Operating a typical home or building over time consumes far more energy than it does to build it. 2% of total energy is expended for materials and construction, 98% is used to heat, cool, and power the building. Studies have shown that urban environments have higher temperatures in areas where there are few trees and lots of buildings and paved surfaces. This additional heat (called urban heat-island effect) causes air conditioning systems to work harder, consuming up to 18% more energy. Learn more about the role that concrete plays in the effort to green the building industry.

Friday, 10:00-10:50 (BMU 209)
Building On Time, On Budget in Green
Butte College, Facilities Planning and Management
Mike Miller, Kim Jones, and Christie Lee
This presentation will be of interest to school facilities managers, design and construction professionals, public education administrators and contractors and, anyone who is interested in finishing public education projects on time and within budget. This presentation will focus on construction challenges and solutions from concept through construction and commissioning in order to build sustainable public school facilities for K-12 and higher education. There will be a best practices showcase of Butte College.

Friday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 209)
Respecting Water - Innovative Water Conservation and Management on the San Francisco State University Campus
San Francisco State University-Grounds Management
Theresa Zaro, Philip Evans, and Vinita Huang

In California's arid Mediterranean climate, water conservation and management are key components of any sustainable campus planning effort. San Francisco State University has been working to develop innovative solutions to harvest rainwater, reduce irrigation demands, biologically filter stormwater, recharge groundwater, and artistically celebrate the presence of water on our campus. This presentation will discuss water management principles for future campus development as well as research and plans to retrofit existing facilities. These plans include the reestablishment of a historic waterway through campus, diversion of rainwater runoff from roofs for summer irrigation storage, creation of beautiful water features fed by stored stormwater, and transformation of turf areas into habitat for locally-appropriate flora, fauna, and, of course, students!

Friday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 209)
The City of Chico and the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
City of Chico, Ann Schwab and Scott Gruendl, Glenn County Health Services Agency
With the largest tracking solar array at a waste water treatment plant in the world, the City of Chico is a leader in sustainability and the number-one green city in the north valley. On November 4th, 2006, the City of Chico signed the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and established the Chico Sustainability Task Force. This presentation will review the twelve principles of the Climate Protection Agreement and demonstrate the City of Chico's response to these principles. Scott Gruendl, former mayor that signed the agreement, will explain why the City of Chico joined the agreement. Ann Schwab, vice-mayor and chair of the Sustainability Task Force, will describe the efforts of the City of Chico to date and explain next steps that will be taken by the city to address climate protection issues.

Friday, 2:30-3:45 (BMU 209)
The Clean Power Campaign: Opportunities and Roadblocks
Rachel McMahon, Center for Energy Efficiencies & Renewable Technologies
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 provides a brand new opportunity for clean, renewable power as the sellers of power rush to improve the global warming performance of their portfolio in a carbon-constrained world. Still many roadblocks remain to the deployment of renewable power, which are political, economic, and institutional in nature. The challenge for policymakers and advocates over the next few years, between now and 2012, is to adjust policies to remove roadblocks to create a truly sustainable electric power system.

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Sustainable Business Practices

Friday, 8:00-8:50 (BMU 210)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co's Sustainable Business Practices
Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability is a guiding principle at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. This presentation will cover all sustainability programs and policies in place at the brewery, including GHG emissions, energy efficiency and generation, water conservation and purification, transportation, waste reduction and diversion, purchasing, and neighbors and community. Also discussed will be development of these sustainable practices and employee involvement.

Friday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 314)
Moving Your Local Business Towards Climate Neutrality
Daniel Salazar, City of Fort Bragg
More frequently local businesses are focusing on reducing their carbon footprint. This presentation offers specific strategies that may help local businesses move toward climate neutrality. Topics to be discussed include purchasing, building efficiency (lighting, office equipment, air conditioning), commuting, and waste. If you own your own business and are interested in reducing its carbon footprint do not miss this presentation.

Friday, 10:00-10:50 (BMU 314)
Reuse - the Better Way: What do you do with your old electronics - computers, monitors, TVs, and cell phones? Where do they go?
Pat Furr, Computers for Classrooms, Jim Lynch, Techsoup, and Zac Appleton, Federal EPA of San Francisco Region 9
Huge amounts of e-scrap are generated each day. The federal government alone surpluses 10,000 computers per week. E-scrap has created toxic waste when dumped in landfills or in third world countries. This is a global problem and needs long-tterm solutions. The EPA has studied the tremendous benefits of reuse on our environment rather than just recycling the used equipment. Learn about the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher Program (MAR) which is being implemented all over the world and the work that is being done to enable all nations to have access to technology. There is a tremendous need in schools and with low-income families for low cost used systems. Reuse is a viable option which saves our resources. Reuse programs create jobs and computer training opportunities while helping to close the digital divide.

Friday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 314)
Local Living Economies: A Vision for a Vital Future
Jessica Rios, Love Events, Martha Wescoat-Andes, City of Chico, Tracy McDonald, CSU, Chico College of Business, Torrey Byles, THRIVE (The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy) and Todd Mills, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Alive and well across the country, the movement and vision for local living economies is also being sprouted in the North State. Come learn about how businesses play a role and add your voice to the unfolding vision for a local living economy in our region.

Friday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 314)
Best Practices for Sustainable Restaurants: Municipal Food Waste Composting
Robyn DiFalco, CSU, Chico AS Recycling, Evan Edgar, Edgar & Associates, Inc., Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Steve Sherman, ESA Solid Waste Group, and Will Bakx, Sonoma Compost LLC
Reduce waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, AND reduce the use of fertilizers on crops – municipal food waste collection can achieve all these goals and is a MUST for any restaurant trying to follow sustainable practices. Learn about other trail-blazing communities in California that have implemented municipal food waste composting programs and find out how food service businesses in Butte County can help make this a reality.

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Friday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 303)
Radical Collaboration, Sustaining Sustainability at Butte College
Butte College Faculty and Staff - Mike Miller, Al Konuwa, Kelly Munson, and Mimi Riley
The focus of this presentation is innovation and progress at Butte College, and championing sustainability across the college including institutional initiatives and commitment through radical collaboration.

Friday, 10:00-10:50 (BMU 304)
Greening the Curriculum Through Nonprofit Partnerships
Genevieve Bertone, Sustainable Works
Sustainable Works is a nonprofit organization housed at Santa Monica College. Sustainable Works offers a student program, called Sustainable Crews, which are groups of ten-fifteen students who meet once a week for nine weeks to learn about concepts of sustainability. Crews meet for an hour and a half at the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies on the Santa Monica College Campus. During the crew meetings participants will learn how to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday lifestyles, improve their quality of life, and save money while saving resources. Sustainable Crews teach students how to implement simple conservation methods with the help of a trained student Crew Leader and the Sustainable Works Book. The crew covers six main topics, including waste production, water, chemical, and energy consumption, transportation emissions and consumer habits. The peer-to-peer learning environment makes Sustainable Crews fun and trains tomorrow's environmental leaders. Each meeting engages students in hands-on, interactive educational experiences.

Friday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 304)
Bringing Sustainability into Community Education: A model for developing and implementing local curricula
Kif Scheuer and Morgan King, Strategic Energy Innovations
Sustainability requires us to think globally yet act locally. However, when it comes to sustainability education and training, communities have distinct needs, resources, and goals. One community might want to focus on job growth, harnessing their solar resource while training the local solar workforce through a community college program. Another community may want to support sustainable agriculture through extension programs. Ideally, educational programs within particular communities should derive from a careful consideration of local needs and resources. However, given that much about sustainability is undefined or innovative, developing programs that can support a community’s move towards sustainability requires a significant investment of time and effort.

In this session the facilitators will share their ideas for researching, designing, and implementing geographically appropriate sustainability curricula and related programs, including vocational and internship programs, that can connect students to area green jobs and local workforce development.

Friday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 304)
Measuring Our Steps Towards Sustainability
Kif Scheuer, Strategic Energy Innovations
While educational programs are always challenging to evaluate, sustainability- focused educational programs pose particular evaluation challenges because the goals of such programs are often diffuse and long-term. Despite the outstanding work put into developing such programs, relatively little work is being done to document their effectiveness. Yet, effective, accountable, and replicable educational programs are critical to the realization of broader sustainability efforts. This session proposes to shift the focus from putting on programs to evaluating outcomes, and by doing so, move program developers towards a model more appropriate to accountability and replicability. In this interactive session, attendees will share ideas and explore options for how to best measure the effectiveness of educational programs for sustainability. The session facilitator will draw on experience implementing the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program to ground and direct the workshop. Participants are encouraged to share examples of their programs and evaluation tools.

Friday, 2:30-3:45 (BMU 210 - NEW Location)
How To Include Sustainability in theTeaching Curriculum: Teaching Strategies for a Sustainable World: A Vision for the Future in the Foreign Language Classroom
Char Prieto and Students, CSU, Chico Foreign Languages & Literatures
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. The instructor guides students by helping the class to choose a topic about sustainability and environment education. The teacher develops a list of new words in the target languages related to the topic. The students research and write papers about the cattle industry, recycling, global warming, agriculture, and food contamination, consumerism and the consequences in the environment, the meteorological changes, California's role in global warming, and many others. (This session will be spoken in Spanish)

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Environmental Ethics and the Greening of Religion

Friday, 8:00-8:50 (BMU 303)
Untying the Klamath Knot: the geography of American racism
Jesse Dizard, CSU, Chico Department of Anthropology
Federal, state, and county boundaries define the regulatory framework within which land, water, and other use determinations occur. In the face of economic pressures to sustain development a close examination of the Klamath Watershed is a case study in the politics of environmental mismanagement. This presentation will outline the historical and contemporary struggles associated with the Klamath Watershed. It will also suggest ways to untie the Klamath knot and develop sustainability with implications for other comparably complex paradoxes of development.

Friday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 304) SESSION CACNELED!
In Search of the Sacred: Scripture, Man, and the Future of Our Planet
Mamadou Toure, Institute of Islamic and Inter-faith Studies
This presentation will explore the essential dynamics between scripture, the meaning of man from a multi-scriptural perspective, and the role they play in the current environmental crisis. It will also offer scriptural solutions to this issue, all articulated around the idea of a sacred universe.

Friday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 312)
Worldviews and Ethics: "Mainstream" and "Radical" Approaches to Sustainability
Bruce Grelle, CSU, Chico Religious Studies
An analysis and assessment of the traditional conservationist ethic as articulated by Gifford Pinchot (1910) and the ethic of Deep Ecology as articulated by Arne Naess, George Sessions, and Bill Devall (1985). Special attention will be paid to their alternative assumptions about human nature, economy, society, and the value of wilderness. The presentation will complement the discussion by Robert Jones (CSU, Chico Department of Philosophy) of the philosophical problems confronting environmentalists' justifications of wilderness preservation.

Training the Next Generation

Friday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 210)
Balanced Energy Development -- An Interdisciplinary Approach
Lance Astrella, Astrella & Rice P.C.
There is a need for an interdisciplinary approach to advance sustainable energy policy. This generation of university students will be challenged to develop a sustainable energy future. The bridge to a renewable energy future will require conservation and prudent development of energy minerals such as oil, natural gas, and coal. Increasing the efficiency of energy mineral extraction while reducing the environmental impact will require an interdisciplinary approach that integrates science, business, and law. Broadening educational curricula to gain exposure to other fields of study will enhance the students’ ability to undertake projects aimed at balancing energy development with the environment.

Friday, 10:00-10:50 (BMU 303)
Student Led Initiatives to Save Energy
Chico Green Campus Program - CSU, Chico Students Amelia Gulling, Bret Bosma, Shannon York, Fumiko Motohashi, & Madi Krisko
The Alliance to Save Energy's 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. In this session program coordinators will provide an overview of successful Green Campus projects as a context for discussing methods to mobilize students, faculty, and administration on energy conservation efforts. The session will include a review of lessons learned and tips that may be helpful for other student organizations interested in mobilizing campuses towards sustainability.

Friday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 303)
Measuring Progress: How to complete a campus-wide environmental audit
Genevieve Bertone, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies
Last year Santa Monica College produced their first comprehensive environmental audit. The audit covers nine topics, including water, energy, transportation, waste, purchasing, hazardous materials, food, student engagement, and education during the 2005-2006 academic year.
The audit was completed using a collaborative process involving students, faculty, administration, and staff. It also included input from the community and partnerships with the City of Santa Monica and the local nonprofit Sustainable Works. This presentation will discuss the process of completing a comprehensive audit and how we plan to implement the recommendations.

Friday, 1:00-4:00 (Selvester's Faculty/Staff Dining Room)

MAXIMUM CAPACITY is 25 so register early!
Student Leaders: Sustaining My Leadership
Jessica Rios, Love Events, and John Williams
This workshop is geared for college students who are either already, or who want to be, actively engaged in sustainability issues on their campuses and in their communities. Both Rios and Williams trained with the world-renowned Co-Active Leadership Program based in Sebastopol, California and bring their passion for empowering leadership in others to participants at this year’s sustainability conference.

If you would like to attend this workshop, you will need to download the application questions and submit your completed application by Wednesday, October 3rd. See document for instructions.

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What Can We Do?

Friday, 8:00-8:50 (BMU 312)
How Can We Increase Bicycling by Students to Chico State?
Michael & Arielle Leitner, CSU, Chico
Michael Leitner and Arielle Leitner will present ideas on how to reduce driving and increase bicycle commuting to campus by students, and will then lead an open forum. The purpose of the session is to identify specific actions that can be taken immediately to increase bicycle commuting to campus.

Friday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 312)
Little Ripples: The Experience of One Small Group
Phi Theta Kappa, Butte College Chapter, Melissa Nall, Jenni Miller, Roger Ekins, John Mantle, & Julia Caserta
The Butte College Beta Theta Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa share their successes in “going green” on campus, in the community, and on a global scale. Phi Theta Kappa is a community service organization, providing a platform for grass roots social change on two-year college campuses. As the 6th ranked chapter in the world, the Beta Theta Kappa chapter at Butte College has worked to make the international service project, “Operation Green,” a success. Join us for a discussion of what has worked for us, and share your ideas as well.

Friday, 10:00-10:50 (BMU 312)
Community Greening:
What constitutes a community garden?  A history and taxonomy of community gardens in the United States
LaDona Knigge, CSU, Chico, Geography & Planning
This presentation presents a brief history of community gardening, develops a taxonomy of the different types of community gardens that are currently found across the United States, and focuses on the social, economic, and cultural impacts that these gardens have upon the built environment and the surrounding community.  
The Fight for the Urban Forest
Alan Gair, TreeAction
This paper proposes that a tree audit be conducted through collaboration between the city and university using UC Davis and the American Forestry Commission’s i-Tree software to assign value to urban forestry’s contribution to influence the City Council to strengthen Chico’s tree ordinance passed four years ago but weakened from its original form by developer pressure.

Friday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 210)
Sustainable Packaging and the Impact of Recent Bag-reduction Legislations on Manufacturers
Robert Bateman, Roplast Industries, Inc.
In response to the recent San Francisco ordinance limiting the carry out bags used by grocers and similar legislation’s being discussed on the West-Coast, this session will discuss the truth behind this ordinance in terms of how it has affected the manufacturing industry and how Roplast Industries, Inc. has been developing new biodegradable and sustainable packaging options. Roplast has been making biodegradable films and bags for over 10 years. Robert Bateman has been working with Grocers for over 15 years promoting the use of reusable bags in anticipation of these laws to promote sustainable packaging. Grocery chains and other businesses that use carryout bags are now being forced to adapt to this change. We are seeing a trend spread across the United States from the laws and reports in California. People are now starting to understand that we must learn to change our habits.

Friday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 210)
WORKSHOP - Focus the Nation
Kelly Munson, Mimi Riley, Butte College, and Jim Pushnik, Mark Stemen, CSU, Chico
Learn how to collaborate between campuses by the model that Chico State and Butte College have created by working together for Focus the Nation in Chico. Participants will discuss campus collaboration efforts, ideas for reaching out into the community, and how to get students involved in Focus the Nation.

Friday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 312)
Food Preservation: Canning Workshop
Bernie & Evelyn Ritscher
Evelyn and Bernie Ritscher have been master food preservers for over 20 years and continue to teach people how to safely can, freeze, and dry a variety of fruits and vegetables. By learning the basics to preserving our own food we can all become more sustainable as well as eating healthier food.

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Friday, 10:00-10:50 (BMU 301)
Tour the Environmental Action & Resource Center at CSU, Chico

Open House: Environmental Action and Resource Center
EARC, Julianne Riddle
Tour/open house of Chico State's Environmental Action and Resource Center. EARC is a library open to students and the public, full of books, periodicals, and information about environmental and social issues.

Friday, 3:00-4:00 (Arcadian Avenue /east side Holt Hall)
Tour the Sierra Nevada Brewery
Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Sustainability Coordinator
This tour will highlight sustainability actions taken at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. This would be a special tour, which will focus on the sustainability programs and policies around the Brewery.

Shuttle will be provided by Butte College. Pick up location will be at the east end of Holt Hall on Arcadian Avenue at 2:30-2:45 p.m.

Mini Film Series
Friday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
(Ayres Rm 106)
Movie titles and times to be announced.
PLEASE NOTE: Movie times were originally scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. They will now start at 7:00 p.m.

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