Institute for Sustainable Development


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Conference Program
Saturday, November 3, 2007

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

Click on the links below to jump to each theme schedule for Saturday:

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 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: Organic Lunch (BMU Auditorium)
Purchase your ticket during open registration
$10.00 General
$7.00 Students

Onsite ticket purhcase:
$13.00 General
$10.00 Students

Population and its Environmental Impacts

Saturday, 9:00-10:30 (BMU 210)
Population Growth: Roadblock to Sustainability
Dick Schneider, Environmental Planner
California's exploding population makes a sustainable society an elusive goal. This talk will focus on the impact of population growth on California's natural resources and quality of life. Special attention will be given to California water supplies, farmlands and traffic congestion. Increasing demand for energy and impacts on habitat for rare and endangered species will also be discussed. What are the implications of a California with 50 to 60 million people or more, the current projections if today's trends are not changed, and what do they promise for a sustainable California?

Saturday, 10:45-12:00 (BMU 210)
Sustainable Population: The Missing Piece of the Immigration Policy Puzzle
Ed Hartman, Think Population Press
This presentation will encourage the general audience to consider the logic of establishing a sustainable population target before designing an immigration policy and then to convey that logic to their elected representatives. The presentation will suggest means by which audience members can determine sustainable population targets for themselves.

Saturday, 1:00-2:30 (BMU 204 Lounge)
Conversation Café
Seeking Common Ground: Population growth, immigration and its impact on the environment
Open conversation lead by the League of Women Voters, Sharon Wallace
This will be an open conversation about population growth, immigration, and the impact both make on our daily lives.

The Built Environment

Saturday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 209)
Local Government's Role in Building Sustainable Communities
Tom Barrett, Chico Sustainability Group
This presentation will cover how local governments can promote and support sustainable practices in their communities - green building, renewable energy, energy conservation and energy efficiency programs through land-use planning, building codes, financial support, and code revisions. This topic should interest local governmental agencies as well as community activists attempting to "green" their communities.

Saturday, 10:00-10:50 (BMU 209)
The Glenn County Healthy Housing Assessment Tool
Scott Gruendl, Glenn County Health Services Agency
The Glenn County Healthy Housing Tool is a self-guided, non-binding tool to be used by the public to score the "healthiness" of proposed residential development. Utilizing a $5,000 grant from the Local Public Health and the Built Environment Network, the Glenn County Public Health Department analyzed existing assessment tools that measure the public health impact of new residential neighborhood subdivisions, developed an assessment tool unique to Glenn County, and trained Public Health and Planning staff, as well as the members of the community on the use of the assessment tool. The goal of the project is to rekindle Public Health involvement in land use planning, educate staff and the public concerning the need to address health impacts related to residential development, and to widely disseminate a tool that can be used to score proposed development in the cities and county while empowering citizens to be more meaningfully engaged in land use decisions.

Saturday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 209)
Love the One You're With - How to "Green" your home.
Tom Barrett, Chico Sustainability Group
This presentation is designed to give homeowners and renters information on how to "green" their existing home. Topics will include how to apply energy efficiency and conservation measures; solarizing your home; indoor air quality; household toxins; water conservation; recycling solutions; and green landscaping.

Images & Ideas About the Natural World

Saturday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 303)
Richness and Diversity...Images of the Central Valley's Unique Environment
Shirley Innecken, Gallaway Consulting, Inc.
Shirley Innecken will be displaying images taken while employed as a botanist for Gallaway Consulting, Inc., located in Chico,CA. These images were shot over a period of 3 years, and beautifully depict a variety of unique habitats and sensitive species that occur in and around Butte County.

Saturday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 303)
Nature - Source and Inspiration for Art and Activism
Elizabeth Devereaux, Devereaux Architectural Glass
CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, Moderator
A panel of professional artists talk about how nature inspires their art and how it has also moved them to political and environmental activism.

Saturday, 2:30-3:45 (BMU 304)
OPEN MIC - Green Poets: Area Poets
Jim Dwyer, Patricia Wellingham-Jones, Lara Gularte, Troy Jollimore, Gloria Conly, Susan Wooldridge, Stephanie Schaefer, Marilyn Ringer, Mark Clarke, Bob Garner, Charlotte Kellison, Teresa Marcis, Rachel Newkins and Sally McNall
This session is an invitational and open mic reading about poems of the natural world. Poets will read from their own poems that reflect their understanding and interpretation of the natural world.


Sustainable Business Practices

Saturday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 312)
Celebrating Leadership: Implementation of Sustainable Practices
Rawlins Advisory Group, James Pushnik, Tom Thomson, Laurie Norton, Murray Smith, Byron Wolfe, Tom DiGiovanni, and Paul Almond
Sage Architecture: Sierra Board; Gallery Board Neo Farmhouse Board; Three Leaf House
This session will bring together people, businesses and governments, who are utilizing sustainable methods to assist in accomplishing their missions. Presenters from a range of activities including government, building arts, agriculture, business and individuals who have made commitments to sustainable living. We will find examples of sustainable practices by canvassing local businesses and through our contacts in the local area.

Saturday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 312)
Socially Responsible and "Green" Investing: Profits without Guilt
Eileen Burke-Trent, A.G. Edwards
You can build a powerful portfolio for your retirement and business investing that incorporates ideals aligned with your personal beliefs: no guns, fair treatment of employees, environmental sensitivity, fair trade and more. Learn about Municipal Bonds for Civic Improvements, tax free investments that can make a difference in your community. Want a new school? Welcome green businesses to a new business park? Create, improve or modernize infrastructure? Did you know you can invest in your own community or state through tax-free bonds issues? This presentation will discuss good business that is good for you and good for your community.

Saturday, 2:30-3:45 (BMU 209)
The Real World: Local Sustainable Business Owners Describe the Experience of Running a Successful Sustainable Business
Sustainable Business Network - Tracy McDonald, CSU, Chico, Jeff Lewis, Cartridge World, Valerie Reddemann, Greenfeet, and Phaedra LaRocca Morril, LaRocca Vineyards
Local Chico businesses that hold sustainability as a core value will discuss such issues as what lead them to start a sustainable business and what the core values of their particular business are. Panel members will paint a picture of what it is really like to run a sustainable business, including the challenges and rewards involved. Finally, panel members will describe their plans for the future. There will be time set aside for questions form the audience.


Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Saturday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 304)
Six Degrees of Separation: The Sustainable Link Between You and Chris Weaver
CSU, Chico's Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion - Gina Sims, Karen Goodwin, Stephanie Bianco-Simeral, and Todd Lone
This session will discuss how to easily incorporate sustainable practices into your organization or business. Explore how the students at the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP) utilize community-based strategies to help bring your business one degree closer to sustainability. Join CSU, Chico Nutrition student, Chris Weaver, on a journey as he incorporates sustainable practices in his home, school, work, and community.

Saturday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 314)
Incorporating Sustainability into Academia
Humboldt State University - Green Campus Program, Jocelyn Orr
This session will discuss ways that a student group or campus department can benefit from existing classes and student projects to further their sustainability mission. The creation of new classes, community classes, and extended education classes will also be discussed.

Saturday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 209)
Planning for Environmental Careers through Academic Programs at Chico State
CSU, Chico Diana Flannery, Jon Hooper, and Mark Stemen
This panel presentation will inform participants of current job trends in environmental fields, as well as new and existing programs at Chico State. Professors from Chico State will describe potential careers and projected salaries as well as environmental majors, minors, options, and themes offered on our campus. This panel presentation is ideal for first and second year students who are interested in pursuing environmental careers. 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.


Environmental Ethics and the Greening of Religion

Saturday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 314)
Why Preserve Species?: Some Philosophical Problems (and Answers)
Robert Jones, Stanford University
Most environmentalists believe that there is value in preserving species and ecosystems beyond their purely instrumental worth as resources for humans. However, the search for a rationale for this belief is what Elliott Sober calls the main conceptual problem for environmentalism. This session will analyze and evaluate these rationales to see which one(s) (if any) can be depended upon to provide a sound justification for these common environmentalist intuitions.

Saturday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 314)
Greening Student Government-- Developing Environmental Consciousness with Associated Students
Melody Overstreet, Santa Monica College, Associated Students
A workshop designed to inform students, faculty and individuals interested in sparking environmental consciousness within their local communities and schools. The newly elected panel of Associated Students from Santa Monica Community College will be present to share their successes in winning a campaign with environmentally conscious ideals that meet the needs of the current and the future student body, inspiring strong voter turnout, with a developed plan for deepening student involvement on campus, and sparking positive social change. Through a discussion on the various dimensions that create a SOLID community, a guide to forging practical applications of philosophical ideals tied to the environment, society, and economy will be shared. A discussion on holistic, conscious action will be created as a guide to forming an effective movement. This session will address many issues relating to conscious communication, aesthetics, progressive, sustainably minded grass-roots change, beginning at the level of greening Student Government.

Saturday, 2:30-3:45 (BMU 303)
Religious Perspectives on Sustainability
Hosted by CSU, Chico Department of Religious Studies - Greg Cootsona, Julie Danan, Lin Jensen, & Arlene Ward
This panel will discuss Native American, Jewish, Christian, and Buddhist perspectives on the idea and practice of sustainability. Special attention will be given to how these four traditions understand, symbolize, ritualize, and institutionalize the relationship between the environmental, economic, and social justice dimensions of sustainability.


What Can We Do?

Saturday, 9:00-9:50 (BMU 312)
Sustaining Sustainability through Collaboration
Jillian Buckholz and Amy Miller, CSU, Chico, and Kelly Munson, Butte College
Sustainability professionals from California State University, Chico, the Associated Students of CSU, Chico, and Butte College share how they became sustainability professionals, successes and challenges they have encountered in their positions, the power of networking within and between institutions, and steps taken to create a successful sustainability program. This is a great session to attend if you are a student aspiring to work in the sustainability field, a sustainability professional working on a campus, or someone who works with campus sustainability professionals.

Saturday, 10:00-10:50 (BMU 303)
Chico & Humboldt State Green Campus Interns: How to Conduct an Energy Audit
CSU, Chico & Humboldt State Green Campus Program - Amelia Gulling, Bret Bosma, Shannon York, Fumiko Motohashi
Whether for a home, an office or a classroom, an energy audit can be the first step towards making significant energy efficiency upgrades and behavior change recommendations. In this session, Coordinators from the Chico and Humboldt State Green Campus Programs will offer hands-on training on conducting energy audits. Presenters will train attendees on the use of energy auditing tools, data collection techniques, and the development of energy saving recommendations. The session will conclude with a discussion on methods for the successful implementation of identified energy saving measures.

Saturday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU 210)
Thinking Outside the Box: Students Cycle for Sustainability
Students from Chico State, Sonoma State and Humboldt State
Dresden Holden, Francine Stuelpnagel Jeremiah Grim, Ben Mattio Max Kee

Five students from three CSU campuses embarked on a trek down the California coast on bicycle as a means of transportation to a conference on sustainability. Speakers will discuss their motivations and future visions for exploring alternatives to the automobile as a fun and feasible way to live sustainably. The discussion will include details about the students bike ride down Highway 1, as well as provide an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Saturday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 303)
Sampling Local Sustainability: What we're doing and what we need and the Sierra Club's Yahi Group - Grace Marvin, Suellen Rowlison, Susan Mason, Kasey Merrill, & Jim Brobeck
The local Yahi Group of the nationwide Sierra Club will host leaders from five local organizations. They will discuss the very different kinds of sustainability efforts in which they are involved, their degree of success, and what they/ we see as challenges ahead. There will be opportunities for the audience to participate in discussion and in subsequent activism. Organizations will include California Native Plant Society, Chico Avenues Neighborhood Association, Friends of Bidwell Park, the Sierra Forest Legacy Group, and the Yahi Group.

Saturday, 1:00-2:15 (BMU 304)
How can we help each other? Solution oriented community networking through gardening
Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies (GRUB)
Francine Stuelpnagle, Amie Frisch, Dresden Holden, Max Kee, & Lee Calender

This session will demonstrate the power of solution oriented action and its ability to be translated from region to region. Amie Frisch will present on San Jose State's initial program and how she undertook the challenge of gardening within a developed urban setting. Lee Calendar, Francine Stuelpnagel, Dresden Holden and Max Kee will be presenting on the replication of Amie's efforts in Chico and how the project concept was adapted to fit into the Chico community. There will be a focus on how to get involved with such programs, and how to start one of your own.

Saturday, 2:30-3:45 (BMU 303)
Students are Changing the World
Max Kee, The Cause / Africana Peace Project
This panel is a result of one simple question inspired by Woody Harrelson's documentary, Go Further, "Why can't we do that?" The answer has been unfolding ever since. These are a few students stories of how the path of passion and heart will show the answers we seek and provide the resources we need. This session will address the obstacles surpassed as well as those that lay ahead, the milestones reached, the goals that are still stiving to be achieve, support systems and emphasize how people can get involved and replicate these efforts in their own communities.



Saturday, 10:00-11:45 (3097 Southgate Lane)
Tour Recycling & Rubbish Exhibit

Open House: AS Recycling Mandi McKay & Susan Schulz
The Recycling And Rubbish Exhibit (R.A.R.E.) is a Recycling and Composting Education program that offers Butte County residents of all ages a chance to learn the 4 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. R.A.R.E. is hosting an open house for any and all to see. The exhibit consists of over twenty hands-on interactive displays covering topics ranging from the evolution of trash, anatomy of a landfill, and composition of trash, to composting with worms, hazardous waste, and recycling around the world. Demonstrations on how to build a worm bin will also be available. Refreshments will be provided.

Shuttle will be provided by Butte College. Pick up location will be at the east end of Holt Hall on Arcadian Avenue at 9:30-9:45 a.m.

To Drive: 3097 Southgate Lane From CSU, Chico: Take 9th St East to Hwy 99, get on Hwy 99 heading South. Turn Left at the 1st stop light-Southgate Lane. The exhibit will be on the Right.

Saturday, 10:00-11:00 (EARC Office, BMU 301)
Julianne Riddle, Environmental Action and Resource Center (EARC)
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.

Saturday, 11:00-12:00 (BMU North Entrance)
Sustainability Walking Tour of the Chico State Campus

Jillian Buckholz, CSU, Chico
This tour will involve a leisurely walk around the Chico State campus and identify example of sustainability on the campus through projects, programs and architecture.

Saturday, 1:00-2:00 (BMU North Entrance)
CSU, Chico's Sustainability House Tour
Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program, Amelia Gulling, Shannon York, Madi Krisko, Fumiko Motohashi
This session will focus on how student groups can partner with Housing and Facilities departments to transform on-campus housing into centers for green living. Coordinators from the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program will lead a tour of the Sustainability House, which features lighting retrofits, Energy Star© appliances, green products and other ecologically minded technologies. Presenters will discuss their efforts thus far to "green up" housing on campus, as well as their plans for future projects. Presenters will also provide information on zero-to-low cost opportunities for making any home more energy efficient.

Saturday, 2:00-4:00 (1711 Mulberry Street)
Green House Open House - Constructed by Norton Construction
This house was constructed with green and sustainable products throughout. This is a must see!
Participants can go on the tour any time between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mini Film Series
Saturday, 4:00-10:00 p.m.
(Ayres Rm 106)
Movie titles and times to be announced.