Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

2008 This Way to Sustainability Conference Speakers



Mark Alvis, Alvis Products

People have told me that trying to run three companies simultaneously is crazy. But I don't see them as separate. They are all part of the answer to the question: "How do we create a more sustainable way of living?" And once you have some of the answers, "How do you get other people to live more sustainably as well?" We started Alvis Projects to learn how to build more energy-efficient buildings, we start Mind Light Works Video Productions to tell people about what we learned. Once we realized that the need for information isn't just is Fresno, we started so everyone can easily learn more about sustainability.

Associated Students of CSU, Chico
Julie Wright, Dan Alexander, Marshall Riddle, and Desiree Tavares
Julie Wright,
AS Executive Vice President was the AS Commissioner of Environmental Affairs in 07-08 and facilitates the implementation of green policies within the Associated Students. She has also served as an Environmental Advocate for the Community Legal Information Center at Chico State.
Dan Alexander, AS Student Sustainability Co-Coordinator, and former AS Director of University Affairs 07-08. He helped launch This Way to Sustainability in 2006 and helped start the Environmental Ambassadors program within the residence halls.
Marshall Riddle, AS Commissioner of Environmental Affairs. He served as an Environmental Action and Resource Center intern and is directly involved in state environmental legislation.
Desiree Tavares, AS Commissioner of Activity Fee. Served as the Co-Coordinator for the annual Diversion Excursion program which accepts donations from on-campus residents as they leave for the summer diverting thousands of pounds of waste from the landfill.



Dr. Christopher M. Bacon is an editor and author in the forthcoming book titled Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America (from MIT Press). He is a founding member of the Center for Social Economy in Nicaragua and He is also a Participatory Action Researcher affiliated with the Community Agroecology Network. After graduating with BA degrees in both Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, he worked for the World Resources Institute and then served for two years in Peace Corps Nicaragua. He later returned to finish a Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His work investigates linkages among globalizations, alternative trade networks, changing landscapes, and struggles for rural survival and sustainability.

Katherine Bajjaliya
Net Impact

Net Impact Undergraduate is focused on spreading education and awareness in the College of Business, in hopes to promote sustainable methods of business. The organization meets weekly to listen to professional speakers and to plan events.

Tom Barrett, Vice President
RHA, Inc.
Tom Barrett has been working in the environmental, energy, and sustainability fields for 30 years. Currently he is a Vice President for RHA Inc. where he conducts research and develops programs in energy conservation and efficiency. He is also the host of "The Sustainable Hour" on KZFR FM 90.1 in Chico and has been "on-air" for nine years talking about sustainability issues, concepts, and topics. Tom has developed programs that have saved thousands of kilowatt hours of electrical energy for businesses in northern California over the past seven years. A recognized expert in the energy conservation and efficiency fields, Tom is also an experienced building scientist and knowledgeable in green building and healthy buildings. A graduate of CSU, Chico where he got his BA in Biology, a minor in Chemistry and an MA in Planning. His master's thesis in 1991 was on developing sustainable communities through energy conservation, efficiency, and renewables.

Roy BeckRoy Beck, Executive Director
NumbersUSA Education & Research Foundation

Author Roy Beck, Founder and President of the NumbersUSA Education & Research Foundation and NumbersUSA Action, has been one of the leading shapers of the national immigration debate since the early 1990s. Roy established NumbersUSA in 1997 to carry out the immigration-reduction recommendations of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development and of the bi-partisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, chaired by the late Barbara Jordan. The top objective is to reduce overall legal and illegal immigration so that the numbers no longer impede American environmental sustainability, economic justice and individual liberty.
Roy was a pioneer in environmental journalism in the 1960s at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was one of the nation’s first environmental-beat newspaper reporters. Over three decades of working in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Missouri and as a congressional correspondent in Washington D.C., he won nearly two dozen awards for covering environmental topics and issues interrelating ethics, religion, and public policy, including honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Izaak Walton League. Beck has testified often before Congress and has appeared as well before numerous local and national environmental/population conferences, multiple staff and Member briefings in Congress, scores of other colleges, civic clubs, forums and radio and TV shows. His byline has appeared in scores of publications. As well, Beck is the co-author of a series of reports on urban sprawl that quantify the roles of population growth and land use/consumption decisions in the loss of rural land to urbanization. His series of national sprawl studies has been cited widely, including the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Stephanie Bianco-Simeral, Professor
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at CSU, Chico
Stephanie Bianco-Simeral
is a registered dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at CSU, Chico. Her area of expertise is in nutrition management and food safety. Currently, her research interests include nutrition marketing in local high schools and nutrition product development. Future teaching endeavors include food safety in industry and more "Chico on $10 A Day" events!

Brian BrazealBrian Brazeal, Professor
Department of Anthropology at CSU, Chico
Professor Brian Brazeal is an anthropologist and documentary film maker with many years of experience studying the African Religions of Brazil . He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007 and is currently employed as a professor at California State University, Chico where he offers courses in anthropology. Professor Brazeal has held several academic positions including Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia. However his passion is for conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the interior of Northeast Brazil where he studies religious healing and witchcraft as well as the trade in emeralds and other precious gemstones. Professor Brazeal has authored several scholarly articles on Afro-Brazilian religions and has produced and directed an award-winning documentary film. He will soon publish a book entitled, “City of Witchcraft: Blood, Money and Fame in the Bahian Backlands.”

J BriltsJuri Brilts, Grants Manager
Butte College
Juri Brilts is a former industrial designer, management consultant and K-12/higher education grant specialist. His “turn to green” happened when visiting Oberlin College's Lewis Sustainability Center several years ago and, when also seeing the Recycled and Green Design exhibits in San Francisco. He has visited China and the former Soviet Union numerous times, and is impressed with their rapid embracement of clean, green and alternative technologies. These emerging technologies are here to stay and grow in directions we haven't even yet imagined.



Butte Bicycle Coalition

Karen Goodwin, Peter Holllingsworth, Jennifer Harris, and Laurie Niles
The Butte Bicycle Coalition is a non-profit group which encourages and promotes cycling as a healthy, environmentally-friendly means of transportation and recreation thru education, advocacy, and community involvement. Our goals include: sponsor bicycle safety education programs in the community, facilitate communication and partnership among City and County agencies to bring changes in the planning process to better accomodate bicycle transportation, and disseminate information to the public on bicycle issues.

Butte Environmental Council

Jim Brobeck, Maggi Barry, Barbara Vlamis , Mary Muchowski, and Carol Perkins
The Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is a non-profit corporation. Founded in 1975, BEC is devoted to providing environmental education and advocating for the health of the environment. BEC is currently working under a grant from The California Wellness Foundation to create awareness of toxic issues in Butte and Glenn Counties. BEC conducted a telephone survey in June 2008 to determine what issues are of concern to Butte County residents, and to determine their knowledge about certain items, regulations and conditions.



Campus Center for Appropriate Technology at Humboldt State University

Jess Huyghebaert, Jocelyn Orr and Emmalyn Garrett

The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology is a student demonstration house for appropriate technologies located on Humboldt State University's campus. Celebrating their 30th year of students living lightly on the earth, CCAT is continuing to rebuild their home, grounds and organization after a recent move and fund raising to build a new greenhouse! The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living is a six year old organization that recently received funding to renovate a building on the University of Oregon's campus. CASL is modeling their organization of off CCAT and is hoping to be moving into their own demonstration home this fall, becoming a showcase for low impact, sustainable lifestyles.

Angela Casler, Professor
Department of Management at CSU, Chico

Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at CSU, Chico
Wendy Kaplan, Gina Sims and Sheila St. Cin
The mission of the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion is to create innovative partnerships so that Californians in the north state are enabled to adopt healthy eating and physical activity patterns as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Center also promotes earth friendly practices in foodway systems and encourages resource conservation and sustainability.

Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at CSU, Chico
Gina Sims, Jeremy Miller (Chico Food Network), Susie Bower (Chico Country Day School), and Ernie Dalton (Nord Country Day School)
The panel of speakers represent a cross section of community organizations and schools working to establish and sustain local school gardens. Individuals from Chico Unified School District, Chico Food Network, and CSU, Chico Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion are working collaboratively to create these valuable outdoor learning classrooms.

Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Coordinator
Sierra Nevada Brewery

Cheri Chastain
has served as the Sustainability Coordinator for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co in Chico, CA for the past two years. As the Sustainability Coordinator, Cheri is responsible for the recycling & waste diversion program, the green house gas inventory, the biodiesel program, and manages various other environmentally related programs at the brewery. Cheri holds a BA in Geography from CSU, Sacramento and an MA in Environmental Geography from CSU, Chico.
Nani Teves is a Butte Environmental Council Web site that pulls together our communal knowledge of eco-projects, a directory of local green businesses, and a full calendar of action events for the purpose of global cooling. Rainwater catchment is one of the many projects highlighted on Nani runs, has a Masters Degree in watershed science, and is the watershed coordinator for the Little Chico Creek Watershed Group.

Chico Grange
Kim Weir, Germain Boivin (Floral Native Nursery) and Taran March (Green Envy)

The mission of the Chico Grange is to promote local agriculture, environmental stewardship, and a vibrant community. Revitalizing the historic 1902 Chico Grange Hall and grounds to serve as an enduring example of sustainability is part of that mission. The new California Native Plant Walk is an educational botanical "walk" circling the Grange Hall, now being created by Grange volunteers with help from local fourth-graders. Kim Weir of the Chico Grange is coordinating the project. Quebec native Germain Boivin, plant propagator and proprietor of Chico's own Floral Native Nursery, and garden designer Taran March of Green Envy are providing special assistance.

Chico Green School
Kent Sandoe and David Orneallas
Chico Green School is a local initiative with the goal of opening a small high school with a rigorous arts and science curriculum with a focus on environmental and civic engagement in the fall of 2010.

Chico Sustainability Task Force
Scott Wolf
The Chico Sustainability Task Force's mission is to promote a culture of stewardship within our community to enhance our natural resources, economic interests and quality of life for present and future generations in the City of Chico by collaboratively developing programs and initiatives which will distinguish Chico as a leader in sustainability efforts.

Dawn Clifford and Kristin Weil
Department of Nutrition and Food Science at CSU, Chico

Dawn Clifford: Dawn is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. She's been a registered dietitian for 8 years with experience counseling men and women of all ages on holistic approaches to weight management.
Kristin Weil: Kristin is a student in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. She has a passion for sustainability and health promotion. She hopes to become a registered dietitian.

Community Legal Information Center (CLIC)
Philip Saneski and Rachael Mache
Originally founded by Paul Persons—a pioneering environmentalist, activist attorney, sustainability icon and well-known political science professor—Environmental Advocates is a sub-department of the Community Legal Information Center undergoing an increased role in furthering the already successful sustainability efforts at California State University, Chico. One of twelve departments of the non-profit organization funded by the CSU, Chico political science department, Associated Students, and the City of Chico, Environmental Advocates has seen itself taking direct initiatives as local activists. Among one of their upcoming objectives is the drafting of an ordinance that would require all businesses that sell food to go to pick up their trash within a radius of 100 feet.

Greg Cootsona, Associate Pastor
Bidwell Presbyterian Church
Greg Cootsona
holds a Ph.D. in philosophical and systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He also holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, Princeton Theological Seminary, and has done post-graduate work at the University of Heidelberg. He currently serves as associate pastor for education at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico and also chairs a science and religion dialogue group, The Chico Triad on Philosophy, Theology, and Science, funded by a grant from the Metanexus Institute. He presented his views at the 2007 sustainability conference at the religious perspectives on sustainability panel. Greg and his wife, Laura, have two daughters and live in Chico. He also enjoys commuting to work by bike.

Ben Corey-Moran
Thanksgiving Coffee Co.

Ben Corey-Moran was born, raised, and has returned to the Mendocino Coast of Northern California, also the home of Thanksgiving Coffee Company. Ben is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Coffee Development at Thanksgiving, and is a current member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Sustainability Committee, as well as chair of United Student’s for Fair Trade’s National Advisory Board. Ben holds a BA in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon.



Dr. Curtis L. DeBerg earned his PhD and MS at Oklahoma State University in business administration (emphasis: financial accounting) and economics, respectively. Before that, he was employed as a CPA for the national accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney in Des Moines, Iowa. From September 1993 to May 2005, he was the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow at Chico State. The duties of a Walton Fellow are to be the adviser for a Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team on campus. One of the SIFE team's most outstanding projects was called "Cal-High SIFE." Based on the success of Cal-High SIFE, Dr. DeBerg founded Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) in summer 2002. SAGE's mission is to advance ethical business practices, social responsibility, civic engagement and environmental awareness worldwide through high-school level youth participation in entrepreneurship and community service. Youth use their school learning to become self-reliant, create wealth, and help others. SAGE is currently operating in eight U.S. states and 15 countries.

Dr. DeBerg has published several articles in many academic refereed journals, and served three years as Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting Education. From 1995-1997, he served as Project Co-director of a U.S. Department of Education grant entitled "Reengineering Elementary Accounting." Dr. DeBerg was a leader in reengineering principles of accounting during this time period when CSU, Chico made significant changes in both content and pedagogy in principles of accounting.


Empower Poly Coalition
Chad Worth and Nancy Cole
Chad Worth
is a 5th year Industrial Engineering student and former President of the Empower Poly Coalition, the coalition of sustainability clubs and organizations on campus. Last summer Chad interned with PG&E in San Francisco as a Technical Solutions Engineer performing large commercial and industrial energy audits. Chad is a columnist for the Mustang Daily’s Green Spot, a bicycle enthusiast, and upon graduation (who knows when that'll happen) wants to work building sustainable communities.
Nancy Cole is an aspiring energy policy expert interested in the future of the intelligent energy systems. She is a fourth “ish” City and Regional Planning student with a passion for engaging herself at the grassroots level and all levels of campus and community organizing on energy issues. She prides herself in her ability to lead effective meetings, develop program frameworks, and make comprehensive educational packets. Her areas of interest are in energy and climate policy, green urbanism, sustainable development and green building. Nancy J. enjoys riding public transportation during rush hour, walking in the redwoods and any kind of activity that does not involve the automobile.



Food and Water Watch
Corie Lopez and Adam Scow
Food and Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.

Robert Friedman, Project Development Manager
REC Solar, Inc.
Robert Friedman
is a senior member of the project development team at REC Solar, Inc. Robert has developed and implemented many of the largest solar PV projects in Butte County including Butte College, Butte County, South Feather Water & Power, Sewerage Commission Oroville Region as well as solar PV for homes and small businesses throughout the County.

Pat Furr


Pat Furr, President and CEO
Computers for Classrooms

Pat Furr founded Computers for Classrooms in her home in 1991. Make an environmental difference 25 times greater that recycling by reusing electronics! It's a win for the environment and humanity.










Gluttmann & Blaevoet

GUTTMANN & BLAEVOET has provided continuous engineering services to architects and building owners since 1956. With offices in San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Rosa, our staff of 45 includes licensed mechanical and electrical engineers, telecom/data/security experts, energy analysts, designers, controls specialists and commissioning providers. With most of our engineers LEED Accredited Professionals, we vigorously apply principles of sustainable design to our projects. To date, we have 4 LEED certified projects (1 Platinum, 2 Golds, 1 Silver) and 28 projects currently in the LEED certification process. Key staff has been elected to serve on two of U.S. Green Building Council’s Core Committees, LEED for Healthcare and LEED for Commercial Interiors, developing national guidelines and best practices for sustainability. In the last three years, Guttmann & Blaevoet has received three National ASHRAE Technology Awards - the highest honor in the industry for sustainable design, technology, and energy efficiency.
Gurdaver Singh, Principal, a registered mechanical engineer in California and LEED Accredited Professional, Gurdaver Singh has over 17 years of experience in mechanical and electrical design. A strong proponent of sustainable design, he is currently providing design solutions to five projects - ranging from community center, library, science laboratory to healthcare facility - to help achieve LEED certification. Gurdaver presented our project at the Labs for the 21st Century conference in 2005 and is scheduled to speak again in September 2008. He also taught a 2-hour class at University of California, Davis Extension in January this year.
Ted Tiffany, Building Performance Modeling Manager, has extensive knowledge in energy analysis software, such as EnergyPro and DOE-2, a useful tool in predicting energy use and developing energy conservation strategies. A specialist in his field, Ted has provided energy analysis for a wide range of occupancies such as office, retail, industrial, hospital, laboratory, and industrial facilities. He is currently a part-time faculty member at Sonoma State University teaching “Computer aided applications in Energy Management & Design”.

Keiko Goto
Keiko Goto
is originally from Japan. She holds a B.S. in food science and technology from Kyoto University, an M.S. in nutrition from UC Davis, and a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University. As a nutritionist, Keiko has worked in various countries such as Guatemala, Indonesia, Jamaica, the Philippines, and Tanzania, and has developed a deep appreciation of diversity in people and food. Keiko’s current research interests include food and culture, local food systems, sensory evaluation of food, international nutrition, and the application of community-based participatory research methods in food and nutrition. She enjoys traveling, playing the piano, pairing wine with foods, and playing with her daughter Erika.

Green Campus Program at CSU, Chico
Amelia Gulling, Tami Kautz, Fumiko Motothashi, and Shannon York
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.

Green Campus Program at Humboldt State University
Sarah Schneider, Chris Escarcega, Jamila Ghoul, and Kale Roberts
Humboldt State University’s award-winning Green Campus Program, now in its fourth year, is a powerhouse for promoting and generating real energy savings on campus. The Program’s four student coordinators take a three-pronged approach in promoting energy efficiency at HSU: energy education, generation of hard energy savings, and collaboration with students, staff, faculty and administration to institutionalize sustainability.

Joe Greene, Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing at CSU, Chico
Dr. Joe Greene
is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Mechatronic Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Department. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Michigan. Joe began teaching in August of 1998 after a 14-year career with General Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan. His research interests include compostable and biodegradable polymers, recycled plastics, composting technology, anaerobic digestion, and biodiesel technology.



Tyler Hartrich


Tyler Hartrich
Green From Within

Tyler Hartrich is the founder of Green From Within, and organization that is dedicated to implementing sustainability through educational discourse. He is a 5th year in the City & Regional Planning department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo California. Tyler Hartrich has been conducting "Live Sustainably" for 2 years, and will continue presenting his speech to universities across California throughout 2008-2009.


Mark Herrera
AS Sustainability at CSU, Chico

Michael Hoopingarner, Representative
Green Party of Butte County
Michael Hoopingarner is the Butte County Representative for the Green Party and a collegiate forensics competitor.

Humboldt State University Geospatial Club
Christopher Escarcega, Chantell Royer and Jason Barnes

The Humboldt State University Geospatial Club (HSU-GC) is a student organization dedicated to applying geographic information systems (GIS) to environmental and social issues. Members include both graduate and undergraduate students representing the Natural Resource Planning, Watershed Management, Sociology, and English programs. Recently, the members of HSU-GC have worked on: examining correlatives in abortion clinic crime, social and environmental dimensions of the Klamath watershed, pesticide exposure on the California central coast, and GIS applications for Search and Rescue in Yosemite National Park.



Scott Jackson, CEO and Founder
Evergreen Development
C.E.O. and founder of Power Shacks Inc., the parent company of Evergreen Development. Mr Jackson has been involved with alternative energy design and implementation for over 25 years. He has designed over 450 homes, of which many are qualified as Environmental Protection Agency “Energy Stars”. Mr Jackson has designed over 250 photovoltaic and wind turbine systems representing over 1.55 megawatts of power. An advocate of renewable energies and passive solar strategies, the company’s use of the new advancement of wind energy has established their presence in the Agri-business field. His family has lived off the grid for more than 29 years. His affiliations are with the American Institute Of Building Design, California Association of Building Energy Consultants, Solar Energy International, Northern California Solar Energy Association and American Wind Energy Association.

Lin Jensen, Founder and Teacher
Chico Zen Sangha
Lin Jensen
is Senior Buddhist Chaplain to High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California, and founder and teacher of the Chico Zen Sangha in Chico, California where he writes and works on behalf of nonviolence and in defense of the earth. Lin is a frequent contributor to Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun, Mandala, and Tricycle magazines. He’s the author of four books on Zen: Bowing to Receive the Mountain; Uncovering the Wisdom of the Heartmind - awarded Best Buddhist Book by Today’s Librarian; Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places - selected for Shambhala Sun’s Best Buddhist Writing 2006; and Pavement: Reflections on Mercy, Activism, and Doing “Nothing” for Peace – selected for Shambhala Sun’s Best Buddhist Writing 2008. Lin’s latest book, Together Under One Roof: Making a Home of the Buddha’s Household was released by Wisdom Publications this Fall 2008. Lin is currently working on a book exploring the relationship between Deep Ecology and Buddhism.

Robert Jones, Professor
Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at CSU, Chico
Robert C. Jones
received his PhD in philosophy from Stanford University in 2005. His dissertation, The Moral Significance of Animal Cognition, investigates the substantive properties that bear on the moral considerability of both human and non-human animals and argues that the key properties are specific features of a being's cognitive capacities. He further argues that, based on recent empirical findings, since there are deep and important continuities across species in these features, no fundamental distinction of moral considerability between human and non-human animals can be sustained. His current research interests continue to focus on the moral status of non-human animals as well as on food ethics, environmental ethics, mind and cognition, species studies, and the question of what it is to be human. Robert joined the faculty of California State University, Chico, in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and director of The Center for Applied and Professional Ethics.



Greg Kallio, Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing at CSU, Chico

Andy Keller, President
ChicoBag Company
Andy Keller,
President of the ChicoBag Company and is on a mission to help all of humanity kick the single-use bag habit. Keller invented the ChicoBag in late 2004 after an inspiring trip to the local Neal Road landfill.

John Kennedy
Autodesk, Inc.
John F. Kennedy,
Senior Product Manager at Autodesk, Inc., AIA Allied member, ASHRAE member, and a licensed mechanical engineer, has over fifteen years of experience developing and expanding the market for sustainable building analysis solutions. Mr. Kennedy has degrees in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on resource sustainability. Mr. Kennedy presented his resource sustainability thesis to the Clinton administration’s Interagency Material and Energy Flow Workgroup in 1997.

Morgan KingMorgan King, Program Manager
Strategic Energy Innovations
Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a nonprofit organization that helps empower schools and universities, small businesses, local governments, affordable housing agencies, and agricultural communities to reduce pollution and save money through clean energy and resource efficiency. As a Program Manager with SEI, Morgan King works with students, faculty and administration at eight universities and colleges to develop and implement energy and climate protection programs.
At SEI, Morgan serves a number of programs across the state, including the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program, SEI's Awareness for Communities about Energy (ACE) Program, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Climate Protection project, the Green Dorm and Student Energy Auditing Program, and the Building Operator Certification (BOC) training course.

KniggeLaDona Knigge
Knigge is an assistant professor in geography and planning at CSU, Chico. She obtained her PhD in Geography with an Advanced Certificate in GIScience at State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006.  She has been involved in numerous planning projects in Wyoming, New York and California. She teaches geography and planning classes at Chico State. Her research interests include community gardening, community food security, community-based GIS and planning for sustainable communities.  




William R. Knudsen
Natural Vitality
Chico State Grad, co-founder of Knudsen Juice Company, past president of Organic Trade Association, current consultant to Natural and Organic Food Companies.



Renee Lafrenze
Alliance to Save Energy - Green Campus Program
Ms. Renee Lafrenz currently manages the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program which is a state-wide student internship program addressing campus energy efficiency. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and Master's in Environmental Science and Management from the Donald Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. In her spare time she loves to bake and hike.

Ryan Laine
Wheeled Migration
Ryan Laine aspires for two things in this life: to live as a student and retire a wise old man. He is currently involved in designing curriculum that integrates outdoor leadership with ecological literacy through experiential education, and remains convinced this the way to rescue western education from itself. Ryan dreams of the day he can ride his bicycle for hundreds of miles without noticing a single moving automobile.

Randy LarsenRandy Larsen
Department of Philosophy at CSU, Chico
Randy Larsen teaches in the Philosophy department at Chico State. He is currently a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at Antioch University. His current research involves John Muir and reverence for the natural world. He specializes in environmental ethics and virtue ethics. Larsen is a former coach of the CSU, Chico forensics (speech and debate) team. Randy is past host and producer of EcoTalk, an award winning radio program broadcast nationally on the Pacifica radio network.

Jeffrey Lindstrom
Claremont Graduate University
Presently completing a Ph.D. in Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University with emphasis on the Politics, Economics, and Business of Sustainable Development in Post-Soviet Countries, Jeff is the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development in Vladivostok, Russia.

Gar W. Lipow
The Durban Group
Gar W. Lipow
is an independent journalist and activist. He is an invited, edited blogger for the nation's premiere on-line environmental journal, Grist Magazine, and has been published on a free-lance basis in a number of periodicals. He is also the publisher of the free reference e-book "Cooling It! No Hair Shirt Solutions to Global Warming", which compiles many of the technologies available now to replace fossil fuels. It can be found at Those who have found his work useful include Dr. Joseph Romm, Executive Director Emeritus of The Center for Energy & Climate Solutions, Dennis Hayes, co-inventor of Earth Day, Eric Heitz, President of The Energy Foundation, Patrick Mazza, Research Director at Climate Solutions, Patrick Bond Director of the "Centre for Civil Society" at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies in South Africa, and Michael Perelman, Professor of Economics at the California State University of Chico.

Jessica LundbergLundberg Family Farms
Jessica Lundberg and Greg Turcotte
Lundberg Family Farms is a leader in producing high quality organic and eco-farmed rice products in an environmentally beneficial and sustainable manner. In 1937, having experienced the devastation of the Dust Bowl, the Lundberg family pioneered land management techniques designed to replenish rather than deplete the soil. As a continuation of this heritage, Lundberg Family Farms is committed to business practices that make positive contributions to customers, growers, employees, shareholders, community and environment.
Jessica Lundberg chairs the Board of Directors of Lundberg Family Farms, the nation’s leading producer of organic rice and rice products. A member of the Lundberg family’s third generation, she also manages the seed nursery, overseeing the maintenance, purity and development of proprietary rice varieties such as Wehani®, Black Japonica and California Arborio. Under Jessica’s leadership, the Company installed solar collectors to provide 20% of its electrical needs, and purchases the remaining 80% as certified green energy supplied by wind power to the California grid. Jessica holds a degree in Biological Sciences from California State University at Chico and makes her home in Chico, California near the family farm.



Kimbrely Matsoukas, Sustainability Manager
Bentley Prince Street

Kimbrely Matsoukas is the Sustainability Manager at Bentley Prince Street and a LEED Accredited Professional. In this role, she manages their programs on internal waste elimination (QUEST), end-of-life reclamation (ReEntry), and climate neutral products (Cool Carpet). Additionally, she is responsible for producing internal and external sustainability reports, including the annual GHG inventory, organizing community projects, and for communicating Bentley Prince Street’s sustainability programs both internally and externally. She was the Project Manager for Bentley Prince Street’s LEED-EB Silver certification and presented about the process at Greenbuild 2007. Kim was also recently on a panel discussing end-use energy efficiency at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia.
Kimbrely received her B.A. in Biology and Hispanic Language and Literature from Boston University and her Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California- Santa Barbara.

John Merz, President
Sacramento River Trust

Jim Mikles, Director of Venture Communities
Golden Capital Network

Jim Mikles is co-founder of Golden Capital Network and director of Venture Communities. Since 1999, Jim has worked with entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs, economic developers and policy makers in emerging markets across the U.S. to foster innovation and sustainable growth companies for economic prosperity. Jim helps companies raise angel and venture capital and helps economic developers institute policies, programs and networks to foster entrepreneurship and investing.
Prior to co-founding GCN, a northern California non-profit corporation, Jim worked for 10+ years as a journalist covering business, technology, economics, politics and environment. Jim speaks to media and economic development groups around the country on topics of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology trends. He continues to write for a number of publications and his articles have appeared in variously in print and online in such publications as Economic Development America, the national publication of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Insights, a regional chamber of commerce quarterly, and the Golden Capital Venture Communities blog. Jim has a BA in journalism and a minor in English literature from California State University, Chico, with post-graduate studies in accounting and instructional technology. He manages the Golden Capital Venture Communities program, which includes technology tools, best practices, an online social network and a national newswire that enables economic development and business services professionals to support innovative companies competing in the national and global marketplace.

Amy Miller
Safety Without Added Toxins (SWAT)
Amy Miller
is one of the founding members of SWAT (Safety Without Added Toxins), established in early 2008 as a grassroots group of concerned citizens mobilized to stop neighborhood fogging and aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Butte County. SWAT is committed to the following goals:
- A no-spray community
- Non-toxic mosquito control, including increased public outreach and education
- Local officials and the public supportive of non-toxic mosquito control



National Gypsum
Timothy Wilson and Dale Leaver
Founded in 1925 National Gypsum is one of the largest gypsum wallboard produceres in the world. Marketed under the Gold Bond brand name NGC wallboard is manufactured at the company's 21 wallboard plants. In addition the compaqny has seven Interior Finish plants and four cement backer board plants. From the start of the company National Gypsum Company has been recognized for their committment to service and quality. Most recently the company's efforts in technology and environmental areas have earned them high praise also. In 2002 the company's Shippingport, PA plant earned the states Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

National Center for Science Education
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.,
serves as Faith Project Director with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in Oakland, facilitating the discussion about the theory of evolution among religious communities. He teaches theology, philosophy and environmental ethics, and is currently on the faculty of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. A fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR), his book on Catholicism and Science (Greenwood Press) was published in April, and with Richard McDonald he is writing another book on the religious and ethical implications of the approaching end of affordable oil.
Richard J. McDonald, Ph.D. is a research physicist emeritus from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA. USA. His work has included various aspects of nuclear physics, both basic and applied, along with a stint in neutrino physics. His involvement with resource issues started with investments in natural resources and go back well over a decade. He currently earns his living from participation in wildcat and developmental drilling as well as the occasional profit in the stock market.


Bob Odland, President
Robert Odland Consulting
Bob Odland
is a consultant to local governments on sustainability issues related to land-use planning, urban design, and development regulations. He has consulted to more than 100 local governments, served on the staff of the California Legislature, been a manager & researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and developed land-use reforms in Russia and Ukraine. Bob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Solar Energy Society, Congress for the New Urbanism, and U.S Green Building Council. He received his planning and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.



Robert Parkhurst
Climate Protection and Analysis Manager
Environmental Policy
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Robert Parkhurst is the climate protection and analysis manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  He is responsible for providing technical support on the implementation of AB32, providing information to cities seeking climate change data, and on other new, innovative projects such as the purchase of renewable bio-energy.  Mr. Parkhurst is also responsible for key aspects of the ClimateSmart™ program, a first-of-its-kind voluntary program that allows PG&E customers to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make their home or office energy use "carbon neutral."  This includes the purchase of greenhouse gas emission reductions on behalf of PG&E’s customers and promotion of the program externally with business, environmental, and community leaders.  Over the next two years, Mr. Parkhurst and his team will contract for at least 1.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emission reductions.  More information on the ClimateSmart program can be found at

Mr. Parkhurst has been recognized for his environmental leadership.  In May of 2008, Mr. Parkhurst received a “CARROT” award from the California Climate Action Registry recognizing his work developing credible, accurate, and consistent greenhouse gas reporting standards which are consistent across industrial sectors and geographical borders.  In May of 2007, Mr. Parkhurst received a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. EPA for his leadership on climate change. 

Prior to joining PG&E, Mr. Parkhurst was the Global Environmental Program Manager in Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) organization.  While there, he led the development of HP’s climate change program, resulting in a top 10 ranking for the company.  He was also responsible for strategic program development, environmental metrics, external reporting, and climate change initiatives for HP’s manufacturing and facility operations world-wide.  Mr. Parkhurst led the development and attainment of HP’s environmental goals, reinforcing the company’s environmental leadership.  He spearheaded numerous partnerships with groups like the World Wildlife Fund and led HP’s involvement with the World Economic Forum’s Global Greenhouse Gas Registry, the California Climate Action Registry, and Sustainable Silicon Valley.

Mr. Parkhurst has a strong track record of promoting environmental issues in California.  He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Climate Action Registry Board of Directors.  Mr. Parkhurst was a member of the California Energy Commission’s Climate Change Advisory Committee, a government appointed group which made recommendations on the most equitable and efficient ways to implement climate change requirements in the state.  He also co-chaired the Environmental Committee of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, an organization representing more than 200 Silicon Valley companies dedicated to addressing major public policy issues affecting the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley.    

Mr. Parkhurst holds a B.A. Degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a M.S. Degree in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

When he is not at work, you can find him hiking, skiing or teaching mountaineering classes through the National Ski Patrol.  Mr. Parkhurst, his wife Jennifer, son Benjamin, and daughter Abigail live in Belmont, California.

William Pavao, Executive Director
California Tax Credit Allocation Committee

The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) provides federal and state tax incentives that induce in private investments in affordable rental housing development. Among other policy priorities, TCAC emphasizes green building and Energy efficiency in project design, construction, and operation.

Adele Pfister
AS Sustainability at CSU, Chico

Joshua Pierce, Builder and Consultant
Pierce Consulting
Joshua Pierce
is a builder and consultant with twenty years of service in the building industry. His pragmatic and unbiased approach to green building and sustainable development stems from his extensive field experience in the home building industry. Joshua works with homeowners, developers, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies to implement practical and cost effective green building solutions for the built environment. With over 12 years experience implementing successful sustainable building practices he has an intimate knowledge of the opportunities and challenges that face individuals today as they work to integrate green building practices into their business model. Joshua built his career literally from the ground up, starting as a laborer on his fathers’ landscape crew. Over the years he has worked as a journeyman carpenter, designer, superintendent and division manager for production and custom home builders. While developing his skills as a builder, he continued to educate himself in the emerging marketplace of green building. His numerous certifications and technical expertise are testament to his commitment to building a better world by transforming the way we build. Joshua has designed and built a range of green projects from traditional neighborhood developments to straw bale solar homes. His most recent endeavors have focused on developing utility carbon reduction programs for homes, corporate sustainability and training other building professionals in green building strategies. Joshua is an alumnus of the Construction Management Program at Chico State, where he worked with multiple departments to integrate sustainable development into his education. Joshua is a licensed general contractor and Certified Green Building Professional. He is a certified HERS Rater, Title 24 consultant and GreenPoint Rater. Joshua is also certified as a LEED for Homes representative and rater. Born and raised in California, he currently lives in Chico with his wife and two children in a green home they built together.

Michael PikeMichael Pike
Veggie Voyagers
Michael Pike
is a retired nurse who converted the engine of his 1987 Ford truck to run on straight vegetable oil. In 2007 and 2008 he and his wife travelled 20,000 miles over 9 and half months in a loop through 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces, collecting waste fryer oil and processing it throughout the journey.

Char Prieto, Professor
Department of Foreign Languages at CSU, Chico

Char Prieto is a professor of Spanish at CSU, Chico. She has Ph.D. in Spanish literature and her teaching and research interests are twentieth century Spanish women novel and historical new millennium narrative. At CSU, Chico she teaches Spanish language, literature, history, and culture and in her classes Dr. Prieto includes sustainability and a deep respect for the environment. She has authored a book entitled Four Decades Four Authors about Spanish life and literature under the Franco's dictatorship and Bahktinian theory, No More the Weaker Sex: Spanish Women Writers in the New Millennium about twentieth century Spanish women writers, and Between Two Worlds, a book of poems, as well as numerous articles and creative work. She also has written Nieve the Snowman, a children’s book to learn Spanish and at the present time she is working on another book called The Forgotten Holocaust: Spanish Civil War, Massacre, Pact, Obliviousness and Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain.

James Pushnik, Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy
College of Natural Sciences at CSU, Chico



Mark RobertsMark Roberts
Springboard Biodiesel, LLC
Mark Robert is the CEO of Springboard Biodiesel. Based in Chico, CA the Company is a leading provider of small scale biodiesel processors.  Springboard Biodiesel sells its processors both domestically and internationally to a diverse group of small businesses, co-ops, municipalities and farmers.  Because the vast majority of its customers use recycled vegetable oil (RVO) as their primary feedstock, Springboard Biodiesel is at the forefront of providing sustainable alternative energy solutions that are compelling both environmentally and economically.  Prior to Springboard Biodiesel, Mark spent the past 15 years in and around technology and finance.  He earned his BA at Duke University and an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business.

Suellen Rowlison, R.N.
Ms Suellen Rowlison, RN, BS, UCLA, MA, USF is a retired public health nurse, Santa Clara County Health Department. Since moving to Chico in 2002, she is involved with environmental groups: past president of Mount Lassen Chapter of California Native Plant Society; board of directors, River Partners; volunteer for Heifer International.



Carl Salas
Salas O'Brien Engineers, Inc.
Carl has been evaluating and re-designing existing facility infrastructures and power systems since 1974; and has been with Salas O'Brien since 1979. During that time he has surveyed, tested or designed literally thousands of energy systems, energy-efficiency projects, infrastructure/ projects and advanced/energy projects. Along with his “real world” approach to energy projects, he has assisted in financial justification and life cycle costing. Throughout his professional career, he has also instructed more than 5,000 engineers and facility managers in the “art” and practice of energy-based systems engineering. Most importantly, he has excellent communications skills which allow him to leverage his technical and financial expertise making him an exemplary speaker for all levels.
Carl’s background includes a BS, Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech; he is a Registered PE in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Minnesota. Since 1980, Carl has developed and presented 2-Day seminars regarding Energy Auditing, Energy Management, CFC Mitigation, and Distributed Generation. Currently he is co-instructing a 2 day seminar entitled: Fundamentals of Sustainable Development and Carbon Management.

Rachel Sauerbrier, Cabinet Design Specialist/Manager
Meeks Lumber

Rachel A. Sauerbier is the Cabinet Design Specialist/Manager of the design center at the Chico branch of Meek's Lumber and Hardware. She graduated from CSU, Chico in 2004 with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design- Media Arts. Rachel became interested in the dynamics of balancing ecological sustainability and profitability during her years of working in various aspects of the building industry. Whenever possible, Rachel tries to use her bike for transportation around Chico.
Heather Foat is the Industrial/Commercial (INCOM) Outside Salesperson for the Chico branch of Meek's Lumber and Hardware. She graduated from CSU, Chico in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design- Media Arts. Heather is deeply interested in striking a balance between sustainability and the construction industry.

Irv Schiffman
is recently retired from Chico State where he taught political science and planning and environmental administration.  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 Chico-based riparian restoration organization, River Partners. He is a former chair of the City of Chico Planning Commission and of its Architectural Review Board.

Dick Schneider, Environmental Planner
Dick Schneider is an environmental planner and consultant from Oakland, California. He has helped design and manage land use initiatives in the S.F. Bay Area protecting over 250,000 acres from overdevelopment. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Californians for Population Stabilization, is Vice Chair of the Sierra Club S.F. Bay Chapter, served on the Sierra Club’s national Conservation Governance Committee, and is co-author of Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards (U.C. Press). He holds an M.S. degree in Energy and Resources from U.C. Berkeley.

Julie Schneider, Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at CSU, Chico

Julie Schneider is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at CSU, Chico. Her research interests include young child nutrition with an emphasis on the maternal-infant dyad in infant feeding and parent education.

Kenneth Seigler, Business Solution Architect & Consultant
IT Transformation & Sustainability Solutions
Mr. Ken Siegler is a World Wide Business Consultant specializing in Sales Strategy and Business Development. Areas of expertise include: Virtualization Architecture, IT Service Management, Infrastructure Design, Business Management, and IT Governance. Ken is a respected expert in all facets of IT Transformation with direct linkages to the effects it has on business and developing enterprise software solutions. His expertise has helped assist Fortune 1000 Global Enterprises in Environmental Sustainability, Green Data Center Practices, Business Agility and aligning IT methodologies to business goals. In addition, Mr. Siegler recently led the creation of Hewlett-Packard’s World Wide Sales (Business Development) organization specializing in Green consulting. This consulting practice of over 100 plus consulting experts enabled HP to help customers design and re-engineer Data Centers to be more efficient and cost effective IT Information Centers. His start-up organization generated new revenues of over $650M with 41% gross margins over a 15 month period. Surpassing new business development goals by 250%. He also created from the ground up HP’s World Wide Sales, IT Transformation (Virtualization) consulting organization to assist customers and partners to transform information access by improving customer response to ever changing business processes. HP’s IT Transformation practice over a 24 month period generated over $1.2B in new business revenues with gross margins reaching 33%. Mr. Siegler has held various leadership roles in Sales, Business Development, Consulting (Business Process Re-engineering), and Program Marketing within Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment and Unisys Corporation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Business Management with multiple leadership accreditations from Babson University. He also has attended Stanford Graduate School of Business with specific studies in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability.

William ShadyWilliam Shady

Bill is a CA licensed mechanical engineer and the founding principal engineer at Sustainable Design and Project Management in Santa Cruz, California. Bill is also president of Pacific Solar Radiant Inc., an award winning design/build company specializing in integration of solar hot water systems into radiant floor heating, domestic hot water heating, and swimming pool heating systems.

As a certified designer, installer and instructor Bill teaches the radiant architecture, basics and precision courses for the Radiant Panel Association. Bill is the president of the California chapter of the Radiant Panel Association and speaks regularly for Green Building groups, design and construction professionals, and at industry conferences.

Bill’s 20 years of experience in the building industry has spanned a broad range of advanced technology facilities from aerospace research, microelectronics manufacturing, biotechnology, commercial office building to custom residential construction. Currently he is the principal mechanical engineer and manages industry relations and business development for Pacific Solar Radiant Inc.

Bill received a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Chico in 1989. His presentation covers the variety of applications and equipment used in residential and commercial radiant heating and cooling systems.  It provides the information needed to make informed decisions on when, where, and how to use radiant systems in a building.

Bill will present a project that was awarded the 2007 Showcase Award for Innovation by the Radiant Panel Association and was featured in the fall edition of the Radiant Living Magazine.

SIPerior Homes

Todd Harris and Bill Yoskowitz, Proprietors
We provide a supper insulated building envelope using Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's). The result is a 40% to 60% savings in heating and cooling bills; this the most significant "green" measure one can take to reduce the carbon footprint of a new home. It is the equivalent of taking one car off of our roads!

Paul SmithPaul Smith, Principal

GreenSmith Consulting
Paul Smith of GreenSmith Consulting helps businesses go green with integrity, transparency, and power. He offers a range of consulting services to meet the needs of clients, bridging from where they are, to where they want to be. Sharpening his awareness of current market trends is his weekly writing in the green business blogs Ecopreneurist and Triple Pundit.

Claudia Stuart
has 18 years of experience ranging from the federal to the local level. In the early 1990s, Claudia acted as a democratization consultant to the City of Budapest. She later served as a lead contributor to the socio-economic and tribal relations monitoring plans for the federal Sierra Nevada Framework and the Northwest Forest Plan projects. She served as a Senior Planner for the City of Chico, managing neighborhood planning and urban design review before joining Butte County as a Principal Planner in 2007. Claudia is currently a member of the team managing Butte County's comprehensive General Plan update. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a M.L.A. from U.C. Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.



Karsten Tietz

Born on June 9, 1970 in Germany, Karsten Tietz graduated from the University of Hamburg Law school in 1994 (first state exam) and continued his law studies with a Master of Laws from Duke University, USA in 1995. Simultaneously with his two years of legal training that lead to the second state exam in 1997, he was the youngest member of the Hamburg State legislature, one of the 16 state legislatures in the Federal Republic of Germany.

After his term ended he joined Allianz Insurance Company as an assisstant to the board, working, among others, on the questions of Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, the listing of Allianz shares at the NYSE and strategy planning in various fields of the German insurance market.

In 2000 he joined the German Foreign Service, holding positions in the international law division (Human Rights in International Law and the International Criminal Court), as German Consul in Bangkok, Thailand and currently as Consul for Cultural Affairs in San Francisco. During his 4 years in Thailand, he was the head of the German crisis team in Phuket after the Tsunami, responsible for the repatriation of several hundred critically injured German tourists, over 500 bodies and 10.000 stranded tourists with no place to stay.

During his career he has held teaching positions at the University of Hamburg, Humboldt University in Berlin and Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

Thanksgiving Coffee Co.
Paul Katzeff, CEO and Chris Bacon
Paul Katzeff
, co-founder, CEO, and roastmaster of Thanksgiving Coffee Company. He is also one of the co-founders of the SCAA and served as it's president in 1985 and again in 2000. Paul has a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Cornell University and a master in social work from Adelphi University. He is an experienced speaker both within the coffee industry and as a representative of the socially responsible business community.

Dan Toy, Professor
Department of Management at CSU, Chico

Tim Sisson, LEED AP and Shawn Wood, Product Manager
Tim Sisson, LEED AP, has twenty plus years of technical, operations, sales and marketing experience in the HVAC / Building Automation industry and Manufacturing. Tim has been in the Energy Conservation / Energy Management industry his entire career. Working for two major manufactures of air conditioning equipment has provided Tim with great insight to the manufacturing process. Tim is also involved with the US Green Building Council and the LEED Commissioning process. Tim was the technical representative for the mechanical equipment manufacture on the Collaboration for High Performance School, Displacement Ventilation prototype classroom. This demonstration classroom at Coyote Ridge Elementary School, located in the greater Sacramento California area was part of a California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research project. Tim was the liaison between the CHPS project team, the mechanical designers and the equipment manufacture.
Shawn Wood has been a member of Trane’s manufacturing teams for over 10 years. Shawn is currently the product manager for Trane Unitary Rooftop Air Conditioning units in Clarksville TN. In the capacity Shawn oversees all aspects of the product manufacturing and marketing.


Andreas VogelAndreas Vogel, President
Andreas Vogel
is Vice President with SAP Research where he leads the project Green2.0. Prior to joining SAP Research, Andreas held a variety of executive positions at SAP: as a member of the Corporate Consulting Team he advised the chairman, the CEO and executive board members on strategic topics, as Vice President Product Management he led the initiative to service-enable (Enterprise SOA) SAP’s core product ERP and managed the global roll-out of ERP 2005, helped with the creation of a new business unit Governance, Risk and Compliance and produced a business plan for SAP to become a leader in Environmental Management Software. Andreas also worked for a number of start-ups and Silicon Valley icons, Borland (Chief Scientist) and VMware (European Business Development). He was also founding CTO of Mspect, a company dedicated to quality of service monitoring for wireless data communication such as text messaging, now owned by AC Nielsen. Andreas holds an MSc and a PhD in Computer Science from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany and held post-doctoral research positions at the Universite de Montreal, Canada, and the Distributed Systems Technology Center in Brisbane, Australia. He co-authored four books on various aspects of distributed systems technology and enterprise software, all published by J. Wiley & Sons, has written tens of journal papers and conference contributions and holds a number patents.




Ben Zuckerman


Ben Zuckerman, Professor
Ben Zuckerman is a Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA. Beginning in the mid-1970s he developed and regularly taught a course on "Life in the Universe". He also developed and taught a UCLA Honors course entitled "The 21st Century: Society, Environment, Ethics". He has co-edited six books including, "Human Population and the Environmental Crisis" (Jones & Bartlett 1995), that was based on a meeting he organized for UCLA's Institute of the Environment (IoE). Other meetings he organized for the IoE included "The Environment of Southern California in the 20th and 21st Centuries". He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and also of Californians for Population Stabilization. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club from 2002 to 2005. He enjoys hiking in remote areas of Utah and the Grand Canyon.