Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

2008 This Way to Sustainability IV Conference

Saturday Program

Program subject to changes.  Please see printed program upon check-in.

9:00         Greg Cootsona, Bidwell Presbyterian Church

Christian Faith and Sustainability: Friends or Foes?        

Is Christianity to blame for our “ecologic crisis,” as Lynn White suggested in his well-known 1967 article? Are we in this fix because of the biblical imperative to “subdue the earth”? Presbyterian pastor Greg Cootsona discusses how the teachings of Christian faith—particularly the doctrine of creation and its relation to science and technology—underlie a commitment to stewardship and sustainability.                 

9:00         Suellen Rowlison, RN Heifer International

How do we Link Sustainable Community Development and Sustainable Food Production in the U.S. and other countries?        

The mission of Heifer International (HI) is to combat hunger and poverty by providing livestock and training to small-scale farmers worldwide. Suellen Rowlison will use the example of a successful small farm in Honduras to show how HI works with other organizations to help people develop sustainable agriculture, improve the environment, and strengthen communities.                 

9:00           Lori Brown, CSU, Chico        

Green Building, the Basics        

These days everyone is talking about green buildings. But what exactly does it mean to “build green,” and why is this important? Lori Brown, chair of CSU, Chico’s Construction Management Department, will share the basics, including terminology, rating systems, cost, and how you can become an accredited professional in this field.        

9:00         Dick Schneider, Californians for Population Stabilization        

Overpopulation–The Real Inconvenient Truth        

What can be done to curb human population growth? Recognized a generation ago as an essential ingredient of sustainability, a stable population is rarely talked about today—even in Al Gore's famous film. Rapid growth of the global, U.S., and California populations is undermining steps that individuals, communities, and governments are taking to reach a sustainable future. Dick Schneider explains what we can do to achieve population sustainability.    


9:00         William Knudsen, Natural Vitality        

An Exploration of Renewable Energy Sources        

Bill Knudsen, founder of Knudsen Juices and food products consultant for Natural Vitality, presents a beginner’s survey of renewable energy sources—including biomass, solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, waves, tides, jet stream, and ocean currents. Knudsen will discuss the state of development of each source, current applications, and future potential.                 

9:00         Kristen Del Rio, Hooker Oak Elementary, Valerie Reddemann,

Sustainable Hooker Oak        

The Children are the future.  Parents and educaters at Hooker Oak Elementary have come together to make Hooker Oak a sustainable learning environment.  Come listen to their successes and future plans.

9:00         Courtney Bell, Tami Kautz, Brittan Carlson, CSU, Chico

SCOOP: Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices

SCOOP is designed to assess current office practices and formulate sustainable recommendations for improvements toward currently achievable sustainable office standards. 

9:00    LaDona Knigge and students in GEOG 425, CSU,Chico
North Entrance to BMU

ECO Chico Bike Tour

This two hour bicycle tour will showcase best practices in sustainability and green innovation in Chico, CA using the Three Es of Sustainability framework.  The holistic approach seeks to simultaneously integrate sustainable efforts in the areas of Environment, Economy and Equity.  The stops along the tour represent both everyday practices that everyone can do such as community gardening, composing, vermiculture, recycling, as well as top-down, structural practices that are transforming patterns and methods of development.  The bicycle tour is organized and put on by LaDona Knigge's students in GEOG 425: Planning for Sustainable Communities in the Department of Geography and Planning at CSU, Chico.

10:00         Chris Escarcega, Humboldt State        

Grassroots GIS: Application of Geographic Information Systems and Cartography for Forest Preservation in Northern Oregon        

Humboldt State University Geospatial Club (HSU-GC), in collaboration with BARK (a forest advocacy group), present a geospatial analysis of the proposed Palomar Pipeline route, a liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline that would run from Astoria, Oregon, to an LNG link in the eastern part of the state that would provide natural gas to California. Learn how BARK’s leadership deploys these maps at public rallies and stakeholder meetings to educate participants on the real impacts of the proposed pipeline.

10:00         Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D., National Center for Science Education Richard McDonald, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory        

Religion, Ethics, and Human Over-population at the End of Affordable Oile

Peter Hess examines implications for both ethics and theology of the rapidly approaching end of affordable oil, especially given that the productivity of modern agriculture and other industry requires cheap oil. How will achieve a just distribution of resources? Believers in every religious tradition will be compelled to rethink their assumptions about providence and destiny and God’s plan for their nation and for humanity. 

10:00         Gina Sims, CSU, Chico (CNAP)        

Sustaining School Garden Programs        

Schools teach pupils how to write expository essays, graph equations, and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion. But where will they learn about food and where it comes from? Panelists explore the history of school gardens—their successes, challenges, and possible futures—and also offer insight and inspiration to those who wish to start their own school garden program.                 

10:00         Amelia Gulling, Chico Green Campus Program

How to Conduct an Energy Audit

Whether for a home, office or classroom, an energy audit can be the first step toward changing behavior and saving significant energy. In this session, Amelia Gulling and other coordinators from the Chico State Green Campus Program offer hands-on training in energy auditing and data collection, and also share energy saving tips.

10:00         William Shady, Pacific Solar Radiant, Inc        

Renewable Energy Systems Applications in Residential Buildings        

Integrated solar thermal radiant floors and solar heating for domestic water swimming pools are popular applications for integrated residential radiant heating systems. The project William Shady uses as an example to discuss when, where, and how to use renewable energy systems domestically won the 2007 Showcase Award for Innovation from the Radiant Panel Association in Hartford Connecticut.

10:00         Ken Donnell, Ca. State Grange

The California Grange as Activist Archetype: Helping Farmers, Protecting Consumers

The oldest organization in California working to protect the safety of our food supply and the economic security of small farmers, the Grange is a grassroots organization in which the decision-making process is democratic, driven by each local Grange. This presentation will discuss the past, present, and future of the California Grange as a powerful example of how citizens can effectively organize to balance corporate and government power.

10:00         Nani Teves, Butte Environmental Council

Rainwater Catchment: for use in your garden        

Collecting rainwater for summer use in the garden is easy, and one of the first steps in conserving water, slowing storm water runoff, and becoming more self-sufficient. Nani Teves discusses plant water needs, appropriate roofs and gutters for rainwater catchment, supplies needed, how to filter debris, and mosquitoes. During this hands-on workshop participants will also construct five rain barrels and learn how to calculate the amount of water various roofs “catch” each year.

10:00         Jeffrey Lindstrom, Claremont Graduate University

A Vision of Sustainable Development Higher Education: A Pedagogical Model for Teaching, Researching, and Collaborating with the Community

Given that sustainable development is the global issue of this century, how is it that so few universities in the world are committed to researching the development of sustainable development in higher education?  Jeffrey Lindstrom shares a model that has been applied in the Russian Far East for several years and provides practical models, curriculum, and details about community projects.

10:00  Karen Goodwin, Jennifer Harris, Laurie Niles,  Butte Bicycle Coalition
SSC 304
Why Ride a Bike? How to incorporate bicycling into your everyday life
What can get you physically fit, save lots of money, and stop throwing tons of carbon dioxide into the air we breathe?  The most efficient machine known to humans: the bicycle.   
This workshop will show you how YOU can start pedaling and stop polluting, even when you "have too much stuff to haul" or any number of excuses you've used to prevent yourself from experiencing the joys of bicycle commuting.
With a video of local people just like you who have learned how to say yes and love it, you will be inspired to begin pedaling and get a new and improved attitude towards self empowerment.  Cargo carrying, rules of the road, quick tips on a safe and faster bike trip will give you just the push start to your own personal revolution.  If not you, who?


11:00         TOUR   "Mark Herrera, Marley Zalay, AS Sustainability, Chico

Hands-on Compost Workshop at the Compost Display Area (CDA)        

Come outside for a hands-on workshop at the on-campus Compost Display Area and Garden.  Participants learn the basics of backyard composting and view a variety of compost approaches and “styles” in action.  Please wear tennis shoes and bring a water bottle. Gloves will be provided. Meet in the Free Speech Area outside the BMU.

11:00         Tyler Hartrich Green From Within

Live Sustainably.  Creating a green mindset in how we perceive the world that surrounds us, and how we can implement it into our day-to-day lifestyles

“Live Sustainably” is Tyler Hartrich’s motivational speech, a message encouraging us all to consider—and make—simple choices that will limit our impact on the earth. The basic premise is that each of us can create a green mindset and come up with eco-friendly alternatives for our day-to-day lives and decision-making.

11:00         Tom Barrett, RHA, Inc

Extreme Energy Makeover        

The Extreme Energy Makeover Project was funded by San Diego Gas & Electricity to transform an existing pre-Title 24 (California’s energy standard) home into an energy miser. Tom Barrett shows how a fairly typical single-family home was completely retrofitted with existing energy conservation and efficiency technologies to become a zero-energy home.        

11:00         Lin Jensen, Chico Zen Sangha

Down to Earth: A Buddhist Field Guide to Deep Ecology        

Zen Buddhist Lin Jensen will discuss Zen as a way of life. Earth born and earth sustained, humans must acknowledge and act in accordance with this kinship or forfeit their humanity, he says. When the Buddha was challenged to name by what authority he claimed enlightenment, he touched a hand to the ground, proclaiming earth as his witness. Jensen proclaims the necessity of reenacting that life-giving touch today.

11:00         Kim Weir, Germain Bouvin Chico Grange

Why Go "Local" in the Garden? The Importance of Native Plants

California’s ever-increasing human population poses a growing threat to native flora and fauna, which makes protecting and propagating native plants more important than ever before. Using their work with the California Native Plant Walk at the Chico Grange as an example and starting point for discussion, presenters explain why native plants are as essential in urban environments as in natural ecosystems.

11:00         Corie Lopez, Food and Water Watch

Take Back the Tap campaign and privatization of municipal water

Organizers from Food & Water Watch discuss the national Take Back the Tap campaign—individuals, businesses, communities, and city governments coming together to break the bottled water habit. Also find out about attempts by multinational corporations to take control of public water systems in the U.S. and throughout the world.

11:00         Rachel Sauerbeir, Meeks Lumber and Hardware"        

Building a Culture of Sustainability for your Business and Integrating Sustainability throughout the Supply Chain        

Presenting the Meek’s Lumber manufacturers’ certification process, Rachel Sauerbier discusses ISO 14001, LEED certification, Energy Star certification, and more. Meek’s not only supports green construction and other sustainability efforts, but “builds” these programs from within. Sauerbier also talks about creating a culture of sustainability for your business with initiatives that make an impact and also increase employee satisfaction.


11:00         Gar Lipow, The Durban Group        

Cooling It: Technical Solutions to Global Warming        

There are no magic solutions to the challenge of climate change, but many approaches applied together can phase out greenhouse gas emissions. Gar Lipow describes the multitude of technologies available today to replace fossil fuels—today—at a comparable price.

11:00         Various experts in sustainability from on and off campus

What is sustainability, anyway?

Confused about what sustainability really means?  Come listen to this roundtable discussion as various people offer their definitions of what sustainability means to them. 

11:00    Morgan King, Strategic Energy Innovation; Bret Bosma, CSU Chico

Fostering Sustainability in the Campus Residential Setting - Displaying building energy consumption for behavior change and sustainability education.  Students Taking Action on Campus: California State University, Chico

Education is critical to explaining the dynamics of energy reduction, but inspiring people to conserve is especially challenging if they don't pay the energy bill! Real-time energy monitoring displays can help—by allowing building occupants to see how energy and other resources are being consumed, thus encouraging behaviors. Presentation concludes with a tour of real-time monitoring in Lassen and Shasta residence halls.
1:30         Amelia Gulling, CSU, Chico; Sarah Schneider, CSU Humboldt

Student Led Intitiatives to Save Energy, The Green Campus Internship Course:  How to integrate energy efficiency education into the classroom        

Program coordinators offer an overview of successful Green Campus projects and discuss how to mobilize student, faculty, and administrative effort toward energy conservation. Amelia Gulling and Sarah Schneider review lessons learned and share tips to help students help their campuses moving in the right directions.
1:30         Todd Harris, Bill Yoskowitz (SIPerior Homes), Dan Toy, Greg Kallio, CSU, Chico

Building With Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's). Stronger, faster and clearly the best thing you can do for both your pocket book and the environment!

Sustainable Wall Systems for Residential Buildings.  Everything is connected.  Three alternative wall systems are on the forefront of residential green building: Optimum Value Engineered (OVE) stick-frame walls; Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) walls; and insulated concrete walls. Panelists demonstrate how these wall systems use materials and energy more efficiently and are cost-competitive compared to traditional stick-frame construction.        

1:30         Amy Miller and Erin Dacayanan; SWAT, Maggi Berry, Butte Environmental Council"        

Sustainability Through Toxic Awareness: Personal and Grassroots Approaches

This presentation will address how to reduce exposure to toxics by utilizing alternatives in everyday living.  Additionally, a couple of concerned citizens from SWAT (Safety Without Added Toxins) will share a tale of pesticides, West Nile virus and different strategies for mosquito control.

1:30         Michael Hoopingarner, Green Party of Butte County, Ben Zuckerman, UCLA

Effectively Communicating Sustainability
Deep Voting Reform:  Endowing the future with a voice in American politics

POSTER         Chris Escarcega, Humboldt State Geospatial Club        

Potential Social Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise in Western Arcata and on the North Peninsula        

Learn how GIS models can identify areas vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by climate change. in due to anthropogenic.  Christopher Escarcega’s preliminary analysis of Arcata and vicinity will be used to determine areas of increased social risk that warrant further studies with the full Social Vulnerability Index social hazard assessment model.

1:30   John Merz, Sacramento River Trust, John Carlon, River Partners, Eric Larsen, UC Davis, Eric Ginney, Philip Williams & Associates ltd.  

The Sacramento River: Getting Back to Where We Once Belonged         

What are the essential elements of a sustainable river system and watershed—and, by extension, of sustainable water systems? Regional river experts explain and explore fundamentals of sustainability in both river systems and water supplies by sharing the past, the present, and possible futures of the Sacramento, California's largest river and watershed.

1:30  Desere Teveres and Julie Wright, Associated Students

Divert It!: Waste Reduction Programs for Residential Move-Out and Dining Services

Last year Diversion Excursion, a award-winning residential move-out program, celebrated its tenth year at Chico State by keeping 17,000 pounds of material from entering the waste stream. Come listen to last year's DE co-coordinator explain the program and its numerous benefits. Associated Students representatives will also discuss waste reduction strategies underway in campus foodservice

3:00         Randy Larsen, CSU, Chico

John Muir, Wilderness and the Good Life        

Present-day environmentalists can learn much from the life of John Muir, recent named California’s most influential citizen ever by the California Historical Society. Muir showed how spending time in wilderness can teach people about humility and at the same time empower them to act, Larsen tells us. He shares Muir’s insights about the proper balance between time spent in nature and time defending nature.

3:00         Cyndi Pereira, Babies in Chico, Amy Evans, Baby’s Boutique, Serra Heck, Sacred Beginnings
Green Babies- Sustaining Their Future

Taking care of our babies and families involves a lot of choices. Many of these choices have you thinking about your children's and your grand-children's futures. This session brings together three women with a passion for young families and Sustaining Their Future. You will learn about gentle birth and prenatal choices, attachment parenting, babywearing, and easy ways to "green" your family like diapers choices, green toys, recycled clothes and organic fabrics and foods.

3:00         Andy Keller, ChicoBag        

Paper or Plastic? . . What a dumb question.  The World Wide Reusable Bag Movement. What has happened, what is happening and what it means to you

The founder of the ChicoBag Company, one of many firms committed to ending the waste generated by single-use plastic bags, discusses the plastic bag lobby’s fighting for the status quo and global reusable bag activism. Learn about plastic bag bans, bills, and legislation—and how to get involved             

3:00         Jim Brobeck, Butte Environmental Council        

Sacramento Valley Water: The connection between ground water, surface water, land use and the emerging water market

Land use has affected the hydrology of the Sacramento Valley since the Gold Rush. Agriculture, urban expansion, water sales, and citizen advocacy all determine the sustainability of this irreplaceable resource. Jim Brobeck discusses the very important issue of water as a resource for the state, communities, agriculture, and nature.

3:00    Jess Huyghebaert, Andrea Lanctot CCAT,CSU Humboldt, CASL Co-Drectors

Live-in Laboratory- Looking in on student demonstration homes for sustainability, Green Living Demonstrations - a gateway to engaging students in sustainability efforts

Panelists will present different models for student demonstration homes. Each of these demonstration homes serves to educate their communities about living lightly on the earth and providing hands on skills and knowledge to do so. Each organization will highlight what is unique to them, discuss their successes and future potential.