Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

2008 This Way to Sustainability IV Conference

Thursday Program

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

Conference Opening and Welcome
Scott McNall, Director, The Institute For Sustainable Development

10:00         KEYNOTE         Dr. Lowell Catlett        

Food, Fuel, and our Future                 
         Catlett is an exciting futurist whose knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work is addressed in his varied and upbeat presentations.  Dr. Catlett was the recipient of the “Distinguished Service to Agriculture Citation” from the New Mexico Farm and Livestock bureau. He received the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agricultural Award in 2007 from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Dr. Catlett is internationally known as an expert in commodities futures markets and is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense, Labor, and many Fortune 500 companies.

11:00         Karsten Tietz, German General Consulate        
Germany's international leadership in renewable energy
Climate Policy and Energy Efficiency in Germany

Are Germans greener than Americans and why? Germany has started to invest heavily in the research of alternative energies since the early 90s and is today the world leader in alternative energies. The talk will examine the problem of climate change and look at both the German and the international answer to it. How does Germany manage to meet ambitious targets of CO2 reductions and what policies have contributed to the sucess. The talk will focus more on the policy side than on the technological side of renewable energies.

11:00         Francine Stuelpnagel, Max Kee, Lee Calendar, GRUB, Paul

Growing Resourcefully, Uniting Bellies

GRUB is an emerging non-profit currently umbrella'd by Chico Food Network. GRUB also operates a CSA (community, supported, agriculture) and a Fruit Tree Registry.  We have been in existence for just over a year. There are several motivational factors that influence our work.  Come listen to our story.  A tour of the Riparia farm will follow the presentation.

11:00         Robert Friedman, REC Solar, Inc.        

State of the North American Solar PV Market        

What is the state of the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry in North America? Robert Friedman explores this question and also discusses global factors that influence the price of solar projects. In addition to offering insights into the PV industry, Friedman explains factors that affect solar PV project planning for both commercial and residential.
11:00         Tim Sisson Trane

The Green Machine - Sustainability in Manufacturing

Traditional heavy manufacturing generates waste and adds significantly to environmental pollution. These processes are energy intensive, consuming approximately one-fourth of the energy generated in the U.S. annually. Given current high energy costs, a manufacturing ideology that includes sustainability is clearly needed. Tim Sisson discusses sustainability and a decreasing carbon footprint for manufacturing not as separate items but rather the integration of sustainable practices.


11:00         Josuha Pierce, Pierce Consulting        

Energy Performance Certificates: Indexing the Energy and Carbon Footprint for the Nations Housing Stock        

Energy used in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings produces approximately 43 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Given the magnitude of this contribution, efforts to control global warming must explicitly focus on the building sector. Learn about the Energy Performance Certificate and how it supports the reduction of energy demand in the building sector.


11:00         Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Robert Parkhurst, PG&E

Successfully Reduce your carbon footprint in CA

Come hear about some of the innovative options PG&E has for reducing your carbon footprint. Learn how to take advantage of the programs offered by PG&E to save energy and reduce your environmental impact at your home, school, and business. Also hear about how a local Chico business has put some of these programs into practice.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co has worked with PG&E to reduce energy consumption through efficiency, generate close to 100% of their power needs, and contribute to climate change mitigation.  You will also hear about other creative environmental initiatives at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

11:00         Dawn Clifford, CSU, Chico

Sustain Your Body, Sustain Your Earth: Weight management strategies that do both        

This interactive presentation provides attendees with realistic approaches to managing weight. Dawn Clifford shares healthy eating tips, quick, easy recipes for incorporating more plant-based foods into everyday eating, and ideas for incorporating sustainable physical activity into busy lifestyles.

11:00         Char Prieto, 6 CSU, Chico students (will be presented in Spanish)        

Integrating Sustainability into the Foreign Language’s Curriculum and the Greening of Chico State        

Sustainability embraces social and civic engagement, and Spanish speakers have something to say about it. During this panel, chaired by Char Prieto, six students deliver in Spanish their research papers on sustainability then answer questions—the entire process offering a model for how to organize and lead a foreign language class that explores and researches sustainability, how to encourage student work with peers and professors, and how to support increased environmental awareness and effective public speaking.

11:00  Bob Odland, Robert Odland Consulting

Community Renewable Energy Systems

 An introduction to community and neighborhood renewable energy systems – systems larger than those on individual buildings but smaller than utility-scale. Discussion of need for such systems, technologies, advantages, issues, and planning implications. Primary focus will be on systems producing electricity. Targeted audience is planners and planning commissioners, other city officials, and high school and college students, but suitable for everyone.


11:00-2:00         Jeff Mott, BCEP / Institute for Sustainable Development

Tour the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve        

This two hour tour is an easy hike around the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve.  The group will observe a multitude of wildlife and birds, discuss fire ecology of the area, habitat programs, and the local geology.  Each hiker should wear long pants, hiking shoes, and bring sun protection, water, binoculars if available and a lunch.

1:30        Chandra DesMarais, Brittan Carlson, Scott Harris, Katherine Bajjaliya, Net Impact

Start a sustainable change in your business        

Students from CSU, Chico’s Net Impact sustainable business chapter share key elements of business sustainability, from overall organization to making necessary changes, and also discuss how to lead by example, and how to communicate with top executives about sustainable business practices. Information about Net Impact activities will also be offered.             

1:30         Creating Sustainable Transportation Movements in Your Community

Ryan Laine, WheeledMigration, Karen Goodwin, Butte Bicycle Coalition
Energizing your community to ditch their gasoline habit can be daunting.  Come listen to two success stories about doing just that.  Ryan and Karen will share stories about their large bike events, and give insight into creating and expanding your own local bicycle community.  

1:30  Scott Wolf, Ann Schwab, Chico Sustainability Task Force

Report from City of Chico's Sustainability Task Force

The Mayor of the City of Chico signed the Mayor’s Climate Agreement in 2006 at This Way to Sustainability II.  The City responded by forming a Sustainability Task Force.  Members of the committee will report on their work and some of the ideas they have developed individually and as a group

1:30         Panel Speakers: Ray Boykin, Angela Casler, Curt DeBerg, CSU, Chico        

Building Sustainable Communities. The People Side of Sustainability: Sierra Leone Project, SAGE, and the Sustainable Business Partnership

This presentation will look closely at a project applying the principles of sustainability to one of the poorest countries in the world, Sierra Leone. Learn about establishing sustainable micro-economies in the context of Butte County’s Sustainable Business Partnership—and how you can make a difference, enhancing your own quality of life and that of people in other communities."                 


1:30         Wendy Kaplan, Gina Sims & Sheila St. Cin, CSU, Chico (CNAP)

Where Does My Food Come From? - Sustaining Local Farm to School Efforts

Panelists will discuss the importance of small scale, local farming; the Harvest of the Month program in Butte, Glenn, Tehama, and Glenn counties; a farm-to-school collaboration of local agencies and individuals that allows students to experience growing their own food; and other agricultural education programs.

1:30         Marshall Riddle, Jon Slaughter, and various fund recipients, CSU, Chico

Sustainability Fund Allocation Committee

A little over two years ago, students at CSU, Chico passed a fee increase for sustainability.  The Sustainability Fund allocates a portion of that money each year to support student projects.  This panel will highlight four successful programs: Take Back the Tap , Zero Waste, Solar Workshop, and GRUB.                
1:30         Francine Stuelpnagel, GRUB        

Tour of GRUB garden at Riparia

GRUB is an emerging non-profit currently umbrella'd by Chico Food Network. GRUB also operates a CSA (community, supported, agriculture) and a Fruit Tree Registry.  We have been in existence for just over a year. There are several motivational factors that influence our work.  Come listen to our story.  A tour of the Riparia farm will follow the presentation
1:30         Rob Thacker, CSU, Chico        

Student Services Center - Pursuit of LEED Gold Certification        

TOUR CSU, Chico was the first California State University campus to officially register a new construction project under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for environmentally conscious, sustainable buildings. You can see the new Student Services Center on your own, any time, but take the tour with Robert Thacker to fully appreciate the building’s sustainable features.

1:30 LaDona Knigge, CSU, Chico, Irv Schiffman, River Partners, Claudia Stuart, Butte County Department of Development Services, Bob Odland, Robert Odland Consulting
Sustainable Planning Theory, Policy, & Practice      
Both the City of Chico and Butte County are now updating their general plans, making this the right time to consider a planning framework for sustainability. Panelists will discuss long-term, holistic decision-making that seeks to integrate fragmented planning areas, including transportation, land use, growth management, housing, urban design, and economic development.

1:30 Joe Greene, CSU, Chico, Scott Jackson, Evergreen Development

Introduction to Biodiesel Technology, Harnessing the Wind: Sustaining your power consumption in Agri-business through wind power

Hear the latest on biodiesel and wind energy. Joe Greene discusses safely making biodiesel from waste vegetable and crop oils, and the economics of producing biodiesel locally, and demonstrates the University’s biodiesel processor. Scott Jackson shares breakthroughs in “low end” wind harvesting, advances that help meet energy demands and fight climate change.

3:00         Various Experts in Sustainability

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. 


3:00         Carl Salas, Salas & O'Brien

"Green Tags” and Carbon Trading:  How to get noticed and make money while reducing your effect on Global Warming        

Today concerns about carbon are on the front page of every newspaper, and as a result sustainability professionals must understand the carbon conversation as he or she works to “green” programs. Jamie Bonner offers a solid understanding of greenhouse gases, carbon markets, and “cap and trade” markets while decoding confusing concepts and exploring the profitability of green technology

3:00        Rebecca Jim, Environmental Action Demanded Agency; Joan Lewin, FEMA         

People Surviving through land restoration and protection of health and safety of the Tar Creek Superfund Site. Learn how you can help your own community recover from a natural or man-made disaster.    

Come learn about the journey to reclaim and restore the land, health, and safety of the Tar Creek Superfund Site. This panel will discuss how you can help your own community recover from a natural or man-made disaster. The LEAD Agency, Inc. helps build a sustainable community to protect the health of individuals, the water, and the land from the harmful effects of heavy metal contamination. The role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency helps communities assess recovery needs after a disaster for long-term sustainability. Typically, 10% of persons impacted by a disaster fall through the cracks. It is the mission of the Voluntary Agency Liaison to provide guidance to put a safety net in place from within the community to serve the needs of the 10% - the majority of whom are the elderly, poor, and disabled. Learn from these advocates that protect our most precious resource: humankind.                 

3:00         Stephanie Bianco-Simeral, Dr. Julie Schneider, CSU, Chico        

Safe and tasty baby food: From mom and your local farmer to your baby's tummy        

Watch CSU, Chico nutrition professionals prepare safe, delicious, and sustainable baby food in our university food lab. The nutritional and environmental benefits of breastfeeding and homemade baby food will be discussed. In addition, baby food samples and recipes will be provided.

3:00         Adele Pfister, AS Sustainability        

Recycling 101:  What's Recyclable, What's not, and Why

Recycling is easy. But have you ever wondered whether a certain container is recyclable, or how to recycle odd items like batteries, light bulbs, and CDs?  This hands-on presentation answers to your burning recycling questions and offers advice on making better purchasing decisions—choices that reduce or prevent waste.                                                                                                                                                                                                     
3:00         Joseph Geever, William Morris, Humbold State University        

Humanities' Connection to Ecology        

Present-day society depends on the sciences to tell us what does and does not count in terms of sustainability, William Morris and Joseph Greever point out, yet the Humanities also have much to say. Morris and Greever examine how disciplines in the humanities create, develop, and sustain arguments in favor of a ecological worldview. They also explore the dynamic relationship between two sides of one thinker, Kenneth Burke, to establish a claim to sustainability rooted in his scholarship."                                                     
3:00         Keiko Goto, CSU, Chico        

Fast food consumption, healthy eating and sustainable food systems in Japan        

Keiko Goto suggests that understanding Japanese fast food consumption in relation to healthy eating and sustainable food systems may contribute to new U.S. nutrition policies and programs, given that most people here also live fast-paced lives. Goto examines cultural factors affecting the perceptions and consumption of fast foods that appear to be associated with healthy eating and sustainable food systems.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
3:00         Juri Brilts, Butte College        

The Shifting Green Economy: California vs. China and Others        

Providing a snapshot of the green, clean, sustainable, and alternative technologies movement in California, Juri Brilts offers an in-depth look at “green collar” labor force projections through elect case studies. What China and other countries are doing to green their economies.  

3:00         Michael Pike, Veggie Voyagers, Mark Roberts, Springboard Biodiesel, LLC

How to run a diesel vehicle on straight vegetable oil throughout the United States
Cleaner & Greener: Sustainable Biodiesel Production

Beyond gasoline, what are the viable fuels available to the average vehicle owner? Michael Pike and Mark answer that question, discuss sustainable biodiesel, and teach attendees about converting diesel vehicles to run on “veggie fuels.” 

4:00         KEYNOTE         Michael Shuman, Training & Development Corporation

The Small-Mart Revolution

Shuman is widely recognized for his research into the economic advantages of small-scale businesses in an era of globalization as well as the often over-looked benefits of building local economies in an era of big-box chains. He has authored, coauthored, and edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age. He is currently preparing studies on global models of local food businesses for the Gates Foundation.  He is a cofounder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)