Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico
Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Concurrent sessions will be held in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) or Student Services Center (SSC) unless otherwise stated. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast buffet in BMU 100. (View map)
Please note: This page continues to be under construction. This schedule may be subject to change and we will continue to update this web site weekly through October 30th.
9:00 - 9:50 Concurrent Sessions
10:00 - 10:50 Concurrent Sessions
11:00 TOUR Wind Turbine
11:00 - 12:15 Featured Panel
11:00 - 12:15 Concurrent Sessions
11:00 Compost Workshop
11:00 Cooking Demonstration
12:30 - 1:45 Featured Speaker
1:00 - 1:50 Concurrent Sessions
2:00 - 3:15 Concurrent Sessions
7:00-11:00 Student Celebration
Networking - Night on the Town
SUNDAY Student Convergence
Don’t go solar alone! Join forces with your Chico neighbors to share expertise and buying power. Join One Block Off the Grid today!
Gary Janosz- One Block Off the Grid
One Block Off the Grid is a nationwide program that provides online tools to help neighbors join forces, pool purchasing power, and share knowledge as they organize and plan solar installations in their neighborhoods. Solar energy is an expensive investment, it’s complicated, and it’s new. These factors add up to disaster if you’re working all alone. 1BOG provides a means for communities the get organized before they commit to a purchase, access current information, find the best contractor, and negotiate the best price of behalf of the group. There is no obligation or purchase, just go to the website and sign up. Once Chico has 100 signups, you will be contacted for a consultation and estimate, and then decide whether to continue.
Intentional Community Living 101
Sherri Scott, Samantha Zangrilli, Chris Weaver- GRUB
In October of 2008, 14 people came together to form an intentional community based on sustainable living. They live together, eat together, and work their forty-acre farm together. This session will describe the organizational structure, living and dining arrangements, and the many activities that are beginning to financially sustain them.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: Green or Mean?
Robert Jones, CSU Chico
Rhinos, tigers, bears, and other species are routinely killed for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The numbers are so high that for some species, their very existence is threatened. For example, just a century ago, there were an estimated one million black rhinos in Africa. Today, there are about 2,500. Most of these animals are killed for medicinal purposes. However, most people associate Traditional Chinese Medicine with "green medicine”. In this talk, I will discuss the impact of Traditional Chinese Medicine on endangered species and argue that not only is Traditional Chinese Medicine not "green", but that it is, in fact, bad for the environment.
Sustainability in Kenya
Melissa Dalzell, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Education Center
This session will include a slideshow and discussion about the efforts being made by an education center in Kenya to become more sustainable. Some of their projects include composting, farming, and environmental education. This is a great chance to learn about what children are doing internationally to try and make a difference.
he Eminent Decline of World Petroleum Production Calls for an Accelerated Move to Energy Efficiency and All Types of Renewable Energy!
Bruce Baccei, Sacramento Municipal Utilities (SMUD)
This session will discuss why the move to super energy efficiency and widespread use of all types of renewable energy must happen fast; because the decline of petroleum production is eminent and will further depress the world economy. So let's "make hay while the sun shines". Climate change and this eminent decline make EE & RE far more cost effective today than typically calculated.
Student Initiated Energy Savings at CSU, Chico and Humboldt State
The Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program at Humboldt State University and Jackie Mercure with CSU, Chico Green Campus Reps
Green Campus Program Coordinators at HSU will describe the Relight Redwood Bowl project, an energy efficiency stadium lighting retrofit that results in significant energy savings and a reduction in light pollution. Chico State’s GCP staff and interns will present what types of energy efficiency and conservation projects they have been working on for the past year.
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How to Conduct an Energy Audit
Jackie Mercure, Emily Ramsey, Haley Gilmore- Chico Green Campus Program, Alan Rhoades- SCOOP
Chico Green Campus Program and Sustainable Consultation of Office Practices (SCOOP) staff and interns will show you how to save energy by doing an energy audit of your home or office, and then give you tips on ways to save energy and money. The energy auditing tools will be available at the end of the presentation to give participants a chance for hands-on testing and experimenting.
A Comprehensive Solution to Our Energy and Environmental Crises- Earth: A 40-Year Repair Plan
Tom Blees- Science Council for Global Initiatives
The gravity of the combined energy and environmental crises we face is unprecedented in human history. Even as climate change is negatively altering our habitats and energy wars rage, real solutions are few and far between, while hand wringing and fantasy remedies abound. Tom Blees, the author of Prescription for the Planet - The Painless Remedy for Our Energy and Environmental Crises, provides a comprehensive and realistic plan to bring humanity to the threshold of a post-scarcity age. The plan costs less than proceeding with business as usual over the next 40 years, but can result in an improved standard of living for virtually everyone on the planet.
Folllowed by Q&A Session in BMU 312
11:00 - 12:00
Join Blees for a lively discussion as he presents his Prescription for the Planet, ending with a Q&A joined by Rip Anderson and Gwyneth Cravens
Book signing will follow at 12:15 in the BMU lobby at the registration area.
The Rising Temperature of Planet Earth
Lin Jensen, Chico Zen Sangha
Long before the emergence of ecological sciences, the Buddha saw that we are all in this together. By “we” he meant not just humans, but all earthly beings – animals, plants, the stones that line the creeks and the water that flows over them. He taught that everything must be treated with accord, nothing excluded or ignored. The Buddha saw there’s no such thing as a purely separate and private act; everything you and I think, say, or do affects the whole. From that realization, the Buddha gave rise to a green ethic that has guided the lives of Buddhists for twenty-six centuries. It is a way of life inclusive of all creatures, a sane and sustainable way of life that addresses the survival of our planet here in the 21st century.
Recession Proof Your Business - Create a Sustainable Change Today
Chandra DesMarais, Brittan Carlson, Carly Freeman, Kevin Coleman-Lisk, Amy Jones, and Janelle Wallace - CSU, Chico Chapter of Net Impact
Sustainability in business involves three components: the economic, social, and environmental aspects. Each one of these components must constantly be addressed and evaluated in order to sustain a business. A business must think and plan long-term in order to sustain itself during these turbulent times. The current economy has drastically affected all areas of business, so now is the time to learn how you can save money and reduce your footprint at the same time. Being able to capitalize on the “green” trends offer many opportunities for a company to achieve a greater competitive advantage, become more efficient, attract new customers, and motivate employees.
Birth Practices and Their Impact
Serra Heck & Dena Moes- Sacred beginnings birth services
Dena Moes, CNM and Serra Heck have over 20 years of combined experience working with expectant women and families. We will explore current birth practices in this country and their impact on the environment: the financial, emotional, and psychological well being of mothers to be and their families. We will explore options for caregivers and facilities for giving birth, including natural birth at home. We will explore the appropriate use of technology as it relates to healthy, low-risk women giving birth. The choices we make as a society from the “beginning” have a profound impact on our future.
Human Trafficking: Slavery and Sustainability in the US
Kate Transchell & Janja Lalich- CSU, Chico
There are more slaves per capita today than at any other time in human history. The United Nations estimates that between 700,000 and 4 million men, women and children are deceived, recruited, transported from their homes and sold into slavery around the world annually. Of these, an estimated 50,000 are brought into the United States for the purposes of sexual or labor exploitation. In the global labor market, poor migration policies, lax border controls, wealth inequities, the feminization of poverty, weak enforcement of existing laws, among other factors, create circumstances for slavery to flourish. Find out why people have become “disposable,” how to recognize slaves in your community, and what you can do to help.
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TOUR - 11:00-Noon
Operational 20kw Wind Turbine, Scott Jackson, Energy
Come view a 20kw wind turbine and its electrical controls. Local, mirco, wind currents will be discussed and their potential power for the turbine. This turbine is on a 60-foot mono tower with a wing span of 37 feet. The average home typically consumes around 900-1100 kwh per month, and this turbine averages 2400kwh per month. The excess power that is not used by the home is credited to the utility bill for future usage. This windmill is located only 50 feet from the home, and you see how quiet these structures can be!
Participants will meet at 10:30 at the Park N’ Ride at the base of Highway 32, where 32 intersects with Hwy. 99 and carpool to Stilson Canyon, a 10-minute drive. The tour will last approximately one hour.
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Humankind's Gigantic Global Footprint--An Environmental Ponzi Scheme
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
Dick Schneider- Californians for Population Stabilization, Ben Zuckerman- UCLA, and Paul Watson- The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Rapidly growing human population and consumption levels have put mankind on a collision course with Earth's biosphere, threatening ecosystems worldwide, and undermining the natural services they provide in support of our planet's diverse life forms. For example, 100 million sharks are killed annually to satisfy the Chinese demand for shark fin soup, while Westerner's fondness for sushi is wiping out the Atlantic bluefin tuna; coral reefs are succumbing to ocean acidification and warming from fossil fuel burning; rain forests are being clear-cut for beef cattle, soybeans farms, and other foodstuffs to supply a huge world population that is simultaneously increasingly hungry and affluent. Even the production of renewable biofuels causes widespread land conversion and loss of habitat for native species. Planetary scientist Ben Zuckerman, oceans protector Captain Paul Watson, and population expert Dick Schneider will describe current threats to world ecosystems and actions individuals might take to contribute to a sustainable future.
Leading the Way to a Sustainable Community
Yvonne Hunter- Institute for Local Government, Ann Schwab- Mayor of Chico, Woody Culleton-Vice Mayor of Paradise
With the passage of AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, the state identified local governments as essential partners in achieving its GHG reduction goals. Local governments have a significant opportunity to reduce emissions from municipal operations while serving as a catalyst for community wide transformation. Yvonne Hunter, Program Director of the Institute for Local Government’s California Climate Change Action Network will provide an overview of state and federal legislation driving local climate action. Mayor Ann Schwab from the City of Chico and Vice-Mayor Steve “Woody” Culleton from the Town of Paradise will give an update on local initiatives and steps being taken to address climate change in their respective communities.
Transitioning to a Better Future From a Place of Ethical Commitment
Gerard Ungerman-Free-Will Productions, Ken Grossman- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mark Stemen- CSU, Chico, Andy Keller-ChicoBag, Melinda Riley- Butte College, Richard Mazzucchi- Chico New Thought Center for Spiritual Living
BELONGING, a 50-minute documentary film narrated by Dustin Hoffman is a scientific and spiritual journey into humanity's footprint on the Earth. The film combines voices of environmental reason from scientific, cultural and spiritual perspectives and makes a case for reduction and conservation as foremost pathways towards long-term sustainability. Excerpts of the film will be followed by a panel discussion joining voices from various scientific and religious figures who will address the need to join forces across all social and cultural backgrounds in order to change some of our most harmful social and economic behaviors.
Green Building Basics to Net Zero Energy, New & Existing Homes
Bruce Baccei- Sacramento Municipal Utilities (SMUD), Kevin Kelly-Greenbuildca
This seminar will inform homeowners and homebuyers of Green Building and Zero Energy principals. What is green building, and what are the benefits? Does it cost more? Confused about where to start and who to talk to? These questions will be discussed in the Green Building 101 introduction. This will lead to the recommended combination of super high energy efficiency, passive solar heating and cooling, solar thermal and photovoltaics to achieve net zero energy new or existing homes. Concepts and examples of passive solar will be illustrated with both remodel/additions and new homes.
The Obama Health Care Plan: What does it try to do, and is it sustainable?
Joel Zimbelman, Becky Cox White, Susanna Boxall- CSU, Chico
Congress and the Obama Administration are in the midst of developing, legislatively establishing, and implementing what they hope will be a high quality, affordable, and accessible health care plan. Such a plan is necessary for society and its people to flourish. This presentation provides an overview of the broad commitments at the core of the plan and the moral justifications, including universal access and affordability, upon which it rests. We analyze its structure and essential components, and compare it to the status quo in the United States and to programs in place in other countries (including Canada). Finally, we assess sustainability of the program.
Compost Display Area
Hands-on Compost Workshop -
Meet at North Entrance to the BMU
Desi Hatton & Sheri Gitelson- Chico AS Sustainability Program
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 of 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.
THMA 118 (Tehama Hall, see map)
Preparing Meals from the Farmers' Market: A Cooking Demonstration in the Nutrition Lab
Stephanie Bianco-Simeral, Natalie MacTavish and Ashleigh Eastman (CNAP) CSU, Chico
Come to the Nutrition and Food Science Lab on the CSU, Chico campus and learn how to utilize the fresh foods from the Farmers' Market to create delicious and nutritious meals on a budget. Food samples and recipes will be provided!
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Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Defending Marine Eco-Systems from Illegal Exploitation
Captain Paul Watson will describe the interventionist activities of his ships and crew in the world's oceans from opposing shark finners in the Galapagos to shutting down pirate whaling operations in the North Atlantic and off Antarctica. Captain Watson will speak to the increasing threat of diminishment of diversity in our oceans and the impact of escalating human population growth on biodiversity. He will speak on the need for a more aggressive approach to oppose international high seas poaching and he will explain how individual passion is the key to defending our environment.
Book signing to follow at 2:00 p.m. outside Auditorium.
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Sustainability Begins at My House: Understanding Residential Solar
Paul Sullivan, Lance McClung, Tim Hamor- Alternative Energy Systems
Our session will unravel the knots of residential solar energy. It will examine the parameters of energy economics—using a finite source v. renewable, rate escalation, and more. We will explain how the site evaluation process works, tools used, and the issues and solutions of the home’s solar capability. We will also discuss the incentives available and how they’re obtained. In all, we hope to convey the practicality and need for a more sustainable source of power, and why it makes sense to start at home.
A Christian Spirituality of Beautiful, Sustainable Simplicity
Greg Cootsona, Bidwell Presbyterian Church
Simplicity represents a major emphasis in 16th-century Protestant spirituality: the simple use of the earth’s goods and an integrated life of gratitude for the goodness of God’s creation. This form of Christian spiritual life resonates with vital components of the sustainability movement. My talk will focus on three core concepts: simplicity, beauty, and sustainability. I will examine John Calvin’s theology, its biblical roots, and the emphasis that—through simplicity—human beings discover God’s glory and a life of excellence and beauty. I will present my experiences in the practice of sustainability with Bidwell Presbyterian Church’s Environmental Stewardship Ministry, in dialogue within the Chico Triad on Philosophy, Theology, and Science, and my own reflections on the importance of living the right yes’s and no’s to attain a life of beautiful, sustainable simplicity.
Saving Companion Animals in Modern America
Heather Schoeppach & Dustin Alexander - Butte Humane Society
We will explore holistic solutions for reducing pet overpopulation and irresponsible pet ownership. First we'll look at the state of companion animals in America and how today's problems are created and perpetuated. Human-animal relationships are failing. Our society's mindset of disposability has intensified the pet overpopulation crisis in our nation's animal shelters. Many communities are stuck in the old "fill and kill" approach to sheltering, with no oversight, stable funding, or access to new developments in technology, shelter medicine, humane education, marketing, etc. Butte Humane Society aims to develop a more comprehensive, community-based approach to improving the care and management of animals, and make these resources available for all organizations striving to bring animal sheltering into the 21st century.
Food Not Lawns: The Beauty of Edible Landscaping
Wendy Kaplan- Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, Peter Hollingsworth, Jim Belles
As California becomes more populated and water becomes more scarce (and expensive!), we will need to find alternatives to water thirsty lawns. Converting your lawn into an edible landscape is not as difficult as people may think. From the planning stages to implementation and maintenance, the panelists will describe their experiences with edible landscaping. They’ll cover topics of ecological design, sheet mulching, plants suited for our region, dealing with neighbors, irrigation, and pest control. This session will inspire others to make some simple changes for more sustainable, beautiful, delicious, and nutritious landscapes. We will provide resources to help people get started.
Recycling 101: What's recyclable, what's not, and why
Jenni Nelson, CSU, Chico’s AS Recycling Program
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 CD's? This hands-on presentation answers your burning questions and offers advice on making better purchasing decisions- choices that reduce or prevent waste.
Promoting Change through Environmental Green Teams
Greg Turcotte, Lundberg Family Farms
Individuals at Lundberg Family Farms have found ingenious ways to save energy and reduce waste in their immediate work areas; a testament to the level of talent we have available in-house. To tap into this talent, we recently formed a cross-functional team comprised of representatives from the front lines of our operations. This team serves as a vehicle for cross-pollinating ideas, providing ongoing training in conservation practices, and increasing participation in environmental initiatives. We hope to serve as a case study for anyone looking to start a "green team" in their own organization.
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
Derrick Jensen, Hailed as the philosopher poet of the environmental movement
Civilization and Resistance
Do you believe this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living? Derrick Jensen has asked this question all over the country, and nobody says yes. His next question: if you don't believe this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living, and you care about life on this planet, what does that mean for your strategy and tactics? The answer is that we don't know because we don't talk about it. Derrick talks about it. He guides us toward concrete solutions by focusing on our most primal human desire: to live on a healthy earth overflowing with uncut forests, clean rivers, and thriving oceans that are not under the constant threat of being destroyed.
4:15-5:00 Q&A with Derrick Jensen
Hailed as the philosopher poet of the environmental movement, Derrick Jensen is author of fifteen books, including Endgame and A Language Older Than Words. He holds a degree in creative writing from Eastern Washington University, a degree in mineral engineering physics from the Colorado School of Mines, and has taught at Eastern Washington University and Pelican Bay State Prison. He has packed university auditoriums, conferences, and bookstores across the nation, stirring them with revolutionary spirit. Come sit in on a question and answer session with Derrick, following his Keynote Address.
Book signing outside at 5:00 p.m. outside Auditorium.
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
After attending three days of sessions, it's time to get your groove on! Come join us for a night of fun, laughte and celebration as we enjoy many talented artists that make Chico such a special place. Performances include belly dancing, the Chico State Expressions Dance Team, People on the Moon, African drumming, and Chico favorite Luke Byron and the Delivery Boys. Want a break from dancing? We'll also have a variety of arts-n-crafts for you to do, supplies will be provided. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.
Schedule of Events:
7:00 p.m. Welcome!
7:15-7:25 Chico State Dance troop
7:35-7:55 Belly Dancing Troupe
8:05-8:25 African Drum/Dance - performance
8:40-9:10 People on the Moon - band
9:20-10:45 Luke Byron and the Delivery Boys- band
Networking - Night on the Town
Friday and Saturday Nights
This is a great opportunity for conference attendees to mingle together after a full day of sessions. The night out will showcase some of our favorite, local restaurants in downtown Chico that are within walking distance from campus. Reservations have been made in advance for groups of 6-10. Participants pay for themselves. There are sign-up sheets at the registration tables with restaurant details and directions. Sign up with friends or sign up alone and meet new ones!
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Sunday Student Convergence
Sunday 9:30- Noon
BMU 302, 303, 304, & 314
This Way to Sustainability V inspired you to change the world. Now what? Conference staff, the CSU, Chico Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, and the CSU, Chico AS Sustainability Collaborative have come together to give you the tools to change the world. Students attending the Student Convergence will have the chance to reflect on what they have learned at this conference, and connect with others that share their same passion. The Student Convergence will consist of focused discussions on the topics raised at the conference and brainstorming sessions for action groups. Students will be introduced to groups that are making progress and taking action now, allowing them to take action and implement their ideas right away.
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