Institute for Sustainable Development

 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability
Conference V - Speakers

 

 

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Dustin Alexander
Dustin Aledander is the Statistical Data Analyst at Butte Humane Society (www.buttehumane.org) in Chico, California.  He joined the shelter in 2008.  His job primarily focuses on the animal statistics and how to best present them publicly and internally.   His experiences at Butte Humane Society has caused him to focus on animal statistics at a national level, how to handle animal overpopulation and how to better improve animal sheltering. This includes research on Butte Humane Society and its focus on building a green animal shelter in Chico.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Nena Anguiano is the Director for MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) at Butte College. For 20 years Nena has focused on initiating, developing, and implementing student academic success strategies and programs. She has created, facilitated and presented a series of workshops related to educational, career, and professional development including motivational workshops for students and professionals.  Prior to Butte College she was the Tutorial Program Coordinator at CSU, Chico, overseeing the hiring, training, and evaluation of Instructional Student Assistants in the Student Learning Center. During her tenure at CSU, Chico, she also coordinated the development and implementation of the EOP Freshman Orientation Course, taught sections of this course and was an EOP adviser. Nena’s education includes a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Educational Psychology–Counseling from CSU, Northridge. See Friday schedule.

Lee Altier Seattle is where I grew up, but I've been a long time away. I received undergraduate degrees in anthropology at the University of Washington and horticulture at Washington State University. I farmed and did agricultural extension work in Washington State, New Mexico, and Nepal. I then received my MS and PhD in horticulture from Cornell University, studying the design of ecologically sound cropping systems.
See Thursday schedule.

Christina Archer
Cristina L. Archer is an assistant professor of energy, meteorology, and environmental science in the Department of Geological and Environmental Science of California State University Chico, as well as a consulting assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Her research interests include wind power, meteorology, air quality, climate change, and numerical modeling. She received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 2004. She worked there as a post-doctoral researcher for one year and as an atmospheric modeler in the air quality district of San Francisco for two years. She then worked at the Carnegie Institution for Science in 2007 as a research associate for a year before joining California State University Chico in 2008.
See Thursday workshop schedule

 

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The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) contains 3,950 acres of diverse canyon and ridge habitats, including 4.5 miles of Big Chico Creek, and is home to many species of plants and animals. BCCER contributes to the understanding and wise management of the Earth and its natural systems by preserving critical habitat, and providing a natural area for environmental research and education. BCCER was created with the purchase of the Simmons Ranch in 1999 and the Henning Ranch in 2001. It is owned and managed by the California State University, Chico, Research Foundation. See Friday tour schedule.

Bruce Baccie
Bruce Baccei is devoted to accelerating the movement towards Net Zero Energy buildings. He headed the Passive Solar Manufactured Buildings and Denver Metro Passive Solar Home Builders Programs at SERI before it became NREL. He designed super insulated passive solar custom homes in his architectural design business. He lead Building America’s West Coast team. He currently leads the Sacramento Municipal Utilities (SMUD) efforts in bringing energy efficient emerging technologies to the market including Deep Retrofits. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.
See Saturday schedule session 1.
See Saturday schedule session 2.

 

Jim Belles Jim Belles is a local nurseryman and landscaper who blends esthetically pleasing design with diverse ecological systems. Jim focuses on food gardens, sustainable design, and garden coaching.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Stephanie Bianco-Simeral

Stephanie Bianco-Simeral is a registered dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her area of expertise is in nutrition management and food safety. Stephanie received her BS in dietetics from UC Davis and her MS in nutrition from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Her research focused on cholesterol and its effects on cardiovascular disease. She completed a dietetic internship through Texas A&M and became a registered dietitian in 2001. In addition to her food-service management experiences, Stephanie worked as a nutrition assistant for a local school district in Texas, as a dietitian for the Women, Children, and Infants Program in Sacramento, and as a clinical nutrition manager in Fairfield, CA. Currently, her research interests include food safety training, nutrition marketing in local high schools, and nutrition product development. Future teaching endeavors include creating a private practice for registered dietitians and more "Chico on $10 A Day" events! See Saturday schedule.

 

Tom Blees
Tom Blees is the author of Prescription for the Planet - The Painless Remedy for Our Energy & Environmental Crises. He is also the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives, a new international NGO dedicated to uplifting the standard of living of people in all nations while repairing our damaged environment. Many of the goals of SCGI, and the methods to achieve them, are elucidated in the pages of Blees's book. He is a member of the selection committee for the Global Energy Prize, considered Russia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize for energy research. His work has generated considerable interest among scientists and political figures around the world.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Jim Bolinger is the  Acting Director, Facilities and Residential Life for University Housing at San Francisco State University.  He administers facilities operations for University Housing’s residence halls and student apartments, dining and conference centers, approximately 45 acres of grounds and 957 additional apartments housing faculty, staff, students and heritage residents.  Jim sits on the University Sustainability Committee, has been the advisor to ECO Students Housing and leads sustainability efforts across University Housing.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Institutional Management from Purdue University and spent thirty years in the hospitality industry before coming to the University in the spring of 2006.
See Thursday schedule session 1. See Thursday schedule session2.

Susanna Boxall
Susanna Boxall’s recent MA thesis in Philosophy and Anthropology at CSU, Chico focused on the health status of migrant farm workers, structural violence, and our society's obligation towards this group. She has also studied philosophy at Duke University and at the University of Buenos Aires. Her areas of interest include ethics, social and political philosophy, and food policy.
See Thursday schedule.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Since 1911, Butte Humane Society has worked to provide and advocate humane treatment of companion and other animals in the Chico area. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under contract with the City of Chico as an Open Admissions Shelter. We take pride in our low-kill policy and collaboration with rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations. See Saturday schedule.

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Alida Cantor is a research associate with the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS), a nonprofit research institute dedicated to working towards a rural California that is socially just, economically balanced, and environmentally sustainable. CIRS focuses on a comprehensive range of research topics including farm labor conditions, sustainable food systems, immigration reform, immigrant civic participation, rural health, pesticide use, and water policy. Alida began working with CIRS in June 2008, after receiving her masters' degree in Community and Regional Development at UC Davis. See Thursday schedule.

Ashleigh & Natalie, SCNAC
Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP)
Ashleigh Eastman and Natalie MacTavish
Program Manager Assistants
Ashleigh Eastman and Natalie MacTavish are graduate students in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFSC) and Community Nutrition Assistants at the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP).
See Saturday schedule.

 

Chico Food Network is a locally based nonprofit organization that promotes real food and provides community outreach in Chico. It is actively involved in promoting, assisting, and funding gardens in Chico community schools. Jeremy Miller is the executive director. See Friday schedule.

Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) is a student-run, non-profit organization that has been providing legal information to students and community members for over 40 years. CLIC also provides internship opportunities for paralegal interns working directly under CLIC's four supervising attorneys.
See Friday schedule.

Chico Natural Foods located on 818 Main Street. It is Chico’s local consumer food cooperative whose mission includes the following: providing a marketplace for the purchase and sale of organic and natural foods and providing information and education to members and the community-at-large about the importance of high quality foods and conducting activities that will serve the economic, educational, and cultural needs of our members, the community, and the public. See Friday schedule.

Kristin Cooper Carter

Kristin Cooper Carter, CSDP, MA, provides technical support to Calera in government affairs and fundraising. Carter works directly with senior Calera staff in areas such as business development, legislative analysis and strategic planning. Carter works to develop the long-term strategic direction of Calera with a focus on driving growth and value creation. Carter ensures that the planning process results in the prioritization and allocation of resources to tackle the biggest issues and opportunities facing the company. Carter was the past Director of the Concrete Industry Management Program for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management at CSU, Chico.  Over the last few years she has been awarded over $15 million dollars in grant funding in support of her work.  In 2004 she was given the “Outstanding Project Director” of the year award by the CSU, Chico Research Foundation.  Carter has overseen projects that focus on the sustainability of our natural environment through biological resource analysis, development of mitigation strategies and minimizing project effects on natural resources. 
See Friday schedule.

Greg Cootsona
Greg Cootsona is Associate Pastor for Adult Discipleship and College Ministries at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico. He also chairs the Chico Triad on Philosophy, Theology, and Science, which draws together faculty from Butte College and Chico State. Greg has written three books: Say Yes to No: Using the Power of No to Create the Best in Life, Work, and Love; God and the World: A Study in the Thought of Alfred North Whitehead and Karl Barth; and Creation and Last Things: At the Intersection of Theology and Science. He holds a B.A. in comparative literature degree from U.C. Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union. Greg and his wife, Laura, live in Chico with their two daughters. He enjoys mountain biking, writing, hanging out with his family, and drinking Peet’s coffee.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Steve Culleton

Steve "Woody" Culleton, Vice Mayor Town of Paradise - Currently serving his second term on the Town Council he serves on the Butte County/Town of Paradise Ad Hoc Committee, the Town Solid Waste Committee and the Local Task Force, laison to Project Vision/ Boys and Girls club Community Youth Commission. Woody is the voting delegate to the League of California Cities, sits on the Adminstrative Policy Committee, Co-chairs Region 2 of the Sacramento Valley Division, and is part of the legistative strike team from the Sacramento Valley Division.
See Saturday schedule.

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Melissa Dalzell
Melissa A. Dalzell graduated from CSU, Chico in Psychology. She has traveled to Kenya three times to volunteer at an Education Center. Some projects she has completed include building a library, starting a compost pile, and teaching environmental education. Soon Melissa will be going to Africa with the Peace Corps.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Chandra DesMarais
Chandra DesMarais is the current President of the CSU, Chico chapter of Net Impact. She has been with Net Impact for over two years and has held a leadership position for the last year. She is currently a senior completing a small business management/entrepreneurship major with a minor in managing for sustainability. She is very passionate about her work and studies in sustainability and believes in Net Impact's mission to change the world through sustainable business. She has presented in last years This Way to Sustainability Conference as well as the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon.
See Saturday schedule.

Robyn DiFalco
Robyn DiFalco is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Associated Students at CSU, Chico.  Her primary role is to administer the AS Sustainability Fund which offers approximately $70,000 annually to student-initiated projects.  She is also responsible for advising all departments of the Associated students on sustainability practices.  Prior to holding this position, her background was in commercial recycling.  She graduated from CSU Chico in 1999.
See Thursday schedule.

 

Jesse Dizard
Jesse Dizard (PhD UC Berkeley 2003) came to Chico's Department of Anthropology from Juneau, Alaska, where he was the Director of Research and Statewide Program Manager of the Subsistence Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. While there Jesse headed a multi-site research project to investigate Native Alaskan local ecological knowledge of rockfishes (Sebastes) through the Gulf of Alaska. He has also conducted research on a variety of topics in Burkina Faso, France, Holland, Mali Mauritania Morocco, Senegal, South Korea, and Vietnam. Jesse has also engaged in applied ethnographic work. His research interests include controlling processes, ethnic conflict and cohesion, tourism, Native North American and Circumpolar cultures, and applied anthropology. His current project, in collaboration with colleagues in Child Development, is an international investigation of children’s perceptions of conflict, war and natural disasters.
See Thursday schedule
See Friday schedule

 

Chhimi Dorjo
Chhimi Dorji is currently a student of MSc. Environmental Systems (Energy, Environment and Society) at Humboldt State University. Works part time as the Building Energy Intern for Humboldt Energy Independence Fund and a Community Advocate. He worked for four years with the Department of Energy, Royal Government of Bhutan. He planned, designed and implemented community based micro hydropower projects at sites in rural areas which were funded by UNDP/GEF and e7. After completing a Bachelors in Civil Engineering with first Division (Honors), Chhimi attended trainings and conferences on Energy and Environmental courses in Norway, Thailand, The Philippines, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and US.
See Friday schedule.

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David Eaton
David Eaton is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at CSU, ChicoHis work includes study of infectious disease, environmental health, biodiversity, and forest resource management in equatorial and east Africa, especially in the Republic of Congo and in Tanzania.
See Thursday schedule.

 

Stephanie Williams
Stephanie Elliott has a degree in Child Development from CSU Chico. She has been working with the GRUBing in Preschool Garden program since it was started in January 2009 from a grant through First 5 of Butte County. They work with ten preschools in Chico, creating gardens and providing weekly lesson with the children. She lives at the GRUB Cooperative where she is actively involved with the food that comes into the kitchen.  Her passions are working with children, being outside, growing food, and riding her bike.
See Thursday schedule panel1.
See Thursday schedule panel2.


The mission of Engineers Without Borders - EWB-USA is to partner with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects. In the process of working to advance developing communities, EWB-USA promotes the development of globally aware and internationally responsible engineers, students, and professionals.
See Friday Schedule.

Environmental Advocates, a program of Community Legal Information Center of CSU, Chico, is staffed by student paralegal interns. Environmental Advocates interns share a concern for the environment and a passion for sustainability interests. The interns provide free legal information to the public on environmental issues and work on a variety of projects including documenting toxic pollution and striving to reduce single-use bags in our local community. See Friday schedule.

Phil Evans Phil Evans has managed the campus grounds at San Francisco State University for over 20 years. He holds a B.S. in Soils and Plant Nutrition from U.C. Berkeley, and a M.S. in Horticulture from U.C. Davis, with post-graduate research and publication in Plant Physiology from Colorado State University. He taught vocational horticulture at community colleges in California and Oregon for 7 years, and owned and operated commercial landscape and arboriculture businesses.
See Thursday schedule.

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Divan Fard did his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry, in May 1977.After doing his postdoctoral training at Boston University he taught different courses of Chemistry since 1978. During Janury1995-January 2001, besides teaching, he was directing undergraduate research, in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, which are part of Hanford Nuclear Reservation and Department of Energy national lab in Richland, WA. In 1999, “The Washington Network for Human Rights” awarded Divan for promoting educational excellence and contributions to advance the cause of diversity in the state of Washington. In January 1997, Fard was selected by Northwest Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, as Northwest representative in industrial curriculum writing on pollution prevention. He has written a manual on “Internet Resources for Pollution Prevention Research”. This manual was published as an EPA document. He started teaching at Shasta College in January 2001. He has been awarded three times during last 8 years by ASB of Shasta College for commitment to students and “anti-apathy”. In April 2009, he was awarded as “Excellent Educator “ by the faculty senate of Shasta College. See Friday schedule.

Pam Figge
Pam Figge has thirty years of experience as a land use planner in both public and private sectors. Ms. Figge was the Principal Planner with the City of Chico, former Planning Director for the City of Gridley and a staff planner for the Town of Paradise. She was the owner and Principal of Planning Focus, a land use consulting firm based in Butte County. Ms. Figge has been a part-time Lecturer with the CSU, Chico Department of Geography and Planning since 1994 teaching a wide-variety of courses related to land use planning and environmental impact analysis. She received her Master of Arts Degree with Distinction from CSU, Chico.
See Friday schedule.

 

Mark Franco

Mark Franco is the Headman of the Winnemem Wintu and Keeper of Ceremony for the Winnemem people.  Married to Caleen Sisk, he is the father of two children, Mike and Marine.  Mark is deeply involved in assisting his life partner in maintaining the Winnemem Wintu culture and ceremonies and acts as the government liaison and spokesperson for the Winnemem in protecting the cultural areas of tribe through his work on water, sacred sites, repatriation, and land management issues. Mark is a graduate of CSU, Sacramento. See Friday schedule, full day mining symposium.

 

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Dr. Giammarise
Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS, LDHS received his Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, and Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West in San Lorenzo, California. He holds a post doctoral diploma as an Internal Health Specialist from Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is certified in Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique. In addition, he has advanced training in the areas of allergy elimination, digestive health, and enzyme therapy. He is in private practice at The Digestive Health Center of Northern California, Chico, California.
See Friday Schedule.

 

Haley Gilmore
Haley Gilmore works as a Program Coordinator for the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program.  Over the past year Haley has worked closely with the Sustainability House, CSU, Chico’s only sustainability-themed dorm unit, creating educational programs designed to promote energy efficiency.  Last semester she co-coordinated an energy reduction competition for residents of Whitney Hall, Chico State’s largest dormitory, and also organized a Take the Stairs Day which yielded an impressive 500 participants.  Haley will be graduating as a College of Business Certified Ethics Scholar in Spring 2010 with a BS in Accounting and a minor in Managing for Sustainability.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Karen Goodwin
Karen Goodwin currently teaches healthy eating and activity for the Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion. She is co-founder of the Butte Bicycle Coalition, helped organize BikeChico!, a certified bicycle instructor by the League of American Bicyclists and presents introductions to Transition. She is also responsible for many Chicoans eating cabbage salad (Cafe Sandino) and liking it!
See Friday schedule session1.
See Friday schedule session2.

 

The Grange Hall is located at 2775 Nord Ave and provides a community hall and organization that connects with people interested in growing and eating local food and preserving our local food system. The Chico Grange Hall is affiliated with the National Grange Hall organization. See Friday schedule.

Green Campus Program, CSU, Chico - Jaquelyn Mercure is a student at CSU, Chico and the director of Green Campus Chico. She is planning on graduating in May 2011 with a BS in business management and a minor in managing for sustainability Haley Gilmore is a senior Accounting major with a minor in Managing for Sustainability. She comes to Chico from Huntington Beach and has a passion for business ethics and creating demonstrable energy savings around campus. Haley has been a member of Green Campus program for 3 semesters and currently serves as its treasurer and secretary. Emily Ramsey is a junior majoring in nutrition. Her passion for education and the environment led her to Green Campus where she was an intern for one year and recently became a staff member.
See Saturday schedule, session 1.
See Saturday schedule, session 2.

Joe Greene
Dr. Joseph Greene, CSU, Chico
Dr. Joe Greene is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Mechatronic Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Department at CSU, Chico. 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.
See Thursday schedule.

 

Jamie Grettum
Jamie Grettum is the Director of Learning Services for the Ken Blanchard Companies. She lives in Chico, California, a 12-hour drive from Blanchard’s offices in Southern California. For the last eight years she has managed a 10-member department from her virtual office, and has learned through trial and error what employees need and expect from a virtual manager. She shares her practical tips with organizations because “it’s cheaper than therapy” and she learns more about the real challenges of being a virtual leader from every presentation.
See Thursday schedule.

 

Ken Grossman
Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in 1980, making it one of the first and most successful craft breweries in existence. Sierra Nevada quickly developed a reputation for consistently producing first-rate ales and lagers—and seeking innovative methods to improve quality.  This uncompromising approach continues to yield outstanding beers as well as environmental, social, and economic results.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. offers an exciting story of a sustainable and economically successful business.  Sierra Nevada's pragmatic, creative approach to problem solving focuses on finding environmentally and socially responsible answers to challenges, while earning a position among the leaders in the brewing industry in terms of both quality and profitability. See Saturday schedule.

 

Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies (GRUB) is an emerging non-profit currently umbrella'd by Chico Food Network. We also operate a CSA ( community, supported, agriculture) We have been in existence for just over a year. There are several motivational factors that influence our work - motivation and ethics. We want to minimize our ecological footprint. Food systems and industrial agriculture as they exist today are extremely wasteful, generating 20% of the carbon emissions for the whole country. By using organic practices & ensuring that the food we produce stays local we can minimize fossil fuel usage. We intend to nourish our community with food and knowledge & deepen its connections. Benefit nights, volunteer days, restaurant compost pick up and time spent with kids, all contribute to our sense of community. As people continue to know their farmer, as kids learn to plant veggies & as individuals learn to collaborate & share we become closer to one another & our food.
See Thursday schedule.
See Friday schedule.
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Marion Harmon is an editor in the Public Affairs and Publications office at CSU, Chico. She has been researching the various ways that local, state and federal governments have been addressing global climate change. She has developed a passion for advocating local, organic food to whoever might (or might not) listen. She is a member of Transition Chico, as are Peter Hollingsworth and Karen Goodwin. See Friday schedule.

Fraka Harmsen Fraka Harmsen is Professor and Associate Dean for the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at CSU, Fresno. Dr. Harmsen recently started the Institute for Climate Change, Oceans and Atmosphere in the College of Science and Mathematics. The goal of the Institute is to foster interdisciplinary research in climate change, oceanography and atmospheric science, as well as such closely related fields as sustainable development and energy policy. Dr. Harmsen and fellow researchers recently completed a comprehensive report for the City of Fresno entitled “Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in Fresno, California.” See http://www.csufresno.edu/icoa/projects/fresnoclimate.shtml
See Friday scheudle.

 

Serra Heck
Serra Heck has been supporting women and families have positive, empowered pregnancy and birth experiences since 2000. She is a certified childbirth instructor, doula, pre/postnatal yoga instructor, massage therapist and midwifery apprentice. She believes in the natural and transformative process of undisturbed birth. www.sacredbeginnings.org
See Saturday schedule.

 

Peter Hollingsworth is a third-grade school teacher, cycling advocate, long-time gardener and composter. He recently completed a permaculture design course and a Transition Town workshop. He has redesigned his own suburban landscape to produce food, not lawns.
See Friday schedule.

See Saturday schedule.

Humboldt State Green Campus Team
Humboldt State University, Green Campus Program
The Alliance to Save Energy's award-winning Green Campus Program at Humboldt State University, now in its fifth year, is a powerhouse for promoting and generating real energy savings on campus. The Program’s five student coordinators and eight student interns 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.
See Saturday schedule.


The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF) was first conceived in 2000 by a group of students concerned with energy use on campus.  Fall of 2007 saw the formal establishment of the fund and the formation of a committee to administer and allocate HEIF monies. Funding for the HEIF is made possible by a $10 contribution per student per semester, collected through Associated Students’ pre-existing Instructionally Related Activities Fee. HEIF funds are allocated by a student majority committee to facilitate implementation of energy conservation and self-generation measures at HSU. The HEIF promotes service learning at HSU by providing a formalized process through which student initiative and expertise may be channeled for the advancement of sustainability at Humboldt State University, through student written and, often, implemented energy generation/reduction/conservation projects.  HEIF has awarded almost $300,000 in projects since implementation. See Thursday schedule.

Don Hunsaker
Donald Hunsaker teaches Natural Science 115 (Environmental, Earth and Life Science), Earth and Environmental Sciences EES 103B (Atmospheric Science) and EES 167 (Oceans, Atmosphere and Climate). He also serves as the Director of the Institute of Climate Change, Oceans and Atmosphere at CSU, Fresno. He has also served as an instructor in environmental law for the State of California . Other teaching interests include 21 st Century Approaches to Environmental Management (industrial ecology, sustainable development, biomimetics, and life cycle assessment), environmental impact assessment, and chemistry.
See Friday schedule.

 

Yvonne Hunter
Yvonne Hunter is Program Director of the California Climate Action Network, a program of the Institute for Local Government.  The Institute is the non-profit research affiliate of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties.  Prior to joining the Institute in 2007 launch the Institute’s Communities for Healthy Kids Program, Yvonne was a Legislative Representative for the League of California Cities, emphasizing environmental issues – a position she held for nearly 20 years.  Yvonne has over thirty-five years experience in energy policy and environmental issues, beginning with work at the University of California, Davis. Yvonne has a B.A. and an M.A. from the UC Davis.  See Saturday schedule.

 

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Scott Jackson
Scott Jackson, Principal of Powershacks, has been in Chico over 30 years. He believes strongly in alternative power, living off the grid since 1980. He has designed approximately 300 structures in the seismic 3 & 4 zones. A member of CABEC, (California Association of Building Energy Consultants), and AIBD, (American Institute of Building Design). Mr Jackson has facilitated over 300 wind and solar projects.
See Thursday workshop schedule.

 

Gary Janosz

Gary Janosz
is a longtime Chico area resident.   He is a businessman and educator.   Gary has always had a fascination with technology and a dream of having a solar powered home.  Joining One Block Off the Grid as a volunteer field organizer for the Chico area has given him the opportunity to help others become energy independent for a cost effective investment.  Come and learn how One Block Off the Grid can help you take your first step towards energy independence.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Glen Jarosz
Dr. Glen Jarosz, is a San Luis Obispo native and graduated from Portland State University with BS degrees in Community Health Education and Health and Fitness Promotion. He received his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2006 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and is licensed as a primary care physician in California. He has been a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians since 2003 and is currently a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. Dr. Jarosz currently resides in Chico and practices with Chico Naturopathic Medicine.
See Friday schedule.

 

Lin Jensen
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! and Pavement -each selected for Shambhala Sun’s Best Buddhist Writing in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Lin’s latest book, Together Under One Roof, was released by Wisdom Publications in Fall 2008. Lin is currently working on a book exploring the relationship between Deep Ecology and Buddhism.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Robert Jones

Robert Jones
is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and director of The Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at California State University, Chico. His research interests focus on the moral status of nonhuman animals as well as on food ethics, environmental ethics, mind and cognition, and species studies.
See Saturday schedule.

 

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Wendy Kaplan became interested in edible landscaping after reading the book “Food Not Lawn: How to Turn Your Yard Into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a Community”. Last year, working with landscape designer, Jim Belles, she converted her front yard lawn into an edible landscape. She loves watching her two young daughters wandering around the yard looking for the ripest, juiciest blueberries or tomatoes.
See Saturday schedule.

Bernard Keister
Bernard Keister is a Senior Commissioning and Controls Engineer at Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers.  His 19 years of experience in the construction industry have been in the roles of Project Manager, with many years in the field to design, install, and train building owners on the optimal use of their Building Automation and Mechanical Systems; and most recently as a Commissioning Authority to manage quality control issues from design through construction.  Bernard has presented at the National Conference on Building Commissioning in May 2009 and has spoken at U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter Panel Presentation on Commissioning in July 2009.  He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
See Thursday schedule.

Andy Keller
Andy Keller decided to put his education and entrepreneurial spirit to work and founded ChicoBag  Company. After visiting the local landfill, Andy was struck by the countless single-use plastic bags caught in the wind, knowing they would eventually make their way into our streams and oceans. With many reusable bags on the market Andy decided a better solution would be a compact reusable bag that was easy to remember.
See Friday schedule.

 

Kevin Kelly
Kevin Burke Kelly is a Certified Green Building Professional and LEED AP. He serves on the City of Newport Beach’s, Green Building Task Force, and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the California Association of Building Energy Consultants. Kevin received a BA in Environmental Studies from UCSB and has been a custom homebuilder and consultant in Newport Beach, California, for over 25 years.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Morgan King Morgan King As a Program Manager with Strategic Energy Innovations, Morgan King works on a number of statewide programs, including high school sustainability certification courses, green jobs training programs, green dorm and student energy auditing programs, K12 energy education programs, and the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program.
See Friday schedule session 1
See Friday schedule session 2

 

LaDona Knigge
LaDona Knigge is an assistant professor in Geography & 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 is the faculty mentor for the Konkow Organic Garden at Chico State. Her research interests include community gardening, local food systems, community-based GIS and planning for sustainable communities.
See Thursday schedule.
See Friday schedule.

 

Gavin Dixon

The Konkow Organic Garden was started in the Spring of 2008 by the honors program at Chico State, near the Konkow Honors dorms on North Campus. The garden is grown organically, and has featured over 50 varieties of vegetables and spices, as well as a number of flowers. Currently a rain water capture system is being installed to make the garden water neutral, and to help serve as a outdoor classroom.
See Thursday schedule.

 

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Janja Lalich
Dr. Janja Lalich, Professor of Sociology, researches the interrelationship between influence and control in self-sealing systems. Her focus is on abusive relationships, power imbalance in group contexts, cults and extremist groups, domestic and international terrorism, and human trafficking. She is the faculty adviser to the CSU, Chico student organization S.T.O.P. – Stop Trafficking of Persons. Her recent publications are Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults and Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships.
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James Higgy Lerner
James Higgy Lerner graduated from Merritt College nursing school, Oakland, California, in 1980, and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, California, in 1983. He has had a private practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1983, and for a number of years worked as a nurse, specializing in intensive and burn care. As an acupuncturist he has worked in a variety of settings in addition to private practice, including a senior clinic, with drug court programs, with cardiac surgery patients in hospital, and currently at a local hospital cancer center. He has also been a contributing writer on complementary medicine to two nursing textbooks. He currently is in private practice in Chico, California.
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Ken Logan Family Practice physician. Ken graduated from USC School of Medicine in 1982, and has a Bachelors degreee in Biology from Chico State in 1978. Medical past includes: Hospital Corpsman, US Naval Reserve, in the 1970's; Licensed Vocational Nurse in the 70's; medical practice has included a community clinic in Oroville, various private practice settings in Chico, and now volunteering at the Shalom Free Clinic in Chico and working at Chico Family Health Center. I am president of the Chico chapter of California Physicians Alliance.
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Bill Loker is a socio-cultural anthropologist with research interests in human ecology, globalization, and cultural evolution, adaptation, and development. Loker has worked in Latin and Central America, as well as in the Amazon basin. See Thursday schedule.

Corie Lopez is a water organizer with the non-profit consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch. As a water organizer, she helps communities protect their public water systems and advocates against private control of our water. She also works with students on California college campuses to Take Back the Tap by promoting tap water over bottled water. She received her B.A. in Public Administration from CSU, Chico.
See Friday schedule.

Dr. Yupeng (Vivien) Luo, who is currently a faculty of the construction management program at CSU Fresno, holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. During her graduate study, Luo was involved in designing and constructing affordable and efficient buildings deploying sustainable building materials/products and technologies. Her main research interests are sustainable building solutions, lean construction, and system-level prefabrication decision-making. See Friday schedule.

Jon Luvaas

Jon Luvaas serves on the Chico Planning Commission and Sustainability Task Force focusing on city-wide sustainability programs and a Climate Action Plan. Jon is the president of the Chico Grange working to guide a return to its roots of preserving farm land around Chico, supporting local growers, community gardens, and farmers markets. Member Slow Food USA. Avid gardener. See Friday schedule.

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Izzy Martin
Elizabeth "Izzy" Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund, is an organizer and advocate with thirty years of experience working in rural communities to promote economic and environmental justice.  She worked with farm workers, farmers and environmentalists to develop pioneering programs to promote organic agriculture and reduce community exposure to pesticides.  While serving as Nevada County Supervisor Izzy led the fight in the legislature to put the Yuba River into the state’s wild and scenic river system, spearheaded the effort to clean up an abandoned mine in her district, and began a successful five-year campaign to establish the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Izzy conceived of and directs The Sierra Fund’s Mining’s Toxic Legacy Initiative.  Izzy is married to CSU, Chico Professor Greg Taylor and has two children.
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Richard Mazzucchi

Richard Mazzucchi
is a retired senior research engineer with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Richard is a certified LEED designer and past energy management analyst at Seattle City Light implementing energy efficiency and sustainability projects and programs. Richard presently lives in Los Molinos, CA developing a sustainable rural lifestyle and manifesting green consciousness as leader of the Living Green Team at the Chico New Thought Center for Spiritual Living.
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Stephen McCord STEPHEN MCCORD is a Senior Engineer at Larry Walker Associates based in Davis, CA. Dr. McCord is a registered Professional Engineer and holds degrees in Civil Engineering from Clemson University and UC Davis. He has over 13 years of experience in the environmental engineering field with projects throughout California and the US, as well as in Canada, Haiti, Australia and Africa. At Larry Walker Associates, Dr. McCord serves clients in the areas of wastewater treatment, watershed management, and stormwater management. Dr. McCord also facilitates stakeholder groups in the Sacramento River watershed for a regional monitoring program and for mercury issues.
See Friday schedule, full day mining symposium.

 

Sara McCurry
Sara McCurry is a full-time English faculty member at Shasta College, a member of the Shasta-Cascade Farm and Food Coalition, and a backyard vegetable gardener. She teaches a themed English 1A course at Shasta College focused on sustainable food systems.
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MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievements) During the 2009 spring semester, 15 MESA students participated as interns in a new and innovative project on the Butte College Campus: Biofiltration Wetland Education Learning Laboratory (BWELL) Project. The project outcomes were tri-fold: conduct research, develop research presentation skills and team leadership. The MESA students participated in one of three teams: Engineers, Chemistry or Biology.  The BWELL Interns met formally twice a week to discuss updates and participate in research and leadership training. Interns also initiated regular meetings with their respective teams to conduct research and evaluate findings. Interns collaborated with faculty members from the Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Heavy Equipment and Horticulture Departments as well as, Butte County Engineers. The BWELL Interns were supervised, trained and guided by Dr. Michael Williams, Biology Professor and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. The MESA Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering, chemistry or biology. See Friday schedule.

Dena Moes
Dena Moes RN CNM is a certified nurse-midwife providing homebirth services in Chico, CA and surrounding areas, Sacred Ways Homebirth.  She studied midwifery at Yale School of Nursing, and has been a midwife since 1996.  She learned the gentle, sustainable practice of homebirth midwifery by studying with a midwife serving the Old Order Amish in rural Pennsylvania.  After attending her first twenty Amish homebirths as a student, Dena understood that when you work to support the forces and flows of nature; much less energy, resources, and expensive technologies are required.  Since that time Dena has provided care to birthing women both in hospital settings, and at home.  She is the mother of two daughters, both born at home.  She has served the Chico community as a homebirth midwife since 2004.  
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Kirk Monfort  The home I grew up in Oklahoma no longer exists.  So many planes from Tinker AFB crashed in the neighborhood, the government bought the survivors out and destroyed it.  It was not a sustainable environment.  After a BA in Letters from the U of Oklahoma, still unable to choose a major, I got a Ph.D. In Philosophy and Humanities from Stanford. I was thus prepared to  coordinate and teach in a 33 unit freshman GE program (GST) at Chico State where we have been talking to students about resource issues and living well for the last 30 years. See Thursday schedule.

Carrie Monohan Carrie Monohan - Dr. Monohan’s interests bridge the fields of hydrology and ecology in proposing new areas for research and management. Dr. Monohan has worked most recently in the areas of meadow restoration and abandoned mine assessment and remediation. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Center for Water and Watershed Studies in 2004. Since completing her dissertation she has contributed to the scientific and regulatory communities’ understanding of the legacy impacts from historical gold mining in California, specifically, the effects of mercury and mercury methylation. Dr. Monohan is currently the Science Director at The Sierra Fund in Nevada City, California. See Friday schedule, full day Mining Symposium.

 

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Jenni Nelson

Jenni Nelson is the Recycling Education Coordinator for Chico State Assoiciated Students. She is currently a senior completing a dual major in Instructional Design & Technology and Media Arts. As Recycling Education Coordinator, Jenni conducts workshops and creates educational materials to spread awareness on campus about the benefits of recycling as well as the proper way to recycle.
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Net Impact is an international organization dedicated to changing the world through sustainable business. CSU, Chico started one of the first undergraduate chapters of Net Impact in 2006. On campus, the CSU Chico Net Impact chapter has continued to teach and promote sustainable business practices and social responsibility through events like a free-re-cycle, Ben & Jerry's zero waste ice cream social, many speakers and workshops.
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Jennifer Oman
Jennifer Oman is a Consultant for the City of Chico's Storm Water Management Education and Outreach Program (SWM EOP). Since 2005 she has directed the outreach effort for the prevention of runoff pollution of local waterways. She worked initially under a CalFed grant as part of a coalition to develop Chico's SWM EOP. The SWM EOP includes a classroom instruction component; multimedia outreach; Clean Water Business Partnership program; and community outreach in collaboration with local non-profit groups. Jennifer graduated in 1998 with a BA in Liberal Arts from the New School for Social Research, NY, NY. Her background is in education and she has involved CSU, Chico and Butte College students in various aspects of the water quality education work.
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Melinda Riley teaches sociology at Butte College and is a co-chair of the Butte College sustainability steering committee.  She is also the coordinator of the Clear Creek Project, a sustainability curriculum development project that assists faculty wanting to infuse sustainability topics into existing courses or to develop new sustainability themed courses.    She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in sociology from U.C. Berkeley, and U.C. San Diego respectively.  For the past 2 years, she has been teaching a new course, "Our Sustainable Future" which surveys how various institutions, organizations, and individuals around the world are pioneering sustainable solutions for today’s problems. Melinda has also created a Sustainability Studies Certificate Program at Butte College and is currently working on a Sustainability Studies Degree Program, specifically designed for community colleges.  She has presented on sustainabity education topics at community colleges and conferences around the country and is developing a 'Greening the Community College Curriculum' consultancy service. See Friday schedule. See Saturday schedule.

Mark Robert
Mark Roberts 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.
See Thursday schedule.

 

James Robinson James Robinson IV, EIT, is a senior student in the Environmental Resources Engineering program focusing on renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures. He is a program manager for the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF), a student run green fee program implemented campus-wide, aimed at reducing the carbon foot print via energy independence from the electrical grid. He has been awarded several grants for energy-savings projects even outside the united states. He is also acting as energy manager to record and reduce HSU's campus utilities.
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Louise Schiller

Louise Schiller, MLA, ASLA, now on the landscape architecture faculty of California State University, San Luis Obispo, Louise brings over 30 years of award-wining design experience with projects across the nation and in international venues. She continues to serve as a sustainability and environmental planning consultant for a wide range of governmental agencies here and abroad.
See Thursday schedule.

 

Dick Schneider
Dick Schneider is a population analyst and environmental planner. He advises citizens groups on growth control measures for their local communities and has worked throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to enact open space ballot initiatives for cities and counties. He sits on the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Conservation Committee, which he chaired for many years, and has served on the Sierra Club’s National Conservation Governance Committee. As a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dick studied the effects of acid rain on high altitude lakes in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains. He is co-author of "Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards" and is a board member of Californians for Population Stabilization.
See Friday schedule.
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Diane Schmidt
Dr. Diane Schmidt BA Political Science 1980 and MA in Economics 1982 University of Missouri, St. Louis. PhD Political Science 1988 Washington University. Associate Director, Survey Research Center, CSU, Chico, 2001-2002. Dr. Schmidt has been teaching for over 25 years in public policy and government and is currently a Professor in the Political Science Department at CSU, Chico. She is a professional policy analyst and has worked as a community consultant in policy analysis. Dr. Schmidt is a facilitator for collaborative projects and teaches courses in collaborative management, program evaluation, and public personnel policy. She has published and/or presented her research on community outreach programs and collaboration in a variety of forums including the subfields of community development and public administration.
See Friday schedule.

 

Heather Schoeppach
Heather Schoeppach is the executive director of Butte Humane Society in Chico, California. She began volunteering there in 1999 while attending California State University, Chico, and helped write the organization’s long-range plan in 2000. After completing a humane education service-learning project at the shelter, she finished the Honors in General Education program by writing a thesis on the sociological factors of pet overpopulation. She joined the shelter staff in 2007 and was promoted to executive director the following year. Since that time, Butte Humane Society has renewed its focus on building a green animal shelter in Chico, and recently took second place in a national contest to determine the most deserving organization in need of a shelter makeover.
See Saturday schedule.

 

Ann  Schwab
Ann Schwab, Mayor, City of Chico Serving her second term on the Chico City Council, Mayor Ann Schwab takes great pride in her work chairing the City’s Sustainability Task Force, distinguishing Chico as an environmental leader.  She chairs the Town and Gown Committee, and Mayor’s Business Advisory Board and serves on the City’s Economic Development and Butte County Association of Governments Committees, the Rawlins Endowed Professor Advisory Board, Chico Velo Cycling Club Board of Directors, and volunteers for Park Watch. A graduate of CSU, Chico, Mayor Schwab strongly believes in community service and practices this ethic in her professional and personal life.  As Program Manager for Community Action Volunteers in Education she advises university students serving the community while gaining valuable hands-on experience through programs for kids, seniors, special populations and the environment.  See Saturday schedule.

 

Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) is a student group working with offices on campus to assess current office practices and make recommendations for improvements. This student project began in 2007 with students performing office energy audits and comprehensive sustainability consultations. By 2008 this has rapidly progressed into a campus supported program. See Saturday schedule.

Cameron Scott is a recent graduate from California State University, Chico where he received a degree in Latin American Studies. He spent a year in abroad in Costa Rica where he was introduced to to a new form of environmentalism based more on direct individual involvement and historical critique. He lives here in Chico at the GRUB cooperative and works for the Boys and Girls Club in Paradise. See Thursday schedule.

Sherri Scott
Sherri Scott  is a nature junkie, enchanted by all aspects, but especially by mushrooms, plants, trees and the ethnobotanical stories behind them.  She has been involved with GRUB, Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies, in and out of the farm, almost since its inception.  She is currently involved in the educational department of GRUB providing garden, nature, cooking and nutritional education primarily to pre-schoolers.  Sherri has been a part of the intentional community, GRUB Cooperative, coming out of a solo lifestyle to enjoy the ups and downs of community living, learning to communicate, grow and process crops like grains and lentils, to cook large amounts and to have an open house for drop-in visitors, among other new things.
See Thursday schedule.
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Jeff Shellito

Jeff Shellito has worked for more than 20 years for the California Legislature as a policy committee consultant on environmental and natural resource issues.  From 1985 to 1995, Jeff was a principal consultant with the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and Assemblyman Byron D. Sher (D-Palo Alto). He then spent 10 years as a senior consultant for the State Senate where he worked on forestry, fishery and mining legislation and policy.  Since 2005, Jeff has been a consultant and government affairs manager for the fishery group California Trout.  He graduated from Sacramento State University with bachelor and graduate degrees in government. See Friday schedule, full day mining symposium.

 

Len Shepard
Len Shepard is the CEO of Sky WindPower having led the company since April 2008. Sky WindPower is building prototype Flying Electric Generators (rotorcraft) to demonstrate that wind alone can simultaneously hold a rotorcraft aloft at thousands of feet above the earth's surface and cause the rotorcraft to generate electricity to be returned to ground systems via a tether.  Sky WindPower is the latest of small companies led by Len. He also has over 20 years experience in senior management roles across the medical billing service industry. Len authored one of the first widely used freeware offerings for project management. Len holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis.
See Thursday schedule.

 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co's primary mission is to brew exceptional beers while demonstrating responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Cheri Chastain and Mandi McKay make up the Sustainability Dept at Sierra Nevada. Both are graduates of CSU Chico and are responsible for coordinating environmental efforts throughout the Sierra Nevada organization. See Friday schedule.

Slow Food Shasta Cascade started in the fall of 2005 through the vision of several passionate North State community members. It was formed to cover the counties of Shasta, Tehama and Butte. Our region is more rural, and the population more sparse, so we formed a flagship convivium to support each community in bringing together the resources to carry out the mission of Slow Food USA and Slow Food International.
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Pamela Spoto

Pamela Spoto
teaches English full-time at Shasta College, and she is faculty advisor for Peace, Justice and Tolerance Club.  She is also Project Director for a Teaching Garden proposal at Shasta College—this garden will model sustainable and organic gardening practices as well as provide a venue for horticultural therapy and spiritual enrichment. She is a poet and performance artist as well as the coordinator of the annual Sustainability Conference at Shasta College, Black History Month activities, and Fall Forum speakers and panels.
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Caitlin Steele
Caitlin Steele serves as San Francisco State University’s Sustainability Coordinator. Caitlin works on LEED EB certification, fulfilling the Presidents’ Climate Commitment requirements, on-going waste reduction efforts, and supporting energy efficiency projects.  Caitlin is a contributing member of the campus wide Sustainability Committee, which has begun writing a Climate Action Plan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from Colgate University and is pursuing her MBA at SF State.
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Mark Stemen

Mark Stemen is a professor of Geography and Planning at CSU, Chico, where he teaches environmental courses in sustainability and civic engagement. Known to his students as ‘Dr. Mark,’ he is well known on the campus for his inspiring and tireless work with students and with the community on issues of sustainability. Under his direction, his students recently completed greenhouse gas inventories for CSU, Chico, Butte Community College, and the City of Chico. He is advisor to eight student groups at CSU, Chico and faculty mentor to the new “Sustainability House” in the residence halls. Additionally, he is the executive director of Each One, Teach One of Northern California, a community nonprofit focused on leadership development around issues of sustainability. In 2008 Stemen was named Sustainability Champion the Seventh Annual UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference, for his work in promoting sustainability across California’s three higher education systems.
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Paul Sullivan
Paul Sullivan started his career in Solar Energy after installing a system on his own home and seeing the results, it was a no brainer. He began as an Energy Consultant for a large solar firm based in Bakersfield, CA and soon was promoted to management.  With firsthand knowledge of how solar had benefitted not only personal economics, but made him more aware of the need for a more sustainable future he is able to convey that message to each of his clients.  He now serves as Sales Manager for Alternative Energy Systems, Inc a locally owned and operated solar integrator.
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Steve Tchudi

Stephen Tchudi is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of  Nevada, Reno. He moved to the North State in 2007, where his family is  creating a sustainable organic farm in Yankee Hill. He is also a  programmer on KZFR radio in Chico, where he and his wife, Susan, do a  weekly show called "Ecotopia" (Tuesdays, 6-7 pm). The show explores  ecosystems--social, environmental, technological--with an emphasis on interdisciplinary connections, e.g., the impacts of technological  "innovations" on quality of life and the environment. He volunteers at  the Chico Peace and Justice Center, where he edits the newsletter and  is active in the Beyond War Coalition.
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Liza Tedesco Liza Tedesco Interim General Manager of Chico Natural Foods. Liza graduated with a degree in English Literature, but also intensively studied botany, plant ecology, horticulture, political science, political philosophy, and Latin American history, politics and ecology at Chico State University, Butte Community College and at home. During the summer of 2007, Liza was invited by Equal Exchange, a Fair Trade products importer, on an exchange to Peru. While in Peru, Liza met with the National Coffee Board, toured two Fair Trade cooperatives and traveled to a remote village on the border of Ecuador to live and work with a coffee farming family. Deeply inspired by her experiences in Peru, Liza returned to the states committed to sharing the ideas, visions and voices of those who have benefited from a system of business which respected the planet, the people, and their livelihood. See Friday Schedule.

 

Mike Thornton
Mike Thornton began working for The Sierra Fund in May of 2008 as the Mining Project Community Organizer. Mike is a former radio journalist, producer and News Director for KVMR-FM Radio in Nevada City, CA. During his radio career, Mike traveled to report on stories in the Middle East, Latin America, and Mexico as well as covering major national events including three Presidential Conventions and two World Trade Organization (WTO) events including the "Battle in Seattle" in 1999. Prior to his career in journalism he worked in the mental health field as a substance abuse program manager and counselor. Mike loves music and plays drums, is a Jazz aficionado and movie buff. 
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Kate Transchel
Dr. Transchel's current research focuses on sex, gender, and alcohol as forces creating an alternative culture in Leonid Brezhnev's Russia. She also is investigating the sex slave trade in Eastern Europe after World War II. Transchel is working with another Russian scholar in developing web-based modules to accompany history textbooks for classroom use in the teaching of Russian History. She is currently a professor in the History Department at CSU, Chico.
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Greg Turcotte

Lundberg Family Farms is a leader in producing high quality organic and eco-farmed rice products in a sustainable and beneficial manner.  Having experienced the devastation of the Dust Bowl, the Lundberg family pioneered land management techniques that maintain and replenish the soil.  As a continuation of this heritage, Lundberg Family Farms is striving to improve the environmental footprint of their entire organization. 
Greg Turcotte has been working with Lundberg Family Farms as an Environmental Coordinator since 2008.  An alumnus of CSU, Chico’s Environmental Economics program, Greg was recognized as the Outstanding Economic Student of 2009.  He is delighted to share his experiences in this emerging field and discuss Lundberg Family Farms' future goals in pursuit of sustainable business practices.
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Paul Turner
Paul Turner, Ph.D, is the Chief Executive Officer of Nacel Energy Corporation. Paul earned his B.Sc. in electrical engineering (power concentration) from the University of Illinois in 1987, his M.Sc. in electrical engineering (Electric Utility Management Program) from New Mexico State University in 1991 and his Ph.D in economics (environmental & natural resource and regulatory concentration) in 1997, from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Turner was first engaged as an advisor to NACEL Energy in August 2008 as a founding Principal of Renergix LLC.  During the period leading to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Turner played an integral role in both refining and implementing the Company’s wind power facility development strategies and initiatives.
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Gerard Ungerman
Gerard Ungerman A print-media journalist with a military background, Gerard started Free-Will Productions in New York in 1995. His focus has been on making documentary films about human rights and environmental issues. Since the beginning, Gerard has sought to remain independent from large corporate production structures. His belief is that true democratic media should not be controlled or filtered by powerful interest groups, be them commercial or political. Determination and skills learnt on the fly have allowed him to give high production value to otherwise low-budget projects and to bring international visibility and recognition to controversial stories that commercial news and entertainment would not touch.
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The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College is a multifaceted, social change-oriented Institute consisting of centers, programs and a core staff. We provide a place for faculty, students, organizers, community partners, researchers, and policy analysts to collaborate. Our mission - to help create a more just, livable, and democratic region - provides the backdrop for a wide range of activities and relationships. UEPI functions both as an academic center with strong community ties and a community-based organization with a strong research and policy development capacity. UEPI has a number of affiliated Centers and Programs including the Center for Food & Justice and Sustainable Oxy.

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Mark Vallianatos

Mark Vallianatos is Policy Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is also Adjunct Professor in Urban and Environmental Policy, teaching courses on campus greening. Mark is a graduate of the University of Virginia and University of Virginia School of Law. He is co-author of The Next Los Angeles: the struggle for a livable city (UC Press, 2005).
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Dale van Dam

Dale van Dam is currently the Dean of Instruction of the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College in Placerville, CA.  The El Dorado Center enrolls approximately 6,000 students annually and is located in a predominantly rural Sierra Nevada foothill community.  He is a registered professional geologist in 6 western states and taught geology, geography, earth science, and GIS at American River College, Sierra College, Yuba College,  and CSU, Sacramento for 10 years prior to taking on his current duties.  Mr. van Dam has been an environmental consultant for the last 20 years, working on soil and groundwater assessment and mitigation studies throughout the western US.  He is currently working with a team of faculty, staff and community partners at Folsom Lake College to integrate sustainable concepts into the college’s curriculum, facilities, and operations. See Friday schedule.

 

Peter Van De Water Dr. Peter Van de Water is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at CSU, Fresno. His research interests are varied, but center on vegetation changes during the late Quaternary using macro- and micro-fossils. Within the context of this focus, he has applied the burgeoning field of stable isotope analysis to reconstruct past plant physiological parameters. His research has also looked at the variability of natural populations as a means to test their suitability as proxy records for past changes. In addition, he has worked with atmospheric models to track the incorporation and downwind transport of modern pollen from source areas as a means to understand depositional processes. His most recent work has been to apply this research to plant gene-flow from genetically modified crop plants into wild relatives growing nearby.
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Becky White
Becky Cox White is Professor of Philosophy at CSU, Chico. Her areas of expertise include moral theory, social ethics, and biomedical ethics. She received her doctorate from Rice University, Houston, TX. She is the author of three books, Competence to Consent, published by Georgetown University Press, Moral Dilemmas in Community Health Care: Cases and Commentaries (with J.A. Zimbelman), published by Pearson/Longman: and Ethics in Action: A Case Based Method (with P. Connolly), published by Blackwell. Her current research and publication interests include allocation of health resources, teaching ethics, and ethical issues surrounding disability.
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Gail Williams

Gail Williams
has eighteen years of experience as an Air Poluution Control Specialist and Air Quality Planner for the Butte County Air Quality Management District. In addition to administering the District's Public Education and Outreach program, Ms. Williams has worked in many arenas of air quality management including monitoring, administering grants and environmental review. She is a frequent speaker at a variety of community outreach programs and as a guest lecturer at CSU,Chico. Ms. Williams received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science at CSU, Chico.
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Mike Williams
Dr. Michael P. Williams, is currently a faculty member in the Biology Department at Butte College teaching general botany and ecology, field biology, and introductory biology. For the previous seven years, he was the Director of the Sedgwick Reserve, a 6,000-acre natural area located in the Santa Ynez Valley, for UC Santa Barbara. He developed an outreach program staffed by over 100 docents and volunteers for K-12 students and the public serving over 6,000 visitors a year during which time he developed three unique programs forK-12 students.Prior to his work at UCSB, he was the owner and senior scientist of an ecological consulting company in Seattle with projects throughout the western US and Alaska. He specialized in public sector projects utilizing community based restoration in large-scale restoration.
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Joel Zimbleman

Joel Zimbelman, PhD
, is Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at CSU, Chico. He received his training in religious and applied social ethics from the University of Virginia. His research interests include issues in bioethics focusing on end-of-life decisions and access to health care. He has served on various hospital ethics committees, and is, with Becky White, the co-author of Moral Dilemmas in Community Healthcare: Cases and Commentaries (Pearson Longman, 2005)
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Ben Zuckerman
Ben Zuckerman is a Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA. He 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." He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and also Californians for Population Stabilization. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club from 2002 to 2005.
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