Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability VI Conference
"Connecting Communities"

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A partnership between CSU, Chico and Butte College

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For information on changes to next years conference and to take our This Way to Sustainability VI survey please click here

Over three days and two campuses, we are determined to bring together people who care deeply about the future of the North State and our planet, to learn about pressing sustainability issues, and to create a space for dialogue and action.

Download the 2010 conference program (pdf)

Our Conference Keynotes and Our Conference Speakers

See our full conference schedule:
At the CSU, Chico campus
Friday - Chico Option
At the Butte College campus
Friday Only - Butte Option
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Our Conference Sponsors
Become a conference sponsor for next year (pdf document)

Since the inception, the organizers of the This Way to Sustainability Conference have tried to walk the talk. We have reduced the waste produced at our annual conference, used local organic food for meals, and mitigate travel by purchasing carbon offsets.

The theme for this year's conference is Connecting Communities and we are taking that theme deep into the structure of the conference. In the past we have established "tracks" and invited some people to make presentations, and invited other people to come listen. This year we are establishing five communities - learning, building, business, biotic, and advocacy- and we are asking people involved or interested in those sectors of our larger, global community to come together to propose a set of presentations and other interactions that they, and thus others, would want to attend. While the communities will develop organically, we do have a few thoughts on each:

Learning Community ~ Education is the engine of change. Teachers, students, parents, and administrators need to work together to incorporate sustainability into all levels of the educational system.

Building/Facilities Community ~ Even in Northern California, we are an urban people. All of us live, study, and work in buildings, and we all have an interest in building a more sustainable community.

Business Community ~ Many of our most fundamental relationships are also business transactions and no sector of society has a greater reach in spreading sustainability in production, employment and consumption.

Living Community ~ Humans share the earth with many beings and we express that connection in many ways; in our ethics and our art, in our inspirations and our meditations.

Advocacy Community ~ Sustainability is about envisioning a better world, and then acquiring and employing the tools of change needed to make the vision a reality.

Community Center Expo ~ This year's sustainability conference will include a Community Center Expo! This expo will provide space for vendors and exhibitors to display sustainable products and ideas in the main Auditorium of the Bell Memorial Union Thursday and/or Friday during the conference. The Community Center Expo will allow for exhibitor display areas in addition to a demonstration stage and workshop area.
Submit exhibitor application before August 31st!

On the Creek LogoPresents: Orville Schell & David Breashears
Climate Change in the Himalayas

Friday, November 5th
Laxson Auditorium ~ 7:30 pm

Join author and journalist Orville Schell and filmmaker and adventurer David Breashears in an evening entitled: Climate change and the Melting Glaciers of the Himalayas: Why It Matters. This multimedia event is part of Chico State's On the Creek Lecture series. Stunning photography and videography will accompany expert opinions on the topic of our world’s melting glaciers.

For pricing and complete details about this event please visit This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Development and University Public Events at CSU, Chico.

Please continue to visit this web site as conference planning progresses.

To contact our conference coordinators via e-mail:
Ciara Meanes or Kara Hearn at
James Pushnik at