Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico
Friday, November 5, 2010
Friday conference attendees will have the option of attending sessions at the CSU, Chico campus OR at the Butte College campus. Busses will be available to transport participants selecting the Butte College option to the Butte College campus for the full day (view bus schedule).
Sessions at CSU, Chico Campus:
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens - Bell Memorial Union Main Lobby at Entrance to Auditorium
Coffee & muffins will be available inside the Auditorium ~ don't forget your mugs!
9:00 a.m. Keynote ~ Jerome Ringo
10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:00 Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 Open Forum ~ Orville Schell & David Breashears
7:30 p.m. Keynote ~ Orville Schell & David Breashears
9:00 a.m. Keynote
Jerome Ringo - SESSION CANCELED
The Color of Green, The Next Inconvenient Truth
Jerome Ringo explores the value of diversity in building an effective Sustainability Movement. As well, he gives a passionate wakeup call to all Americans of the sense of urgency we face with climate, energy, and economic challenges.
10:00-11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Business ~ Exchanging Externalities & Practices an International Forum for Small & Medium-Sized Businesses
Paolo Francesca Spadaro, Neil Schwartz, Maria Beatrice Ligorio
We aim to describe the project Di.Co.Te., a project of sustainability funded by the government of Italy. Di.Co.Te’s is developing a platform to sustain the collaborative exchanges internationally. During our presentation, we will describe our results and our plans for step two and lay out plans for the expansion of Di.Co.Te’s international partnerships with SMEs in the North Valley.
Learning ~ What is Ecofiction and Why Should We Read It?
Jim Dwyer, CSU, Chico
Stories are powerful because they speak to us on not just an intellectual, but also an emotional and even a spiritual level. They can inspire us to advocacy and action. This program will define ecofiction, its history, and international scope. Both well known and more obscure books will be discussed.
Practice What You Preach: The Business Advising Office leads students into our sustainable future
Tessa Nichols, Amy Lance, Kalea Allen, Janel Irwin, Clare Clifford - CSU, Chico
This presentation takes listeners through the story of transforming a paper-swamped office into a 95% paperless office over a two year period. We present realistic and money-saving changes a campus office can implement to align business practices with sustainable values. Transferring to paperless processes is not the end of our story; we’ll discuss our hopes for future sustainable advancements.
Living ~ City of Chico Climate Action Plan Phase I: Presentation and Public Outreach
Fletcher Alexander, The Institute for Sustainable Development and Linda Herman, City of Chico
This presentation will provide an overview of the City of Chico’s proposed Climate Action Plan, ready to begin implementation in 2011.The presentation will include a discussion of the city's approach to Climate Action, a summary of the plan timeline and interim targets, and a breakdown of the projects and programs set to be included in Phase I (to be followed by a workshop session).
Living ~ Alternative Solutions: Reducing Exposure to Toxics
Maggi Barry and Julia Murphy, Butte Environmental Council
How much do you know about potential toxins in your environment? What do you know about toxins in your cleaning products, personal care products & who ensures their safety? We will explore these issues and provide ways to reduce your exposure to toxics by offering alternative solutions.
Advocacy ~ Change Does Not Have to Follow a Path of Environmental Destruction
Robin Huffman, Butte Environmental Council, Grace Marvin, Sierra Club, Yahi Group, Pamela Posey, Butte Environmental Council, and Carol Perkins
Change does not have to follow a path of environmental destruction, and local development can be more sustainable. Unless developers make such proposals and local governments insists, environmental advocates will continue to have a large role to play in effecting more sustainable growth.
Learning ~ Green Event Guide
This presentation includes how to green your school events and how we made a guide and marketed information to our students and groups.
11:00 a.m. - Noon Concurrent Sessions
Can Gold be Green? Linking Sustainable Agriculture
For years agriculture in the US was on an unsustainable path with a business model and philosophy that promoted gigantic chemical based agribusiness. Organic food and sustainable farming creates a healthier alternative. Can the principles of "Sustainable Agriculture" be applied in such a way to create an environmentally sound mining industry?
Catalyzing Campus Sustainability
Ross Levy, Crodd Chin, Ratcliff
The De Anza College Mediated Learning Center, Awarded Best Overall Sustainable Design (2010 CHESC), is more than a LEED platinum building. It is a set of environmental and social systems that inform pedagogy and redefine the educational setting as The College develops in response to evolving cultural and climatic norms.
City of Chico Climate Action Plan Workshop
Fletcher Alexander, The Institute for Sustainable Development, Linda Herman, City of Chico
Follow-up workshop for Climate Action Plan intended for community-members to provide their feedback and ideas to the city, and to learn about a number of ways they can be involved in Climate Action in our community.
Business ~ An Overview of Small-Scale Wind Electric Systems "Small Wind for the Agriculture Element
Scott Jackson, Powershacks
Large-scale commercial wind energy development began in California in the early 1980s, and the most common image of modern wind energy is a large array of turbines. Less familiar is a single turbine, much smaller than the utility-scale models but much more efficient than the old-fashioned windmill.
Learning ~ Biodiesel Production Advances: Latest News on Development
Mark Roberts, Springboard Biodiesel
Topics to include: latest technological advances and efficiencies, the latest on feedstocks and emissions, progress in the US vs. Internationally, case studies of groups that are benefiting economically and environmentally, anecdotes, and more.
12:00-2:00 Lunch Break
(On your own)
You don't even have to leave campus for a local, organic lunch! During the entire week of the conference, Monday - Friday, November 1-5, head down to the Marketplace Café in the Bell Memorial Union. We have converted one entire station ("Savory's, where the pizza and pasta is currently served) to a local/organic food focus for lunch.
2:00-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Living ~ Motivation for a Sustainable Future
Focuses on ways individuals can live more sustainable by making "green" decisions within their day-to-day lifestyles. The talk is inspirational with the intent of empowering the audience about the future that lies ahead, demonstrating how we can play a part in devising sustainability throughout our lifestyles and in our careers.
Learning ~ Why what we are doing is not enough: Preparing for a climate changed world
The effects of climate change are evident on every continent on the planet. Preparing for the changes that are already occurring and the ones yet to be seen is no easy task. It is imperative for professionals and agencies (or you could put society – depends on who you want to reach) to begin thinking about the impacts of climate change on the missions of their organizations and how this will affect their work in the future.
Advocacy ~ Poison Gifts: People and Pollution in the Arctic
Jesse Dizard, CSU, Chico
Circumpolar cultures have existed for thousands of years but are currently threatened not only by global climate change but also by persistent organic pollutants produced in industrialized countries far from the Arctic. Globalizing consumer culture is poison.
Advocacy ~ Green Funds on Campus: How to start one on your campus
Robyn DiFalco, CSU, Chico, AS Sustainability, Katherine Walsh, UC Berkeley, James Robinson, Humboldt State
Many campuses now have "Green Initiative Funds" available for student-driven projects in sustainability. If your campus is trying to launch a campaign to get this kind of funding set up on your campus, this session is for you! Student organizers from campuses across California will discuss campaign strategies and how to begin the process of adding a sustainability fee on your own campus.
Learning ~ Cultural Sustainability: Mechoopda Maidu Documentary
Kimberly Ornellas, Avery Beck, Sydney Kerhove
The Mechoopda Maidu Film Project is an anthropological documentary that highlights cultural sustainability and explores the rich cultural history of the Mechoopda Maidu in Chico through oral tradition. Join us for a preview of the film and a discussion about sustainability from the Native American perspective.
Learning ~ CSU, Chico Research at the Oroville Cleantech Innovation Center
Greg Kallio, Katie Milo, Cristina Archer, Adel Ghandakly, Christine Lewis
Three Chico State faculty have established research projects and laboratories at the new Cleantech Innovation Center (CIC) at the Airport Business Park in Oroville, California. The research topics to be presented cover renewable energy technologies and building energy efficiency. A fourth Chico State faculty member has established and will describe a workforce training program in geospatial technology at the CIC for unemployed workers.
Living ~ How to Save the Earth and Fall in Love with Everything
Ryan Laine, Quinn Comendant, Lisa Kieran
The simple joy of riding a bicycle makes a big difference. We will explore how a bike challenges values, localizes regions, supports healthy food, and creates more happiness. Facilitated by local bicycle tour guides, this engaging conversation includes a brief "how to" create your own bicycle movement workshop.
3:00-4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Living ~ Complimentary Alternative Medicine
Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a way to keep general healthcare costs down and provide more individualized care. Combined with sustainable agricultural practices, the delivery of Acupuncture and Chinese herbs represents one of the most effective and cost-effective ways to maintain health and wellness.
BMU 209 SESSION CANCELED
Advocacy ~ Zero Trash Chico Pick It Up
Lindsay McDonnell, Leesha Tenns, Zero Trash
Zero Trash will be presenting on the basic principles that fueled it’s grassroots movement. Roadside litter is not only unsightly, but can be prevented through proper placement of trashcans and ashtrays. We will share with you how we are working toward achieving a solution to these problems.
Learning ~ Growing the Green Workforce: Developing Green Jobs
Morgan King, Strategic Energy Innovations
To meet the demand for a burgeoning green collar workforce, we need strong education and training programs that are integrated into existing institutions and school curriculum. This session outlines how to integrate educational institutions and local partnerships with a strong vision for community sustainability to launch innovative community-based green collar training programs.
Learning ~ Residential Solar: Does Efficiency Matter?
In any residential solar inquiry, the topic of module efficiency rears its head. We will explore the generalities of solar panel efficiency, what it means and how it affects the long term production of clean and renewable electricity. Further, we will glance in to the future of and investigate developing technologies.
Learning ~ Sustainability in the North Central Valley of CA
Earl Bloor, Candace Byrne, Noelle Ferdon
This session will focus on the people who engage in growing and processing the food within our local region and the opportunities that exist for all of us to support our local foodsheds.
Advocacy ~ Green Funds on Campus: Best Practices & Lessons Learned
Robyn DiFalco, CSU, Chico AS Sustainability, Katherine Walsh, UC Berkeley, James Robinson, Humboldt State
This session will present different models of student fee-based "Green Initiative Fund" programs at various campuses across California. Come learn how each campus developed its application process, funding committee, and review process. Find out what important lessons have been learned from these various campus programs.
Business ~ Businesses Increasing Profitability through Embrace
Janelle Wallace, Kevin Foley, Kevin Coleman Lisk, Ashley Dutra, Net Impact
Learn how to save money and our environment simultaneously. As future leaders of the new economy, businesses are empowered through knowledge to be the agents of change. Spreading this knowledge and inspiring others is a step in creating future business sustainability.
Building ~ Creating Positive Change to the Built Environment
Sustainability is often viewed with a scorecard, A LEED merit badge. The pursuit for greatest sustainability isn't something our planet cares about. Each of us has a role, but our returns, our utility must be in balance and equitable to all stakeholders: the client, the users, the consultants, the investors and the planet.
Orville Schell and David Breashears
Rivers of Ice: Are the Glaciers of the Himalayas Melting?
How climate change will affect the frozen reservoirs in the Greater Himalaya and influence the rivers of Asia.
This discussion by two experts in the field will concern the downstream consequences of the glacial melt. It will be a great introduction to their evening presentation in Laxson Auditorium which will focus on the causes and the possible solutions.
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