Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico
Saturday, November 6, 2010
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens - Bell Memorial Union Main (BMU) Lobby at Entrance to Auditorium
Coffee & muffins will be available inside the Auditorium ~ don't forget your mugs!
9:00 a.m. Keynote - David Cobb
10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Noon - Lunch on your own
2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00-9:30 p.m. Convergence and Celebration
9:00 a.m. Keynote
Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Rm. 210
How "Corporate Personhood" Legalizes Environmental Destruction and What We Can Do About It
Sustainability is achievable, but too often large multinational corporations prevent us from achieving it. Cobb will provide a historical and legal analysis for how corporations have hijacked our social and political institutions.
He will draw from the experiences of past social movements-- abolitionists, women's suffrage, labor, civil rights-- to challenge us to build a sustainability movement that takes itself as seriously as these movements did. He doesn't want us to merely be right-- he wants us to WIN!
10:00-11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Advocacy ~ Celebrating Living and Educating Sustainability
My presentation will be focused on how my club, "Students for Sustainable Communities," at Santa Rosa Junior College is working on bringing sustainability onto our campus, by integrating and working with our surrounding community and how we are moving forward toward becoming a statewide organization.
Advocacy ~ Children in the Fields: Social Equity as a Key Component of Sustainability
Brandon Louie, AFOP
Social equity is a key facet of sustainable agriculture, yet it often receives the least amount of attention. This session will focus on the issues that farmworker youth are currently facing in the United States and efforts being undertaken to make “fair food” as popular as organic and local food.
Learning - Sustainable Paths for the Future - Student Session
Student Session with Debra Rowe
Resource depletion and population growth as barriers to sustainability
Peter M.J. Hess, Richard J McDonald
We will examine oil as the first of several critical resources that will decline dramatically. Discussion of other resources will show that the “electric economy” is equally unsustainable. We will discuss how the population will decline, either by resource wars, famine, and disease, or by comprehensive sustainability education and population reduction through natural attrition.
Building ~ Community gardens in Chico
Stephanie Elliot, Max Kee, GRUB
Come learn how we are helping Chico grow food from front yard gardens to converted basketball courts.
Living ~ What is it to live a good life? What might the role of wilderness be in living a good life?
Randy Larsen, CSU, Chico
What is important? What do you value? What is a good life? How ought you to live? This discussion considers John Muir's conception of the Good Life and the central role of Nature in living it.
Living ~ Personal Lifestyle & Motivation
The talk focuses on ways that individuals can live more sustainable by making "green" decisions within their day-to-day lifestyles. The talk demonstrates how we can play a part in devising sustainability throughout our lifestyles and in our careers.
11:00-Noon Concurrent Sessions
Business ~ Job creation through flood plan habitat restoration
Jessica Bourne, River Partners
River Partners, discusses the economic impact of its mission-driven work and how, as an environmental nonprofit, it brings jobs to the region and generates demand for local goods and services. As a case study, it supports recent research positing that investment in the restoration/reforestation sectors is an effective strategy for jobs creation. (Also a Conference Sponsor)
Living ~ Right to Recycle
Chico's Municipal Code states that multi-family residences must provide one 64-gallon recycling receptacle for every ten units, however many offer no recycling services whatsoever. By working with AS Sustainability, local waste-removal companies, as well as the City of Chico, we hope to aid both tenants and landlords in their efforts to improve recycling habits.
Learning ~ Project implementation strategies by Chico State Green Campus
Jacquelyn Mercure, Natalie Streiffer, Jeff Kell
A look at recent projects implemented by the Chico State Green Campus team and the strategies students can use to implement similar projects on their campuses. Also, includes an interactive session where participants will Brainstorm projects.
Living ~ Veggie Voyagers
Chris Nelson, Michael Pike
The veggie voyage was a 9 1/2 month journey around the US and Canadian wild lands. The workshop will detail wild areas along the loop, explain threats to wild habitat and detail how to use waste vegetable oil to travel in a diesel vehicle, based on our extensive experience.
Living ~ Creating Sustainable, Community-Run Foodservice on Your Campus
Roger Tuan, CoFed
We'll be talking about a new initiative that is training students across the West Coast to build hubs for sustainability on their campus - and student-run cafes that sell sustainable food at affordable prices! Come be inspired by the success stories and learn more about how you can bring this model to your campus.
Building ~ Concrete- The sustainable building material
Tim Hostettler, Concrete Industry Management, Greg Guecia, BASF
Concrete has been around for thousands of years, making it exceedingly sustainable by virtue of its lifecycle-in addition, new technologies have improved concrete to the point where it is one of the most sustainable building materials available.
An Introductory Workshop ~ Challenging Corporate Rule, Creating Democracy
Corporations have become the dominant institution of our time. They have
hijacked our government and economy our very democracy. A movement is
growing to claim our sovereign power, make corporations subordinate and put
We the People back in charge.
This introductory workshop teaches the history and context for corporate power and will help participants gain the skills and knowledge necessary to reclaim our democracy from corporations.
2:00-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Learning ~ Growing Grebes at Thermalito Afterbay
Scott Huber, Altacal Audubon Society
Thermalito Afterbay is home to the fourth largest breeding colony of aechmophorous grebes in northern California. Settlements from California oil spills have funded restoration projects focused on increasing breeding success of these declining species. Learn about grebes, their elegant courtship rituals, and how a local group is working to help.
Communicating About Sustainability Throughout the CSU: A Message Whose Time Has Come
Numerous sustainability initiatives have been and are now being undertaken throughout the CSU, from capital projects coordinated by the systemwide Chancellor’s Office, to obscure student research projects at individual campuses. The public and the legislature are finally receptive to hearing about them. How can we get the word out? How can people who aren’t already part of the choir join in?
Advocacy ~ Is the Chico General Plan sustainable?
Robin Huffman, Butte Environmental Council, Grace Marvin, Sierra Club-Yahi Group, and Pamela Posey, Butte Environmental Council
Sustainable growth is smart growth. Presenters will discuss the challenges of impressing elected officials and governmental staff with what a sustainable general plan would really look like. Find out what these advocates recommend and how you can help influence the process of local development.
Living ~ Intentional living- Where we are at year two
Sherri Scott, Sammey Zangrilli, Chris Weever, Katrina Djberof, GRUB
The GRUB Cooperative has just completed year 2. There are 14 of us living together and trying to do great things for ourselves, the land on which we live, and our greater community. We live on 40 acres just outside of town. Come learn how we live day-to-day.
Learning ~ Implementing sustainability in the business and university community (SCOOP)
Christopher Murphy, Eli Krispi, Evanne St. Charles, Ashley Dutra, Tony Capone
Learn how sustainability can be implemented in your work environment whether it is on campus or a business in the community. You will hear from two initiatives, which perform departmental assessments as a way to increase awareness of and action toward sustainable practices.
Learning ~ Small Manageable Tasks: Advocating being the change you wish to see in the world
It is often heard that changing the world, or even changing inter-personally maybe "too hard" or "too time consuming". This lecture/workshop will provide the basic tools into starting potentially life altering changes into tasks that don't come across as intimidating for those who wish to embrace change.
Living ~ Sustainable Life Habits: returning to focal practice
Often, we rush through our days connected to electronics. This presentation focuses on a return to engagement with our world through disengaging ourselves from devices and re-engaging with the world. This presentation will argue that only through a return to these focal practices and engagement can we begin to achieve sustainability.
3:00-4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Building ~ Green Home Building in Chico
Todd Harris and Bill Yoskowitz, SiPerior Homes
Located in Chico, California, SIPerior Homes serves Northern California. We are composed of two environmentally concerned home builders who over the years have realized the short-comings of traditional stick-and-batting construction, who have scrutinized various alternative construction methods, and who have identified Structural Insulated Panels as the superior home building material with which to promote green building.
Learning ~ 2010 Sustainable Business Action Plan
The purpose of the Contra Costa County Business Collaborative is to inspire and support businesses in their effort to focus on the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. It provides resources such as education, sustainable purchasing policies, joint purchasing agreements, and financial incentives.
Living ~ Solo Female Cyclist Seeks Couch
Wearing a blue bird costume and pedaling a steel-framed bicycle with yellow fenders and hand-made recycled fire hose saddlebags, Michelle Wurlitzer explores California at human speed. She will tell the story of how bicycle travel changed her outlook on life.
Events & Tours
3:00-6:00 pm - Convergence and Celebration
Breakout Rooms: BMU 303, 304, 312 & 314
Conference participants are invited to attend a workshop convergence at the 2nd floor lounge of the BMU. Following the convergence, participants will head down to the BMU Auditorium to join the celebration from 6:00-9:30 p.m. where there will be entertainment, refreshments and more!