Institute for Sustainable Development

 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Conference Schedule

Thursday Schedule Friday Schedule Saturday Schedule Friday - Butte College Option
Conference Speakers Registration Exhibitors Sponsors
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All Day - Green Expo Bell Memorial Union Auditorium ~ Community Center (see Map)

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens - Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Main Lobby at Entrance to Auditorium
Coffee will be available inside the Auditorium ~ don't forget your mugs!


9:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:00 Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:00 Keynote - Paul Rowland
5:00 p.m. Opening Reception

Can't make it to the conference?
We have two sessions that will be available on the internet live:
See session available online at 9:30 a.m.
See session available online at 11:00 a.m.

9:30-10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

BMU 204
9:30-10:30
Advocacy ~ Sustainability Education and Practices in CA
Scott Terrell ~ Terrell Sustainability
The presentation will be an overview of Scott's experience and success in implementing effective sustainability education and energy and water efficiency programs in three CA communities. He will focus on his efforts in Truckee, CA: Becoming the Greenest Small Town in America 2010. Truckee cost-effectively saved 3% community-wide electric energy savings in 2008 and 2.5% in 2009 through sustainability programs. Scott has made more plans for the future which he will share in his presentation.

BMU 209
9:30-10:30

Learning ~ Enhancing Collaboration Beyond the Inbox
Dave Stephens, Butte College, Peter DiFalco, CSU, Chico
This session will focus on the benefits of using online tools for increasing efficiency, collaboration, and creativity in group centered advocacy movements or project management. Discussion will also center on the net benefits of online collaboration versus traditional mechanisms, as well as taking into account learning curves for group members. Participants will be encouraged to develop criteria that will aid choosing an appropriate tool or platform for a specific project. Facilitators will provide resources for further exploration and demonstrate effective use in higher education and social contexts.

BMU 210
9:30-10:30

Learning ~ Addressing the Social Pillar of Sustainability in Higher Education
Mimi Riley, Brad Zuniga, Yvette Zuniga, Tony Gamboa,Nena Anguiano, Debbie McCurry - Butte College
Social sustainability is focused on the development of programs and processes that promote social interaction and cultural enrichment. It emphasizes protecting the vulnerable, respecting social diversity and ensuring that we all put priority on social capital.  Community colleges naturally provide rich environments for supporting the diverse needs and cultures of their students. 

BMU 303
9:30-10:30
Business ~ The Sustainable Recycling and Waste Facility
Steve Rodowick, Butte County, Bill Mannel, Butte County, Evan Edgar, Edgar & Associates
The panel will present the current state of today's landfills and the challenges facing these facilities in the era of changing patterns of waste management in today's business climate.

BMU 304
9:30-10:30

Business ~ Sustainability in the Private Sector: Making Sustainable Initiatives a Part of your Business Strategy
Jeff Miller, Jack Harris, Kirstin Smith - Pacific Living Properties
Pacific Living Properties strives to promote sustainable living practices in the communities in which we live and work. Through an ongoing commitment to provide our time and resources, we are making a difference in the lives of our residents and local communities. We work with local government, universities, non-profits and the private sector to help create sustainable lifestyles and business practices to protect our environment.

BMU 312
9:30-10:30

Business ~ Use Water Wisely. It's Essential
Pete Bonacich, Ken Jenkins, California Water Service Company
Cal Water is committed to being the leader in promoting water-use efficiency.  Our presentation focuses on Water Conservation Programs, Potential Partnerships, and an overview of our plan to achieve a 20 percent reduction in per capita water use by 2020. Advanced Audience and Beginners.
Conference Exhibitor

BMU 314
9:30-10:30

Business ~ Sustaining the Family Farm
Rod Carter, NCFC Business Consulting
How does business succession planning create sustainability?  Why is it so important in today’s economy?  What are conservation easements, and how can they be used to sustain agricultural businesses?    Rod Carter will answer all these questions and more in this powerful presentation that shows how intergenerational succession planning is essential if we wish to sustain our family farms, ranches, and agricultural businesses for future generations.

MLIB 027-B
9:30-10:30

Business ~ The Power of Transparency:  How the Carbon Disclosure Project is harnessing the power of transparency to change corporate behavior
Keith Littlejohns, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
A summary of the recently published results of CDP’s 2010 Investor program, with detailed climate change data disclosed by 200 of the world’s largest companies. An update on CDP’s other programs in Supply Chain, Public Procurement, Water and Cities. How CDP partners with the leading vendors of Carbon management software and other service providers to improve the quality of sustainability data.
To watch this presentation live on the internet go to http://tinyurl.com/carbondisclosureproject

SSC 490
9:30-10:30

Learning ~ Students in the LEED Rating System: Passing in the Exam and Project  Experience 
Lori Brown, CSU, Chico
Since 2007 Brown has impacted the U.S. construction industry in a very progressive and positive way. Teaching from Seattle to Houston, Oakland to Washington D.C., Brown has developed an immensely popular study curriculum that allows industry professionals the opportunity to take and pass the LEED accreditation exam.  She will discuss her successes in not only preparing students and industry professionals for the LEED AP exams but also how she has collaborated on and off campus to provide students with the LEED project experience necessary to succeed.

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11:00 a.m. - Noon Concurrent Sessions

BMU 204
11:00-12:00

Business ~ Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management
Vickie Newlin
This presentation will tell the story of the Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Group.  Realizing that water and other natural resources often involve more than one local jurisdiction, six counties in the Northern Sacramento Valley have come together to work together on water-related issues.  We want to ensure the sustainability of the economic and environmental value of water and other natural resources.

BMU 209
11:00-12:00

Advocacy
~ How to Tame the Bag Monster
Andy Keller, ChicoBag
The Bag Monster is a growing beast of excess that is trashing our planet.  If you are trying to tame your Bag Monster attend this workshop to learn to eliminate single-use bags from your life, local community and environment.  Learn about alternative solutions to plastic bags for clean up.

BMU 210
11:00-12:00

Business ~ Journey to Zero
Julia Sabin, Smucker Natural Foods
We will discuss why sustainability is important to our business and why we got started.  We will share our accomplishments and results in waste and energy reduction, and how this has been achieved through total employee involvement.  We will also speak about our future opportunities to continue our Journey to Zero
Conference Sponsor

BMU 303
11:00-12:00

Learning ~ Educating for Sustainability: Searching for Solutions and Finding the Good
Debra & Tom Weistar, Synergia Learning Ventures
This workshop introduces a new way to learn that takes youth out of the classroom and into the world to learn about viable solutions. By studying and documenting working models of sustainability, students are empowered to investigate and engage solutions that support life systems, rather than destroy them.

BMU 304
11:00-12:00

Learning ~ We Were Importing Cabbage from the Soviet Union?!  The Emergence of Urban Community Gardens in Cuba
Ann Sittig, Shasta College
This presentation gives a historical overview of Cuba, explaining how the urgent need for urban community gardens arose.  In spite of limited supplies and resources due to the U.S. blockade, Cuba developed the largest program of organic and sustainable agriculture ever undertaken, and implemented it by educating in schools, families, and the community.

BMU 312
11:00-12:00

Living ~ Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration & Dismay
Lin Jensen, High Desert State Prison in Susanville
There’s much in what’s happening in our environment now that gives cause for dismay. Join Lin in a talk and conversation that explores our intimate connection to the land, to the specificities of place, and to the living earth itself, uncovering our deepest nature, the true heart of what it means to be human.

BMU 314
11:00-12:00

Business ~ Recycling Myth Busting
Wayne Jackson, Smurfit-Stone Recycling
Learn techniques that will help you bust the recycling myths. Recycling innovation and collaboration will change the future of business and residential waste solutions.  Join us to challenge the status quo!

MLIB 031
11:00-12:00

Business ~ Green Seal: 3rd Party Certification
Linda Chipperfield, Green Seal
Learn about Green Seal's 3rd party certification- process, challenges, and wins.
This panel will highlight the efforts of the Green Seal city program working to promote sustainability in a community’s businesses and government, through certification and partnership programs.
To watch this presentation live on the internet go to http://tinyurl.com/chipperfield

SSC 490
11:00-12:00

Learning ~Sustainable Plastic Bags Life Cycle Studies
Joseph Greene, CSU, Chico
Environmental effects of reusable plastic, single-use plastic, and single-use paper bags were evaluated using Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). Reusable bags are more environmentally sustainable than single use plastic bags if they are used more than 8 times. Reusable bags use less energy, emit less pollution, release less green house gases, and create less solid waste than single use plastic bags and single use paper bags. Reusable bags will use three times more water than the equivalent single use plastic bags. Recycled polyethylene reusable bag has the least amount of energy use, green house gas emissions, and solid waste generation.

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12:00-1:00 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. 

1:00-3:00 Workshop

SSC 302 & WREC
1:00-3:00
- WORKSHOP
Building ~ Green Cleaning Workshop for Institutions and Businesses
Wayne Murray, CSU, Chico WREC
Curious about Green Cleaning and Green Cleaners but worried they won’t do the job?  Come and learn how to implement a staff training program that works with a high-turnover employee population.  Wayne will discuss resources and how to get started with your own program.  Participants will then walk to the Wildcat Recreation Center where strategies will be demonstrated and products will be tested.

2:00-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

BMU 204
2:00-3:00

Learning ~ It’s Time to Go- Student Adventure in Switzerland and Costa Rica
Ted Kromer, CSU, Chico
This presentation will discuss the purpose of California Kids To Kids (CKK), how to travel, life-changing adventures in Europe and Costa Rica, the service of sustainability to the program and the many lessons students learned.

BMU 209
2:00-3:00

Learning ~ Building Pathways to Sustainable Future: A Curriculum Development Workshop
James Pushnik, CSU, Chico
We will explore the critical role of higher education in achieving a sustainable development pathway, transitioning to a discussion of how best to integrate sustainability principles across the curriculum.  We will share the process by which we developed an interdisciplinary “sustainability thread” that crosses all colleges, and potentially all departments.
CONFERENCE HOST

BMU 210
2:00-3:00

Business ~ Growing a Green Giant: NetApp's Sustainability Evolution
Peter Perrault, NetApp
This presentation will cover the evolution of NetApp's sustainability effort from its nascent stages to an established companywide program.  The speaker known as ‘Green Giant’ has helped develop and expand NetApp’s sustainability program. The subject matter will cover corporate action and engagement, the companies green IT efforts, and the company’s overall strategy for sustainability.

BMU 303
2:00-3:00

Advocacy ~ Community-Based Solar Energy Programs
Ann Marie Larsen, Butte College , Julie Estep, Adept Professional & Training Services, LLC
A variety of community-based, municipal, and cooperative approaches are evolving to increase access to solar energy and to reduce upfront costs for participants. Based on comparative research and interviews with community solar program leaders, this presentation highlights recent developments in community-based solar energy programs, including political issues and challenges confronting these programs.

BMU 304
2:00-3:00

Living ~ What is a CSA? How do they work and why
Francine Stuelpnagel
What is a CSA? Community supported agriculture. How do they work and why is it important. Why and how food can change the world? How growing food can bring people together. How we run our CSA. How it can be a different type of business model to the norm.

BMU 312
2:00-3:00

Business ~ Closing the Loop on Waste Diversion
Mandi McKay, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
SNBC has adopted the "Closed Loop" philosophy in order to reduce waste, recover resources, and operate more efficiently. The company has been able to apply this concept to energy, water, solid waste, heat, CO2, transportation, and agriculture. This presentation will discuss these examples and focus on their new HotRot composting system.
Conference Sponsor

BMU 314
2:00-3:00

Learning ~ Green from the Ground Up!
Jon Stallman, Butte College
Green building technologies and practices introduces beginning students to the theory, methods, and techniques behind modern, code compliant, green building concepts. Introduces beginners to the science and methods behind energy efficient design, construction, and retrofits.  A forum for best practices, discussion and a round table introduction to instructing hands-on learners in the emerging fields of green building systems.

SSC 150
2:00-3:00

Business ~ Recology- Waste Zero
Jill Ortega and Carl Peters, Recology
Our presentation will include information about our company and the services we provide including food waste composting, construction and demolition recycling, general recycling and materials recovery facilities waste, and our mission and philosophy of waste zero.
Conference Exhibitor

SSC 490
2:00-3:00

Building ~ Sustainable Roof Case Study: Wildcat Glades Conservation
Patti Harburg-Petrich, Walter P. Moore
The Wildcat Glades Conservation is located in a globally unique habitat that contains approximately half of the natural chert glades left in the world.  Conservation is the function of the building, and therefore sustainability was a key design feature. The Center has a green-roof system of native plants, providing habitat to indigenous species.  

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3:00-4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

BMU 204
3:00-4:00

Learning ~ American Association of Community Colleges' Sustainability Education Economic Development (SEED) Center: A New Online Green Tool for Community Colleges
Todd Cohen, American Association of Community Colleges
SEED is an initiative of AACC in partnership with ecoAmerica to help community, junior, and technical colleges develop quality green job training and education programs.  The SEED Center consolidates practices and curriculum materials currently available across community colleges. The SEED Center will also allow faculty and staff to learn and explore green jobs curricula and sustainability.

BMU 209
3:00-4:00

Advocacy ~ Building Sustainability through Climate Action
Tabetha Willmon, California Air Resources Board
All Californians contribute to the generation of greenhouse gases. California’s greenhouse gas emissions require a comprehensive, integrated and ambitious plan.  This presentation will focus on a variety of opportunities, benefits and resources available for local governments, businesses, and residents to reduce costs along with emissions, and will share information on the Climate Generation program.

BMU 210
3:00-4:00

Learning ~ Green Workforce Panel Discussion
Morgan King, Strategic Energy Innovations, Jon Stallman, Butte College, Mark Stemen, CSU, Chico, Halli Bovia, CSU, Chico, Trevor Prater, ZipCar, Wen Lee, Alliance to Save Energy
This panel discussion will focus on current trends in the emerging green economy, existing programs that develop skills and knowledge relevant to the green workforce, and strategies for landing a green job. Panelists will also share their experience within the green workforce and assisting students gain green jobs.

BMU 303
3:00-4:00

Living ~ Nurturing a Sustainable Paradigm: Challenging Dichotomy & Finding Power
Nikki Schlaishunt and Julia Murphy, Butte Environmental Council
Our current paradigm supports over-consumption, division, and a scarcity mentality. To achieve and maintain a healthy society we need to grow a new paradigm to replace the old. This workshop will explore the roots of the old and new paradigms and will offer some new tools that will help us nurture a sustainability paradigm.

BMU 304
3:00-4:00

Business ~ Alternative Waste Technologies: What will come in the future?
Amanda Fairley, Waste Management, Patrick Sullivan, SCS Engineers
Waste Management has partnered with several companies that convert waste into energy. The technologies employed vary from capturing landfill gas and converting it to energy to using processes to produce syngas from waste. We will provide an overview of some of these technologies and review case studies that explore the feasibility of some of these developing waste technologies.

BMU 312
3:00-4:00

Business ~ Certified Sustainability Manager
Angela Casler, CSU, Chico
CSU, Chico has formed a design team of professionals to create a certification examination for cross-sector professionals focused on business strategic management. The certification will validate professionals pioneering sustainability management. This panel will introduce members of the design team and the qualifications needed to qualify for the exam.

BMU 314
3:00-4:00

Business ~ The Practitioner's Perspective in Managing IT and Data Centers
Chad Lew, NetApp
An overview of current IT trends and how IT organizations are responding to ever-increasing challenges. This presentation highlights and focuses on NetApp’s approach and methodology. In this presentation NetApp showcases its thought leadership around designing green data centers as well as implementing IT best practices to maximize the use of IT and facility assets.

SSC 150
3:00-4:00

Learning ~ Business, education collaboration: Nurturing the resources of the community
Timothy Schultz, Lundberg Family Farms, Annie Rafferty, Butte College and Ryne Johnson, CEO The Chico Project
The session will include a panel discussion including a student/former student, faculty advisor/administrator from each college, and Lundberg employee who has participated in these collaborations, focused on how these collaborations have benefited the institutions and individuals who have participated.

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4:00 p.m. Keynote
Paul Rowland, Harlan Adams Theatre (PAC 144)

Campus Sustainability:  A National Perspective
Paul Rowland, Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Campus sustainability has been growing at an incredible rate over the past half a decade.  What is happening and what are  its drivers will be described in this presentation that looks over the past five years that AASHE has been in existence.  Dr. Rowland will also gaze into his crystal ball to predict what will happen over the next decade.

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5:00-7:00 p.m. Opening Reception
BMU Auditorium

There will be a Green Fund Expo from 5:00- 7:00 pm where students will display projects throughout the CSU funded with the Sustainability Allocation Fund. The Expo will be on display in the Conference Community Center at the BMU Auditorium Thursday and later will be voted on for the “People’s Choice Award.” There will be an opening welcome from our lead conference coordinators Kara Hearn and Ciara Meanes, and other steering committee members. Refreshments will be served.
NOTE: The Expo will be moved Friday and Saturday to the 2nd floor of the BMU for display.

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