Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Friday, March 2, 2012 Conference Schedule

Thursday Schedule Friday Schedule Saturday Schedule Speakers
KEYNOTE / Featured Speakers Highlights Exhibitors Sponsors
TOURS Greenie Student Greenie Organizations Register

Conference sessions will be held in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) building on 2nd Street or in the new Student Services Center (SSC) at 2nd & Ivy Streets (SEE CAMPUS MAP):

8:00-9:00 Check-in and Continental Breakfast BMU Lobby and Auditorium - don't forget your mugs!
9:00-12:00 TOUR - Butte Creek Ecological Preserve - CANCELED
9:00-9:50 Featured Film: Connecting Students to Global Sustainability
9:00-9:50 Concurrent Sessions
9:30-11:00 TOUR - Farm Sanctuary
10:00-10:50 TOUR - CUSD Solar Case Study - Chico High School
10:00-10:50 Concurrent Sessions
11:00-12:15 Concurrent Sessions
12:15-1:30 Local Lunch
1:45-3:00 KEYNOTE - Laura Stec
3:10-4:00 Concurrent Sessions
3:10-4:00 TOUR - CSU, Chico Arboretum
3:30-4:00 TOUR - Gateway Science Museum Sustainable Gardens
4:10-5:00 Featured Film: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War
4:10-5:00 Concurrent Sessions

Friday 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Curriculum imageFEATURED FILM
BMU 100 Auditorium

Connecting Students to Global Sustainability

Green Living Project
The multi-media presentation “Connecting Students to Global Sustainability" will showcase cutting-edge sustainability projects across Central and South America, Africa and North America. Students will experience the expedition team’s journey and witness the latest efforts in wildlife conservation, sustainable tourism, voluntourism, rainforest conservation, indigenous communities, renewable energy, research, education, and more. You can see a great video about how we are connecting with students using multimedia here

Energy logoBMU 204 - 9:00-9:50
A Campus Wide Waste Audit - Methodology and Results

Eli Goodsell, AS Recycling at CSU, Chico
In April, 2011 Eli conducted a campus wide waste audit at California State University, Chico. Twenty-four hours worth of waste was sorted over a three day period by over sixty volunteers and interns. The waste was separated into twenty-three unique categories based on their recyclability in the area. In this presentation, Eli will discuss the process of planning and implementing the audit, the results of the project, along with the limitations to his findings.

Energy logoBMU 209 - 9:00-10:50 (extended session)
Steering our homes towards Net-Zero and beyond --thermal science behind energy efficient design and construction

Todd Harris, Good Green Homes, Greg Kallio, CSU, Chico, Bruce Baccei, Emerging Technologies Project Manager, and Patrick Cole, A R C A D E M E Architects
We will explore how the properties of thermal mass, super insulation, and energy flow can drive design to make our structures thermally comfortable with as little draw from the electrical grid as possible.

Energy imageBMU 211 - 9:00-9:50
Little Green Boxes - Distributed Energy production from waste by-products

Evan Edgar, Total Compliance Management
The AB 32 Scoping Plan adopted over 100 measures, including 33% renewable energy by 2020, a low carbon fuel standard, anaerobic digestion (AD) and compost use. Meanwhile, technology is being commercialized to a smaller scale to energize our facilities and fuel our fleets at the local level. Master Plan permitting is underway throughout California turning our recycling facilities into Resource Recovery Parks by adding anaerobic digestion facilities, biomass gasification facilities, and solar on top of the MRFs. A biomass gasification plant burning 40 TPD of clean wood chips can generate 1 mega-watt (MW) of green energy for under $4 million dollars and power all of the on-site needs during the day and sell back the green energy at night at possible retail rates.

Food & Ag imageBMU 303 - 9:00-9:50
The Grassroots Healthcare Revolution

Susan Tchudi and Mojohito Richerson von Tchudi, Everything Herbal CSA at TurkeyTail Farm
This presentation will define for its audience the concepts of ‘grassroots healthcare’ - local, affordable, non-toxic, and sustainable - within the context of an intact health care system, as opposed to a disrupted health care system in which only pharmaceutical drugs and invasive procedures are available. We will draw a relationship between militar! ism and exploitation as cultural trends and the degradation of health care. The alternative, we will argue, is plant-based medicine with an integrated solution providing four local/global benefits: affordable healthcare, ecological restoration, economic upliftment, and preservation of culture via ethobotanical traditions. We will describe the herbal CSA as a radical business model that embodies all the points made previously. Finally we will present practical steps that demonstrate replanting the global garden as a personal activity that anyone can participate in, thus empowering attendees to grow their own medicinal plants as revolutionary action.

Business imageBMU 304 - 9:00-9:50
Become a Certified Sustainability Manager

Angela Casler, Department of Management, CSU, Chico
Want validation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities? The Certified Sustainability Manager examination is coming soon to a testing center near you. CSU, Chico, University of Wisconsin, and University of Johannesburg have all been collaborating w ith over 60 business, government, and nongovernmental organizations to create a widely accepted certification examination to validate the knowledge, skills, and abilities of sustainability management. This certification will provide employers a competitive advantage in their search for new hires with a high sense of values, integrity, and ability to make a difference. Certified professionals will gain a competitive advantage to compete in a highly competitive job market. Come learn about how you can become a Certified Sustainability Manager.

Food & Ag imageBMU 312 - 9:00-9:50
Think Locally, Act Globally? Fair Trade and Local Economic Development from Uganda to Chico

Jenais Zarlin and Ben Corey-Moran, Thanksgiving Coffee Company, and Amy Louis and Mandy Johnston, Six Degrees Coffee
Looking at the supply chain through the lens of small communities. Join Six Degrees Coffee, a Chico-based specialty coffee distributor and Thanksgiving Coffee Company, a Mendocino County-based roaster to learn more about the coffee supply chain, and the power of Fair Trade to connect farmers in far away lands with consumers here in our hometown, while supporting local businesses and the economic development of communities near and far.

Curriculum imageBMU 314 - 9:00-9:50
Sustainability Engaged: Implementing Sustainability into the College Curriculum Through Service Learning

Tyrie Smith, Georgia Premier College
One of the challenges of introducing sustainability into the curriculum stems from misconceptions about sustainability within the institutional ranks. Some faculty may see sustainability as a science thing, while staff and administrators maybe more interested in public relations pieces like solar panels or windmills as opposed to realistic best practices. These misconceptions can often derail campus-wide sustainability efforts and, more importantly, limit student access. At Georgia Perimeter College, a community college in Metro-Atlanta, faculty, staff, and administrators have addressed these particular issues by marrying sustainability with the institutions Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning, using service learning as a vehicle to introduce a broader population of faculty and students to sustainability while simultaneously fostering town and gown relationships. GPC is defining its sustainability-in-the-curriculum model through reciprocal relationships with community organizations and their sustainability efforts.

Energy logoSSC 150 - 9:00-9:50
Solar Case Study Chico Unified School District

Michael Weissenborn, Chico Unified School District, Russell Driver, Newcomb, Anderson & McCormick and Jennifer Jachym, Solar City
Chico Unified School District will present the results of their solar program, consisting of installations at five school sites. The District’s goals for the project included both environmental stewardship and reducing expenditures on energy. The project has a generating capacity of 1.63 MW and produces 2,307,749 kWh of electricity per year. This will reduce the District’s annual electricity consumption by nearly 30%, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of roughly 1.4 million pounds of CO2e each year. The District expects to save over $3 million in utility bills over the next 20 years. The presentation will cover how the District developed a business case for the project, utilized a competitive procurement process to drive-down costs, and took advantage of design-build implementation methodology to achieve rapid results. The District will share performance data, discuss lessons learned, and offer best practices for implementing solar projects in a school setting.

Tours imageTOUR - Chico Unified School District - Solar Case Study at Chico High School

Following the presentation on Friday at SSC 150

Advanced signup required by February 17th - click HERE now
(limited capacity tour)


Friday 10:00-10:50 a.m.

BMU 100 - 10:00-10:50
Featured Documentary

What We Are Leaving Behind in Iraq -- The Environmental Footprint of War
Michael Fitzpatrick, US Army Veteran and Current CSU, Chico Student
A Photo-Essay produced by Alice and Lincoln Day, featuring the story and photography of Michael Fitzpatrick, a senior at CSU, Chico, specializing in philosophy and English language and literature.  A veteran of the US Army, where he served 5 years as a Sergeant, Fitzpatrick had two tours of duty in Iraq:  from March 2004 to March 2005 and then again from October 2006 until January 2008.  During these tours he was able to take thousands of photos.  The documentary presents some of these photos and the stories they reveal, which unintentionally provide a photo journal of the environmental devastation caused by the war in Iraq.

Campus imageBMU 204 - 10:00-10:50
Using STARS to Advance Campus Sustainability

Dan Wakelee, Assistant Provost, CSU, Channel Islands
The STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) process is a valuable tool for measuring and improving campus sustainability efforts. This session describes the process of engaging the campus community in the STARS process at CSU Channel Islands and changes that resulted from the final report.

Energy logoBMU 209 - 9:00-10:50 (extended session)Steering our homes towards Net-Zero and beyond --thermal science behind energy efficient design and construction

Todd Harris, Good Green Homes, Greg Kallio, CSU, Chico, Bruce Baccei, Emerging Technologies Project Manager, and Patrick Cole, A R C A D E M E Architects
We will explore how the properties of thermal mass, super insulation, and energy flow can drive design to make our structures thermally comfortable with as little draw from the electrical grid as possible.

CuriculumBMU 211 - 10:00-10:50
Charting the Path of Sustainability for a Community College

Jessica Jones, AS President at Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa Junior College has signed a Declaration of Sustainability. Come and hear how students, faculty and administrators are working together to move toward a more sustainable future in the midst of severe budget cuts.

Lifestyles imageBMU 303 - 10:00-10:50
Being the Change You Want to See

Christine LaPado, Chico News & Review
Via an engaging talk and group discussion, Chico News & Review sustainability writer and Greenways editor Christine G.K. LaPado will explore how (and why) one should make one's life a shining example of how to live lightly and respectfully on an increasingly stressed planet.

Economy imageBMU 304 - 10:00-10:50
City of Chico 2020 Climate Action Plan

Fletcher Alexander, The Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico, Ann Schwab and Linda Herman, City of Chico
A 2006 signatory of the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, the City of Chico has made a commitment to reducing locally-generated greenhouse gas emissions to 25% below 2005 levels by the year 2020. Significant steps taken toward this goal include the establishment of the City’s Sustainability Task Force in 2006, completion of an initial community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2008, and implementation of a range of efficiency projects over the last few years. The City’s Climate Action Plan outlines emissions-reduction strategies and actions to be implemented over the next nine years.

Energy logoBMU 312 - 10:00-10:50
Wind Power for the Ranch and Farm

Scott Jackson, Aero Wind Energy, Inc.
With new wind foil designs, all farmers and ranchers can take advantage of the wind energy above their crops and orchards. Mr Jackson will explain the web of paperwork associated with the California Energy Commission's rebate system, which can cover 40% of the project, and the U.S. Treasury cash grant program as it relates to Sec 1609, which will cover 30% of the projects expenses. Also, the USDA Reap program can cover 20%, if qualified. The E-Net program will also be covered. Questions are welcomed.

Food Ag imageBMU 314 - 10:00-10:50
Chico Community Gardens- Creating Food for All

Stephanie Elliott and Flo Hamelton, GRUB
This is the second year GRUB Education Program as been supporting community gardens in Chico. We have now helped establish 8 gardens. Our work as partnered us with local groups such as ARC of Butte County, OPT for fit kids, Independent living Services, CHIP, and the City of Chico. We will talk about how we have keep the gardens alive and the community that has been created through them. We will share tips to starting a garden. We will share wonderful stories that have grown out of our experience working with the community while growing food.


Friday 11:00-12:15 a.m.

Curriculum imageBMU 204 - 11:00-12:15
The Future of Sustainability Teaching in Higher Education

Edward Quevedo, Presidio Graduate School
We will explore the need to sophisticate and refine the messages associated with sustainable development as delivered in graduate pedagogy, and cover the related topic of interdisciplinary teaching at the graduate level as a differentiator in new program development. We will review the integration of curriculum in Business, Law, Policy, Materials Science, and Engineering. We will also discuss the international dimensions of this issue.

Food Ag imageBMU 209 - 11:00-12:15
Waste not want not, abundance is a matter of perspective

Max Kee and Tim Elliott, GRUB
We will share our experiences creating our dreams through resourceful entrepreneurship. With otherwise wasted products we have created delicious abundance. From raising chickens and pigs off restaurant waste to implementing permacultural concepts into a food forest we will share how we are moving towards independence without going into debt. We will share ways that we have found to limit our labor, increase the quality of life of all our living community, make many of the things we use, and most of all spend next to nothing in the process.

Energy logoBMU 211 - 11:00-12:15
100% Renewable Community Microgrids

Fred Klammt, WinSol
Is it possible to have a community microgrid that provides all its energy from 100% local renewable sources? Yes, call it energy commons or energy permaculture: it is possible to have locally sourced and controlled energy systems that are WAY more efficient than our current main grid AND provide local jobs. The biggest challenges are political and economical - not technological. This presentation will show models of how community microgrids can be designed and built anywhere in the world. Case studies of community microgrids along with first hand project experience will be provided. This presentation will focus on both the energy supply (solar, wind, biomass, geothermal) and demand side (appropriate use, LEDs, smart controls, energy-internet, etc) along with storage, reliability and risk management of community microgrids.

Curriculum imageBMU 303 - 11:00-12:15
Education is a Journey not a Destination!

Jill Pyatt, Claire Tuchel, DeeAnn Resk, and Tony “Morgoth” Gamboa, Prescott College
Prescott College specializes in experiential and interdisciplinary education.  The school believes that education is a journey rather than a destination.  Join a panel of Prescott College students and staff to discuss how cutting edge education practices are addressing sustainability with interest in the environmental and social issues.

Economy imageBMU 304 - 11:00-12:15
Million Green Communities: Coming to a Community Near You

Scott Terrell, Million Green Communities Foundation
Million Green Communities, MGC, is a 501c3 non-profit Corp. Foundation. Million Green Communities works with CA & NV communities to help them save $1M or more by implementing a variety of green strategies and programs in their own communities. MGC's focus education, training and community planning and organization as well as green jobs creation. MGC plans to work with local governments, businesses through local Chambers, electric/water & gas utilities, area colleges and green non-profits to create a community-wide MGC Plan.

Economy imageBMU 312 - 11:00-12:15
Doing More with Less: Maintaining, Operating, and Improving your BMS

Bernard Keister, Guttmann & Blaevoet
All across the country, facilities managers are being asked to do more with less: Less staff, less dollars for capital expenditures, and less money for operations. This is especially true for school districts and other public-sector property owners. This presentation will offer some points to consider when planning for the maintenance, operation, and upgrade of a Building Management System.

Lifestyles imageBMU 314 - 11:00-12:15
Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program (CLASP): A Model for Developing Change Agents

Bill Mains and Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, Santa Clara University
SCU's Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program (CLASP) seeks to create leaders who are sustainability-oriented change agents. CLASP immerses students into the region’s natural and social environments via monthly excursions. When these experiences are coupled with guided reflection, students are provided opportunities to explore how their values shape their decisions. This workshop will introduce contemplative leadership - living in right relationship with self, others, nature, and one’s faith, and inspiring others to do the same.


Friday 12:00-1:30 p.m. Local Lunch

Friday, March 2nd don't miss out on the Local Lunch!
Enjoy tri-tip or vegetarian fare from our very own University Farm. The price will be $6.99 and will include your choice of tri-tip or grilled eggplant, green salad, served with a slice of locally baked Tin Roof Bakery bread and a Knudsen Juice Organic Spritzer. Additional salad ingredients are from a few of our local vendors: S&S Produce, Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, West Coast Olive Products, and Mooney Farms. 

Where: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
When: 12:00-1:30, Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Cost: $6.99 per person, cash only at the door

Keynote image Friday 1:45-3:00 p.m. KEYNOTE - Laura Stec


Laura Stec

Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Book signing to follow at 3:00 in the BMU Lobby near registration

Cool Cuisine - Feed Your Body, Mind and Planet

Foods best for the health of our people are also best for the health of our planet. True or false? Why does it matter? And why should food-lovers especially take notice? Based on the book, Cool Cuisine - Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, and a partnership between Harvard University and the Culinary Institute of America, Chef and author Laura Stec looks at how the four most common dietary habits which negatively affect human health (being overweight and eating too much sodium, simple carbohydrates, and red meat) are also ruining the health of our environment. She addresses how agricultural practices can enhance or destroy the taste and nutrient-quality of food, and what motivates eaters (especially youth) to make healthy changes to their diet. Understanding the "Shoppers Challenge," the four main factors influencing food purchases, will help us cook delicious, full-flavored foods more easily and more often. A discussion of the "energetics of food," plus a mini cooking demo, complete the presentation.

LAURA STEC is a chef, author and educator who enjoys teaching about the artistry, health and energetics of cooking. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America, the School of Natural Cookery and the Vega Macrobiotic Study Center, developing her specialty - contemporary-nutritional, high-vibe organic, California cuisine.

Laura worked in restaurants across the U.S., including the Left Bank and Flea Street Café in Menlo Park, CA., before starting Laura Stec – Innovative Cuisine, which offers private chef services, as well as wellness programs and Green Cuisine workshops to business. As Corporate Chef for Pescadero Foods, Inc., Laura’s team is developing three products for market: Wattle & Comb® 100% pasture-raised eggs and whole grain chicken feed, and Zoupka®, a local soup line for the National Schools Lunch Program. As Culinary Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, she teaches cooking and lectures at major Bay Area corporations. As a leader of food and environment movement for over 20 years, Laura long-time message that “the most positive effect we can have on the environment begins on our dinner plate,” has been heard from coast to coast. Working part time at environmental organizations Acterra and Bay Area Action from 1994 – 2011, adds up to 38 years of combined experience in the food and environment sectors, a partnership with, and a solution-based message shared across the globe.

Her book, Cool Cuisine – Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, co-authored with Google Science Fellow and climate scientist Dr. Eugene Cordero, has been reviewed in 16 countries and 7 languages.  (     (
BOOK signing to follow presentation at 3:00 p.m. in the BMU Main Lobby

Friday 3:10-4:00 p.m.

Energy imageBMU 204 - 3:10-4:00
Diesel Cars and Synthetic Liquid Fuels

Richard McDonald, Retired Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
While popular in Europe and other parts of the world, Diesel cars and light trucks are almost non-existent in the US in spite of their high fuel efficiency. Diesels rival the efficiency of hybrids without the exotic metals needed in electric motors and batteries. The Diesel, gasoline, electric, and hybrid motors will be compared in terms of performance, efficiency, and pollutants. Individual cars will then be compared in terms of European Diesel models and similar gasoline cars. Synthetic liquid fuels are becoming economically viable because of the high price of oil. Technical viability is not a question as the process dates to the 1920s and commercial facilities exist, e.g., Shell in Qatar and Sasol in South Africa. Carbon-neutral liquid fuels are in the development stage and could provide sustainable, environmentally friendly liquid fuels for centuries.

Economy imageBMU 209 - 3:10-4:00
Population Growth and Sustainability

Dick Schneider, Californians for Population Stabilization
What does population growth have to do with sustainability? Can sustainability be attained with unending population growth? If not, what are the limits to growth in a sustainable society? This session will focus on the size and sources of growth of the human population globally, in the United States, and in California. Effects of population growth on energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, natural habitat, farmland, and quality of life factors (traffic congestion, overcrowding, size and cost of government, etc.) will be explored. Discussion will ensue on how to bring population growth under control in humane and ethical ways.

Food Ag imageBMU 211 - 3:10-4:00
Sustainability and Mushroom Farming

Kevin Foley, Premier Mushrooms L.P.
This presentation will focus on the more fundamental aspects of mushroom farming and how it intrinsically represents a closed loop system. There will be a brief discussion on the technology present at the farm which helps produce consistent yields. Premier also generates several tons of spent compost annually and is searching for a cost effective conversion of this biomass to fuel. Initiatives surrounding waste management/recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy will all be covered during this session.

Lifestyles imageBMU 303 - 3:10-4:00
Bike to the Future!

Bruce Baccei, SMUD
Too many Americans are sedentary. Too many are obese. One of the most dangerous things we do every day is drive cars. Take advantage of bike lanes or get involved to politically move your city to provide a good system of bike lanes, so you can ride to work and shopping more safely than driving and be far healthier as a result. Detailed guidelines for equipment and practices of riding safely and getting healthier! The Sacramento Municipal Utility District knows exercise is very important and provides incentives. As a regular bicycle rider I am provided a locker for my cloths in a fitness center where I can shower and a storage locker for my bicycle, too. In addition, $10 a month is taken off my health insurance because I am proactively taking care of my health.

Energy imageBMU 304 - 3:10-4:00
Practical Development of an Energy and Sustainability Program (that actually helps to save your Campus budget)!

Carl Salas, Salas O'Brien Engineers Inc.
It all starts with two issues you may think are unrelated, climate change and shrinking budgets; these two global changes have propelled the traditional Energy Audit into a market all its own and this awareness is being felt at the Superintendent and Board level. It is no longer "just another energy audit." The Energy Audit had become the basis and approach, with energy as the focus that provides for a District Sustainability Plan. More importantly, its basic components form the foundation for Cost Containment, Energy Star, and LEED. This presentation will utilize case studies to show the development of the "energy audit" and how that audit can be morphed into a District Sustainability Plan with a focus on cost & carbon reduction. The attendee will be left with a simple, yet powerful way to develop a practical sustainability program and plan.

Water imageBMU 312 - 3:10-4:00
Conservation of Western and Clark's Grebes on the Thermalito Afterbay

Dawn Garcia, Scott Huber and Jennifer Patten, Altacal Audubon Society
Clark's and Western (Aechmophorus) grebes are a common summer species on Thermalito Afterbay, yet the birds and their incredible behaviors are often overlooked or go unseen. They are water obligate and the Afterbay supports the 4th largest nesting colony of grebes in California. G! rebes ha ve challenges to their success including fluctuations in water levels seen frequently on man-made reservoirs. As California's thirst for water increases, can this species continue to thrive? We think so! Audubon California and three local chapters including Altacal Audubon, are working together to monitor and enhance the grebe population in Northern California, where 75% of the state's population breed. Come learn about grebes, their natural history, and their life, challenges and successes on the Afterbay.

Economy imageBMU 314 - 3:10-5:00 (extended session)
People Power vs. Corporate Rule

Sharon Delgado, Earth Justice Ministries
When democracy is compromised by corporate domination of the political process, policies that ensure corporate profits may trump those that promote social, economic, and environmental justice. This workshop will focus on the growing power of corporations and what people can do to reverse this trend. It will survey the historical rise of corporate power, which culminated in the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. the FEC. This ruling allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to elect candidates of their choice, who will then be beholden to corporate interests. Participants will consider various routes to a more balanced approach to meeting human social and economic needs in the context of a healthy biosphere. Solutions will focus on what we can do to reclaim democracy from corporate influence and to restore the vision of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Energy imageSSC 150 - 3:10-4:00
Thermal Engineering for Building Envelope Design

Patrick Cole, A R C A D E M E Architects
This will be a presentation of techniques for building envelope design which has successfully been used to result in energy performance far exceeding the California Energy Code minimums. Discussions will include: 1. Basic instruction on solar geometry, engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer principals as they relate to building energy performance and envelope design. 2. Computer simulation of building energy performance, its short history and evolution to its present state. 3. Using a basic residence building as the model and generic computer simulation as the method, an iterative return on investment method of analysis and design decisions will be shown to optimize energy performance at the least financial cost. 4. Actual constructed examples using these methods showing thermal engineered features. 5. Simple electrical control diagrams which automate the natural heat transfer processes. 6. The importance of performance information at the earliest stage of design.


Tours imageGateway Science Museum Tour


Date: Friday, March 2nd
Time: 3:30-4:00 p.m. 

Meeting Location: Gateway Science Museum main entrance

Advanced signup required by February 17th click here now
(limited capacity tour)

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Friday 4:10-5:30 p.m.

BMU 100 Auditorium Featured Film Showing
Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Alice & Lincoln Day got the idea for "Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives -- The Environmental Footprint of War" late in 2004 and commenced work on it early in 2005, after forming a tax-exempt non-profit entity, the Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows, to assist in obtaining part of the funding for it.  It premiered in Washington, DC, before a packed audience in March 2008, as the opening film in that year's Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.   Since then, it has appeared on Public Television in the U.S., and in film festivals on 6 continents and before a variety of audiences:  in colleges, meetings of professional associations, church groups, clubs, etc.  Prominent among its awards is the top award, April 2011, in the Ecology/Environment/Conservation division at the 44th Annual Houston International Film Festival, the largest film festival in North America (with, this year, 3500 submissions from 25 countries).


Campus imageBMU 204 - 4:10-5:00
Creating a Sustainable Event from the First Day of Planning to Post-Conference Evaluation

Katie Maynard, UC Santa Barbara
Organizing a conference is like building a temporary city which only exists for two days. Katie Maynard, Event Manager for the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), will discuss the process of building a sustainable event: feeding, housing, transporting, and educating over 1,000! people. Steps discussed will include: setting the vision and goals with the Steering Committee; determining the sponsorship policy; developing procurement criteria for conference vendors; building partnerships with key stakeholders; designing ambitious processes; adapting plans to match with logistical and financial considerations; engaging conference attendees; and evaluating the success of the program. Several options for verification and certification of sustainable events will also be discussed. Ms. Maynard will provide examples from events organized at California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California Campuses. Each example will include quantifiable data on past accomplishments and an honest review of challenges that CHESC has faced in achieving our goals.

Food Ag imageBMU 209 - 4:10-5:00
Our Sustainable Future: Feeding 10 Billion in 2050

Bruce Hicks, Butte College
The current world population is 6.8 billion,in forty years the population is expected to approach 10 billion. Population growth combined with income growth are expected to stimulate the need for about 70% more food than is currently being produced. Given the limitations of water,fossil fuels & others, what is the sustainable way ahead? A variety of approaches will be discussed.

Economy imageBMU 211 - 4:10-5:00
Thermodynamic Limits, Natural Capital, and the New Economy

Maggie Winslow, Presidio Graduate School
Using thermodynamic limits as the backdrop, Maggie Winslow will focus on the relationship between the state of ecological sustainability and the economic drivers that can propel our global marketplace, and local businesses, either toward or away from sustainable business operations. She will challenge some of the traditional economic assumptions and models t hat put us at risk of missing transformative opportunities in our businesses and day-to-day lives, and will present an alternative model based on ecological economics. And she will provide an integrated and provocative picture of the future of sustainability, the related business opportunities, and where we can go from here at the macroeconomic level and at the enterprise level.

Campus imageBMU 303 - 4:10-5:00
It's Not Easy Being Green Without The Green Event Consulting Team

Courtney Silver, AS Sustainability Program, CSU, Chico
Have you ever been to an event and looked around and realized how wasteful and possibly harmful it the event could be? There might be paper flyers everywhere, recyclable containers being thrown in the trash, and food being wasted. This is where the Green Events Consulting Team comes in. We work with the event planners and offer our help in the areas that could be made a little greener. The areas that we assist in can be working with the vendors to ensure that sustainable practices are being used as well as sustainable materials, we also help with advertising by using sustainable printing methods, as well as organizing recycling and compost bins. The team is made up of students with event planning knowledge who all have a passion for sustainability. This discussion is about how Chico State developed this model. This presentation is a follow up to the Greening the International Festival discussion.

Food Ag imageBMU 304 - 4:10-5:00
Dioxins in Free-Range Chickens from the South Oroville Area and How to Reduce Exposure

Mary Muchowski and Julia Murphy, Butte Environmental Council
The Butte Environmental Council conducted dioxin testing on free-range chicken eggs within a 1.25 mile radius of the Koppers Superfund Site. BEC found that twenty-four years after a large fire a t this site, dioxins are still contaminating chicken eggs. Discussion will include the process it took to get to this stage, our research on dioxins, and what our next steps will be.

Economy imageBMU 314 - 3:10-5:00 (extended session)
People Power vs. Corporate Rule

Sharon Delgado, Earth Justice Ministries
When democracy is compromised by corporate domination of the political process, policies that ensure corporate profits may trump those that promote social, economic, and environmental justice. This workshop will focus on the growing power of corporations and what people can do to reverse this trend. It will survey the historical rise of corporate power, which culminated in the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. the FEC. This ruling allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to elect candidates of their choice, who will then be beholden to corporate interests. Participants will consider various routes to a more balanced approach to meeting human social and economic needs in the context of a healthy biosphere. Solutions will focus on what we can do to reclaim democracy from corporate influence and to restore the vision of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.