Institute for Sustainable Development
Conference Staff

Sandra Hall (left), Kara Hearn (right) and Katie Barrett (middle) Conference Staff

This Way to Sustainability 2012 staff


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability 2012
Events, Awards and Highlights

Local Lunch

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

This event will fill quickly so please confirm and purchase your ticket when you check with the registration tables Friday morning to guarantee your seat.

Friday, March 2nd at the BMU Auditorium
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.  Seating may be limited so confirm your attendance now!

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. 

Eco Fashion Show

During the local lunch on Friday, March 2nd The This Way to sustainability Conference VII will be hosting an eco-fashion show displaying  Designs by Audrey Acosta, fashionable clothing created using recycled textiles as well locally made jewelry and styles from the Chico salvation army.

If you are interested in adding some clothes from your designer collection, we are still accepting applications. Please contact Sara at

Where: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
When: 12:30-1:00, Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Greenie Awards

For This Way to Sustainability Conference VII we would like to recognize our many student leaders and student organizations within the field of sustainability through our "Greenie" Awards. Each year we present the "Greenie" Awards to leaders in sustainability. Nominees were taken through February 17th and have been narrowed down to the top 10.

Click Here to see the top 10 Student nominees and to place your VOTE NOW!

Click here to see the top 10 Student Organizations and to place your VOTE NOW!

Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony

Don't miss our 2012 Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony!
The Chico Women's Club
3rd & Pine Streets, Chico
Thursday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m.
This year we will host conference speakers, moderators, award recipients, and conference guests at this spectacular and sustainable event. Local music by Swamp Zen, appetizers by Roots Catering, with a no-host bar.

RSVP required by February 17th to as space is limited. Participation in this reception will be on a first-come, first-served basis as space is limited.

1078 Gallery Tours & Reception

1078 Gallery LogoSlow Food Shasta Cascade logo

Lentamente Due: The Art of Slow Food at 1078 Gallery
Celebrating local food and art March 1st - 10th, 2012

TOURS - Art exhibit: Th-Sa 12:30-5:30 p.m. (free admission).
Reception: March 2, 7-10 pm, $25 (separate fee required).
Tastings by local chefs. No host bar with local wine and beer makers.

Evening Reception (separate fee required)
Lentamente, the Italian word for slowly, will be an exhibit of local artists interpretations of the North State seasonal bounty.  The 1078 Gallery and Slow Food Shasta Cascade cordially invite you to celebrate local food and art with the community.
For more information please visit and to purchase tickets go to

Laura Stec photo

Keynote Speaker and Slow Food member Laura Stec will attend to offer a book signing for her book Cool Cuisine – Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, co-authored with atmospheric scientist, Dr. Eugene Cordero (Gibbs Smith, 2008).

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Film Showings

Friday, March 2nd at 9:00- 9:50 a.m. Featured Film
BMU Auditorium
Green Living Project
“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

Friday, March 2nd at 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Photo Essay
BMU Auditorium
Michael Fitzpatrick
What We Are Leaving Behind in Iraq - this 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.

Friday, March 2nd at 4:10 - 5:30 p.m. Featured Film
BMU Auditorium
Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives -- The Environmental Footprint of War
Alice & Lincoln Day
The idea for this film, the first film for Alice and Lincoln Day, came about as a result of their participation over a period of nine years in the District of Columbia Environmental Film Festival – first as enthusiastic spectators, then as volunteers, board members, and film reviewers.  Although the topics covered in the Festival programs included a wide range of threats to the environment, the Days increasingly came to realize that the huge environmental damage resulting from armed conflict was largely being ignored.  The film is their attempt to fill the gap.  It aims to give audiences a greater understanding of how human wellbeing (indeed, the wellbeing of all living things) depends on the health of the environment, and how, throughout history, the health of the environment has been compromised by war and preparations for war.


Night on the Town

Friday, March 2nd come explore the local cuisine of the town of Chico with your fellow conference participants during the dinner hours. We will be reserving tables for people to share a delicious dinner with one another as well as share thoughts and network!

Sign up in advance 9AM Thursday – 1PM Friday at the registration desk in the BMU Main Lobby. Participants will meet at the registration desk at 5:50 p.m. Friday and will walk as a group to their selected dinner destination.


Conference Closing Celebration

Date: Saturday, March 3rd
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: BMU Common Grounds

Entertainment: Live Music by Smelling Colors, out of Roseville, CA

Celebrate the connections and learning provided by This Way to Sustainability Conference VII. Enjoy your final opportunity to meet other conference participants at this fun-filled, final conference event. All attendees, speakers and volunteers are invited to join us at the celebration in the BMU Common Grounds. Dance to live music by Delayed Reaction and snack on some delicious appetizers. No RSVP required.