Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Saturday, March 3, 2012 Conference Schedule

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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!
9:00-9:50 Concurrent Sessions
10:00-10:50 Concurrent Sessions
11:00-12:15 Concurrent Sessions

2:00-2:50 Concurrent Sessions
3:00-4:00 KEYNOTE - Climate Crisis: Science vs. Denial - Peter G. Joseph, MD
5:00-7:00 - Final Conference Celebration

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

Energy imageBMU 204 - 9:00-9:50
Green Management Practices in 7 Powerful Steps

Carl Salas, Salas O'Brien Engineers
It is very difficult to synthesize the plethora of information regarding clean energy (solar, wind, energy efficiency, load management, greenhouse gas, etc.). Yet Campus energy costs (and, in fact your personal energy bill) is THE largest cost center; and with the most potential for reducing costs. And unlike other reductions in institutional or personal budgets, reducing energy costs actually IMPROVES the campus environment (or it should). This presentation will focus on demystifying Clean Energy opportunities by breaking them down into 7 simple, yet powerful steps which WILL result in an ability to control costs and make wise, "green" decisions. The objective, therefore, is to: (1) demystify clean energy in an understandable format; (2) provide the attendees with simple tools to make wise green decisions while reducing energy costs; and (3) show that you can’t make a Campus (or any situation) more energy efficient without also making it more intelligent.

Food Ag imageBMU 209 - 9:00-9:50
Sustainable Agriculture, USA/East Africa, Heifer International

Suellen Rowlison and Suzanne Morrison, Heifer International, U.S.A., Little Rock, Arkansas
We will explore how marginalized farmers can learn to help themselves to better nutrition and income through sustainable organic farming while caring for the earth. Heifer begins a revised USA program linking small farmers with supply chains, beginning in the Arkansas Delta and Appalachia, and developing sustainable food systems with expansion to southwest and indigenous communities. Heifer requires families to "Pass on the Gift" of animals or agricultural products and training to the next needy family in the community. U.S.A. projects and East Africa Dairy Development (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda) will be presented. As more farmers receive cows and milk products, a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helps them process extra milk for a wider market. Farmer co-ops have formed so that income stays local. Heifer is a non-profit community development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty.

Curriculum imageBMU 210 - 9:00-9:50
Applied Sustainability Education Through Campus - Community Partnerships

Candis Mary-Dauphin and Stephen Miller, Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI)
While higher education curriculum around the field of sustainability has come a long way, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, it is often a challenge for students selecting this focus to understand how to apply theory and best practices learned. Despite an increase in sustainability related course offerings, fewer opportunities for practical application exist than for tra ditional disciplines. Meanwhile, economic conditions have forced many local governments to a halt on climate policy development and implementation. Strategic Energy Innovations Community-University Sustainability Partnership (CUSP) model offers an innovative method for systematically matching municipal need with assets and talent of local academic institutions. In this session the presenter will share how CUSP connects faculty and students across departments with municipal projects to advance local climate initiatives. Session facilitators will draw on case studies from select California campuses and their local government partners who are moving forward with this approach.

Water imageBMU 211 - 9:00-9:50
Taking Bottled Water Off the Campus Menu

Tall Chief Comet and Suzuka Muraoka, CSU, Humboldt
Humboldt State University (HSU) has a long history of educating students about the natural world and ! the wise use of resources from our planet. HSU also has a record of instilling a sense of personal responsibility in the attending students and surrounding community for setting examples of good environmental stewardship and social equity through efforts such as the Graduate Pledge and Bias Response Team. As the culmination of a three year effort lead by impassioned students in the campus club Take Back The Tap, HSU initiated a phase-out of bottled water sales during the 2011 Fall Semester. This action was taken to demonstrate the University’s commitment to waste reduction and continuing support of an effort by students to educate the campus and surrounding community about the social and environmental impacts associated with bottled water. This presentation will provide an overview of the student efforts and the phase-out implementation by administration.

Campus imageBMU 303 - 9:00-9:50
Green Funds on Campus: How to start one on your campus

Robyn DiFalco, AS Sustainability at CSU, Chico
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. This session will discuss some of the approval processes required you may need go to through, explore campaign strategies that have worked on other campuses, and present some ideas about how you might want to structure your fund, staffing, and committee.

Lifestyles imageBMU 312 - 9:00-9:50
Zen and the Return to Earth

Lin Jensen, Chico Zen Sangha
The sole source of human sustainability lies in our attuning ourselves to the native rhythms of the living earth. Instead we have struck out in linear pursuit of our own goals. But the movement of the earth isn’t linear but forever circular, always returning to the body of itself where all life begins. We must do the same: we must enact the return to earth. Everything we humans have been given, including our very own bodies, is on loan from the earth, a debt that entails repayment. This ancient contract between earth and human is the necessary condition of our survival and the source of our greatest joy. Join Zen master, Lin Jensen, in a talk about Zen and the essential return to earth.

Lifestyles imageBMU 314 - 9:00-9:50
Seeking Sustainability

Luann Manss, Mark Stemen, and Lynsey Smamons, AS Sustainability at CSU, Chico
Join a panel of students, faculty, and staff from CSU, Chico as they share their experiences with seeking sustainability in their personal and professional lives. You will hear from panel members about their first experiences with sustainability and how their passion for sustainability was ignited. The panel will discuss some of the obstacles they have overcome and still struggle with as they seek sustainable lifestyles and what inspires them to continue seeking. In addition, panel members will talk about some of their personal strategies for sustainable living. To conclude, attendees will be encouraged to share their own seeking sustainability experiences.


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

Food Ag imageBMU 204 - 10:00-10:50
Composting 101

Ashley Anderson and Marco Poort, AS Recycling at CSU, Chico
This workshop will talk about some of the issues surrounding organic waste in landfills such as the Neal Road landfill here in Chico and discuss waste issues. We will cover what compost is and why it is so beneficial for the soil and the environment. We will talk about hot compost and worm compost. The workshop will show the participants how to build their own worm bin and teach them how to maintain the bin.

Campus imageBMU 209 - 10:00-10:50
Supporting Student Leaders: fostering collaboration, enhancing events, preventing burn-out

Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner and Michelle Tang, Office of Sustainability at Santa Clara University
Oftentimes student leaders have a lot of great ideas and want to do them all, but can’t do it alone! Sustainability also is personal sustainability¦ people over-commit and get tired. How can we try to sustain ourselves and do great work? Santa Clara University’s Office of Sustainability developed SCOOPS: Students Collaborating and Organizing Opportunities and Projects for Sustainability. SCOOPS facilitates collaboration and aims to prevent burn-out among student leaders by working together to create joint events and projects related to sustainability. SCOOPS is a collection of student leaders from diverse student organizations that meet each month to share and discuss endeavors to foster collaborative opportunities between multiple organizations. This presentation will discuss the SCU’s SCOOPS program, as well as share a model for developing a similar program at your campus.

Campus imageBMU 210 - 10:00 - 11:00
Sustainability at Butte College

Les Jauron, Butte-Glenn Community College District and David Anderson, LEED Accredited Professional, and Certified Energy Analyst
Modeling sustainability is one Butte College’s five strategic initiatives.  The college has received numerous awards for its efforts and is the first “grid positive” college in the country.  This presentation describes how the Butte College is implementing  its sustainability initiative with a particular emphasis on career and technical education. 

Campus imageBMU 303 - 10:00-10:50
Green Funds on Campus: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Robyn DiFalco, AS Sustainability
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. Some campuses have student staff, others a full-time coordinator. Some allow student-only proposals, others allow administrators, staff, or faculty to apply for funding. Some campuses accept proposals once a year, others on an ongoing basis. Find out what important lessons have been learned from these various campus programs. This session is great for anyone trying to start a green fund on a campus or for those from campuses that already has a green fund. This is the 2nd session of two related to Campus Green Funds.

Campus imageBMU 304 - 10:00-10:50
California Student Sustainability Coalition: Join the Movement

Kristina Davtyan, Tia Tyler, and Jonathan Finley, California Student Sustainability Coalition
The California Student Sustainability Coalition will discuss their organization and campaigns including ways to get involved in the largest statewide network of student environmental activists in California. Learn about how the CSSC has united thousands of students across the state and influenced the advancement of sustainability within the higher education system.

Business imageBMU 312 - 10:00-10:50
Greening the Career Fairs at Chico State and Humboldt State

Brittany Brennecke and Brietta Linney, The Green Campus Program at Humboldt State University
The Green Campus Program is a student-driven energy efficiency education program that promotes careers in the field, generates actual energy savings, increases awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourages academic infusion of sustainability concepts. For the past two years, the Green Campus Programs at Chico State and Humboldt State have partnered with their respective career centers to “green” the career fairs at their schools. The main objective was to bring awareness to students and businesses about the emerging green workforce by spotlighting green employers and students who were interested in sustainability. This session will give an overview of an interactive and innovative way to establish a connection between job-seeking students and the green workforce.

Water imageBMU 314 - 10:00-10:50
Sustainable Solutions for Developing Communities

Marley Zalay and Dr. Stewart Oakley, CSU, Chico
This presentation will focus on the work of Sustainable Engineering and Environmental Health for Development's (SEEHD) work on various projects including collaboration with the Tela Health Clinic, Ceramic Water Filter Project, waste water treatment lagoon systems in Honduras and designing landfills for application in developing countries. It also includes a hands-on demonstration of the ceramic water filters, used to filter out pathogens and unpleasant tastes, ie: Chlorine.


Saturday 11:00-12:15

Energy imageBMU 204 - 11:00-12:15
The Energy Audit Roadshow

Meghan Kearns and Renee Lafrenz, Alliance to Save Energy
Current research highlights the financial savings of renewables, but new technologies can be out of reach for those who cannot afford the upfront cost. This session offers energy auditing and energy efficiency as cost-effective solutions for our national, regional, and community energy needs. The Energy Audit Roadshow will teach beginners how to quantify energy use and identify low-cost and no-cost energy retrofits for small scale commercial buildings. The Roadshow includes a presentation which covers basic energy concepts, how to calculate energy use and savings, and the steps involved in a comprehensive energy audit. Following the presentation, participants will be able to practice their new skills while receiving a hands-on training of standard auditing tools.

Business imageBMU 209 - 11:00-12:15
Chico Green Business Program - Discussion of Program and Business Certification

Fletcher Alexander and Alan Rhoades, CSU, Chico The Institute for Sustainable Development, Ann Schwab, City of Chico, Scott Wolf, and Dwight Aitkins, City of Chico Sustainability Task Force, Amanda Fairley, Waste Management, Jill Ortega, Recology, and Nichoel Farris, PG&E
Developed collaboratively by the City of Chico Sustainability Task Force, local utility companies, local business leaders, and the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico, the Chico Green Business Certification Program is designed to promote sustainable practices by local businesses and to recognize leading businesses for their actions. The program awards certification across six categories of green business practices: Energy Conservation, Alternative Transportation, Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, Waste Management, and Social Equity.

Curriculum imageBMU 210 - 11:00-12:15
Establishing Recommended Standards for Sustainable Literacy in Higher Education

Katie Maynard, UC Santa Barbara, Kristy Michaud, CSU, Northridge, Debra Sharkey, Cosumnes River College, and Mark Stemen, CSU, Chico
A framework for recommended sustainable literacy standards will be presented by an informal group of faculty pioneering sustainable curriculum. Through setting these standards, we hope to encourage more transferability of community college sustainability courses to four-year universities and to create more dialogue across institutions about what sustainable literacy should entail. These recommendations could also serve as a springboard for campuses that are just getting started with sustainable curriculum. Examples of sustainable literacy definitions and criteria used at several diverse campuses will be compiled and used as the basis for the framework. During the workshop, we will seek feedback from attendees on the framework, engage in discussions about the opportunities and challenges that the framework raises, and determine next steps to encourage campuses to adopt the standards. Faculty from a variety of institutions will serve as discussion facilitators.

Lifestyles images BMU 211 - 11:00-12:15 - SESSION CANCELED
Our Future Youth Fellows Working to Create Positive Change in Oakland, CA

Ambrosia Krinsky, Ravahn Samati, Lisa Curtis, and Philip Tidwell, Grand Aspirations-Summer of Solutions
Grand Aspirations, is an organization that empowers, connects, and supports youth leaders as they create innovative, self-sustaining, and inter-dependent initiatives that integrate climate and energy solutions, economic security, and social justice, in cities across the country. In the Fruitvale district of Oakland Ca, as fellows we deeply engaged in a two-month long youth summer program which interwove leadership, community organizing, clean energy, food justice, media and education. At this workshop we will share with you the story of our journey as a progressive, cutting edge inclusive program. We will highlight our challenges and achievements as a program of culturally, economically and geographic diverse youth organizers, in one of the most violent cities in the country.

Water imageBMU 303 - 11:00-12:15
The Sustainability of Water

Greg Melton, Melton Design Group and Don Franklin, Hunter Enterprises
This presentation will cover a wide range of topics all in regard to water.  Where water comes from to where it is all going.  We will introduce new requirements, goals and laws that the agencies and the manufacturers are taking to save water.  20% deduction by 2020 is the target goal with new technology, new approaches and education.  Be a part of the solution!

Economy imageBMU 304 - 11:00-12:15
Recycling in the Real World: How InterfaceFLOR Learned to Close the Loop on Waste Carpet

Mikhail Davis, InterfaceFLOR
Every environmentally-minded person believes we need to recycle more. We also agree that manufacturers should be responsible for designing products be be easily recyclable at the end of their useful life back into a similar product. So why do so few! product s actually achieve this goal of being part of a truly closed loop where a manufacturer can take back a product and turn it into a new one? In this talk, we will explore the pitfalls and opportunities of creating a closed-loop system for products that is environmental beneficial and economically viable through a case study of InterfaceFLOR's many year journey to be able to produce products that are made from nearly 80% carpet industry waste.

Energy imageBMU 312 - 11:00-11:15
The "Greening" of existing Homes --Home Energy Audits and Makeovers

Todd Harris, Good Green Homes and Jon Stallman, The Energy X-Change
Making new buildings as energy efficient as possible should be of highest priority, but what are we doing about all of the existing energy hogs out there? We will explain what is being done locally to test, analyze, and upgrade existing homes. Specialized equipment will be demonstrated, a slide presentation will show how problem areas are identified, and we will explain the actions taken to make homes both more energy efficient and healthier places to live.

Food Ag imageBMU 314 - 11:00-12:15
An Omnivore's Dilemma: The Myth of the Sustainable Meat Movement

Robert C. Jones, CSU, Chico
Recently, folks like Michael Pollan ('The Omnivore's Dilemma'), farmer Joel Salatin, authors Stephen Budiansky ('The Covenant of the Wild') and Nicolette Hahn-Niman ('Righteous Prokchop'), and Chef Simon Fairlie ('Meat: A Benign Extravagance') have popularized a movement known variously as the sustainable meat movement, the humane meat movement, and the conscientious omnivore movement. They argue that though animals are feeling, sentient beings, meat-eating remains ethical and sustainable since meat-eating is, in some sense, "natural." I argue that these arguments are misguided and that conscientious omnivores like Pollan rely entirely on flawed and untenable notions of 'natural'. I further argue that veganism remains a viable and ethical alternative both to the cruelty of current factory farming practices and the ethical confusions inherent in the humane meat movement.

Keynote imageBMU 100 - FEATURED SPEAKER - Tony "Morgoth" Gamboa


Tony Gamboa

11:00-12:15 - Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

"Dynamic Balance"

Join Morgoth on a magical journey of the imagination where audience members will dive into the depths of their own souls. This type of free formed experiential learning bridges the gap between idealism and pragmatism, the right and left brain, and dreams and reality. Come experience a real time analysis of intrinsic motivation superseding extrinsic motivation. Have your mind blown, watch others minds be blown, and help in the entire process! Share with us practical ways to act upon our own ambitions and unlock the power of human impetus. The fabled sweet pot of human consciousness where people take responsibility for their own thoughts, speech, actions, and reactions is not as mysterious and elusive as might be culturally implied. By using the balance between western and eastern philosophies exciting new ways of cultivating sustainable lifestyles can be achieved!


Saturday 2:00-2:50 p.m.

Campus imageBMU 204 - 2:00-2:50
Collaboration with On- and Off-Campus Entities

Adrienne Spitzer and Brietta Linney, Green Campus Program at Humboldt State University
The Green Campus Program (GCP) is a student-driven energy efficiency education program that promotes careers in the sustainability field, generates actual energy savings, increases awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourages academic infusion of sustainability concepts. A large part of the success of the GCP depends on the establishment of relationships with entities both on- and off-campus. The HSU GCP interns have worked hard to create relationships with faculty, staff, students, non-profits, and the community to gain their support and collaboration on many projects. Some of these projects include Water Awareness Month, Campus Conservation Nationals, Green Workplace Assessment and Certification Program, and many more.

Energy imageBMU 209 - 2:00-2:50
How to Run a Diesel Vehicle on Used Cooking Oil

Michael Pike, Veggie Voyagers
This is an overview of how to collect, clean and run a vehicle on free used cooking oil. It includes a 20 minute video of the author processing vegetable oil and explaining the actual steps.

Food Ag imageBMU 210 - 2:00-2:50
Northern California Regional Land Trust's Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program

Noelle Ferdon, Northern California Regional Land Trust
In Butte, Tehama, and Glenn County there are hundreds of lower income farmers without the marketing, business development, financial management and whole farm planning skills necessary to be successful long term. Beginning Fall 2011 the Northern CA Regional Land Trust (NCLT) developed a Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR)training program for the North Valley. NCLT received one of only 3 USDA grants in the state to do this and developed these workshops in collaboration with a committee comprised of 3 county agriculture commissioners, university professors,farmers, economic development, agriculture lending specialists, non-profit leaders and more. T! his pres entation will present an overview of this innovative program.

Economy imageBMU 211 - 2:00-2:50
Deforestation of the Braj Hills of Northern India

Manju Pillai and Tanya Kieselbach, Braj Dham Seva
Our presentation will outline the ecological issues faced by Braj Dham Seva and the organization’s efforts to remedy the destruction. The problems include the deforestation of the Braj Hills of northern India due to illegal mining, encroachment, and the quest for fuel. Secondary problems to a large part the result of the primary issues are the silting up of fresh water storage, economic hardship for small-scale farmers, and the lack of sustenance for the sacred cattle. Another problem complex introduced in this presentation deals with the extreme pollution and drying out of the Yamuna River, one of the three great sacred rivers of India. The presentation consists of a lecture, a 6-minute DVD that shows the Braj region and illustrates relevant aspects of the lecture, and a discussion at the end of the presentation.

Lifestyle imageBMU 303 - 2:00-2:50
Activism as a Lifestyle: A Young Woman's Spiritual and Educational Journey Into the Wild and Beyond

Michelle Wurlitzer
After returning from an incredible week-long bicycle tour from Chico to Yosemite during my third year of college, I experienced culture shock upon re-entering the world of computer screens and sidewalks. The night I returned, I confided in a midnight ceiling fan that yes, life should feel like pedaling through grassy foothills while sprinkling wildflower seeds and wearing a picnic blanket as a cape, and yes, it's time to make a few drastic changes in my life. I decided to take my personal growth and learning into my own hands, with the philosophy of "don't let school get in the way of your education", and took a year-long leave of absence from college. I wanted to experience life from new perspectives, to explore and challenge my beliefs and myself, while giving back whenever and however I could. My adventures during that year off of school included a solo bicycle tour around Northern California, WWOOFing, volunteering at a bike shop in Guatemala that makes pedal-powered appliances, working as a volunteer on Common Vision's Fruit Tree Tour- an eco-educational project that transforms school yards into fruit orchards with their fleet of vegetable oil buses, and working as an apprentice on an organic CSA farm on the coast.

Curriculum imageBMU 304 - 2:00-2:50
Gardening with Students: Integration of Content and Real Life Connections

Sally Hedley, Ipakanni Early College Charter School
This workshop will teach educators how to set up a garden at their school or youth program inexpensively. It will instruct on how to integrate other subject matter into garden curriculum and how to teach service learning to a variety of age groups.

Energy imageBMU 312 - 2:00-2:50
Modeling the Giant Magnetocaloric Effect for Use in Ambient Cooling Applications

Oliver Ta, CSU, Los Angeles
The research involves the investigation of the magnetic properties of La0.8 Sr0.2 MnO3 - a magnetocaloric material. Applying a magnetic field to these materials causes a change in temperature, which in turn can be used for cooling applications which can be much more efficient than conventional cooling methods. Most of the magnetocaloric materials explored thus far have only shown this effect in temperatures well below ambient. La0.8 Sr0.2 MnO3 is one such material that can operate near ambient conditions. This research aims to quantify the cooling properties of this material by means of the density functional theory and to validate the calculations experimentally.

Keynote image3:00-4:00 KEYNOTE - Peter G. Joseph M.D.


Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

Peter G. Joseph M.D.Peter G. Joseph, M.D.
is an emergency physician trained by Vice President Al Gore to help educate the public about the devastating impacts of global warming. He will review the latest scientific data and discuss both the technical and political aspects of humanity’s greatest challenge.

Climate Crisis: Science vs. Denial
The Climate Crisis looms as the most serious threat to human civilization. Recent data indicate more rapid warming and accelerating greenhouse gas emissions than previously projected. As the political process addresses the issues, disinformation floods the public space, creating confusion and delay.  What must be done to reduce emissions and begin to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere in order to avoid dangerous climate change and to return the Earth to a safe-climate future?  How can the public and decision-makers cut through the spin and denial in order to do what is necessary?