Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Thursday, March 1, 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!
All Day TOUR - Green Living Project Soltrekker RV
All Day TOUR - Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve CANCELED
9:00-10:30 TOUR - University Farm/Dairy & Organic Vegetable Project
9:00-10:30 TOUR - Computers for Classrooms
9:00-9:50 Concurrent Sessions
10:00-10:50 Concurrent Sessions
11:00-11:50 Concurrent Sessions
11:00-1:30 TOUR - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own
12:15-1:15 Green Career Forum
1:30-2:45 Concurrent Sessions
3:00-3:50 TOUR - CSU, Chico Campus Sustainability Tour
3:00-3:50 Concurrent Sessions
4:00-5:15 KEYNOTE - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols
6:00-10:00 Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony

Thursday ALL Day TOUR

Tour imageGreen Living Project's Soltrekker RV
Thursday, March 1st all day
Parked at Siskiyou Hall

The Soltrekker RV is a traveling sustainability exhibit designed for high education events. The RV is equipped with Solar Panels, Composting Toilet, Water Catchment Systems, Sustainable Wood Floors, Biodiesel engine, LED lighting, and even has Recycled Jeans for insulation. Come experience this hands on approach to sustainability education and share your local stories of community work. 

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

Business imageBMU 204 - 9:00-9:50
Sustainable Business Solutions With Net Impact

Gregory Ledesma, Net Impact at CSU, Chico
The fundamental focus of our presentation will be to promote new membership through introducing Net Impact as an organization, and it will provide the audience with a clear understanding of who we are and what we do for our campuses and communities. Moreover, it will raise awareness through informing the audience of relevant sustainably related dilemmas and possible solutions that we can all employ to create a positive Net Impact on our community.

Food imageBMU 209 - 9:00-9:50
Designing a Cool Place to Work

Jessica Lundberg and Brionne Saseen, Lundberg Family Farms
As part of a commitment to sustainability, Lundberg Family Farms turned the need for workspace expansion into an exciting opportunity to build a sustainably cool place to work. Focusing on best practices and LEED Standards, the new administration building is proving to be just that. In this presentation, Environmental Coordinator Bri Saseen, and Chair of the Board, Jessica Lundberg will discuss the new building attributes and the process of building a great work atmosphere that reduces its impact on the environment.

Campus Best imageBMU 210 - 9:00-9:50
Building Coalitions: Sustaining Change on Campus Happens at the Grass Roots Level

Mimi Riley and Kelly Munson, Butte College, with Eric Chisler,  Outgoing President, Butte College Associated Students, Kevin Killion, President, California Student Sustainability Coalition Butte College Chapter, and Chauncey Quam, Outreach  Coordinator, Butte College Sustainability Resource Center
Many successful sustainability initiatives in higher education have benefitted from visionary and proactive administrative planning, but historically such success stories are representative of a minority of college campuses.  This panel will discuss how students and faculty can implement sustainability practices and policies at the grass roots level by identifying unifying interests around sustainability issues and then building working coalitions within their home campus as well as between campuses at the regional, statewide, and national level.  Mimi Riley will introduce this topic by broadly outlining the strengths and weaknesses of grass-roots social change movements.  Kelly Munson will address practical and theoretical aspects of change agent skills and strategies for facilitating change initiatives on college campuses.  Eric Chisler will talk about building coalitions between student clubs on campus around sustainability issues.  Kevin Killion will discuss student collaboration on sustainability initiatives at the statewide level.  Chauncey Quam will share stories of student empowerment across the nation.

EcBMU 211 - 9:00-9:50
Economics, Energy and Ecosystems: Why do we tolerate ecosystem degradation?

Kim Mattson, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation
Lecturing for an environmental principles class at the College of the Siskiyous, in the text book citing conventional wisdom on the environmental problems we face but lacking a critical review or discussion of the basic causes of such problems. Missing was a discussion of why we allow fairly obvious problems to persist. Seeking answers, I was surprised where I was lead. I began to consider the nature of the economic driving factors, our energy needs, and how these intertwine with ecosystems and how society approaches resource use. If we are so smart as a society, why do we allow environmental degradation to occur?

Energy imageBMU 304 - 9:00-9:50
GRID Alternatives: why is free, clean electricity from the sun only available to big businesses and wealthy environmentalists, when it should be available to everybody?

Erin McDonough and Greg Smith, Grid Alternatives
Come learn what GRID Alternatives does and how making solar is an option for everyone. GRID believes that renewable energy is not just an environmental issue. GRID Alternatives ! hits eve ry aspect of environmental and social justice changing lives and improving the environment daily.


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

Energy imageBMU 209 - 10:00-10:50 - CANCELED SESSION
IT and Sustainability: Enabling Breakthroughs with Better Technology and Metrics

Peter Perrault, NetApp
Data Center energy consumption has become an increasingly contentious issue for businesses and IT organizations. While everyone from facilities managers and CIOs to sustainability professionals are working to tackle the problem, many are discovering new and innovative ways for IT to enable sustainability at a broader scale. This presentation will dive into the hottest trends and challenges of 'green' IT, and discuss the latest emerging standards for managing energy, carbon, and computing. What key metrics is the IT industry is looking at to evaluate efficiency and performance? How can firms balance their need to accommodate data growth while still achieving their sustainability goals? What can IT and technology do to enable firms and organizations to be more sustainable, and create a lasting change for the future? Learn about all of these issues and more, and discover some of the most important tools being used by the world’s top firms today.

Food imageBMU 210 - 10:00-10:50
The School Garden-Kitchen Model and Practice Going Forward

Richard Hirshen and John Howlett, Sherwood Montessori K-8 Public No Tuition Charter
The school garden-kitchen model is not new, but its evolution and contemporary significance are. We would simply like to share our experience over the past two school years with anyone interested in starting or expanding their own school garden-kitchen program. We will tell you about our relationship with “Let's Move” and our Full Circle program that incorporates agripreneurism, journalism, philanthropy, the joys of gardening and cooking, nutrition and community outreach.

Energy imageBMU 211 - 10:00-10:50
Financing Solar: Creating a Positive Cash Flow

Paul Sullivan, Alternative Energy Systems, Inc.
At the end of this presentation, the audience will have a working knowledge of the various avenues of financing a solar energy system in today's tight credit market and the advantages/disadvantages of each.

Campus Best imageBMU 304 - 10:00-10:50
The Recycling and Rubbish Exhibit Program and How to Build a Worm Composting Bin

Marley Zalay and Desi Hatton, R.A.R.E. Recycling and Rubbish Exhibit at CSU, Chico
Instructors from the Recycling and Rubbish Exhibit program discuss the community outreach and education and the free field trips they provide to Butte County schools and youth groups. The discussion will be followed by a demonstration of how to build a worm composting bin for classroom, home/apartment or garden use!

Lifestyle imageBMU 312 - 10:00-10:50
Small Steps to Sustainability: Treating Going Green as a Change Management Project

Ronda Roberts, Editorial Consultant/Independent Scholar
It can be overwhelming to think about the things one needs to do in order to live a greener lifestyle. Research has shown that trying to implement too many changes at one time can sabotage a project. Instead, I argue, one ought to implement small changes towards the ultimate goal of reducing impact on the world. In order to manage this change, I suggest using some techniques from the project management industry to help ensure that your steps to sustainability can be maintained over the long haul.


Thursday 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Energy imageBMU 204 - 11:00-11:50
Project RHAB and RGEN: Achieving Sustainability through use of Rice Hulls in Building Materials and Bio-char Energy Generations

Maria Elena Anguiano and MESA Program Interns at Butte College
This presentation reports on the progress of two student- led applied research projects at Butte College by the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program on the use of rice hulls in building materials and for the generation of bio-char and clean energy: RHAB  (Rice Hulls Alternative Building) and RGEN ( Rice Generating ENergy). The goal of both projects is to enable students to conduct meaningful applied research under qualified mentor and faculty supervision in the field of sustainability by exploring ways to use an abundant local agricultural waste material, rice hulls. The RHAB project is partially funded by the prestigious EPA P3 (People, Prosperity, and Planet) Grant. The RHAB interns will travel to Washington D.C. April 2012 to present their research findings at the EPA National Conference. Four student interns will be making this presentation.

Water imageBMU 209 - 11:00-11:50
The Impact of Animal Agriculture on Water

Sophia Pospisil, Farm Sanctuary
Environmentally conscious consumers take quick showers, install low-flow toilets, and buy phosphate-free detergents, yet we often overlook the effect our food choices have on water conservation and water pollution. In this talk, Sophia Pospisil, Farm Sanctuary's Education Coordinator, will outline key water issues related to an! imal agr iculture, including fresh water use in meat, dairy, and egg production, and water pollution due to waste mismanagement, pesticide, and antibiotic use. She will also offer simple, yet substantial, personal actions we can take to lower our impact on the environment.

Energy imageBMU 210 - 11:00-11:50
Passive Solar and Geo Thermal Keys to Achieving Net Zero Energy Retrofit & New Homes and Light Commercial Buildings

Bruce Baccei, SMUD
By combining passive solar, super insulation, energy efficiency, solar thermal, photovoltaics and geothermal, net Zero Energy can be achieved in both new and existing homes and light commercial buildings. Passive solar has been largely ignored because no major corporations have seen a vested a interest in it. Yet, passive solar enhances comfort and makes buildings more beautiful and livable while achieving high levels of energy saving. The above listed combination of energy features is critical in meeting California’s goals of net zero in both new and existing buildings and is especially important in light of Peak Oil, Radical Weather caused by global heating and Hydraulic Fracturing in the production of natural gas.

Campus Best imageBMU 211 - 11:00-11:50
From Datacenter to Desktop--Campus IT practices that make a difference!

Andrea Mox, Jerry Ringel, Scott Claverie, Ryan Richter, Mike Murray, and Mark Lewkowicz, CSU, Chico IT Support Services
Please join us for a panel discussion focusing on IT practices that CSU, Chico has implemented to make a positive impact on campus sustainability initiatives. Whether it is reducing power consumption in the data center and labs, or challenging vendors to provide recyclable packaging for computers, it all adds up! CSU, Chico has purposefully focused on sustainable IT practices since 2006, including Datacenter power management, server virtualization, lab and campus desktop power management, improved sustainable printing, improved computer purchasing, along with other projects. Members of our Desktop Sustainability committee will be available to discuss how our grassroots committee was formed. Our current committee includes representation from IT Support Services, the Institute for Sustainable Development, Facilities Management, Associated Students, Green Campus, and other campus participants. This diverse group will deliver some sage wisdom to starting your own IT focused sustainability committee that can quickly facilitate momentum without a lot of political overhead.

Lifestyle imageBMU 303 - 11:00-11:50
California Grown "Chinese Herbs"

Adam Moes, Acupuncture and Herbs
Many of the herbs we use daily in Chinese Medicine grow wild in California. Many more can be grown here as a cash crop. We will be exploring this new field of folk medicinal agriculture. We will be sure to include timely information that you can apply directly in your healthy lifestyle.

Water imageBMU 304 - 11:00-11:50
Roseville Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Levee Relocation

Ed Armstrong, Foothill Associates
In 2010, the City of Rosevi! lle relo cated the levee of its Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant approximately 200 feet north, providing additional floodplain along Dry Creek and increasing the 100 year floodplain protection for the Treatment Plant. Revegetation of the restored floodplain was conducted according to a Riparian and Oak Woodland Habitat Mitigation Plan. Designs incorporated first and second terrace riparian plantings with swales and grassland revegetation to meet flood conveyance and Central Valley Flood Protection Board requirements while enhancing habitat. Following construction, the site experienced comparatively heavy rains in winter and spring of 2011, and the restored floodplain was inundated to a depth of several feet. Despite concerns, however, less than 10% of the overall planted vegetation was lost and erosion was limited to a small area where floodwaters entered the new floodplain. This presentation will discuss the planning, design, installation and first-year of monitoring of this project.

Curriculum imageBMU 312 - 11:00-11:50
Sustainable Manufacturing

Charlie Pooler, Manufacturing Student at CSU, Chico
A discussion of the curriculum that Chico State has derived, as well as the implications it has on the business community.

Energy imageBMU 314 - 11:00-11:50
Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices - SCOOP

Amanda Leonis, Liz Collier, Colleen Cole, and Luann Manss, SCOOP Interns
SCOOP is a student group working with offices on campus to assess current office practices and make recommendations for improvements. This student project began in 2007 with students performing office energy audits and comprehensive sustainability consultations. By 2008 this has rapidly progressed into a campus supported program. SCOOP provides sustainable consultations to all campus departments and offices to learn and take charge in new sustainability techniques to start saving money and energy. The process consists of student consultants taking a walk through the office and then providing recommendations for the office. The goal is to generate savings for the campus and to help your office become more sustainable in your everyday routines.


Thursday 12-1:30 Lunch on your own

You can either head over to the BMU Marketplace Cafe for a variety of lunch options or walk downtown. Chico has many wonderful downtown restaurants to choose from all within walking distance from the campus.
See a list of downtown restaurants

Green Career Forum 12:15-1:15

Business imageBMU 210 12:15-1:15
Green Career Forum

Stewart Oakley (CSU, Chico), Erin McDonough (GRID Alternatives), Fletcher Alexander (CSU, Chico), Jeremy Miller (Chico Green School), Mandi McKay (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.), Dwight Aitkens (Sagefield Power), and John Lane (Chico Environmental Science & Planning)
Interested in getting a "green" job but don't know the jobs available within this field or don't know where to look for one? The Green Career Forum will provide students with insightful information of what a green job is, how competitive and rewarding a green job is, and how to get one. A question and answer session will follow and students are highly encourage to take advantage of this opportunity to interact with the "green" professionals.

Thursday 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Lifestyle imageSSC 150 - 1:30-2:45
The Desire to Give Back: How to Cultivate Grateful Activism

Randy Larsen
Current research offers a dizzying array of the benefits of gratitude. Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, more satisfied with their interpersonal relationships, have higher degrees of self acceptance, blame others less for their problems and sleep better. Gratitude can explain aspects of well-being that other personality traits cannot. One charactersitic that distinquishes gratitude from appreciation or thankfulness is a desire to reciprocate; as in a debt of gratitude. Grateful environmental activism is more sustainable than activism based on fear or rage. This talk will explore how to cultivate gratitude and the role of being grateful in environmental activism.

Curriculum imageBMU 204 - 1:30-2:45
Here come the National Common Core Standards for K-12 Public Schools; Where does Environmental Education for the 21st century fit?

Jessica Vandehoven, Jeremy Miller and Scott Itamura, Kids & Creeks
Public school educators must push now to make sure the national Common Core Standards include Environmental Education. Join teachers from the locally founded, non-profit Kids and Creeks in a forum panel discussion on how we can get Environmental Education infused into the "common" curriculum. According to the North American Association for Environmental Education website, EE teaches children and adults how to learn about and investigate their environment, and to make intelligent, informed decisions about how they can take care of it. EE is taught in traditional classrooms, in communities, and in settings like camps, nature centers, museums, and parks. All subject areas promote EE because understanding how the environment works, and keeping it healthy, involves knowledge and skills from many disciplines. Research shows that EE is most successful when it is taught across content areas and throughout the K-12 years, however, California lacks specific standards that would require schools to continue funding outdoor learning opportunities for students.

Food imageBMU 209 - 1:30-2:45
Sustainability: Food, Garden and Curriculum

Pamela Spoto, James Collins and Sara McCurry, Shasta College
The Shasta College Community Teaching Garden is modeling sustainable food practices. Our motto is: No poison on any crop for any reason. We grow food on 1-½ acres on campus, and we provide organic vegetables to the cafeteria as well as to a Garden Market we just started on campus. We want to educate the campus and community on the importance of local, organic, nutritionally dense, and delicious food. We also are linking the experiential learning in the Teaching Garden to classes, such as English 1A. We encourage a connection to nature, promoting eco-literacy and self reliance.

Curriculum imageBMU 210 - 1:30-2:45
Visualizing Sustainability: Maps and Models in Environmental Research and Planning
Geography & Planning Students Poster Session

Aaron Collom, Steven Verbrugge, Maddison Westcott, Eli Goodsell, Cathie Benjamin, Daniel Siegel, and Jacque Chase
Students in the Geography and Planning Department have worked closely with faculty to understand environmental processes, community development, and spatial change related to sustainable principles. Various media have been created using advanced technologies in geographic information sciences, cartography, and planning. Presenters will be available to answer questions about their posters and maps.

EcBMU 211 - 1:30-2:45
Seeds of the New Paradigm

Julie Estep, Adept Professional, LLC and Ann Marie Larsen, Butte College
In crises, actions taken depend on ideas that are lying around. . . We must develop alternatives to existing policies; keep them alive and available until the impossible becomes the inevitable- Milton Friedman. If we managed a global society that was sustainable, supportive of species, resistant to war, and truly free, could it be constructed from ideas that are currently lying around? What antiquities and ingenuities, what experiments with our values, our communications, currency and exchange, medicine, education, design, energy structure, and environmental strategies contain the seeds to this future? This presentation explores 10 transformative approaches, innovations and community experiments that are adaptive to multiple contexts, and that just might bring the new paradigm within reach sooner than we think. Included are highlights from William McDonough’s Waste=Food: Cradle-to-Cradle Design; Jim Merkel’s Radical Simplicity, David Harvey’s Spaces of Hope, Al Gore’s Carbon-Based Economy, and Daniel Pinchbeck’s Breaking Open the Head.

EcBMU 312 - 1:30-2:45
Urban Forest Carbon Sequestration, Air Quality Benefits, Energy Savings Benefits, and Population Dynamics in the City of Chico

Scott Gregory, Biologist and Certified Arborist
Scott Gregory recently inventoried all 34,950 street trees and available planting sites within the City of Chico right-of-way, followed by data analysis using modeling software developed by the US Forest Service to quantify the volume of environmental services that population of trees provides Chico’s residents. The mass of annual carbon sequestration, removed/avoided air pollutants, energy savings, and captured storm water runoff were calculated, as well as the total mass of stored carbon dioxide in the form of woody biomass, and citywide incidents of sidewalk uplift from tree roots. Tree health, species distribution, and height were found to reflect Chico’s diversity of soils, tree planting history, and expansion of residential subdivisions away from the historic center of town. Carbon dioxide sequestration benefits have already been used in the development of the City of Chico Climate Action Plan has assisted in the acquisition of a tree planting grant by Chico's Street Tree Department.

Energy imageBMU 314 - 1:30-2:45
Global Warming; if we can't stop it, can we live with it?

Stephen I. Feher, Sustainable Community Development Institute
The presentation outlines why due to the continued growth of the world’s population and our rapidly growing global energy demands, combined with the slow pace of development of renewable energy sources, the use of fossil fuels will be with us for much of this century. It argues that if we accept that global warming is a reality and that it is, at least partly, due to the greenhouse effect caused by increasing atmospheric CO2 levels, it is here to stay for the foreseeable future. The paper examines our options to try reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it also discusses worst case scenarios in case those efforts are unsuccessful, or insufficient. It considers how we may mitigate the consequences of global warming, including possible emergency geoengineering solutions until we can achieve sustainable carbon free energy generation globally and can reverse global warming, or can learn to control global climate through other means.


Thursday 3:00-3:50 p.m.

Tours imageCampus Sustainability Tour

Thursday, 3:00-3:50
Meet in front of Adventure Outings - BMU Galleria
From solar panels to the compost display area to LEED certified buildings, this tour of the campus will highlight many impressive aspects of Chico State's commitment to sustainability. Join us for a one-hour walking tour and find out how the campus is a living laboratory, providing students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience while moving our campus towards a greener future. Comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.

Energy imageBMU 204 - 3:00-3:50
Campus-Scale Biodiesel Production: A Foundation Building Block for All Academic Sustainability Programs

Mark Roberts, Springboard Biodiesel
Every college and university that feeds students should strongly consider a campus-scale biodiesel production plan. There are multiple case studies of universities achieving "triple-net-wins" by making biodiesel from their "captive kitchens" (cafeterias, school restaurants, etc) and saving substantially on fuel bills, dramatically reducing their carbon footprint(s) and enhancing their sustainability curriculum(s).

Energy imageBMU 209 - 3:00-3:50
Chico Energy Pioneers: PG&E Innovators Pilot Project

Linda Herman (City of Chico), Jon Stallman (The Energy X-Change), Annie Rafferty (Butte College), Josh Goldsberry (CSU, Chico), Lisa McNally (PG&E), and (BPI Auditors)
Through a $400,000 grant from PG&E’s Innovator Pilot program, PG&E, the City of Chico,  Butte College Training Place, and California State University, Chico have joined together to help  local homeowners achieve lasting energy efficiencies. The Chico Energy Pioneer program provides homeowners a no-cost whole-house energy efficiency assessments, weatherization retrofits, and behavioral consultations to help homeowners set and achieve their personal energy goals. The project is also expected to create new local green jobs by providing training to contractors, building professionals, and other interested individuals to certify them as BPI analysts, and by promoting the installation of energy efficiency measures in older, existing homes throughout the community.

Water imageBMU 210 - 3:00-3:50
Biofiltration Wetland Education Learning Laboratory (BWELL) Project: Student interns participate in sustainability and change on a community college campus

Maria Elena Anguiano and MESA Interns from Butte College
This presentation reports on the progress of an ongoing applied research projects at Butte College by the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program. The BWELL Project first started in spring 2009. The BWELL project focused on: conducting a feasibility study designed to accommodate storm runoff from an existing campus parking lot; identifying the effluent compounds and calculating the bioswale needed to filter the runoff water prior to entering a nearby creek; and identifying the most effective biofiltering plants. Currently the BWELL interns are focused on designing the biofiltration wetland that will capture the runoff, as well as completing the chemical analysis of the run-off and propagating the plants to be used to biofilter.  At the heart of this project is mentoring and supervision from key faculty and community professionals in the fields of sustainability. The BWELL project was designed by Dr. Michael Williams and has been joined by Professor Katya Yarosevich, both Biology faculty members at Butte College, and Steve Feher, Director, Sustainable Communities Development Institute. Over 33 Interns have been involved in the project over time and there are seven interns currently.

Curriculum imageBMU 211 - 3:00-3:50
How to be a change agent for sustainability on your campus

Michael Kane, Sierra College
This presentation will discuss how to be an effective change agent for sustainability in your organization or community. The presentation will define what it is to be a change agent, the skill set necessary, and the types of knowledge and actions needed to make effective change. Finally, examples of how these skills have been employed at other colleges will be given.

Lifestyle imageBMU 304 - 3:00-3:50
Alternative Yard & Garden Care

Maggi Barry, Mary Muchowski and Julia Murphy, Butte Environmental Council
Discussion will include the reasons for, and importance of, using less toxic products on your yard and garden. The presenters will also explain how to develop healthy soil and other methods for reducing the need for toxic pesticides and herbicides.

EnergyBMU 312 - 3:00-3:50
Green Campus & SCOOP Energy Audit Workshop

Amanda Leonis, Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) Trevor Prater, Chico Green Campus Program
Join Chico State’s Green Campus Program and the Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) for an informative and fun energy auditing workshop. These two programs will break down the various tasks associated with home or office energy audits in an easy, understandable way.  Attendees will learn how to use various tools and techniques to identify home and office inefficiencies and leave knowledgeable of various ways to implement and improve upon sustainable home and office practices.

Lifestyle imageBMU 314 - 3:00-3:50
Cooperative meetings- how to move forward as a group

Stephanie Elliott, GRUB Education Program
The GRUB Cooperative is entering it's third year and one of the most important elements to it still working is our meetings. These meetings have evolved over the years and changed to meet our groups needs. As we learn new techniques we incorporate what we believe will help us to move forward. During this talk we will discuss the changes our meetings have gone through, what has worked and what has not, and why we find these to be the core of our group staying together.

Campus Best imageSSC 150 - 3:00-3:50
Let's Talk Trash with the CSU, Chico Campus Conservation Committee

Dale Wymore, Rob Thacker, Durbin Sayers, Eli Goodsell , Luann Manss, and Richard Perrelli, CSU, Chico
CSU, Chico established the Campus Conservation Committee to review the University’s existing waste management procedures and to make recommendations on further ways to reduce waste on campus. During this presentation you will learn how the CCC was created. Members of the CCC will explain some of the committee recommendations, such as the strategic reduction and relocation of campus dumpsters, diverting or re-circulating of surplus property, and decreasing campus paper use. In addition members will talk about the current waste diversion efforts taking place at CSU, Chico, including Freecyle, encouraging creation of electronic versions of campus wide/departmental forms, and promoting the use of double sided printing. To conclude the presentation, committee members will discuss some of the waste diversion obstacles the committee has overcome.


Keynote imageThursday 4:00-5:15 KEYNOTE - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols


Outside Mag CoverThursday, March 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
Free to all registered conference participants

Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols is a scientist, activist, community organizer, author and dad. He works to inspire a deeper connection with nature, sometimes simply by walking and talking, other times through writing or images. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires. But he knows that what really moves people is feeling part of and touching something bigger than ourselves.


Dr. Wallace advises a motivated group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive and connected environmental community. 

Thursday 6:00-10:00 p.m.
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.