Institute for Sustainable Development
Hike at BCCER Spring 2011

Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.

William Ruckelshaus
Business Week
June 18, 1990


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

TOURS at This Way to Sustainability VII



Ecological Reserve - CANCELLED Ecological Preserve - CANCELLED
University Farm - CANCELED Chico High Solar Project
Computers for Classrooms - CANCELED Campus Arboretum
Sierra Nevada Farm Sanctuary
Green Living Project Gateway Science Museum
Campus Sustainability Tour 1078 Art Gallery

During our conference we have several tours that you can enjoy to visit some spectacular sustainable happenings here in Chico. You must pre-register for the conference to participate in these tours and additional pre-sign-up is also required as most of the tours will only accommodate 15-20 people at a time. Please see below for dates, times, reservation information, and meeting locations:

Thursday Bus Schedule:
Bus will pick up pre-registered passengers for specified tours at the west side of the Meriam Library in the Bus Loading Zone at the times specified below:

  • 9:00 am departure - FIRST DEPARTURE CANCELED
    Enroute to University Farm and Computers for Classrooms
  • 11:00 am departure
    Enroute to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Approximate return times to Campus Thursday:

  • 10:45 am return to campus - FIRST DEPARTURE CANCELED
    From University Farm and Computers for Classrooms
  • 1:30 pm return to campus
    From Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

We're sorry, NO shuttle service will be available on Friday.

Tour - Ecological Reserve System

NOTE: We sincerely apologize but both the Thursday BCCER and Friday BCEP tours have been canceled.

3521 14 Mile House Road
Chico, CA 95926


We will have other opportunities for guided nature hikes on the reserve throughout the spring so please continue to visit our website at

University Farm - Organic Vegetable Project and Dairy

NOTE: We sincerely apologize but this tour has been CANCELED.

311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane
Chico, CA

Date: Thursday, March 1st - CANCELED
Meeting Time: 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Bus Loading Zone west of the Meriam Library
Tour Time: 9:15
-10:30 a.m.

The tour will visit the Chico State Organic Dairy and the Organic Vegetable Project, each for 30 minutes.  We will divide the tour into two groups rotating between the two units:  9:15-9:45 tour first unit; 9:55-10:25 tour second unit; 10:30 return to shuttle for departure at 10:45.

Management of the units is dedicated to producing nutritious products in a manner that is economically sound and regenerates essential resources.  The visit to the dairy unit will comprise the pastures and milking facilities.  Participants will hear about herd and pasture management, nutrition, animal health, and milk quality.  The visit to the vegetable unit will comprise the greenhouse, field, and hedgerows.  Participants will hear about the greenhouse production, soil management, rotational system, beneficial habitat, pest management, and marketing. 

Computers for Classrooms

NOTE: We sincerely apologize but this tour has been CANCELED.

315 Huss Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Date: Thursday, March 1st - CANCELED
Meeting Time: 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Bus Loading Zone west of the Meriam Library
Tour Time: 9:30-10:15

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

A sustainable program for Reuse and Recycling of Electronics

Visit the 25,000 square foot warehouse and see how this award-winning program provides refurbished computers to schools, low-income families and other non-profits.  In July, CFC received the R2 Solutions certification as an audited Responsible Recycler.  CFC was the first non-profit recycler in the United States to achieve certification.  As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, Windows 7 and MS Office is installed on Refurbished Computers.

CFC has developed a model program with CSU, Chico for the handling of all surplus electronics.  CFC does not rely on grants and has been hiring additional employees.  This coming year, CFC will handle over 1 million pounds of electronic donations.  Learn about the best practices in this green industry.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

1075 East 20th Street
Chico, CA

Date: Thursday, March 1st
Meeting Time: 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Location:
Bus Loading Zone west of the Meriam Library
Tour Time: 11:15-12:15
Lunch on your own at Sierra Nevada, 12:15-1:15

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

TOUR Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - see how and where one of the world's best beers is sustainably brewed. Stay and have lunch on your own at the Sierra Nevada Restaurant and be sure to check out the gift shop. The shuttle will return to campus after lunch to arrive back at CSU, Chico at approximately 1:30.

Green Living Project's Soltrekker RV

TOUR The Soltrekker RV
Thursday, March 1st all day
Parked at Siskiyou Hall - open all day, no reservations required

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. 

Campus Sustainability Tour

Date: Thursday, March 1st
Time: 3:00-3:50

Meeting Location: Adventure Outings - inside the BMU Galleria
Duration: 1 hour
Lead by Fletcher Alexander, CSU, Chico Sustainability Coordinator

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

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.

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

Date: Friday March 2nd
Meeting Time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Student Service Center, Rm. 150

Duration: 1 hour

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

Come see solar power production in action! This tour will take you to see Chico High School’s parking lot solar shade structures. Chico Unified School District partnered with SolarCity to install five solar systems throughout the District. In this innovative arrangement, SolarCity builds and maintains the systems, and the District pays them for the green energy they produce.  The solar PV system at Chico High’s parking lot offsets 70% of the school’s annual electricity usage, which equates to a greenhouse gas reduction of roughly half a million pounds of CO2 a year. During the tour you will see all the aspects of the solar system, and have all your solar questions answered!

Following the 9:00-9:50 a.m. presentation on Friday at SSC 150

Farm Sanctuary Tour

19080 Newville Road
Orland, CA 95963

Date: Friday March 2nd
Meeting Time: 9:30 AM
Meeting Location: Hwy 32 Park & Ride, East Lot
Tour Time: 10AM – 11AM

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

The animals at Farm Sanctuary love visitors as much as you'll love touring our farm animal shelters! Our sanctuaries are home to hundreds of rescued cows, pigs, turkeys, and other farm animals…and each has a special story to tell. After meeting our farm animal friends, visitors can browse through our education center, filled with literature, videos, displays, and cruelty-free gift items.

CSU, Chico Arboretum Tour

Date: Friday, March 2nd
Tour Time: 3:10 - 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: BMU Galleria in front of Adventure Outing at 3:10
Lead by Professor Emeritus Wes Dempsey

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

It is impossible to imagine the Chico State campus without its many beloved trees. While its stately brick buildings provide character to the campus, the trees provide its living heart and memory. Take a walking tour through our 220 species of woody plants that make up Chico State's amazing arboretum with the one man who for more than half a century has been instrumental in nurturing and defending the campus arboretum: Wes Dempsey, Professor Emeritus of Biology.

See recent publication here:

Gateway Science Museum Tour

College of Natural Sciences
CSU, Chico, CA 95929-0545

Date: Friday, March 2nd
Time: 3:30-4:20 p.m. 

Meeting Location: Gateway Science Museum main entrance

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

Tour the Gateway Gardens and LEED Building Design 
Discover one of CSU, Chico's newest additions - Gateway Science Museum. Gateway's mission is to create a life-long learning environment that enables people to explore, interpret, and celebrate the magnificent natural heritage of our region through science, research, and education. Opened in early 2009, the museum features three galleries for changing natural history and science-based exhibits - many of which are hands-on and interactive, as well as three educational, hands-on learning labs. Gateway's unique building, landscapes, exhibits (both traveling and permanent), and many educational  programs, inspire and inform visitors of all ages about the natural history and inherent scientific interest of Northern California - and the larger world.
Come and learn more about the LEED elements of the state-of-the-art gold-level LEED certified museum building and our ecoregions and food-production teaching gardens and landscapes. Sustainability conference tours at Gateway are limited to 20 people per each of the 15 minute time periods on a first-to-arrive basis - tours will begin promptly at 3:30, 3:45 and 4:00, and will last approximately 20 minutes.

Cost of these tours is free with Sustainability Conference registration. 

Sustainability tour attendees are eligible for a reduced rate admission ticket to Gateway's current exhibits following their Sustainability Tour: $3 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under.

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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