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Don't miss out ~ This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII - now scheduled for
March 7-8, 2013

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Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII
March 7-8, 2013

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TWTS VIII Guru TeamBack: (left to right): Daniel Michelson, Chris Estrada, Carly Lindgren, Kaitlin Haley, Katherine Suhay-Pickard, David Gould, Julia Young; Middle: Matt Navarro, Grace Kerfoot, Diana Wei, Rebecca Shepler, Luann Manss; Front: Lead Coordinators Brittany Williams and Michelle Libman

This student-run conference hosts over 100 speakers and 1,400 participants at our CSU, Chico campus. This is an enormous educational opportunity for our students, and yours!
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Conference Registration is required for all conference events, presentations, keynote presentations, workshops, and receptions. Registration for this conference will open online January 1, 2013.

Purpose: Explore approaches that will make a difference for a sustainable future. Our annual conference provides a forum to discuss current issues that are relevant to us all. We seek to develop common ground to help build a sustainable society; one that balances economic needs, social needs and environmental realities. We will address solutions for the global problems we are all now facing. The conference will include workshops, seminars, posters, and facilitated discussions.

Audience: Our audience is broad but aimed at the growing number of faculty, staff, students, administrators, public officials and citizens who embrace the concept of sustainable development, who wish to work together to build sustainable communities, who believe that we can learn from one another, and who realize there are many voices and perspectives that must be heard. Sessions are designed for beginners, as well as those with advanced knowledge. So that everyone has a chance to participate we've kept our registration fees to a minimum.

Seeking Solutions: Moving Toward a Sustainable Future

Presentations will focus on specific aspects of sustainable solutions within the following categories:

business iconBusiness and Economic Solutions: The “green” economy has provided new jobs and opportunities. This theme focus provides an opportunity to share green business advances and solutions that are sure to improve our economic future. It will also showcase available green job opportunities. Inspirational leaders will share their success stories and entrepreneurial experiences to help students and community visualize their transition to future occupations. Some sessions will address the issues of how large corporations have helped to advance an agenda of a sustainable future.

education iconEducational Solutions: What do students learn from a sustainable curriculum? What has been solved by teaching future generations about sustainability? This theme will focus on integrating sustainability into the curriculum. Educators will lead discussions on how schools and individual instructors have integrated sustainability into their curriculum and share their evaluations of the effectiveness of a sustainable curriculum.

energy iconEnergy and Water Solutions: These presentations will help identify solutions to our need for energy to fuel our economy. What have we learned so far, what options are available to us now, and what lies ahead? What can we do to ensure a clean and abundant water supply for future generations? This theme will focus on solutions for our energy and water challenges.

food and ag iconSustainable Solutions for Food and Agriculture: These presentations will provide insight on methods and solutions developed that will allow us to feed the world’s growing populations sustainably. This theme will focus on food, agriculture and nutrition. Solutions for healthy living, healthy eating, growing organic, farming, eating locally, and solutions for feeding our growing world populations.

lifestyles icon Sustainable Lifestyle Solutions:  Speakers will share everyday choices that make a difference. We all share the earth with many beings and we express that connection in many ways; in our ethics and our art, in our inspirations and our meditations. This theme will focus on solutions, ideas and opportunities people have found in creating a sustainable future, daily sustainable practices and life changes.

speakers corner iconSpeaker’s Corner: This theme will provide a venue for other sustainability-related issues and solutions that speakers want to address.

You can take a look at our past years' conferences by visiting our archives. See conference programs, event info, photo galleries, and more.

Without support from our sponsors we would not be able to host this important conference each year. Sponsorships help us to bring to Chico the well-known speakers we have hosted during the past six years (see our archives). Sponsorships allow us to keep registration pricing at a minimum so that everyone wanting to attend this conference has the opportunity to do so. There are several levels of sponsorship available and we hope you will plan to be included in this year's conference. To become a sponsor complete our sponsorship form. Sponsors of this prestigious, national event receive recognition on our website, in printed conference materials, at special events during the conference, and in our promotions and outreach before the conference.

Become a Conference Volunteer and you could participate for free! To find out more please contact our conference staff via email at

The following volunteer positions are available:

  • Session Moderators
  • Registration Coordinators
  • Special Events Coordinators
  • Building & Facilities Coordinators
  • Housing Coordinators
  • Marketing Coordinators
  • Technical Support Coordinators
  • Community Center Coordinators
  • Volunteers during the event

Planning team members are needed to start now. We hope to see you in March 2013!