Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico
This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII
Friday, March 8, 2013 Schedule of Events
Conference check-in and sessions will be held in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) building on 2nd Street
(SEE CAMPUS MAP):
8:00-2:00 Registration Open -BMU Main Auditorium Lobby
Conference check-in, registration and continental breakfast until 10:00 -
(don't forget your mugs!)
Friday 9:00-9:50 am
BMU 204 - 9:00-9:50
SCOOP at CSU, Chico (Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices)
Amanda Leonis, James Engleking, Kerrie Rose Feil-Olson, Nolan Tatro, and Kate Bratten,
SCOOP at CSU, Chico (part of The Institute for Sustainable Development)
SCOOP is a student group working with offices on the CSU, Chico 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 within the Institute for Sustainable Development. 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. SCOOP has been working extremely hard to re-develop and re-structure their objectives and goals for the organization through efforts of collaborating relationships with many other organizations on our campus. In this presentation, we want to display our new consultation criteria, objectives for awarding offices, implementing a dorm room and fraternity and sorority consultation process, and achieving greater outreach and visibility to our campus and the community.
BMU 209 - 9:00-9:50
Project REGen (Rice-hulls as Energy Generation): Achieving Sustainability through use of Rice Hulls through Gasification and Bio-char Energy generation
Mary Elena Anguiano and Butte College REGen Interns, Butte College MESA Program
This presentation reports on the progress of the newest ongoing applied research project at Butte College by the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program. Under the direction of Stephen Feher, Executive Director of the Sustainable Community Development Institute, in the spring 2012, a group of six MESA students conducted basic research on the pyrolysis of rice hulls, as well as, the production of biochar. Biochar is a byproduct of the pyrolysis, which sequesters much of the carbon in the rice hulls. When returned into the soil as an additive it can improve agricultural productivity. This year the intern's research is focused on practical application of this sustainable technology in the rice growing industry of Butte County. Currently there are seven interns and they will discuss research findings and applications. Also, at the heart of this project is mentoring and cooperation from key Butte College faculty and STEM community professionals.
BMU 210 - 9:00-9:50
Sherwood Montessori’s School Garden and Kitchen Program
Richard Hirshen (Chef Richie), John Howlett, and Michelle Yezbick, Sherwood Montessori K-8 Public Charter School
We three Montessorian educators from Sherwood Montessori K-8 Public (no tuition) Charter School will be sharing our experience over the past three school years with anyone interested in supporting, starting or expanding their own school garden-kitchen program. Our program incorporates agripreneurism, journalism, philanthropy, the joys of gardening and cooking and nutrition; a relationship with “Let's Move! and Chefs Move!; and additional community outreach through gleaning, GRUB and certified farmers’ markets; and our new Green direction includes plans for LEED-certified prefab modular buildings, permaculture garden, solar power, parent-driven CSA, market garden and value-added agricultural product line. We will show and discuss our series of newsletters, garden cookbooks (past and in the works) and other audio-visual materials that communicate the joy we teach.
BMU 211 - 9:00-9:50
Becoming a Building Commissioning Provider
Bernard Keister, Guttmann & Blaevoet
What are "Green Jobs?" Most people think of occupations involved in manufacturing "green products" like hybrid automobiles or recycled shopping bags, or perhaps contractors installing solar panels and windmills. However, there is a growing demand for another type of professional: a Building Commissioning Provider, and they are quietly changing the way that we construct and operate our buildings and the energy-consuming systems they contain. Our buildings account for about 40% of the total energy consumption per year in the US - if we construct new buildings and renovate existing buildings to operate more efficiently, we can reduce that use by up to 50%. This presentation will explain what building commissioning entails, how building codes like CALGREEN and standards like LEED are guiding our building stock to be more sustainable, and what opportunities and educational paths exist for those interested in a career as a building commissioning provider.
BMU 303 - 9:00-9:50
Chauncey Quam and Naiya Sullivan, Symbiotic Solutions
We will be presenting on ways that we can use living biological organisms, like mushroom mycelium, to clean our water and land. Our club will also be sharing the bioremediation experiments we are currently working on.
BMU 304 - 9:00-9:50
Techniques to Foster Greener Lifestyle Choices: Fostering Behavior Change on Campus and in Your Community
Morgan King, Leo Bell, and Emily Moloney, Humboldt State University
Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) is a proven strategy for fostering greener lifestyle choices. This session will provide a general overview of CBSM techniques that drive behavior change. The presenters will describe projects they have implemented at Humboldt State University to successfully encourage the adoption of green lifestyle choices amongst the campus community. They will then lead an interactive session to develop effective behavior change projects that can be implemented within any community type.
BMU 314 - 9:00-9:50
Balancing Economics and Wildness in Canada: Viewed from the Perspective of the Veggie Voyagers
Chris Nelson and Michael Pike, Veggie Voyagers
First, What is Veggie Voyaging? We will include a brief summary of how to run a diesel truck on straight waste oil from restaurants. Second, we will describe the geography of Western Canada covered in the 7/12-10/12 journey. Third, we will discuss the issues that face Canadians by province and geographical area. Fourth, we will respectfully put Canada's complex challenges into an earth and human friendly perspective.
Friday 10:00-10:50 am
BMU 204 - 10:00-10:50
Workshop on Sustainable Living Spaces
James Engleking, Nolan Tatro, Amanda Leonis, Kerrie Rose Feil-Olson, and Sean Young, SCOOP, (The Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico)
This presentations features a workshop on sustainability solutions for the home, small office, or dorm room. We will also address tools and techniques for reducing energy consumption, managing waste, and reducing costs and emissions incurred through purchasing, transportation, and energy.
BMU 209 - 10:00-10:50
The Water Crisis in the Central Valley, UC Merced Innovative Approach to Educate Students about Water Conservation
Martin Figueroa, UC Merced PowerSave Green Campus Program
UC Merced is the newest University of the UC system, located in the heart of California, the Central Valley. The Central Valley is a semi-arid region where water crisis is an issue and much of its water is used for agriculture and farming. The area is very dry and water transportation is a necessity. UC Merced is transforming the way they educate students about sustainability, through the use of technology and Social networks. In the fall 2011 UC Merced organized the first ever real time water monitoring conservation competition, were 565 students competed in conserving water in the dorms and saved 89,000 gallons of water and reduce their water use by 14%. Not only were students modifying their behaviors during the competition, but they gain visual knowledge of their impact that created long term changes to their lifestyles. This presentation will discuss: the current water crisis issues in the Central Valley, where our water comes from, and how UC Merced is playing a role in water. They will share their best practices of there successful Water Battle 2011.
BMU 210 - 10:00-10:50
The Story of Butte County's Biggest Polluter & How You May Be Exposed to Dioxins
Robyn DiFalco, Mark Stemen, and Julia Murphy, Butte Environmental Council
The largest polluter in Butte County is "a biomass cogeneration incinerator" and is selling electricity to PG&E and earning renewable energy credits. But the plant's operations are far from "clean and green." The Covanta-owned company has been cited for several environmental violations and is most recently under investigation for disposing of their toxic waste ash by selling it to area farmers as a fertilizer. The Butte Environmental Council has tested this waste ash in north Chico and found that it exceeded regulatory levels for the most toxic congener of dioxin, tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (or TCDD). This session will tell the story of Covanta's pollution in and around Butte County, while also introducing you to the basics of dioxin, how it's created, and how it affects human health. The panel will focus on the timeline of our research, what we're finding, and how to hold public agencies accountable for keeping dioxin out of our soil, air, and water.
BMU 211 - 10:00-10:50
The Grassroots Healthcare Revolution - Establishing Affordable Nontoxic Sustainable Medical Systems on a Small Scale
Susan Tchudi and Mohohito Richerson von Tchudi, Everything Herbal CSA at Turkey Tail Farm
This presentation will define for its audience the concepts of "grassroots healthcare" - local, affordable, non-toxic, and sustainable - within the context of an intact health care system, as opposed to a disrupted health care system in which only pharmaceutical drugs and invasive procedures are available. We will draw a relationship between military-ism and exploitation as cultural trends and the degradation of health care. The alternative, we will argue, is plant-based medicine with an integrated solution providing four local/global benefits: affordable healthcare, ecological restoration, economic upliftment, and preservation of culture via ethobotanical traditions. We will describe the herbal CSA as a radical business model that embodies all the points made previously. Finally we will present practical steps that demonstrate replanting the global garden as a personal activity that anyone can participate in, t hus empowering attendees to grow their own medicinal plants as revolutionary action.
BMU 303 - 10:00-10:50
Elementary in the Garden: Connecting K-6th Grade Kids, Gardens, and Community
Karen Altier, Flo Hamilton, Sherri Scott, and Susie McAllister, Chico Area Recreation Department, and Shanon J. Payne, Chico Unified School District After School Program
Introducing school age children to gardening is important for so many reasons. Children need to understand where food comes from. They are the future caretakers of the land and producers of food. Children learning at an early age how to plant a seed and care for it as it grows,make a connection to food and the soil that will influence many choices they will make in the future. Giving young kids gardening skills gives them a skill to take forward in life and may influence what subjects they choose in their academic life. Teaching kids how to harvest and prepare produce grown in the garden helps kids learn how to make good food choices. Stroll through 5 after school program gardens and see the possibilities for getting gardens for kids going in communities. Hear how connecting with local resources can get gardens going .
BMU 304 - 10:00-10:50
Empowering Leaders from the Inside Out: Internal and External Organizing Strategies
Kevin Killion and Melody Leppard, California Student Sustainability Coalition
This workshop will be interactive and engaging of everyone in audience. We will focus on developing a shared and coherent understanding of what it means to empower one's self as a leader. We will learn how taking initiative and following our passion will lead us exactly where we need to be in order to create the desired change. We will shift gears from Inner leadership to outward leadership while defining what it means to be a leader in a non-hierarchical organizing model. Using the Snowflake model of leadership we will learn how to join common visions and grow our movements. Through this process we will learn how each of us has a vital role to play in empowering ourselves and empowering others to spread positive change.
BMU 312 - 10:00-10:50
Beyond Organic: The Benefits and Limitations of Organic Certification
Hannah Hepner, Bryan Shaw, and Christopher Dalton, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative
Organic certification has been the benchmark for purchasing decisions by conscientious consumers. But the term "organic" has encountered practical limitations. Join Chico Natural Food Co-op's staff for insight into where the value of "organic" lies. We will address the basics of organic production, the process of certification, and the roles of regional vs. industrial farmers.
BMU 314 - 10:00-10:50
Ethics and Human Population Overshoot
Peter M. J. Hess, National Center for Science Education
A sustainable human population, based on the annual energy input of the sun, is in the range of two-to-five billion people. By this measure, Earth will be catastrophically overpopulated with a projected nine billion humans in 2050. Human demands for energy, water, and food are at the root of habitat loss, species extinction, farmland erosion, depletion of aquifers, ocean acidification, climate change, and the worldwide death of coral reefs. Temporarily maintained by plentiful cheap oil, the human population overshoot will be a significant stumbling block to long-term sustainability. The keys to reaching demographic stability are (1) developing comprehensive education on carrying capacity, (2) fostering cultural and religious leadership on population sustainability, and (3) encouraging replacement-sized families. Nature's minions are famine, resource wars and epidemic disease, and nature always bats last. To preempt these forces, the human community must tackle population issues proactively, employing religious and cultural sensitivity to seek honest and workable solutions.
Friday 11:00-11:50 am
BMU 204 - 11:00-11:50
Residential Solar Economics: Sustainablity, Financing and how GRID Alternatives is helping Market Transformation
Mike Sharma, Eugenia Terentieva and Rebekah Casey, GRID Alternatives
Learn how residential solar is improving the environment and economics across the state. Learn about the nonprofit's unique program model in creating access for disadvantaged communities to solar energy technology across the state. Attendees are invited to join GRID Alternatives on Saturday, March 9th in a volunteer solar installation in Chico, benefitting a family in need. Inquiries or RSVP to email@example.com.
BMU 209 - 11:00-11:50
Sustainability Management Certified Associate
Angela Casler, CSU, Chico College of Business
Gain a competitive advantage by certifying your knowledge, skills, and abilities in sustainability management. Certified professionals are change agents, sustainability coordinators, managers in any type of business or government role, and students across the country. Join SMA today!
BMU 210 - 11:00-11:50
Noah Rodriguez, CSU, Chico Grad Student
Refinement of hydraulic fracturing techniques or "fracking" has streamlined the extraction through the injection of water, sand, and proppants into geological formations to stimulate the flow of natural gas or oil. Within the last decade concerns of human health and environmental consequences from hydraulic fracturing have surfaced. Exploitation of shale gas drilling, exposure to fracking chemicals, and lack of federal regulation and policy adoption result in environmental impacts. Fracking is causing environmental impacts to human health, the natural environment, and natural resources. This presentation discusses sustainable practices in drilling, lack of federal and state policy regulations, impacts related to water resources, and other effects from fracking. For fracking to become a sustainable practice, it needs to incorporate a balance between the environmental, economic, and equity. If sustainable development is overlooked, additional adverse human health and environmental impacts will occur, furthering the increase of short- and long-term impacts.
BMU 211 - 11:00-11:50
Is Market Based Policy the Best Approach to Climate Change?
Kristin York, Presidio Graduate School/Cutting Edge Capital
The world was watching as California launched its cap and trade system in January 2013. The first regulated cap and trade system in the US and the world's second largest; this system could very well provide a model for the rest of the United States--if it works. The system is designed to meet approximately 20% of the greenhouse gas reduction goal set by AB32 and compliments a host of market-based and regulatory initiatives in the State. AB32 is considered globally to be a herculean effort designed to combat the issues of climate change in the world's 8th largest economy. This session will explore the socio-economic impacts, climate change investment strategies and political challenges from cap and trade. It will also explain why California's model may be the best approach to mitigation and adaptation in terms of cost effectiveness, scalability and expedient impact to GHG reductions.
BMU 303 - 11:00-11:50
Anthony Graybosch, CSU, Chico
Students in Philosophy 102, Logic and Critical Thinking selected seven neighborhoods outside the campus for evaluation for walkability. Students worked in teams of five, contacted local community leaders and neighborhood groups, and presented findings at an open forum on November 28, 2012. Student group leaders and I will present their findings.
BMU 304 - 11:00-11:50
Composting Beyond the Basics
Matt Navarro and Bri Mulvey, AS Sustainability Compost at CSU, Chico
This presentation will discuss the economic, social and ecological benefits and opportunities of composting on a micro and macro scale. Following the presentation the group will proceed to the Compost Display Area between Yolo Hall and the Tennis Courts for a brief workshop.
BMU 312 - 11:00-11:50
Awareness Into Action
Adrienne Spitzer and Brietta Linney, HSU PowerSave Green Campus Program, and Lauryn Gutowski and Delia Bense-Kang, UCSC PowerSave Green Campus Program, and Hilary Queen, CSU, Chico PowerSave Green Campus Program
This session will be led by students who work for the PowerSave Green Campus Program at Humboldt State University, California State University Chico, and the University of California Santa Cruz. These students will be discussing the general framework for implementing outreach projects on their campuses and tying them to metrics-generating projects. They will discuss specific projects that were particularly successful at their respective schools and which can be implemented on other college campuses. It can be challenging to plan outreach events that tie into energy saving projects and generate measurable impacts. Attendees will learn about the best practices of implementing these types of projects and how to overcome challenges so they can be applied on other campuses with ease.
BMU 314 - 11:00-11:50
Public Banking for a Real Free Market
Jedidiah Biagi and Rick Robins, Main Street Forum
Publicly owned banks like the Bank of North Dakota will bring prosperity and control of local economies back to the community instead of to Wall St. in the following ways: Keep affordable credit flowing, thus supporting small businesses, filling empty storefronts, and creating more jobs; Support community banks/credit unions by participating on lending, empowering them to make more and larger loans, to create those jobs; Increase state, county or city revenues, without increasing taxes, while saving on interest and service charges that would otherwise go to Wall Street; Protect government services from budget cuts; Provide secure investment options for retirees, retirement funds that are locally managed and invested; Genuinely helping people facing foreclosure, improve property values; Provide low interest student loans, support local community colleges and their students; Provide quick access to disaster relief funds.
Local Lunch and a Movie
Join us at noon in the BMU Auditorium for a local lunch and a movie!
Karen Gaia Pitts, World Overpopulation Awareness, Chuck Knutson, CSWP (Committee for a Sustainable Population - Sierra Club) and Kim Lovell, Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program
During the local lunch we will feature the film Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, an eye-opening look at one of our most important issues today, world population growth. In 2011 the world population reached 7 billion. The film illustrates both the over consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother and a child-rights activist as she comes to discover, along with the audience, the thorny complexities of the population issue (60 minute film presentation followed by 15 minute Q&A, all registered conference participants welcome).
Local lunch tickets NOT included with conference registration, separate ticket purchase of $7.50 at BMU Marketplace Cashier on Friday. Purchase early and bring your lunch back to the Auditorium to enjoy during the film.
Our Marketplace Cafe has been serving up one of Chico's finest local lunch menus with local and organic gourmet meals with ingredients from our University Farm and other local foods distributors. You don't want to miss out on this event and space is limited so purchase your Local Lunch in the BMU Marketplace Cafe on Friday and bring it back to the Auditorium to eat while you enjoy the film.
For just $6.99 you will enjoy:
Farmers Market Fettuccini with Fresh Made Pasta, Roasted Asparagus, Cremini Mushrooms, Brussel Sprouts, Crispy Home Cured Pancetta, Grated Capra Bianca Cheese (Firm Goat Cheese) and Meyer Lemon Butter Sauce. Pasta comes with a Sutter Hall Roll, and a Pickled Beet Salad. (Drinks will be available in the BMU Auditorium during the film)
Friday 2:00-2:50 pm
TOUR Meeting Location: North Entrance of the BMU Atrium
Campus Sustainability Tour
Fletcher Alexander, CSU, Chico Campus Sustainability Coordinator
This walking tour of campus will highlight a range of campus sustainability initiatives including LEED certified buildings, alternative transportation projects, waste diversion and recycling efforts, sustainability programming in the Associated Students and University Housing, and more! Join us on a walk around our beautiful campus and learn about sustainability at Chico State from the folks who work on it every day.
BMU 204 - 2:00-2:50
X-Treme Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Chico High X-Treme Peer Mediation with Advisor Facilitator Mike Carroll, Co-Advisor Cameron Kovacs, Chico High School Resource Office and Chico Police Department Liason
Students from the X-Treme Peer Mediation club at Chico High School will discuss efforts they are making to reduce conflict. The club assists students in mediating conflicts and provides training in anti-mean girls, anti-bullying and anti-gang involvement to elementary and junior high schools in the Chico Unified School District.
BMU 209 - 2:00-2:50
Biofiltration Wetland Education Learning Laboratory (BWELL) Project: Student Interns Participate in Sustainability and STEM Research on a Community College Campus
Maria Elena Anguiano, Butte College MESA Program and BWELL Project Interns
This presentation reports on the progress of an ongoing applied research project at Butte College by the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program. Started in 2009, the BWELL project has focused on: conducting a feasibility study designed to accommodate storm runoff from an existing campus parking lot; identifying the effluents; and identifying the most effective biofiltering design. Currently the BWELL interns are completing the installation of the biofiltration wetland, as well as completing the monitoring protocols for sampling the run-off through the biofilter. At the heart of this project is mentoring and cooperation from key faculty and community professionals. The BWELL project was conceived by Dr. Michael Williams and has been joined by Professor Katya Yarosevich, both Biology faculty members at Butte College. Over 40 Interns have been involved in the project over time and there are seven interns currently.
BMU 210 - 2:00-2:50
The Business of Water
Peter Bonacich, California Water Service Company, Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Aimee Sunseri, New Clairvaux Vineyard
Water is essential to sustain life. The business imperative to manage this precious resource is critical. Join California Water Service Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and New Clairvaux Vineyard's presentation to learn the best practices in water management. Join their journey to discover ways to reduce consumption, reuse resources, and strive for zero waste. Stewardship and smart business practices add value to the Chico community. Join us today and be a part of the solution.
BMU 211 - 2:00-2:50
The Ethical Imperative of Nuclear Power Generation
Peter M. J. Hess, National Center for Science Education and Richard J. McDonald, Retired Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Our increasing population, decreasing resources, and accelerating climate change make energy replacement a moral imperative. Critical to sustainability is replacing fossil fuels with renewable and low-carbon sources. Ethicist Peter Hess will discuss the central ethical issues involved in attempting to provide replacement energy for a human population of 7 Billion+ . Providing at least minimal energy for the most needy of humanity -- for agriculture, water, homes and transportation -- is an ethical imperative that will require a staggering amount of power generation. We need to begin replacing capacity long before fossil fuels decline, and this scale of power generation is available only from nuclear sources. Nuclear energy involves low carbon input and is sustainable in the long term, since uranium (and thorium) can be recovered from seawater. Dick McDonald, a nuclear physicist, will discuss how public fears of radioactivity are exaggerated and, even in the worst case scenario, expected deaths would be minuscule compared to the expected deaths from climate change and/or fossil fuel exhaustion.
BMU 303 - 2:00-2:50
Carbon Cycle & Food or Biofuels
Thor Bailey, Ag Biomass Foundation, and Valerie Navarro, Living Elements
This presentation will focus on energy from biomass as a green energy solution. The biofuels industry should asses the adverse affects of breaking the natural carbon cycle and its environmental implications. Atmospheric carbon is normally returned to the ocean via "weathering" into alkaloid carbonates that maintains proper ocean chemistry. Using organic sources for fuel breaks that cycle and creates more greenhouse gasses that further acidify the ocean chemistry. Diverting organic biomass to fuel adversely affects soil tilth that then reduces soil productivity and resources utilization efficiency. Biofuel production from biomass have a negative impact on the environment in addition to food competition by producing fuel that is not economically sustainable. Little or no effort is being set forth to save what is not seen, heard, tasted or smelled that will seriously limit agriculture’s future in California. While water quality and air quality are essential to human habitation, we must also accept that “food” is also essential to human habitation and national security. Creating a sustainable solutions approach such as biochar, instead of agenda driven energy, requires a total carbon mass balance analysis tied to any site specific biomass conversion system regardless of technology.
BMU 304 - 2:00-2:50
The Status of K-12 Environmental Education in Chico: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
Jeremy Miller, Kids and Creeks Jon Aull, Chico Creek Nature Center, Scott Huber, Ecological Reserves at CSU, Chico, and Peter Hollingsworth, Retired Teacher
The need for an environmentally literate populace cannot be overstated, and this awareness must start in the grade school or sooner. How is Chico doing on this front? Where is this education taking place? This presentation will pull no punches as it provides a "status report" of K-12 environmental education in our region, and suggest ideas for the future.
BMU 312 - 2:00-2:50
Social Entrepreneurship: It's Not What You Think It Is
Edward Quevedo, Presidio Graduate School
Presented by the MBA Capstone Entrepreneurship Faculty of Presidio Graduate School and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, this rapid fire discussion format panel will explore the big myths and emerging, disruptive truths about Social Entrepreneurship. Big Myths to be debunked: - Raising money is not the hardest task - Social ventures may not start with a social mission - A social mission does not a social venture make - Funding options are more diverse and less obvious than conventional wisdom suggests New Disruptive Truths to be explored: - L3C structures can be dangerous and distracting - Hybrid structures can hinder innovation - Coming to "scale" with a social venture is mysterious, uncertain, and in need of fundamental revisiting.
BMU 314 - 2:00-2:50
Cultivating Community: a comprehensive effort to promote local food security
Lee Altier, CSU, Chico College of Agriculture, Karen Goodwin, CSU, Chico Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, Richard Roth, CSU, Chico, and Julie Estep, Adept Professional & Training Services
Recognition of the value of a strong, resilient food network dictates the necessity that all members of the community have access to nutritious, locally grown food. This presentation will invite participants to share in a discussion of how to promote community health by engagement in addressing basic food needs. Cultivating Community links local growers, under-resourced populations, and help-agencies in a collective effort to enhance the sustainability of our local specialty crop economy (vegetables, fruits and nuts) and strengthen local food security by increasing community education and direct participation in our local farm-to-fork food network. This project aims to maximize low-income participation in farmers' markets and provide nutritious food to those most in need, decrease isolation associated with economic stress, creatively increase the availability of locally grown produce to low-income residents, and provide low-income populations with diverse, hands-on training in food preparation and urban farming. Cultivating Community is funded by a 2011 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Specialty Crop Grant.
Friday Keynote Speaker
3:00-5:00 pm, BMU Auditorium
A book signing will follow this presentation
Chris Jordan, internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist, will present and discuss his work on Midway, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, where the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast, polluted Pacific Ocean. Chris will discuss his experience of kneeling over their carcasses and seeing the birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.
Featured Film Presentation
BMU 210 5:30-7:00 pm
If you didn't get a chance to watch the film Mother: Caring for 7 Billion during the Local Lunch today we are offering a second showing of the film starting at 5:30 in the BMU Room 210.
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion
Mother' reveals an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. In 2011 world population reached 7 billion, increasing 7-fold since the first billion 200 years ago. The film strives not to blame but to educate. The first step is to raise the status of women worldwide.