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Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII Speakers

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Please welcome all of our conference speakers for 2013!

As we continue to complete the program links to presentations will be included within the bio for each speaker so please continue to be patient while we work to incorporate scheduling details.

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Jon Aull received his master's degree studying parks and natural resources in the recreation department at CSU, Chico. He is the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Chico Creek Nature Center, where he develops and implements nature programs for schoolchildren and families. 
www.bidwellpark.org
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Fletcher Alexander CSU, Chico Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Fletcher Alexander is a graduate of the Environmental Economics program at CSU, Chico. As Sustainability Coordinator his work includes collaborating with a number of campus committees involved in sustainability, advising sustainability-focused student groups, reporting on the university's progress towards its sustainability goals, and developing and implementing initiatives related to the pursuit of those goals. He has worked on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Audits and the development of Climate Action Plans for California State University, Chico, Butte College, and the City of Chico.
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  Karen Altier has been garden care taker and garden teacher for the past 6 years at Parkview Elementary School in Chico California. Karen also works with Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium at CSU Chico with the Harvest of the Month program.
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Lee Altier

Lee Altier is a horticulture professor in the College of Agriculture at Chico State. He teaches courses in global food production systems, holistic management, and sustainable vegetable production. He is director of the Organic Vegetable Project and he guides students in an annual study abroad program in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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  Maria Elena (Nena) Anguiano is the Director for MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) at Butte College. Her current role includes administering and implementing programs targeted at underrepresented, first generation college student majoring in Math, Engineering and Science with the intention to transfer. For 23 years, Nena has focused on initiating, developing, and implementing academic success strategies and programs. She has expertise in facilitating and presenting workshops related to educational, career, and professional development including motivational workshops for students and professionals. Prior to Butte College she was the Tutorial Program Coordinator at CSU, Chico, overseeing the recruitment, training and management of student assistant staff i n the Student Learning Center. She successfully developed and taught university level classes in sociology, education, and freshman orientation. Nena's education includes a B.A. Psychology and M.A. Educ ational Psychology Counseling, from CSU, Northridge.
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  Max Ankeney is a Sustainable Manufacturing student and a member of Sustainable Engineering and Environmental Health for Development Club (SEEHD). He enjoys skateboarding and action sports and helping others. He plans to own a company that strives to have no negative impact on the environment.
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Thor Bailey Mr. Thor Bailey, currently an Adviser with Ag Biomass Foundation, has developed relations with many key individuals in the Agricultural industry throughout the West Coast. His multilevel experience with private, local, state and federal government sectors has flourished over the past 30 years. As a pioneer in energy farming, Bailey’s track record in agricultural business development, management, marketing and manufacturing has greatly contributed to his viable role in the future of California’s biomass waste stream. He provides consultation regarding the research and development of an integrated feedstock supply program, development of soil amendments and fuel from agricultural residue, production of wood waste processing facilities and design of farm power generation facilities and creation of carbon-offset credits supporting sustainable Agriculture.
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  Leo Bell is the Housing Energy Management Intern at Humboldt State, where he works to integrate sustainability into residence life. His current projects include the Green Room Certification, composting and residence hall Energy Star benchmarking. Leo is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science Policy.
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  Delia Bense-Kang is a sophomore at UCSC. Growing up in Humboldt County California she allowed her to gain a love for the environment, and one of my favorite activities surfing. If she is not out in the ocean she's doing ballet, her other favorite pastime. This will be her second year in PowerSave Green Campus. She is very excited to be a project coordinator and treasurer. Delia loves being able to gain real hands on experience and making a difference in this world.
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Jedediah Biaga

Jedediah Biagi is originally from Sacramento, and now lives in Nevada County. He has had a diverse career taking him through the tech industry, sales, small business management and starting a small business. His background gives him a well-rounded perspective of the many avenues that make up an economy. He helped start and participate in Main Street Forum NC because of his passion for local empowerment and as part of his efforts to chip away at the barriers that divide our community. He sees a great need for outreach and communication across party lines and is one of the few people who are members of both Occupy Nevada County and the TEA Party Patriots of Nevada County. He has spoken on such varying topics from Energy Independence to property rights and organic gardening to emergency community preparation. In the Spring of 2012 he ran for Nevada County Supervisor.
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Peter Bonacich Peter Bonacich is the assistant district manager for California Water Service Company's Chico District. Peter has been with the company for 31-years and provides safe and reliable fr esh water to our community everyday. California Water Service offers many ways to help every customer conserve water with complementary conservation kits.
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Kate Bratten Kate Bratten is a fifth year student at Chico State pursuing a degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis on family relations and health education with a minor in psychology. This is her second semester working with Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP), currently as a core-consultant. Though her major does not specifically pertain to sustainable practices, she is very passionate about the potential and real-life opportunities green and sustainable efforts will have on our future career fields. She hopes to get younger generations involved and excited about what the future of our world has to offer.
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  Jacob N. Brimlow is an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. Dr. Brimlow earned his doctorate at North Carolina State University, where he studied agricultural and natural resource economics and conducted research analyzing the determinants and effects of farmer enrollment in the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program. At CSU, Chico, Dr. Brimlow teaches courses in agricultural business and continues his research exploring economic aspects of farmer land use decisions.
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Ryan Cabinte Ryan Cabinte teaches Market Failure and the Regulatory Environment in both degree programs as well as Systems Thinking and Stakeholder Engagement in the Presidio Executive Certificate program. His academic areas of interest include innovations in corporate structure, law and governance as well as novel approaches to moving capital to mission-driven organizations. In addition to his teaching, Ryan acts as a strategic consultant and legal advisor to numerous social entrepreneurs and sustainable ventures. Before Presidio, Ryan worked with the Amada Group, an impact investing private equity firm focused on sustainable businesses. He also has nearly a decade of experience as a litigator. His practice areas included environmental law, consumer protection, toxic torts, securities, corporate and fund formation and intellectual property. Ryan is a graduate of Yale University, Boston University School of Law and the Presidio Graduate School.
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Rebekah Casey Rebekah Casey has over ten years of experience in strategic program development across a broad range of program areas.  Her background includes program management related to housing, energy and the environment.  Rebekah is passionate about environmental justice and social equity, as well as participatory process in public decision-making.  Rebekah has served on a number of non-profit boards, community groups, and government committees to preserve the environment, the livelihoods and the unique rural heritage of north state.  Rebekah currently is completing her MA in Environmental Policy and Planning studying collaborative management models at CSU, Chico.
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Angela Casler prepares our future leaders on how to manage for sustainability. She is a lecturer for the Department of Management, College of Business. Angela is the coordinator for the Minor in Managing for Sustainability program that prepares leaders to manage for profitability while positively impacting people and the planet. These students will have a key competitive advantage in actively growing sustainable organizations and communities. Angela is also the Sustainable Business Partnership Coordinator and one of the faculty advisors for Sustainable Consultation Of Office Practices (SCOOP), where she has the privilege of working with students, faculty, and local leaders who care about other people, a healthy economy and ecosystem. Angela spent most of her career as a corporate international banker and recently transitioned to small business ownership. She successfully owned a heavy highway trucking company for four years and today is a management consultant to develop strategic plans to position organization's for the future. She has spent the past two years developing a certification examination for sustainability management by collaborating with 60 professional in government, business, and nonprofits who are pioneering the field.
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  Cheri Chastain is the sustainability coordinator for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and is responsible for managing the sustainability strategic priorities of the brewery. Water conservation is the name of the game from field to brew.
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Compost Display Area The Compost Display Area (CDA) and Garden gives workshops to the campus and community members about the importance and benefits of compost as well as how they may implement it in their own homes. It also is small organic gardens were we have both worm bins and hot compost. We use the compost to provide nutrient rich soil for our year round garden.
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  Devin Crawford is the Director of Marketing for Net Impact. He is majoring in Business Management with a minor in Project Management, and is serving his second year with Net Impact. He has developed a passion for sustainability in business through Net Impact and through Managing for Sustainability classes. As the Director of Marketing, he hopes to use effective marketing strategies to teach students about the importance of sustainability, its growing role in businesses, and our own generation's future. Implementing sustainability practices is a valuable technique that meets a commitment to the environment, community, and social equity. Businesses are implementing sustainable practices (such as conserving resources and reducing their carbon footprint) and teaching students about these practices is the primary goal of myself as well as this organization.
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  Christopher Dalton joined Chico Natural Foods Cooperative's Grocery Department in 2011 and took over managing the department in May 2012. He brings to the position extensive experience in food retail, a passion for local, organic and non-GMO foods, and a firm belief that a co-op can make a difference in the world. Topher is involved in thoughtfully selecting thousands of quality products that speak to CNFC's mission: to provide a marketplace for the purchase and sale of organic and natural foods and other items which the members deem appropriate. www.chiconatural.com/
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  Gregory Degouveia is an artist, fabricator and engineer, or something that exists in the middle. With a passion for bicycles and various forms of that, he has ridden for transport, recreation, raced road bikes, and ridden a bike taxi (or pedi-cab) to make a living. He has built a variety of pedal powered contraptions for practical purposes and for artistic exuberance, learning along the way and gaining practical experience in what works and how things can be built better. He also is a welding instructor, teaching basic fabrication skills and empowering people to realize those ideas in their head.
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Robyn DiFalco Robyn DiFalco graduated from CSU, Chico in 1999 with a degree in Geography and African Studies with a focus on Development Issues. She has been working as an advocate for environmental protection since 1995, both in her career and as a volunteer with various organizations. She has worked as a Recycling Coordinator in the private sector as well as at Chico State where she later became the Associated Students Sustainability Coordinator. She also worked as a consultant, principally for the City of San Mateo, implementing a new green building ordinance. She is currently serving as a citizen member of the City of Chico's Sustainability Task Force. She joined the Butte Environmental Council in 2012 as the executive director.
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Jesse Dizard Jesse Dizard is a cultural anthropologist who has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. He has directed ethnographic documentary films and published on a variety of topics related to the uneasy relationship between culture and environment.
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Marty Dunlap pursued a degree in law during her career at Butte College where she coordinated testing for entering students and generated statistical data on student performance and outcomes. She entered the field of law with a desire to utilize her counseling background in mediating the conversation about providing protection to the earth and its related resources. She now focuses on water, both surface and ground water, in providing protection to the waters of Northern California. She formed a group three years ago entitled Citizens Water Watch where people who have assumed a leadership role in providing an environmental voice for water in our region can come together. They meet on a regular basis to discuss emerging issues and formulate strategic approaches in providing a clear and strong voice on behalf of the public regarding projects that impact the water resources of Northern California.
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James Engleking James Engleking a Management and Project Management Major who has a vested interest in contributing to sustainable causes on and off Chico's campus. His work with Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) has helped his desire to share sustainable practices with the community, students, staff and faculty at This Way to Sustainability. Read more about James in the December 2012 PowerSave Green Campus Newsletter.
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  Julie Estep holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Communication, and is an experienced educator and writer. She is a principal member of Adept Professional & Training Services, LLC, a recently established business in the Chico area that provides a variety of professional/business services including grant writing, editing services, research support and data analysis, and web design. Julie is a committed activist in support of green and sustainable projects.
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Stephen Feher Stephen I. Feher is the President and Executive Director of the Sustainable Community Development Institute (SCDI), that he founded in 2001. SCDI was incorporated in Washington DC, as a public-benefit-nonprofit, international development organization and has its home office in Paradise, California. Mr. Feher is also part time Associate Faculty at Butte College, teaching Materials Science and serves as the Technical Director of the Sustainable Technologies Laboratory he established in affiliation with Butte College to conduct research and development of new “green” building materials and renewable energy generation technology utilizing agricultural waste materials, such as rice hulls and straw. He is mentoring Butte College student research teams working on these projects, including the award winning REHAB project which was the winner of a Phase II EPA-P3 grant award in April 2012 in Washington DC based on an exhibit on the National Mall. Butte College is the only community college in the nation ever awarded this grant by EPA during the eight year history of the P3 (Planet-People-Prosperity) program.At SCDI, Mr. Feher provides consulting services to large development projects worldwide in the petrochemical and mining industries.
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Kerrie Rose Feil-Olsen Kerrie Rose Feil-Olson is majoring in Business Administration-Management with an option in Project Management, with a double minor in Managing for Sustainability, and French Language. She was magnetized to Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) because of its main philosophy: to make the world a greener place. Currently an intern and the Social Media Director at SCOOP. She loves her now positions and greatly looks forward to her future involvement in the organization. Her career goal is to become a Senior Sustainability Consultant.
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Noelle Ferdon

Noelle Ferdon Noelle has a background in law and policy and has worked on food and agriculture issues throughout the Central Valley, and California, for nearly a decade. Before formally joining the Land Trust as Director of Local Food Systems, Noelle worked as a contractor for them coordinating the Buy Fresh Buy Local, North Valley agricultural marketing program, managed development of the North Valley's 1st edition of The Eater's Guide to Local Food and chaired the Land Trust's Technical Advisory Committe e and workshop development for the Beginning Farmer Rancher Program. Noelle has a B.S. in Political Science from CSU, Chico and a J.D. from Golden Gate University's School of Law.
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  Martin Figueroa is the Team Manager of the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Green Campus Program Chapter at UC Merced and a third-year student studying Biology and Sustainability. Martin served as the point person and leader for the UC Merced Dorm Water Battle 2011. He has a passion for sustainability and works to educate his peers and the Merced community about energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, composting and sustainability. Martin was an honoree of the prestigious environmental award, The Brower Youth Awards 2012. Martin has taken the challenge of educating the Central Valley of California the importance of water conservation and inform residents about the current water crisis. His dedication has saved his campus many kilowatts of energy and gallons of water through organizing multiple residence hall competitions and outreach projects. His passion for sustainability continues to grow through his involvement in numerous projects to help the Merced community and UC Merced achieve a more sustainable future.
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Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley is the Sustainability Coordinator at Premier Mushrooms in Colusa, CA. He graduated from CSU, Chico in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Minor in Managing for Sustainability. He is also a former board member of Net Impact's undergraduate chapter at CSU, Chico. He has been with Premier Mushrooms since July, 2011 and his primary responsibility is to formalize and streamline efforts surrounding sustainability. www.premiermushrooms.com/
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  Kelsey George, originally from Los Angeles, is in her final year at CSU, Chico. She is earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Geography. Her involvement with the Alternative Transportation Group (ATG) began in the fall of 2011. She was an intern with the group and participated in campus events, digital media outreach, and student transportation auditing. She has also helped conduct bike audits for the campus, presented at campus and community bike forums, and was promoted to Director of ATG in fall 2012. Since taking over the group, George and her team have been working hard to keep their presence strong on campus. Recently the group was granted funds by the Sustainability Fund Allocation Committee to renew the campus’ Zimride contract. Along with many other projects, George feels confident that ATG will be able to help the campus achieve their alternative transportation goals, as outlined in the Climate Action Plan for the campus. Sh e plans to pursue a career in transportation planning after graduating in May of 2013.
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Karen Goodwin

Karen Goodwin is a Nutrition Education Specialist with the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at CSU, Chico and culinary coordinator for the Bike Kitchen events. A former owner of Cafe Sandino and food manufacturer of Today's Tamales, Karen has always enjoyed sharing the gift of eating healthy food. MS at CSUChico and BA Johnston College, Redlands Ca.
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Anthony Graybosch Anthony Graybosch is a professor of philosophy at CSU, Chico. Graybosch participated in the Civic Learning Faculty Learning Community during 2011-2012. The addition of the walkability studies to the curriculum were inspired by that Faculty Learning Community.
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Scott Gregory

Scott Gregory is a Biologist with North State Resources, Inc. and is a Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture.  Scott recently used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to inventory, map and assess the population of 34,950 municipally owned trees and tree planting sites along Chico’s streets, noting species, size, and health, and prescribing appropriate tree species for planting in suitable locations.  Data collected during the inventory were analyzed using a U.S. Forest Service computer model to calculate carbon sequestration and storage, air quality improvements, energy use reduction, and other environmental functions provided annually by Chico’s street tree population.  As a student at CSU, Chico, Scott earned a M.A. in Geography and a B.S. in Biology.  He is a proud member of the Chico community, is a member of the Streaminders Board of Directors, and is an advisory member of the Bidwell Park and Playground Tree Committee assisting in the development of an Urban Forest Management Plan for the City of Chico.
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  Lauryn Gutowski is a second year at UC Santa Cruz studying Environmental Engineering. She has been with the PowerSave Green Campus Program for two quarters and became a project coordinator this year. Lauryn gained her love of the environment traveling the United States and around Europe when she was young, and she hopes to have a career that will make a sustainable difference around the planet. Lauryn recently became a project coordinator, and is excited to work on projects like the UCSC Green Revolving Loan and creating her own ener gy efficiency projects.
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  Flo Hamilton has worked the Chico gardening community since 1999 starting as a Community Garden Coordinator for thr GRUB Cooperative. In 2000 she accepted a position teaching gardening at Citrus and Rosedale Elementary Schools in the after school enrichment program.
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  Hannah Hepner is the Sustainability and Outreach Coordinator for Chico Natural Foods Cooperative. Hannah has a degree in Forestry and Natural Resources from UC Berkeley, a certificate in Sustainable Landscape Design, and a cache of unique experiences to share. Chico Natural Foods Cooperative is a member-owned, downtown grocery store committed to providing resources along with food, wellness, and body care products to the community. In August of 2011, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative became a member of the Sustainable Food Trade Association, marking a commitment to continually strive to improve sustainability practices and annually report on our performance.
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Ian Harck

Ian Harck is a sales representative at GreenTraks and has been with the company since June 2012. His primary functions are to find new customers and to research sustainable organizations that would benefit from partnering with GreenTraks. Additionally, Ian attends various conferences and industry events on behalf of GreenTraks. Graduating from CSU Chico in Fall 2011, Ian earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, as well as minors in Managing for Sustainability and Management. Ian was a member of S.C.O.O.P. as well as taking classes to earn his LEED AP BD+C.
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Peter Hess

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. serves as Director of Outreach to Religious Communities with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in Oakland, California, helping to promote dialogue at the interface between science and religion, particularly in the areas of evolutionary biology and climate change. Peter earned an M.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), and studies the interaction between science and religion in the modern world (1600-1900). He is co-author of Catholicism and Science (Greenwood Press, 2008), and he is also writing on the religious and ethical implications of the rapidly approaching end of affordable oil. Peter teaches in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, and is a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). An avid rock climber and volcano mountaineer, Peter and his wife Viviane have two sons, Michael and Robert.
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Richie Hirshen

Richard Hirshen (Chef Richie), after 25 years as a professional chef, is in his third year at Sherwood Montessori K-8 Charter School where he runs the Edible Schoolyard 'Cook with the food you grow' program and its offshoots which include agripreneurism (the school holds its own weekly farmers' market), journalism (a second school cookbook is in the works with CSU, Chico interns collaborating) and philanthropy (parties are produced at the school for local kids who have cancer). www.sherwoodmontessori.org
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  Peter Hollingsworth is a retired third-grade school teacher, cycling advocate, long-time gardener and composter. He recently completed a permaculture design course and a Transition Town workshop. He has redesigned his own suburban landscape to produce food, not lawns.
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Eric Houk Dr. Eric Houk earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics from Colorado State University and his primary areas of expertise include Agricultural Production and Natural Resource Economics. Dr. Houk's research primarily focuses upon issues relating to efficient water resource allocation. Some of his past research projects have examined the economic impacts of water transfers from agriculture for endangered species preservation, the economic effects of irrigation induced waterlogging and soil salinization, and the impact of water conservation efforts on residential water demand. Currently, Dr. Houk is working on estimating the third party impacts associated with water transfers from the Sacramento Valley an d the effect that these transfers might have on local aquifer levels. Along with publishing the results of this research in a variety of journal articles, Dr. Houk has made numerous presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.
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John Howlett is a lifelong educator. He has taught history for 20 years, was one of the central visionaries who founded Sherwood Montessori, he set up the school garden and is the Lead Middle School teacher, working closely with Mr. Hirshen in all phases of the school's Garden-Kitchen Program.
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Scott Huber is the Education Coordinator for the Institute for CSU, Chico's Ecological Reserves (part of The Institute for Sustainable Development) and is responsible for developing and managing the Reserve’s Outdoor Classroom Program. This program currently serves over 1,400 students each year. Scott has been involved with outdoor education programs for Altacal Audubon Society, Audubon California, UCSF’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Hooker Oak Elementary School’s Open Structure Program, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.www.csuchico.edu/bccer/
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  Elizabeth Jachens is Junior at CSU, Chico majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She has strong interests in water management, environmental engineering and sustainability, particularly at a global level. She has been a member of Sustainable Engineering and Environmental Health for Development (SEEHD) for three years. She is active in the production and testing of the SEEHD's ceramic water filters and hopes to have the opportunity to travel to Honduras this summer to implement the ceramic filter project.
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Michael Jackson graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1972.  He practices water and environmental law and has represented environmental groups and local government agencies in many state and federal actions, including State Water Resources Control Board hearings on the Bay Delta and many California rivers.  Until early 2003 Mr. Jackson was Water Attorney for the Regional Council of Rural Counties, a coalition of 30 rural California counties.  He is now Special Water Counsel for Plumas County.
Mr. Jackson is a co-founder of the Quincy Library Group, a community collaborative effort designed to balance environmental health and economic recovery in Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra counties.  He has been a lecturer and seminar participant for many American universities and for several private policy foundations on the subjects of natural resources, water, and the environment.
Mr. Jackson is presently General Counsel for both the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and the California Water Impact Network.  In that role, he is preparing the administrative record for expected litigation regarding the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan [BDCP], the State Water Resources Control Board’s new Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan, and the Corps of Engineers’ Delta Plan.  He is a member of the Sierra Club and Plumas Audubon and was active in the formation of the Sierra Nevada Alliance and the Sierra Business Council.  Mr. Jackson is on the Board of Directors of the California Water Impact Network and is a member of the interim steering committee of the Sacramento Valley Environmental Water Caucus.
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  Bret Jensen is the Zero Waste Education Coordinator at CSU, Chico's AS Sustainability Program. The Zero Waste Task Force, in conjunction with AS Sustainability, AS Recycling, and AS Dining Services, focuses on tackling issues that hinder Chico State's Associated Students from reaching their goal of zero waste by 2015.
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Greg Kallio is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU, Chico, where he has been a faculty member since 1988. He primarily teaches undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, energy systems, and air pollution control. He has conducted research in building energy efficiency with the goal of designing zero-energy homes for the North State region. He is also developing solar energy and engine labs for the Mechanical Engineering curriculum.
Dr. Kallio received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 1987. He also holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University and a B.S degree in Engineering Physics from Oregon State University. Dr. Kallio has held engineering positions at General Electric Company in Schenectady, NY, Berkeley Nuclear Laboratory in England, and Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa, CA. See Friday Schedule

 

Michael Kane Michael Kane has served for the last six years as the Associate Dean of Sciences & Mathematics at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. His educational background includes degrees in Secondary Education, Biology and Applied Ecology and he has worked in both education, and in the private sector doing international sustainable development work. He is one of the founders, and serves as the Director of Sierra College's Energy Program and is a leader in the sustainability movement at the college. He is the founder and coordinator of the Sierra College Sustainability Forum. Mr. Kane is most recently the founder and President of the Community College Sustainability Collaborative.
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  Bernard Keister is a Senior Commissioning and Controls Engineer for Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers. His 20-plus years in the construction industry have been spent in the field to design, install, and train building owners on the optimal use of their Building Automation and Mechanical Systems; and most recently as a Commissioning Authority to manage quality control issues from design through construction. Bernard has been a speaker at the National Conference on Building Commissioning in 2009, 2010, and 2011, This Way to Sustainability V,VI and VII, the Association for Facilities Engineering in San Francisco, and the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Symposium on Commissioning in Washington DC. He has been an instructor at the Sa cramento Municipal Utility District's Energy and Technology Center and been part of a US Green Building Council's Northern California Chapter Panel Presentation on Commissioning.
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Chris Kerston Chris Kerston has worked for the University of California, various cattle ranches, and other farms. Since 2007 he has been part of the Chaffin Family Orchards team and is the Director of Marketing and one of the three farming partners. He speaks all over the West Coast to both farmer and consumer groups about alternative farming models. He's been on the forefront of the collaborative process with state and federal regulators getting them to recognize alternative ecological agricultural models and the consumer's right to healthy local foods. He's also been recognized as a leader in the emerging agri-tourism/farmstay market. For more information about the farm visit: www.ChaffinFamilyOrchards.com
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Kevin Killion Kevin Killion was born and raised in the fertile soil of Chico, California. After realizing that his privilege and luxuries came at the expense and exploitation of others, dramatic changes on a personal and world level followed. After finding the (CSSC) California Student Sustainability Coalition Kevin and his sustainability group at Butte College learned to integrate leadership, organization, and solidarity practices and techniques into their strategies and tactics for change. Now it is the passion and drive of Kevin to spread this message of personal and organizational empowerment through joining common visions and goals with related and diverse organizations. May we learn and share together, hope to see you there.
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Morgan King Morgan King is the Sustainability & Waste Coordinator for Humboldt State University, where he facilitates the infusion of sustainability in campus operations and the experiential learning of students. Morgan holds a Master of Social Science in Environment and Community from Humboldt State University and a B.A. in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. He is a certified Building Analyst and Building Envelope Professional and has worked as an energy auditor and trainer, sustainability curriculum developer, and Peace Corps Nepal volunteer.
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Fred Klammt is a teacher and electrical engineer specializing i integrated renewable energy within Eco Villages. He is passionate about energy permaculture, community micro grids, green chemistry, and Cradle to Cradle design. Fred was the CEO of Aptek Associates for 30 years, where he worked with Fortune 100 companies as an engineering consultant. He has also worked with Engineers Without Borders, Fahd, and ESW. Fred now works at CSU, Sacramento and in Europe as a university instructor. Fred also designed and bulit a 100% closed-loop, no-op cost, energy-plus home in which he now lives. See Thursday Schedule

 

  Ali Knight is a Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) educator, a member of the Mechoopda Tribe, and is contracted with Kids and Creeks to teach the Native American station.
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Chuck Knutson is the chair of the Motherlode Chapter's Committee for a Sustainable World Population, Sierra Club.  He has a BA in environmental biology from UC Santa Barbara and an MS in fisheries biology from Humboldt State University.  Chuck was  a California Dept. of Fish and game marine and fisheries biologist for 34 years, retiring in 2006.  He also was a Peace Corps Volunteer in India from1969-71, where he was a high school science teacher trainer.  Chuck currently volunteers on the conservation committees of both the Sierra Club  and the California-Nevada Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and believes strongly that world overpopulation and over-consumption of the world’s natural resources are the root causes of our current environmental problems.
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  Gaia Creations is a local small business of 12 years, owned and operated by Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper. Since 2000 Gaia Creations has provided the local community with ecological landscape and permaculture services including consulting, design, installation and routine management. Gaia Creations offers a permaculture approach to land care which provides design strategies and solutions for living in tune with natural ecosystems while providing for the needs and prosperity of human communities. Gaia Creations company vision is to create a living balance within urban landscapes and rural properties, to regenerate human and natural habitats and ensure abundance for future generations. www.gaiacreationsecoland.com/
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Danielle Lauber is a Program Associate on the Education Team and began working for the PowerSave Green Campus Program in June 2011. She serves as the campus lead for the UC Berkeley, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSU San Bernardino PowerSave Campus teams, training and supervising the student interns that implement energy efficiency projects on their campuses.
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Amanda Leonis

Amanda Leonis is a fifth year student at Chico State pursuing a Business Administration Major with an option in marketing and a minor in managing for sustainability. This is her fifth semester working with S.C.O.O.P. (Sustainable Consultation of Office Practices) and she is currently Co-Director along side James Engelking. SCOOP is a student-run organization within the Institute for Sustainable Development working with different offices on campus at CSU, Chico. We provide sustainable consultations to offices to educate and implement techniques to save energy and money. The process includes an office walk-through followed by energy and money saving recommendations for the office. SCOOP provides benefits to all involved-- students, faculty, and staff, with a goal of a saving energy, money, and promoting a greener bottom line.
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Melody Leppard Melody Leppard was born and raised in the nourishing community of Chico, CA. Her journey as an engaged social, economic, and environmental justice activist started when she became a facilitator at the largest grassroots organization training in the world, Powershift. From there she and her activist partners took the knowledge they gained at the training to their Butte College chapter of the California Student Sustainability Coalition, which completely restructured the way the coalition operated. They moved from the old paradigm model of hierarchical leadership into a new paradigm model of snowflake leadership where everyone involved is equally a leader. Melody earned her Sustainability Studies Certificate in 2012 at Butte College. She was one of three co-coordinators for the California Student Sustainability Coalition's Convergence in Fall 2012. She also works as an office/program assistant at the Associated Student's Sustainability Resource Center at Butte College. 
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  Brietta Linney is a senior at Humboldt State University studying env ironmental policy. She joined the PowerSave Green Campus team in Fall of 2010. She helped plan numerous outreach events throughout her time with the program including energy reduction competitions, green workforce events, and energy/water awareness and behavior change campaigns.
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Kim Lovell

Kim Lovell, Program Director for the Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program, works with environmentalists and youth leaders nationwide to mobilize around the intersections of family planning, climate change, and sustainability. Kim has been involved with reproductive & environmental justice movements in the US and abroad, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science and Gender & Health.
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Luann Manss

Luann Manss is a Recreation Administration major and recent graduate of CSU, Chico. She grew up in the bay area and moved to Chico for school. She fell in love with the town and is happy to call Chico her home. As a student she was active in campus life including serving as the Associated Students Commissioner of Environmental Affairs, the assistant for the CSU, Chico Campus Conservation Committee, a member of Sustainable Consultation of Office Practices (SCOOP), SEEHD, and a member of the This Way to Sustainability Planning Committee. Currently she spends her time volunteering in the community with the Butte Environmental Council and other organizations. She enjoys gardening, sewing, riding her bike, going to farmers markets, and hiking. She plans to become a teacher and teach socialogy and environmental education.
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Russell Marsan After 20 years as an industry top producer and National Sales Manager for a Fortune 300 company, Russell Marsan left the big corporate world to head for "greener" pastures. Over the years Russell has hired, trained and helped to launch numerous people into successful long-term careers. Because of his green upbringing and his corporate background, Russell possesses the unique bilingual ability as a translator between the two languages: corporate-speak & green-speak. Mr. Marsan is also an accomplished, award-winning public speaker and has travelled throughout the United States giving over 1,000 seminars and lectures on numerous topics. His distinguished and humorous speaking style helps to make any topic lively and entertaining! www.greentraks.com
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  Susie McAllister is a CARD (Chico Area Recreation & Parks District) employee,working as a garden teacher at McManus Elementary School for the second year. Susie also teaches yoga as an enrichment opportunity with the after school program through CARD. Susie is also a member of Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies (GRUB). 
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  Emily Moloney is currently a student at Humboldt State University studying Environmental Protection and Management. Previously, she worked with the Butte Community College chapter of the California Student Sustainability Coalition to promote student led sustainability initiatives. She now works with the Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) as the Zero Waste Co Director, helping organizations, clubs and various groups make their events as zero waste as possible. She is also certifying qualifying events under a Green Event Certification.
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Richard McDonald

Dr. Richard McDonald, Ph.D.. is a retired research physicist from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His scientific work included various aspects of experimental atomic and nuclear physics, both basic and applied, along with a stint in neutrino physics. His involvement with resource issues started with investments in metals and energy and go back two decades. His B.S. from the University of San Francisco included extensive studies of philosophy and theology, which he applies to his resource interests in both writing and speaking. He is currently seeking answers to the future of oil production and the accuracy of oil reserves. Dr. McDonald is married with two grown sons.
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MESA Program Interns at Butte College - MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievements) Interns

Six MESA students are currently participating as interns in an innovative and award winning project on the Butte College Campus: Rice Hulls as Alternative Building (RHAB). The RHAB interns are in the process of fulfilling the requirements of an EPA - P3 Phase II Award. They met weekly to participate in research, evaluation of findings, product development, and leadership training. They are supervised, trained, and guided by Stephen Feher, Executive Director, Sustainable Community Development Institute, John Dahlgren and David Anderson, Butte College Faculty, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. In addition, the interns project receives support from Lundberg Family Farms. The MESA Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering.
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Seven MESA students are currently participating as interns in an innovative project on the Butte College Campus: Rice-hulls as Energy Generation (REGen) Project. The project outcomes were tri-fold: conduct research, develop research presentation skills and team leadership. The MESA students participated in one of two teams: Gasification and Biochar. The REGen interns met formally twice a week to discuss updates and participate in research, evaluation of findings, and leadership training. Interns collaborated with Butte College faculty members from the Drafting and Engineering, as well as, Lundberg Family Farms and All Power Labs, Berkeley, CA. The REGen Interns are supervised, trained and guided by Stephen Feher, Executive Director, Sustainable Community Development Institute, John Dahlgren and David Anderson, Butte Colleg e Faculty, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. The MESA Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering, geology, and international agricultural development.
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Seven MESA students are currently participating as interns in an innovative project on the Butte College Campus: Biofiltration Wetland Education Learning Laboratory (BWELL) Project. The project outcomes were tri-fold: conduct research, develop research presentation skills and team leadership. The MESA students participated in one of three teams: Engineers, Chemistry or Biology. The BWELL Interns met formally twice a week to discuss updates and participate in research and leadership training. Interns also initiated regular meetings with their respective teams to conduct research and evaluate findings. Interns collaborated with faculty members from the Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Heavy Equipment and Horticulture Departments as well as, Butte County and City of Chico Engineers. The BWELL Interns were supervised, trained and guided by Butte College Biology Faculty Dr. Michael Williams and Katya Yarosevich, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. The MESA Interns presenting are focuse d on career paths in engineering, chemistry or biology.
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  Jeremy Miller holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from Antioch University New England, and is a credentialed High School Biology Teacher. He has been an educator since 1994 and has served as an outdoor educator, curriculum designer, and lead teacher at outdoor science schools in Colorado, California, Oregon, New York and Switzerland. Jeremy enjoys gardening, backpacking, ultimate Frisbee, and singing nonsense songs to his two daughters, Zia and Tali. He is currently the Program Director of Kids and Creeks.
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For the past six years, Kristina Miller has been employed with Tehama County first as a Recycling Coordinator, then as a Solid Waste Program Manager, and for the last three years as the Landfill Agency Manager. Over the past six years Tehama County developed numerous recycling programs including a curbside Alkaline Battery Recycling Program, Fluorescent Light Recycling Campaign, Medical Waste Sharps collection program, Retail Latex Paint Recycling program, mattress recycling program, hazardous products reuse program, and is working to develop a carpet recycling program. Kristina is passionate about her work and believes coordination is key to success. Kristina Miller earned a master's degree in Environmental Geography and a bachelor's degree in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Education from California State University, Chico. www.tehamacountylandfill.com
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Stephen Miller As Deputy Director for Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI)Stephen Miller broadly supports the organization's programs and service offerings. Stephen’s area of expertise is in the implementation of sustainability project and education initiatives in higher education.  Stephen implements SEI’s Green Demonstration Program and serves on a California-wide implementation team for the Alliance to Save Energy's Power Save Green Campus Program.  In addition, Stephen heads up SEI's consulting efforts on solar and other renewable energy options with municipal agencies, with recent engagements that include the planning and launch of the DOE funded Southwest Solar Transformation Initiative (SSTI).  For SSTI he co-wrote and managed a $850,000 grant to lead implementation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge across the broadest (geographically) of 22 teams funded across the country.  He recruited and led over 40 municipal partners across 4 southwestern states through a solar power roadmap process to identify and realize each jurisdiction’s market potential for rooftop solar power.  He also managed a faculty/ student team out of University of Las Vegas to research and analyze solar-related policy and standards across the region.  www.seiinc.org
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Adam Moes Adam Moes discovered Buddhist philosophy while attending San Francisco State University in the early '80's and never turned back. Over the years he has had the great good fortune to study with some of the greatest living Buddhist masters. Including teachings and empowerments with H.H The Dalai Lama. His undergraduate degree is in Psyshology. He lived and studied in India for a year. He is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and has been in private practice for ten years. Adam was one of the founding members of Sky Creek Dharma Center, a multi-denominational place for practice here in Chico, and still serves on its board of directors.
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Abbas Mohamad Abbas Mohamed is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While attending UCSC, he worked for the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program, as well as a variety of other on-campus sustainability organizations to increase student awareness of sustainable actions on campus, as well as introducing measurable energy and water savings. Since graduating, Abbas has kept his passion in sustainability alive by helping keep bees locally, extract honey, and make honeybee-related products at Dominique Honeybees in the East Bay Area.
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  Bri Mulvey is currently studying biology with a focus in ecology at CSU, Chico. She enjoys working in gardens and teaching community members about the natural cycles of the Earth.
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Julia Murphy received her BA from Chico State in 2009 in the Interdisciplinary Studies/Special Major program (Environmental Policy & Administration). She currently works at the Butte Environmental Council as an Education/Outreach and Administrative Assistant, and assisted with project scoping and data collection in the recent south Oroville dioxin egg studies.
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  Matt Navarro is a pre-credential history student at CSU, Chico. He is currently working for Associated Students to educate fellow students and community members about the benefits and importance of composting.
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  Valerie Navarro brings 30 years experience in marketing, sales, manufacturing and industrial design, specifically in the areas of building materials, sustainability, agriculture and outdoor markets. 20 years of extensive experience in the building industry including CEO/Principal of Fine Doors by Feather River a luxury door manufacturer and lifestyle brand. Created noted design collaborations with Sunset Magazine, Tournament Players Clubs and the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation. Fine Doors was sought out for its innovative blend of engineered product design and early adoption of sustainable manufacturing practices. Valerie has maintained long standing consulting relationships with various building materials manufacturers, developers, utilities and lumber concerns.
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  Vickie Newlin began her career in water and resource management in 1997, working for the Butte County Water Division under the Agricultural Commissioner. In 1999, the Water Division evolved into the Department of Water and Resource Conservation and Vickie currently serves as the Assistant Director of the department. During the course of her career with Butte County, she was under contract with the California Bay Delta Authority for two and a half years as a regional coordinator for the Sacramento Valley. Prior to her involvement in natural resource management, she worked in a variety of both public and private sector management positions. She earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Public Administration from California State University, Chico, as well as a Paralegal Certificate. She also recently completed a Land Use and Environmental Planning certification program through UC Davis. She and her husband Mike have three grown children, and make their home in Chico.
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Yesenia Ortiz Yesenia Ortiz is a fourth year student majoring in Environmental Health and minoring in Health Promotion. Yesenia joined Net Impact in the Spring of 2011 as an intern for the Bike Sharing Project. She is currently the Vice President for Net Impact at Chico State and is responsible for maintaining relations and communicating roles and responsibilities to all members of the Leadership Team. Since her first semester at Chico State, Yesenia has diligently contributed countless hours networking with a variety of local companies, non-profit organizations, coordinating respected and well-known events, and interning with campus environmental groups to enhance her knowledge in sustainability and business skills. Her expertise consist of a strong professional networking connection, group management, communication skills, analytical skills, event planning, and interpersonal abilities. With Yesenia's diverse skills, she aspires to independently run a medical clinic in Mexico and obtain a MBA in Entrepreneurship or Project Management.
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Paul Palmer Paul Palmer earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Yale University in 1966. He then founded and directed Zero Waste Systems Inc., the only broad spectrum chemical reuse company in the world, then or since and the first public use ever of the term "Zero Waste". ZWS found new uses for all of the chemicals excessed (discarded) by Silicon Valley and other Bay Area institutions. He is director of the Zero Waste Institute, on the web at www.zerowasteinstitute.org. He is the author of Getting To Zero Waste (2004) in which he reports on the social, political and conceptual problems of the theory of Zero Waste and points to future developments.
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Shanon J. Payne is a credentialed elementary school teacher who brings her teaching talent and amazing organizational skills to the After School program at Rosedale Elementary School in Chico,California.
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Celina Phillips

Dr. Celina Phillips has been a professor of animal science in the College of Agriculture at CSU, Chico since 2005.  She is responsible for the sheep and goat units at the University Farm.  Her research interests center on forage utilization by ruminants.  She is active with California Woolgrower’s Association and serves as a co-chair of the Producer Education and Research Committee.
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Karen Gaia Pitts Karen Gaia Pitts has been publisher and editor of Overpopulation.org since 1997 and saw population reach 6 billion in 1999 and 7 billion in 2011, and expects to see 8 billion in 2023. Karen is a world traveler and has observed in many countries people outgrowing their farmland , their water supply, and their fuel supply. She has travelled to Bangladesh to witness its successful Green Umbrella family planning and reproductive health program. From 2000-2004 she was a member of the Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program Committee. In addition to her web page, Karen is also active in fostering grassroots advocacy for population, family planning, and reproductive health.
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  Chauncey Quam has been living in the Chico area for the past five years, majoring in Environmental Biology. She has always been extremely interested in environmental restoration and persuing this in any of her career endeavors. This past year she and Naiya Sullivan started Symbiotic Solutions, an organization focusing on removing man-made contaminants from soils and waterways using biological organisms. They are currently studying the ability of mushroom mycelium to bioremediate contaminated parking lot water run-off.
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Hilary Queen Hilary Queen is a Communication Design major with an option in Media Arts. She recently rejoined the team after returning from a semester in Praha, Czech Republic. She has been involved with PowerSave Green Campus since December 2010. Originally from Somis, in Ventura County, she now spends the majority of her time in Chico and exploring surrounding areas. She specializes in academic infusion, outreach, and treasurer duties for the team.
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Ed Quevedo

Edward Quevedo is the Interim Dean of the Faculty at Presidio Graduate School, and Director of Presidio's Center for Professional Development.  He joined the Faculty at Presidio in January 2011, to teach the MBA Program Capstone Social Entrepreneurship Course.  He was appointed Interim Dean in October 2011.  In addition to his other duties at Presidio, Ed teaches the Masters of Public Administration Capstone Policy Innovation Course, and the elective course in International Entrepreneurship.  Ed also occasionally contributes to the work of the international consulting and advising firm REOS Partners. www.presidioedu.org/
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Rick Robins Rick Robins is a resident of Nevada County California and a member of the Main Street Forum NC team/working group. His professional background encompasses decades (enough to make my hair start to go grey) of sales, marketing and management experience here and overseas, most recently in the photovoltaic solar installation industry. My perspective on economics and politics is shaped by that experience and also by living and working in Latin America for an extensive period and observing all the different shapes politics and economics took on in different countries over those years. As a result, I tend to find that the best approaches to issues are to work from the bottom up. If we make decisions that benefit the most people, whether it is employees, customers or citizens, ultimately, the results benefit everyone: companies (and their investors), communities, nations and the world as a whole.
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Noah Rodriguez Noah Rodriguez is in his final year as a graduate student at California State University, Chico working on his Master's degree in Geography with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Planning. Hydraulic fracturing and its impact is the subject of his master's thesis.
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  Richard H. Roth is the Founder and Executive Director of CCHAOS, a 501(c)3 Charitable organization addressing healthy lifestyle promotion, especially as it relates to field to fork direct delivery systems, with emphasis on Certified Farmers Markets.
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  Brionne Saseen has been working with Lundberg Family Farms as the Environmental Coordinator since February 2011. In her time with the company, she has been managing the sustainability metrics for the business and working toward improving the overall environmental impact of the Richvale based facility. She holds an interdisciplinary degree in Human Rights & Environmental Advocacy from California State University at Chico. Prior to her commitment to Lundberg Family Farms, Brionne was heavily involved in several sustainability programs at CSU, Chico that helped guide and develop her interests in sustainability and environmental stewardship.
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SCOOP Logo SCOOP (Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices) 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 under the direction of The Institute for Sustainable Development. www.csuchico.edu/scoop/.
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SEEHD, in partnership with developing communities, provides economical engineering and sustainable environmental health solutions in the areas of water supply, sanitation, energy, and shelter. SEEHD offers students, from all disciplines of engineering and environmental health, the opportunity to work together on international projects. These projects provide students with exposure to other cultures, insights into sustainable engineering design, and an opportunity to improve public health. Working on projects abroad enables students to develop into internationally-responsible professionals who are able to collaborate with different cultures in order to develop sustainable and sanitary solutions within the means of the community's available resources.
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Sherri Scott Sherri Scott has been gardening with different aged children over the last 6 years through volunteer work and various grants.  As a "nature junkie", it was her dream to be able to work with children in the garden, teaching about growing,harvesting and eating healthy food as well as being able to explore all facets of nature using gardening as the gateway.  She got to see her dream realized when early in the life of GRUB (Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies), a local organization that she has been deeply involved with, was approached to do just that.  Currently she is an after-school garden teacher with CARD at Chapman Elementary's garden at Dorothy Johnson Center, school tour farm host at GRUB's farm, pre-school garden teacher at CCCC, and science tutor with a home-schooler though CORE.
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  Mike Sharma has been in the building trade for many years, focusing primarily on owner builder projects.  His interest in alternative energy is in direct correlation to his desire to create and live a simpler life. Mike’s work with GRID Alternatives helps to broaden solar energy's access and acceptance and fits well with his philosophies. Mike loves working with his hands and learning, and guiding others as well.
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  Bryan Shaw has been the Produce Manager at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative for five years and is an enthusiast for organic and locally grown food. He has adhered to the philosophy of supporting local food systems and the local economy by reaching out to as many northern valley food growers as possible. During this time he has gained valuable insight into the world of small-scale subsistence farming, organic food certification and sustainably grown food. www.chiconatural.com
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Courtney Silver

Courtney Silver is the Assistant Sustainability Coordinator for Associated Students at CSU, Chico. Courtney is currently pursing a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with an option in Ecology and emphasis in Entomology and Zoology. When she isn't in the lab, she is doing her job as the Assistant Sustainability Coordinator. Besides science, Courtney has always had a knack for event planning. Through her job with the AS, The Green Events Consulting Team was born. With this team she is able to help the environment that she loves and studies, by helping event coordinators on campus implement sustainable practices. She is truly honored to be back presenting at this year's This Way to Sustainability.
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  Rich Silver is an award winning educator who has spent over thirty years investigating the mysteries of nature and human potential. Living in the northern Sierra Nevada, he is a practicing Eco-Therapist and Eco-Educator, and is the founder and director of the nature-based wisdom school, University of Earth. During his twenty-eight year career as a California State Park Ranger he developed many programs both within and outside of State Parks. With a lifelong dedication to healing the human-nature relationship and promoting the rights of nature he co-founded "The Endangered Species Faire" in Chico in 1979. His "The Many Voices of the American River" an Eco-Education training program for guides and teachers gained national recognition. Rich holds a Bachelor's degree in a special major Mind and Nature, a Master's in Counseling and Educational Psychology, and is ABD (All But Dissertation), having completed all course work for a PhD in Applied Ecopsychology.
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Sophia Somers Sophia Somers is an intern working with Courtney Silver and a member of the Green Events Consulting Team.  Sophia is in her third year at Chico State, working towards a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science with an option in Energy and Earth Resources and a minor in Spanish. She attended the This Way to Sustainability Conference last year and was inspired to take part in this growing sustainable movement. This is her first semester working with AS Sustainability and hosting a workshop at this conference.
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Adrienne Spitzer Adrienne Spitzer is a Senior at Humboldt State University and will be graduating in May 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science. She has been working for the PowerSave Green Campus Program (PSGC) since January 2009 and is currently the Team Manager at HSU. She has worked on many outreach projects during her time with PSGC including Water Awareness Month, Campus Conservation Nationals, Speaker Panels, and Energy Awareness Month. After graduation Adrienne hopes to join the Peace Corps, working on forest restoration in South America.
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Mark Stemen

Mark Stemen is the Chair of the Board of the Butte Environmental Council, as well as a professor of Geography and Planning at CSU, Chico, where he teaches environmental courses in sustainability and civic engagement. Known to his students as "Dr. Mark," he is well recognized on the campus for his inspiring work with students and the community on issues of sustainability. Under his direction, students completed a campus sustainability assessment, as well as greenhouse gas inventories for CSU, Chico, Butte Community College, and the City of Chico. Currently, he and his students are developing a ten-acre agricultural park and community garden for the City of Chico. In 2008, Stemen was named Sustainability Champion at the Seventh Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, and he is one of the co-founders of the This Way to Sustainability Conference.
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  Naiya Sullivan is currently studying Geology (with an emphasis in Hydrology) and Fine Arts at Butte College in Oroville, CA. She first became interested in the science of mycorestoration during her fall 2011 semester after watching Paul Stamet's Ted Talk, "Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World." Since then, she has been working with her friend Chauncey Quam, and other interested students at Butte to develop local mycorestoration projects and teach the public about the amazing restorative abilities of fungi. In her spare time she frequently explores the outdoors and immerses herself in a myriad of art projects.
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  Aimee Sunseri is the Winemaker at New Clairvaux Vineyard in Vina, CA. Aimee and the brothers at the Abbey of New Clairvaux literally turn water into wine.
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Nolan Tatro Nolan Tatro is a 4th year, majoring in Business Entrepreneurship and minoring in Managing for Sustainability. He is from Paso Robles, CA, a small town by San Luis Obispo. He has been with Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) on and off since Spring 2010. He studied abroad in Costa Rica his sophomore year, and that has definitely been one of his biggest highlights of his college career. He has been a die-hard Giants and Niners fan his entire life. Champions 2012!!! He loves getting outdoors and exploring nature either on his mountain bike or hiking, and loves being a part of sustainability at Chico State.
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  Mojohito Richerson von Tchudi is a practicing herbalist and natural health educator with his wife Heatherlee and their company Grass Roots Vitality. He is steeped in the traditional healing systems of Asia and the West under the guidance of modern masters such as Paul Pitchford, David Crow, and Michael Tierra. He is actively involved in the Medicine Crow community, and is currently working on a documentary movie on the grassroots healthcare revolution.
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  Susan Tchudi founded Turkey Tail Farm with her family four years ago. Two years ago, she began growing herbs and with her herbalist son, Mojohito Richerson von Tchudi, and began creating culinary and medicinal herbal products for their quarterly herb CSA--Everything Herbal.
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Jenka Terentieva

Eugenia "Jenka" Terentieva's “life of solar” began as she and her husband started their construction and solar company in 2008. Lucky relocation to Chico, CA introduced her to GRID Alternatives, where she together with other bright staff members helped to bring North Valley office up. She started out as committed volunteer solar installer, became a Team Leader, leads Women’s Build and assists with event planning, development needs, fand undraising while trying to come out to almost every install.
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Hilary Tricerri Hilary Tricerri received her B.A. in Political Science. Following her studies, Ms. Tricerri worked in Washington, DC with International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. After her time at IJM, Ms. Tricerri moved to Guatemala to partner with local friends to help provide clothing, education, food and medical care for the poor. Ms. Tricerri eventually returned to Washington, DC in nonprofit management, focusing on leadership and community development. She currently serves as an advisor to nonprofits in Central and South America. Since 2010, Ms. Tricerri has partnered with Shaklee Corporation, a pioneer in the green business movement and the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S., to raise awareness about the health and environmental challenges facing the United States. Ms. Tricerri and her family currently reside in Chico, California.
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Veggie Voyagers
Chris Nelson and Michael Pike
are retired nurses who have traveled for the past five years using only Straight Vegetable Oil as fuel. In the Summer of 2012 Chris and Michael traveled from British Columbia through the Yukon and descended through western Alberta on Veggie Oil taking in the beauty and controversies current to Canada's energy policies. Join their blogspot at www.veggievoyagers.blogspot.com
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Barbara Vlamis is the Executive Director for AquAlliance and has a notable 21 year career in environmental protection. Past accomplishments include the designation of over 900,000 acres of vernal pool critical habitat for 15 species, the creation of the Recovery Plan for Vernal Pool Ecosystems in California and Southern Oregon, the defeat of a proposed gravel mine and batch plant project in the Sacramento River flood plain, and impeding the use of ground water in water transfers from the northern Sacramento Valley. Successful litigation recently completed includes CEQA challenges to the 2009 Drought Water Bank and the Butte County Tuscan Aquifer Monitoring, Recharge and Data Management Project, and a NEPA challenge to the 2010/2011 water Transfer Program. She has also produced three successful vernal pool conferences and a water conference. She has a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphases in cultural anthropology, geography, and language extinction.
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Inna Volynskaya

Inna Volynskaya is a candidate for the MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School, graduating in June 2013. She leads the Presidio Net Impact chapter and Sustainable Food Club. Inna has an operations background with Lagunitas Brewery Company and Community Grains. She is passionate about leveraging social capital to create thriving companies.
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  Rick Wade is a Civil Engineering student and member of SEEHD in his third year at CSU, Chico. He is interested in the field of water resources and delivering clean water to people. He finds being involved in an orgainzation that aims to help people with the most basic neccesities to be very rewarding. He also enjoys spending time hiking, mountain biking, and shooting.
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  Kelly Womack is a junior at CSU, Chico, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing. She aspires to encourage developing countries to adopt sustainable habits. She plans to join the Peace Corps after graduating from CSU, Chico, to obtain a master's degree with a focus of sustainability and solar power. She is a member of SEEHD and hopes to travel to Honduras to implement the ceramic water filters they have designed and created.
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XTreme Mediation Group
X-Treme Peer Mediation Program Student Faciliators are students from Chico High School, who are making efforts to reduce conflict and violence.  The students mediate conflicts and provide training in anti-mean girls, anti-bullying and anti-gang involvement to elementary and junior high schools in the Chico Unified School District. Mike Carroll is the advisor for this group and will facilitate this discussion. Students include Jonathan Dillanes, Anais Alexich-Duran, Kaci Spooner, Kelsey Reed, and co-advisor Cameron Kovacs, Chico High School Resource Office and Chico Police Department liason.
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Michelle Yezbick is the founding Director of Sherwood Montessori. She was brought to Chico to bring her evolved Montessorian background, values and teaching techniques to the school. She embraces Erdkinder (Children of the Earth, a Montessorian teaching paradigm) values and brought Chef Richie to the school specifically to have an evolved Edible Schoolyard.
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Kristin York Kristin York is an Adjunct Professor at Presidio Graduate School and a Change Strategist for Cutting Edge Capital where she focuses on sustainable solutions for the impact economy. Kristin is currently working with the California Air Resources Board on the new Cap and Trade system and with a coalition of non-profits to design a sustainable food system for the Bay Area agricultural value chain. She works with clients to embed best practice models and harness value through the change process. Focused on the experiential dimension of sustainability, she is a creative problem solver and natural team builder with an innate ability to bridge communication gaps. With over 20 years experience in finance, operations and strategy, Kristin's unique perspective brings a holistic systems approach to both the classroom and client situations. She is passionately committed to channeling her life's work into inspiring sustainable culture in both the public and private sector.
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  Sean Young is a senior, graduating in December with a degree in Environmental Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. He joined SCOOP (Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices) because of his desire to see sustainability being applied on campus. He enjoys working with the SCOOP team to help educate offices on campus about sustainable practices and see the real savings that can occur from these practices being implemented. When he is not working on SCOOP tasks, he can be found making pottery on campus, hiking or biking around Chico, or watching the 49ers or Giants games.
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