Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII
Thursday, March 7, 2013 Schedule of Events

Thursday Schedule Friday Schedule
KEYNOTE Presentations Conference Speakers
Accommodations Getting to Chico

Conference check-in and sessions will be held in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) building on 2nd Street:

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!)

9:00-9:50 Concurrent Sessions
10:00-10:50 Concurrent Sessions
10:00-10:50 Featured Speaker: Heather Cooley
11:00-11:50 Concurrent Sessions
12:00-12:50 LUNCH on your own
1:00-1:50 Concurrent Sessions
2:00-2:50 Concurrent Sessions
3:00-3:30 Featured Film: A Drop of Life
3:30-5:00 KEYNOTE: Shalini Kantayya

Let's Talk About Water - Open Forum

6:00-9:00 Welcome Reception

Thursday 9:00-9:50 am

food iconBMU 204 - 9:00-9:50
Riding the Grizzly: Proposal for an Agrarian Boot Camp

Richard H. Roth, CCHAOS
This project proposed the implementation of an Ag Tourism based "boot camp" experience for new and beginning farmers/ranchers. Groups of up to 35 will start in Redding and bike or kayak down the Sacramento River Valley visiting hundreds of farms and ranches along the way, using Grange Halls as base camps, and getting intensive hands-on experience learning opportunities in a variety of food based rural learning and social experiences. This presentation, panel, and discussion will sketch out a map of how this project has developed and where it is going.

education iconBMU 209 - 9:00-9:50
Education for a Sustainable Future Advice to Students and Educators: What you need to learn and what we need to teach to create a sustainable future

Stephen I. Feher, Sustainable Community Development Institute
The presentation outlines the educational challenge to achieving a sustainable future. It reviews the many definitions and meanings of "sustainability" and points out that in the basic sense of the word means the ability to survive. If we have learned anything from natural and human history, we have learned that the survivors are those who can adopt to the changes in their environment: physical, economic and social. Adoptability is the key to a sustainable future for all of us. The most important prerequisite is to recognize change which is the only certainty in our world. We are fortunate that we have better tools then ever to understand those changes and to adopt them. We can't hope to remain the leader of the world if we don't learn and care more about the rest of the world. We need to learn from kindergarten through college/university and beyond, in fact, throughout our entire lives to think and interact globally with the entire world, which is the environment we live in.

energy water iconBMU 210 - 9:00-9:50
Water in Northern California: Past and present

Jesse Dizard, CSU, Chico Anthropology
The age of the bottom line has obscured many things, especially the perception of abundance that fuels confidence in industrial production. What are the cultural perceptions of plenty that have contributed to contemporary conceptions of plenitude and opportunity when it comes to water in Northern California? How accurate are they? How confident can we be of future stability in the face of large scale water transfer plans? This presentation offers some suggestions for implementing the precautionary principle when planning for sustainable communities and economies here in Northern California.

education iconBMU 211 - 9:00-9:50
Innovative Educational Methods: Using the Design Studio and Laboratory Model to Spark Disruptive Innovation in Undergraduate and Graduate Students Studying Sustainable Development

Edward Quevedo and Ryan Cabinte, Presidio Graduate School
This panel discussion will introduce attendees to radical innovation in teaching methods, which dispense with traditional classroom and broadcast teaching by experts. These new models reflect the laboratory and design studio frameworks. The discussion will demonstrate that methods as simple as changing class room configuration, as modest as outlawing powerpoint and keynote, and as progressive as having students create and lead open ended teaching sessions can inspire new learning and promote powerful innovation for student, professor, and communities alike.

business iconBMU 303 - 9:00-9:50
Planning A Green Event Is Easier Then You Think! Let The Green Events Consulting Team Show You How

Courtney Silver and Sophia Somers, AS Sustainability Program at CSU, Chico
Everyone loves a good music festival, fundraiser, work-party, or conference. But what we don't love is all the waste generated from these events. The Green Events Consulting Team is here to help you fix this problem. We work with event planners and "green" the most wasteful parts of events. The areas that we assist in can be working with the vendors to ensure that sustainable practices are being used as well as sustainable materials, we also help with advertising by using sustainable printing methods and digital media, as well as organizing recycling and compost bins. This workshop will give you the knowledge on how to successfully green your events. We will go through the step by step process that we use with our clients to ensure that the next event you put on is as green as possible.

energy water iconBMU 304 - 9:00-9:50
Community Micro Grids 2

Fred Klammt, Winsol
This presentation focuses on how communities are establishing their own decentralized energy micro grids. It builds on last year's basic community micro grid presentation and expands into various micro grid business models and case studies (focusing on Europe) along with leading edge practices. We'll review over 10 renewable technologies and controls/reliability integration along with an integrated renewable energy selection matrix and microgrid database. An interactive discussion focusing on community action oriented steps follows the presentation.

speakers corner iconBMU 312 - 9:00-9:50
Sustainable Solutions for Developing Communities

Luann Manss, Elizabeth Jachens, Max Ankeney, Rick Wade, and Kelly Womack, SEEHD at CSU, Chico
This presentation will focus on the work of the student organization, Sustainable Engineering and Environmental Health for Development (SEEHD). SEEHD partners with developing communities to provide sustainable solutions in the areas of water supply, sanitation, energy, and shelter, within the means of the community's available resources.

lifestyle iconBMU 314 - 9:00-9:50
The Real Dirt on Clean

Hilary Tricerri, Shaklee Corporation
There have been 81,000 chemicals registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the past 30 years, and fewer than 20% have been tested for toxicity. The EPA estimates that we spend 90% of our time indoors AND it reports that air pollution is up to five times higher inside than outside. When it comes to health, what you put around your body is just as important as what you put in your body. In light of these realities, how do we create non-toxic environments in our work places and homes? Join us to learn more about the simple choice to make a significant impact on your health and the environment by using green cleaners as well as learning about a company that has been at the vanguard of the green business movement for over 50 years. Learn about the choices you have - to make your work place and home safe places while going about saving the earth, how cleaning house doesn't have to involve dirtying the earth and how you don't have to sacrifice powerful convictions for powerful cleaners or vice versa.


Thursday 10:00-10:50 am

food iconBMU 204 - 10:00-10:50
Elements of Beekeeping

Abbas Mohamed, Dominique Honeybees
We will delve into various elements of beekeeping, with more emphasis on urban beekeeping that residents of a city can take on, rather than commercial or farm beekeeping. Join me as I take the journey from the nectar resting in the wildflower in your town, to the raw, unfiltered honey that you may be enjoying, produced in your very own neighborhood. We will broach several topics including the benefits of local honey, keeping bees in your area, and how urban beekeeping can lead to a more sustainable future. If you may be interested in learning about beekeeping or want to keep bees of your own, be sure to check this out.

keynote iconBMU 210 - 10:00-10:50
California Water: From Local to Global


Heather Cooley FEATURED SPEAKER: Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute
Heather Cooley has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Award for Outstanding Achievement (for her work on agricultural water conservation and efficiency). She has testified before the U.S. Congress on the impacts of climate change for agriculture and on innovative approaches to solving water problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Ms. Cooley holds a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Pacific Institute, she worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory studying climate and land use change and carbon cycling. Ms. Cooley currently serves on the Board of the California Urban Water Conservation Council.


business iconBMU 211 - 10:00-10:50
Discovering Trust and Community Through Social Capital: Defining and Measuring Our Most Precious Resource

Edward Quevedo and Inna Volynskaya, Presidio Graduate School
This discussion will center on the complex but essential relationship between enterprise culture, employee engagement, brand, community involvement, economic development, and sustainable development. We will use case studies, including one from a brewery in Bavaria (Munich), Germany, to discuss this continuum and demonstrate 1) the essential links in this virtuous chain, 2) that the "intangible" elements of growth of creativity, character, and well-being in our people and communities actually can be quantified and measured, and 3) that the horizon of actual sustainability performance is both more complex, and more easy to traverse, than most organizations realize. We will also discuss the importance of the linkage between internal company culture and employee engagement, and external community and stakeholder engagement. Measures of these kinds of "intangibles" will also be presented and discussed. This will be an engaging adult learning session during which attendees to the session will workshop ideas for creating productive and enlightening measures of the intangible, such as those mentioned above. Attendees will leave with a mini tool book on using these techniques in their own organizations.

business iconBMU 303 - 10:00-10:50
Don't Make a Mockery of Your Event, Join the Green Events Consulting Team in Planning a Mock Earth Day Festival

Courtney Silver and Sophia Somers, AS Sustainability Program at CSU, Chico
Have you ever considered how much impact a single event has on the environment? Come learn how to make any occasion "green"at this event-planning workshop, where we'll be greening a mock Earth Day festival. Together, we'll consider all aspects of this event including waste management, decorations, advertisement, vendors, and food to achieve a Zero Waste event. This will be a great opportunity to learn how to greenify an event through hands-on experience. Come and be a Green Events Consultant for an hour and we guarantee you will leave with the knowledge of how to green your own event!

education iconBMU 304 - 10:00-10:50
Peer-to-Peer Approaches to Bring Sustainability into University Curricula

Danielle Lauber, PowerSave Green Campus Program
Peer-to-peer teaching methods provide innovative learning opportunities for students. As a part of the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Program, student interns are tasked with developing the green workforce by infusing sustainability and energy efficiency into academia. This presentation profiles three such approaches at CSU and UC campuses. For the past two years, interns at UC Merced have solicited marketing assistance on their projects by partnering with their campus' Creative Writing course. Interns at UC Berkeley have been independently teaching a class on sustainability and energy efficiency for 14 semesters. Lastly, interns at Cal Poly Pomona have partnered with their Office of Sustainability to produce a Sustainability Course Guide. Ultimately, interns hope this resource will serve as the framework for a certificate on campus. These projects are mere snapshots of academic solutions developed by students, for students. Presenters hope audience members can adapt these ideas to their own campus needs.

lifestyle iconBMU 312 - 10:00-10:50
Sustainable by Design: Why Good Design is Inherently Good for the Environment

Hannah Hepner, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, Brionne Saseen, Lundberg Family Farms, Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper, Gaia Creations, and Gregory Degouveia, Artist
As Permaculture and LEED buildings have demonstrated, thoughtful design is paramount to sustainability. What is it about the design process that produces better results than conventional methods? Our presenters will highlight local examples of good design and share insight for approaching any project with an eye toward sustainability. Concepts presented will be highlighted with a hands-on component.

lifestyle iconBMU 314 - 10:00-10:50
Working the Fragmentation from a Vision of Wholeness

Adam Moes, Sky Creek Dharma Center
There is a wealth of practical wisdom in the philosophies of the East that we can apply to our current issues in environment and society. It is the sort of trans-personal wisdom through which an individual can experience themselves as being more effective in the world. Through interactive experiences, Adam will guide you on an exploration of some of the most pertinent features of Eastern philosophy, the integration of which, one can apply personally to make one's compassionately motivated activity more effective and enjoyable.


Thursday 11:00-11:50 am

food iconBMU 204 - 11:00-11:50
Clearing the Way for Local Food to Feed the Region

Noelle Ferdon, Northern California Regional Land Trust and Jacob N. Brimlow, PhD, CSU, Chico
There is no question that consumer, media and academic interest in local food systems is on the rise. A recent USDA study found that local revenues had been radically undercounted in previous analyses that mainly focused on roadside stands and markets. When sales to restaurants and stores were factored in, the study said, the local food industry was four times bigger than in any previous count, upward of $4.8 billion. Encouraging development of local food systems was identified as a strategic priority for California's USDA Rural Development office, and local food advocates believe stronger local food systems will benefit smaller farmers, create jobs and improve environmental problems. This panel will share research estimating how much food is grown and consumed in Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties, and will discuss some local attempts to identify the challenges of rebuilding local food systems and to develop strategies to manage those challenges.

business iconBMU 209 - 11:00-11:50
Unearthing Your Green Career

Russell Marsan, GreenTraks, Inc.
Finding a green career can be challenging; opportunities are limited within this highly competitive job market. This presentation will give you a competitive attitude and insight when applying for green jobs. During these challenging economic times, many companies are trimming costs in an effort to keep their doors open. Unfortunately many of these companies don't understand the need for sustainability programs, and view these types of programs as an expense rather than a means to reduce costs. This presentation will arm you with the attitude and communication skills to help show companies that embracing a triple-bottom-line is a path to a healthier company. Russell will demonstrate how to create your own job opportunities within companies that do not currently have sustainability programs. If your desire is to attain a green career, you will not want to miss this informative, inspirational, and entertaining presentation.

energy water iconBMU 210 - 11:00-11:50
Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan Update

Vickie Newlin, Butte County Water and Resource Conservation
Recently, counties within the Northern Sacramento Valley have come together to address the management of water and other natural resources. This collaboration was spurred by the fact that water resources can flow through neighboring jurisdiction and are better served by a regional apporach to decision making. The Counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Sutter and Tehama have embarked on the development of the Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management (NSV IRWM) planning process. The group has seated a regional board of directors made up of appointments by the various Boards of Supervisors (NSV Board). The NSV Board is advised by a regional technical advisory committee (NSV TAC). This presentation will provide an update of the activities of this group and explain the value of regional planning for natural resources.

business iconBMU 211 - 11:00-11:50
Net Impact Projects: Diverging Of Waste from Landfill

Ysenia Ortiz and Devin Crawford, Net Impact of CSU, Chico
Net Impact is an international, nonprofit organization mobilizing a new generation of leaders to use their careers to drive transformational change in their workplaces and the world. This year, Net Impact members conducted an in-depth analysis of the landfill and its environmental effects. At the end of the presentation, the audience will have a working knowledge of how to tackle the effectiveness of waste management through successful practices that significantly reduce the quantity of waste.

education iconBMU 303 - 11:00-11:50
Exploring, Designing and Launching Sustainable Curriculum

Stephen Miller, Strategic Energy Innovations
As campuses move forward with integrating sustainability across the curriculum, interdisciplinary approaches and experiential learning present opportunities for new approaches to course offerings. This session will explore the design and launch of sustainability curricula, certificate and degree programs. The presenter will examine two case studies in which campuses leveraged community partners to address the growing demand for green sector courses, skill building and certifications. Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a community based organization that worked alongside Skyline College to research and design an Associates Degree in Environmental Technologies that leverages existing courses while providing for tracks in energy efficiency, solar technology and green business entrepreneurism. Additionally, this session will look at the origins of a 15-unit Sustainability Practices Certificate Program at Dominican University that has been integrated into their Green MBA program, and that focused on supporting green research capstone projects and internships with area employers.

education iconBMU 304 - 11:00-11:50
Teaching Social Entrepreneurs to Diagnose Opportunity

Ryan Cabinte, Presidio Graduate School/Cutting Edge Capital
Sustainability calls upon managers to design solutions that bridge public and private sectors. But how do you teach them to do this? Presidio Graduate School's integrated curriculum responds to this need with courses that include both MPA and MBA students working together to develop multi-layered solutions to market failures and social problems. Our goal is to develop a new generation of business and civic leaders prepared to bridge commerce and the common good. This session will present Presidio's newest course, Market Failure and the Regulatory Environment. Developed in workshops with practitioners from several disciplines and sectors, and funded by the Stokes Foundation, this new course asks students to apply the concepts of market and regulatory failure to spot opportunities for social entrepreneurship. Students apply their understanding of market and regulatory dynamics as a way to diagnose the reasons for persistent sustainability issues, and enable them to innovate novel solutions with a sector-agnostic, outcome-based approach. We'll present the course, and the larger curricular context, and engage the audience in active feedback and idea exchange.

lifestyle iconBMU 312 - 11:00-11:50
Alternative Transportation Planning & Programs at CSU, Chico

Fletcher Alexander and Kelsey George, CSU, Chico ~ Institute for Sustainable Development
Since signing onto the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007 CSU, Chico has been working actively to reduce single occupant vehicle (SOV) trips to campus and the associated environmental impacts - particularly greenhouse gas emissions. The University's Transportation Demand Management Plan, completed in 2009, and Climate Action Plan, adopted in 2011, are the principal planning documents guiding these efforts. Expanding alternative transportation utilization and reducing SOV trips to campus requires a range of approaches. Come hear about the many efforts underway on campus including carshare and rideshare programs, bicycling incentives, transit subsidies, long-range transportation planning, and others. The end of the session will be an open forum for audience members to share and discuss other ideas for alternative transportation options for the campus.

lifestyle iconBMU 314 - 11:00-11:50
Resistance Is Fertile

Julia Murphy, and Ali Knight, Deep Green Resistance
We are out of time. Another two hundred species went extinct today, and catastrophic climate change has begun. If we really accept the seriousness of our situation, what would that mean for our strategy & tactics? Deep Green Resistance has an answer, a plan of action for anyone determined to fight for this planet and win.


Thursday 1:00-1:50 pm

food iconBMU 204 - 1:00-1:50
A Market for Meat: A Local Look at Sustainable Production and Consumption

Hannah Hepner, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative and Chris Kerston, Chaffin Orchards
Increasingly, individuals who excluded meat from their diet in response to industrial meat production have made a shift towards embracing "ethical" meat. Chris Kerston will share how Chaffin Orchards has lead innovation in the use of permaculture techniques and holistic management grazing to minimize inputs and maximize fertility on the farm - an implementation that has lead to an 85% fuel use reduction and an increase in labor efficiency. Hannah Hepner will follow with a discussion of why Chico Natural Foods Cooperative introduced meat to the store in 2006 and how they've addressed concerns around sustainability to bring customers ethical and delicious options. The presentation will be followed by samples of high quality, local meat.

business icon
BMU 209 - 1:00-1:50
Green Career Forum - PowerSave Green Campus, CSU, Chico

Fletcher Alexander, The Institute for Sustainable Development, Eli Goodsell, Associated Students Sustainability at CSU, Chico, Scott Gregory, North State Resources, Ian Harck, GreenTraks, Danielle Lauber, Alliance to Save Energy, Stephen Miller, Strategic Energy Innovations, and Kevin Foley, Premier Mushrooms
Interested in getting a “green” job? CSU, Chico’s PowerSave Green Campus Program is hosting a Green Career Forum. The forum is aimed at educating those at the conference about ways in which they can get involved in a workforce dedicated to sustainable principles and practices. The forum is an interactive experience for students to see what kinds of opportunities are available in today’s expanding environmentally conscious workforce. Many of the panelists featured during this panel session are involved with energy and water efficiency programs, as well as conservation planning and waste auditing. A question and answer session will follow and attendees are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to interact with individuals currently working for a “green” company or organization.

energy water iconBMU 210 - 1:00-1:50
The Economics of Water Transfers for the Environment

Eric Houk, CSU, Chico College of Agriculture
The allocation of water within the U.S. has been developed under a system of water rights. In the western U.S. this system is dominated by the Prior Appropriation Doctrine, which allocates water according to the initial date of water use. This presentation will demonstrate how allocation based upon date of water use instead of the value of the water use is unlikely to result in an allocation that achieves economic efficiency. That is, society could be better off if water was reallocated from existing low valued uses to potentially higher valued uses. This can also be the case for water transfers that could be used to help protect threatened and endangered species. The presentation will also highlight the need for this analysis to be interdisciplinary in nature in order to appropriately address the biology, hydrology, and economic aspects of the potential water transfer scenarios.

business iconBMU 303 - 1:00-1:50
The Theory of Zero Waste as a Resource Conservation Policy

Paul Palmer, Zero Waste Institute
Zero Waste is a theory of the redesign of consumer, commercial and industrial products and processes so that neither waste nor garbage is produced. This is distinct from end-of-pipe approaches like recycling which deals only with garbage after it is created. Zero Waste theory strives to perpetually reuse the high function of all products, and eschews the reuse of the mere materials of which products are composed. An incisive discussion of the sources of wasting will be offered as well as many practical examples of actual redesigns. It will be shown that ZW approaches are simple and practical as opposed to current recycling which is impossibly impractical.

energy water iconBMU 304 - 1:00-1:50
Peak Oil, Sustainable Nuclear Electricity, Synthetic Liquid Fuels & Potable Water

Richard McDonald
Sustainability requires thinking far into the future - say ten thousand years. This requires thinking beyond using fossil fuels to manufacture solar panels and will certainly require some form of nuclear energy to keep energy from becoming the limit to human sustainability. Peak Oil will be the first fossil fuel limiting humanity's progress. Nuclear energy is known for electricity, but can also be used for the synthesis of synthetic fuels from the carbon dioxide and hydrogen in seawater via Fischer-Tropsch chemistry. It can be used for the desalination of ocean water, providing sustainable fresh water for agriculture and drinking. Recovering uranium (or thorium) from the ocean will provide thousands of years of sustainable nuclear power. Dr. McDonald, a nuclear physicist, will discuss how synthetic carbon-neutral fuels from nuclear energy can follow the Oil Peak, how electrification will help the poor, and how desalination will protect agriculture long into the future.

food iconBMU 312 - 1:00-1:50
Building a Sustainable Future Through Resilient Communities Food Systems

Kristin York, Presidio Graduate School / Cutting Edge Capital
The rapid shift to globalization has brought centralized power and industrial production to our food systems and the related value chain. While this shift has created economic advantage, for many, it has resulted in the destruction of community-centric, diversified and productive local economies. This goes for economically vibrant urban areas as well as remote rural areas in developing countries. The global industrial food system is energy-intensive, and logistically complex. The system creates a massive supply model that has homogenized diets and food production around the world. This presentation explores a shift to a localized demand model that addresses bio-diversity, public health, and food security issues and features case studies where fundamental change at the community level is creating jobs, leveraging public private partnerships, providing educational opportunities and restoring economic vitality at the local level.

business iconBMU 314 - 1:00-1:50
REAP the Benefits of Reuse

Kristina Miller, Tehama County Sanitary Landfill
Did you know consumer purchasing habits effect the health and vitality of not only your community, but other communities as well? Consumers tend to over-purchase cleaning products, paints and other products leading to large volumes of leftover material that is expensive to properly manage and dispose of. Many of these materials received are not in fact waste, but products in good condition that can easily be reused. Learn how this innovative program helps residents REAP the benefits of reuse. Mrs. Miller will share how the Agency developed and implemented the award winning mobile REAP (REuse of Available Products) program and highlight how the program is beneficial to the public and the Agency; truly a win-win scenario. Topics to be discussed include the need to promote reuse, favorable findings, REAP program challenges, and how the program can be successfully recreated in other communities.


Thursday 2:00 - 2:50 pm

food & ag iconBMU 204 - 2:00-2:50
Sustainable Food Production on the Chico State University Farm

Lee Altier, Celina Phillips, CSU, Chico College of Agriculture
The University Farm produces a wide variety of products on nearly 800 acres of land, four miles from downtown Chico.  It serves as an educational facility for classes and community workshops; it provides hands-on production and marketing experience for students and volunteers; and it is a site of research projects to support local food production. This visual tour will highlight the Organic Vegetable Project and the Sheep and Goat Units, focusing on efforts to conserve resources, manage pests, and sustain biodiversity, soil quality and vegetable yields. It will include a discussion of hedgerows, grazing management, crop rotation, variety selection, pest and fertility management, and animal health.

business iconBMU 209 - 2:00-2:50
Project RHAB (Rice Hulls as Alternative Building): Achieving Sustainability Through Use of Rice Hulls in Building Materials

Maria Elena Anguiano and MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program Students, Butte College
This presentation reports on the progress of an EPA-P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Phase I and Phase II Award winning project at Butte College by the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program students. Started in the spring 2011, the RHAB project's focus is to conduct meaningful applied research under qualified mentors and faculty supervision in the field of sustainability by exploring ways to use an abundant local agricultural waste material: rice hulls. The overall goal is to create a sustainable building material product utilizing the rice hulls. In April 2012, four interns presented their Phase I research outcomes and competed for a Phase II Award at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. They were the first community college in the history of the EPA P3 Awards to be awarded a Phase II Award. Currently there are six interns. They will present research finding and practical applications of this sustainable building technology.

energy iconBMU 210 - 2:00-2:50
The Next Great California Water Battle Is Underway and It’s at Our Doorstep

Barbara Vlamis, AquAlliance Powerful, politically connected agricultural water districts south of the Delta have wanted North-state ground water for decades. They have already destroyed the abundant natural bounty of South-state watersheds by irrigating marginal lands, transferring water, and excessive groundwater pumping. Now, a 10-year, north-to-south, Water Transfer Program is moving rapidly forward. If water transfers from the North-state increase in scope and duration, particularly when ground water is substituted for surface water, it will escalate the losses already underway in the Sacramento River watershed’s creeks and rivers and will jeopardize what remains of the hydrologic system that supports the majority of California’s economy, the Central Valley’s fish and flyway, and the largest estuary in North America. AquAlliance seeks to prevent the duplication of the tragic failures that were made in the Owens and San Joaquin valleys where the hydrologic and ecological systems collapsed.

business iconBMU 211 - 2:00-2:50
The Myth of Private Sector Innovation: Philanthropy, Policy Innovation, and the Rich Soil of Private/Public Partnerships

Edward Quevedo , Presidio Graduate School / Cutting Edge Capital
This workshop will propose that the basic assumption that private sector innovation alone will innervate social ventures to create a sustainable future is flawed. We will explore the essential public policy reforms required to energize social entrepreneurship, and turn the public and private partnership model on its head through exploration of private and public partnerships. And most compellingly, we will explore a radical new kind of partnership emerging: the more-than-profit/private/public triad model that promises new forms of wealth, innovation, and public policy transformation. We will discuss examples of breakthrough partnerships that promise disruptive solutions for the intractable sustainability solutions that we face locally, nationally, and globally.

business iconBMU 303 - 2:00-2:50
CSU Chico Associated Student's Journey to Zero Waste: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

Bret Jensen, Associated Students Sustainability Program at CSU, Chico
The presentation will focus on the efforts of the AS to accomplish their goal of zero waste by 2015. The presentation will mostly consist of graphs showing the progress in past and recent years towards the goal of zero waste.

education iconBMU 304 - 2:00-2:50
The Sustainable Self: Beyond Our Carbon Foot Print

Rich Silver, University of Earth
Creating a truly sustainable society will require more than shrinking our carbon foot print. It will require that we humans realize our greater potentials. Cultural historian Thomas Berry claimed, "The central mission of our times is the reinvention of the human at the species level." In this workshop we will explore how we can reinvent ourselves through fulfilling our greater potentials. Blending the research from the fields of human development, human potential and ecopsychology, we will examine the need for humanity to shift from its current human-centered or anthropocentric stage of development to a new and higher stage called ecocentric. While climate change has gotten our attention, our challenges are actually much deeper. This workshop will explore the characteristics of the ecocentric human, examine the topic of "the rights of nature" and offer research based practices for making this evolutionary shift of awareness to the true Ecocentric Sustainable Self.

education iconBMU 312 - 2:00-2:50
Creating a Sustainable Campus With Little or No Funding

Michael Kane, Sierra College
So you want to raise awareness and create a culture of sustainability on your campus. No campus coordinator, no campus committee, no administrative support, no budget: NO PROBLEM! This talk will show you ways to increase awareness of sustainability issues and implement sustainable impacts to your campus using Sierra College as a case study. Seven years ago, sustainability was a bad word on our campus, this year our president announced a goal of taking the campus energy neutral in 10 years! This presentation will show how a small number of faculty & staff went from a subversive underground for sustainability to the campus broadly accepting sustainability as an important issue. We'll discuss how to do these things by implementing change agent skills and we'll give you examples you can implement the day after the conference.


film iconFeatured Film "A Drop of Life"
BMU Auditorium 3:00-3:30 pm

Producer of the film and this year's Thursday Keynote Speaker Shalini Kantayya will be on hand for this film viewing followed by her keynote presentation. Don't miss this futuristic sci-fi short film about the world water crisis.

keynote iconKeynote Speaker Shalini Kantayya
BMU Auditorium 3:30-5:00 pm


Shalini Kantayya Shalini Kantayya has received recognition from the Sundance Documentary Program, the Jerome Hill Centennial, IFP, New York Women in Film and Television, and Media Action Network for Asian Americans. She finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox's On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood's next great director.

The mission of Kantayya's production company, 7th Empire Media, is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through wildly imaginative media that makes a real social impact. Her clients include the ACLU, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, History Channel, and Link TV. She was nominated for the Reebok Human Rights Award and received a Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. 
Kantayya is currently working on the feature documentary Solarize This, which was awarded the 2012 MacArthur Foundation Documentary Film Grant. In a city where oil spills, air quality red-alerts, and poverty are commonplace, Solarize This asks the hard questions of how a clean energy economy may actually be built, through the stories of unemployed American workers seeking to retool at a solar power jobs training program in Richmond, California. The film was nominated by the Sundance Documentary Program for a Hilton Worldwide Sustainability Award, and anticipates release in 2013.



BMU 210
5:00-6:00 pm

Let's Talk About Water - Open Forum with the Butte Environmental Council

water icon

Melody Leppard, Butte College, Michael Jackson, Attorney at Law, Marty Dunlap, Citizens Water Watch, and Shalini Kantayya, Keynote Speaker
The “Let’s Talk About Water “panel discussion presents on opportunity to draw together the perspectives expressed throughout the day-long conference track focusing on contemporary water issues. During this panel discussion conference presenters, participants and other interested individuals can share their ideas and concerns about water availability, quality, priorities of use and policy decisions in an interactive forum focused on raising awareness and seeking potential solutions to the impending water crisis.

This forum is sponsored by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)

Welcome Reception
BMU Auditorium 6:00-9:00 pm

Registered conference participants will be welcome at this hosted reception where light appetizers will be served, entertainment will be provided and conference announcements and awards will be made. Make sure you bring your conference pass and your own coffee mug, only registered participants will be admitted to this reception. This will be an alcohol-free event.

Kyle Williams photo


Live entertainment will be provided by the Kyle Williams band. Stay and dance awhile!
Kyle Williams is a popular local singer/songwriter and winner of the News & Review's 2012 Chico Cammie Award for best folk/acoustic musician.  His first album Shades of Grey was released in 2009 followed by his newest album She is. His music has taken him to venues all across the west coast from San Diego to Portland.