Institute for Sustainable Development
Paul Persons

In loving memory of Paul Persons
1951-2007


 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XII Awards

Paul Persons Award

Nominations accepted for CSU, Chico faculty only and must be submitted online by the deadline of February 1, 2017

Congratulations to the 2016 Paul Persons Award recipient
Professor Thia Wolf English Department at CSU, Chico

Professor and Sustainability Icon
Many people knew Paul Persons as family man, activist attorney, and all-around adventurer. Few people knew how tirelessly he worked to establish the principles of sustainability as a core concern of California State University, Chico and—his more recent priority—the entire CSU system.

Furthering sustainability was a primary purpose for Paul Persons and the University committed itself to its Sixth Strategic Priority with his considerable support. Paul understood that protecting the environment assumed a commitment to environmental justice.

The Paul Persons Sustainability Award was established in 2008 by family and friends to honor Paul Persons' memory and to help realize his vision of a CSU system-wide emphasis on sustainability. Paul wanted every student in the CSU to have an opportunity to learn how to apply sustainable practices in his or her chosen field.

The Institute for Sustainable Development is responsible for soliciting nominations and for working with a faculty committee to select one Chico State teacher each year to receive the award. Previous recipients of this award are:

  • 2008 ~ Timothy Sistrunk, CSU, Chico History Department
  • 2009 ~ Diana Flannery, CSU, Chico Health and Community Services Department
  • 2011 ~ Jesse Dizard, CSU, Chico Anthropology Department
  • 2012 ~ David L. Brown, CSU, Chico Geological and Environmental Sciences Department
  • 2013 ~ Don Hankins, CSU, Chico Geography & Planning Department
  • 2014 ~ Nate Millard, CSU, Chico, First Year Experience Program
  • 2015 ~ David Eaton, CSU, Chico, Department of Anthropology
  • 2016 ~ Thia Wolf, CSU, Chico, English Department

Nominations process:

Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2017 for CSU, Chico faculty only. The Sustainability Conference Executive Planning Committee will select the winner from the nominated CSU, Chico faculty based on the following criteria:

• Demonstrate a concentrated effort in helping students get the broadest perspective possible on sustainability principles.

• Incorporate methods and materials into their curriculum, including current information, case studies, expert advice on alternative methods and practices used in a particular industry or career path, etc.

• Facilitate opportunities to learn about procedures that can be implemented to create a more just and sustainable organization, business, or government.

This Paul Persons Sustainability Award will be presented during the This Way to Sustainability Conference. Exact time and location TBA.

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Greenie Awards

Does your campus have sustainability projects that are innovative, environmentally spectacular, and that address environmental concerns? Through our Greenie Awards we will recognize student groups in their successful efforts of working toward a sustainable future.
There will be two overall categories this year, Higher Education and K-12 schools.

K-12 Greenie Awards
Friday, March 24, 2017 8:00-11:00
Colusa Hall

SEE 2017 WINNING GROUPS

Video Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017

Winning student groups will receive cash award prizes to support and enhance their projects. These awards are sponsored by the Rawlins Endowment for Environmental Literacy. The annual This Way to Sustainability Conference K-12 “Greenie Awards” this year will accept nominations for student groups in the Northern California area, within three separate categories:

Elementary School Students (K-6th Grade)
Junior High School Students (7-8th Grade)
High School Students (9-12th Grade)

Within each category prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st Place Winner $200
2nd Place Winner $150
3rd Place Winner $100

Note:     Payment will be made to the teacher or advisor leading the student group project with this written, signed acknowledgement in agreement in advance of awards being issued.

Nominations Rules:

  1. Expanded to include schools in Northern California, at conference host's discrection.
  2. Nominated student groups must have clearly demonstrated an accomplishment or a significant improvement focusing on a sustainable solution that they have implemented through their project, research, community involvement, or other means.
  3. The accomplishment must have occurred within the past two years.
  4. The accomplishment may be in the final planning stages but must be conceptually complete.
  5. The top three (3) nominated groups from each category will be asked to present their project accomplishments at a tabling session in Colusa Hall, Rm. 100B during the conference on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. where final voting will take place.
  6. Nominees must be present to win.
  7. Nominated K-12 groups are strongly encouraged to also provide a video (3 minutes maximum in length) documenting their project to be shown prior to the final voting at Colusa Hall, Rm. 100B during the conference. This should be a fun, entertaining way of presenting your project to the conference audience.
  8. Nominated groups will be contacted by conference staff to confirm the status of their nominations by February 1, 2017.
  9. Winners will be announced during the Greenie Awards Ceremony starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24th in Colusa Hall, Room 100B.
  10. Submitted videos will be included on this web page starting March 1, 2017 to give participants a preview of the student group projects they will be able to see and vote on when they arrive at the conference.
  11. Winners in each category will be required to submit a video and poster to be displayed during This Way to Sustainability Conference (March 2018) documenting how the 2017 cash award supported or enhanced their winning project by the deadline of January 1, 2018.

Higher Education Greenie Awards
Thursday, March 23, 2017 8:00-10:45
Colusa Hall

SEE 201 WINNING GROUPS

Video Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017

The Higher Education Greenie Awards this year will recognize student groups from all CSU campuses only. And, for the first time ever, winning student groups will receive cash award prizes to support and enhance their projects. These awards are sponsored by the Rawlins Endowment for Environmental Literacy. Award amounts will be paid to the student organization following the conference in the following amounts:

1st Place Winner $200
2nd Place Winner $150
3rd Place Winner $100

Note:     Payment will be made to the CSU student organization with this written, signed acknowledgement in agreement in advance of awards being issued.

Nominated CSU student group projects must meet the following rules and guidelines:

  1. Nominations from the identified CSU systemwide schools only.
  2. Nominated group projects from only recognized CSU campus student groups will be considered.
  3. Nominated student groups must have clearly demonstrated an accomplishment or a significant improvement focusing on a sustainable solution that they have implemented through their project, research, community involvement, or other means.
  4. The accomplishment must have occurred within the past two years.
  5. The accomplishment may be in the final planning stages but must be conceptually complete.
  6. The top five (5) nominated HE groups will be asked to present their project accomplishments at a tabling session at Colusa Hall during the conference on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 8:00-10:30 a.m. where final voting will take place.
  7. Nominees must be present to win.
  8. Nominated HE groups are also required to provide a video (3 minutes maximum in length on flash drive at the conference) documenting their project to be shown prior to the final voting at Colusa Hall during the conference. This should be a fun, entertaining way of presenting your project to the conference audience.
  9. Nominated groups will be contacted by conference staff to confirm the status of their nominations by February 1, 2017.
  10. Winners will be announced during the Greenie Awards Ceremony between 10:30 & 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 23rd at Colusa Hall.
  11. Submitted videos will be included on this web page starting March 1, 2017 to give participants a preview of the student group projects they will be able to see and vote on when they arrive at the conference.

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Judging Criteria for both K-12 and Higher Education categories:

  1. Does the project address the “3 E’s of Sustainability”: Economy, Ecology, and Equity?
  2. Can the project sustain itself? In other words, what resources are used to maintain and implement the project?
  3. Are other organizations able to replicate the sustainable project?
  4. What is the scale of impact of the sustainable project?  (Campus, city, town, state, etc.)
  5. Is synergy demonstrated as a result of the project? In other words, does the project support broader goals in sustainable development?
  6. Only one winner per category will be awarded. Tie breakers will be broken at the discretion of conference management.

Poster Criteria for both K-12 and Higher Education categories:

  1. The project being presented should either be completed or underway.
  2. Poster topics can be submitted by current students who participated in a student driven project.
  3. Author(s) must be present at the conference to be able to present and receive an award.

Size/Display for both K-12 and Higher Education categories:

  • The poster must be no larger than 48 x 36 inches (Easels, boards and push pins will be provided on request).
  • Higher Education project posters will be displayed at Colusa Hall, Room 100B on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 until 10:30 am.
  • K-12 project posters will be displayed in Colusa Hall, Room 100B on Friday, March 24th, 2017 until noon.

Helpful Poster Design Hints:

  • The poster should be appealing and clear with graphs, diagrams, or any interesting visuals related to your the topic.
  • It should be neat and professional and may include color that is attractive but not distracting.
  • The layout should be logically organized with appropriate headers and few panels.
  • Include an introduction/summary that is brief and straight forward on the topic.
  • Use large print and minimal text for easy reading.
  • Keep in mind not all conference attendees may be familiar with field you are presenting. So, it is recommended that you create a poster that clearly demonstrates the project intended goals and outcomes, one that everyone will understand.

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