Institute for Sustainable Development

The Institute has hosted a variety of speakers over the past several years. We hope you will join us next time!

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Earth Guardians
April 16, 2018
See Video of Presentation

Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager at Sierra Nevada Brewery
March 15, 2018

David Montgomery, MacArthur Fellow, Author, Growing a Revolution
March 15, 2018

Dahr Jamail, Independent Reporter, Journalist and Author
March 15, 2018

Matthew St. Clair, Director of Sustainability, UC Office of the President
March 16, 2018

Kimberly Prather, Prather Research Group, & Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, UC San Diego
March 16, 2018

Dune Lankard
Dune Lankard, Eyak Preservation Council and the Center for Biological Diversity
3/26/15 and 3/24/17

Tom Newmark photoTom Newmark, Finca Nueva Lodge

Mary Wood photoMary Wood, University of Oregon School of Law

Daphne Miller photoDaphne Miller, Author of Farmacology

Farmacoloby Cover

Sandra Postel photoSandra Postel, Global Water Policy Project

Roger Doiron photoRoger Doiron, Kitchen Gardens International 3/25/16

Dennis Dimick
Dennis Dimick, National Geographic Magazine

Anne Waple
Anne Waple,
Second Nature

Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez,
Latino Outdoors

Patricia Dutcher
Patricia Dutcher,
Research Scientist

Marissa Mommaerts
Marissa Mommaerts,
Transition US

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan, Artist

Shalini Kantayya
Shalini Kantayya, 3/7/13

Han Schlichtmann Jan Schlichtmann, 3/14/2012

Paul Watson
Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Howard Yana-Shapiro
Howard Yana-Shapiro

And many more to come!


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Available only as permitted by speakers and their perspective organizations and according to our staffing availability.

Earth Month 2018: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez recorded presentation from April 16, 2018 at the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII (March 15-16, 2018)

This Way to Sustainability Conference XII (March 23-24, 2017)

2016 This Way to Sustainability Conference XI (March 24-25, 2016)

2015 This Way to Sustainability Conference X (March 26-27, 2015)

2014 This Way to Sustainability Conference IX (March 6-7, 2014)

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

2012 This Way to Sustainability Conference VII (March 1-3, 2012)

2010 This Way to Sustainability Conference VI (November 4-6, 2010)

2009 This Way to Sustainability Conference V (November 5-8, 2009)

2008 This Way to Sustainability Conference IV (November 6-9, 2008)

2007 This Way to Sustainability Conference III (November 1-4, 2007)

2006 This Way to Sustainability II Conference (November 5-6, 2006)
Merging with Community - Hosted by CSU, Chico Offices of the President and Provost, with the Associated Students of CSU, Chico and Butte College

This Way to Sustainability I Conference was held in November, 2005

Sustainability Guest Speaker Videos
Available only as permitted by speakers and their perspective organizations and according to staffing availability.

March 27, 2015
A Resilient Response to our Planetary Crisis
Marissa Mommaerts
, Transition US

March 27, 2015
Building Resilient Communities Through Community-Based Research
Patricia Dutcher,

Scott McNall


March 26, 2015
The Problem of Social Inequality
Dr. Scott McNall,
Founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico




Dayna Baumeister

March 7, 2014
The Wisdom of a 3.8 Billion Year-Old Story

Dr. Dayna Baumeister Co-Founder, Biomimicry Guild Consulting


Secretary Karen Ross


March 7, 2014
This Way to Sustainability Conference IX
Keynote Speaker

Karen Ross, Secretary,
California Department of Food and Agriculture



Anya Fernald


March 6, 2014
A Mindset for Change

Anya Fernald,
CEO, Belcampo and Founder, Food Craft Institute






Michael Dimock


March 6, 2014
Perspectives on 21st Century Agriculture
Michael Dimock,
President, Roots of Change






John Ikerd


March 6, 2014
This Way to Sustainability Conference IX
Featured Speaker

John Ikerd,

Professor Emeritus of Agriculture Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia




March 7, 2013: "Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan Update"
Vickie Newlin,
Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation


Heather Cooley


March 7, 2013
California Water: Moving Toward a More Sustainable Future
Heather Cooley,
Pacific Institute's Water Program

March 7, 2013: "Let's Talk About Water"
Panel Discussion



Liz Matthews photo

February 8, 2013
The California Phenology Project: Linking plant phenology to climate change through citizen science

Elizabeth Matthews, Postdoctoral Associate, California Phenology Project, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Richard Heinberg

April 24, 2012
The End of Growth: Adapting To Our New Economic Reality

Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute





Peter JosephMarch 3, 2012
The Climate Crisis: Science vs. Denial
Dr. Peter Joseph,
The Climate Reality Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility



Laura Stec


March 2, 2012
Cool Cuisine: Feed Your Body, Mind, and Planet
Laura Stec,
Corporate Chef for Pescadero Foods, Inc.




Wallace Nichols Cover Shot


March 1, 2012
Keynote Speaker, This Way to Sustainability VII
Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols
Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences



Clive Neal



February 20, 2012
Explore the world of supervolcanoes & the widespread environmental impacts they have on Earth

Dr. Clive Neal, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering & Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame



DavidArnoldJuly 27, 2011
Double Exposure at the Gateway Science Museum
David Arnold, Photographer

Take a photographic journey through the world's glaciers and coral reefs to discover how climate change is affecting our world.



November 10, 2011: “Some Things I Think I Know About The Murky Science of Climate”
Anthony Watts & John Christy (our apologies, this presentation was not successfully recorded)




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