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This Way to Sustainability Conference XIV
Regenerating Ecological Systems:
Impacts & Solutions to Climate Crisis
March 28-29, 2019


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Mark your calendars for This Way to Sustainability Conference XIV, March 28-29, 2019 at CSU, Chico. During these two days, we will explore collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions to unsustainable practices; to that end, we have organized cross-disciplinary conference tracks as outlined below, with an overall focus within each to address Ecological Health, Social Justice, and steps for Taking Action. Although many topics of discussion may have resulting effects in one or more of these three areas, please elaborate when submitting your proposals how yours meets one of these in the overall focus. We ask that each proposal include not only identification of concerns, but also positive recommendations and solutions for conference participants.

Conference Mission: "To encourage ecologically sound stewardship practices by providing common ground to identify solutions to real world issues; ones that balance economic needs, social needs and environmental realities." We encourage you to join in open conversation, learn from each other, and build new friendships and professional associations. We look forward to hearing the perspectives you bring to our shared hopes and vision for a sustainable future!

This year's topics and ideas for discussion:

Climate Impacts & SolutionsClimate Impacts icon

    • Cause and effects of climate change
      • Hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, algae, drought, and more
    • How to assess climate impacts and plan adaptation strategies for resilience
      • Soil health, regenerative agriculture, resilient planning strategies
    • Solutions ~ how can we link climate change knowledge with potential implementation strategies
      • Land management, emergency preparedness, and more


Community Partnerships & Action community partner icon

    • How can we as a community take meaningful, deliberate, collective action to remedy the impact of problems in our community?
    • Public Safety
      • Self Sufficiency
      • Citizen Engagement
      • Addressing Homelessness


Educating for Resilience education icon

    • What combination or knowledge and skills are most critical to providing future generations with capacity to address a constantly changing and dynamic world?
    • How and in what ways can engaging students in community activities and research enhance resilience?
    • Career growth and opportunities


Energy and the Environmentenergy icon

    • What will a carbon-neutral energy future look like, and how can we get there?
    • What roles do conservation and energy efficiency play in this future, and what are the associated technological and behavioral needs?
    • Fossil fuel replacement strategies


Food & Agriculturefood icon

    • Regenerative agriculture
    • Soil health
    • Sustainable farming practices
    • How water availability and temperature changes  affect our current level of food supplies
    • Economic impacts and their consequences
    • How changes in food access affect individuals and communities health
    • The role of food security in community vitality; social, environmental, ethical, and economic factors
    • Agricultural methods available to mitigate these challenges


Infrastructure and Transportationinfrastructure transportation icon

    • How can communities prepare for climate-related impacts on their infrastructure and transportation dependent commerce
    • How can we alter commerce and commute patterns to reduce climate impacts?
    • How do we create more livable communities?


Laws, Policies and Business laws policy business icon

    • How might we reform our laws and policies so that we don't run ourselves out of business in America?
    • How do current laws and policies influence or economic vitality?
    • How can we prepare future generations for jobs in California?
    • How can we influence laws and policies to secure jobs long term?


Lifestyles, Health & Wellness lifestyles icon

    • To what extent and how are health and wellness correlated to vibrant communities?
    • What individual, social, cultural, and other factors enhance or inhibit a community’s resilience?
    • What community services are most critical to ensuring livability?


Population Growthpopulation icon

    • What are the impacts of population growth?
    • What are the solutions?
    • What can we do to sustain the earth at our continued population growth rate?
    • Changing demographics and aging populations

Science & TechnologyScience & Technology icon

    • What emerging scientific insights and technologies are critical to resilience?
    • In which fields—disciplinary or interdisciplinary—is there greatest need for more training, and at what level?
    • What new solutions to climate crisis are being developed using science and technology that might regenerate our ecological systems?


Student Engagementstudent engagement icon

    • How have students worked to engage and activate other students, community, faculty, staff, families, etc.?
    • How have student groups worked to change the problems we face?
    • What projects have been implemented, what ideas have been formed, and how will they accomplish these goals?


Water Resources water icon

    • What are the critical ethical, social, environmental, and economic determinants of and impacts on water resources of changing climate and population dynamics?
    • How should water resources be equitably allocated between users?
    • Climate impacts on our oceans, lakes and rivers and the animals that inhabit them

Hands-On Workshops

By popular demand, we are working to coordinate several hands-on workshops this year during the conference to include:

  • Learn to Compost
  • Evaluating Soils for Resiliency
  • Fermented Foods
  • Assessing Your Ecological Footprint


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  • Speaker Proposal Submissions: 8/1/18 - 10/31/18
  • Proposal Acceptance Notice: 11/30/18
  • Speaker Final Content Changes: 12/17/18
  • Sponsors Confirmed for Final Program 1/1/19
  • Final Scheduling Notification 1/31/19
  • Online Registration Opens 2/1/19-3/15/19
  • Paul Person’s Award Nominations: Deadline 2/1/19
  • Greenie Award Nominations: 10/31/18 – 2/1/19
  • Greenies Video Submissions: 2/28/19
  • Status Response to Greenie Nominees: 2/1/19
  • RSVP for Private Speaker Reception 2/28/19
  • Moderators Contact Speakers by 2/28/19

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