Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XII
2017 Student Team

Conference Leads

Ali Divine photoAlison Divine grew up in Red Bluff, California and has lived in Chico since January of 2016. She is a senior studying Political Science: Legal Studies and Mathematics at CSU Chico. She has been involved in the Community Legal Information Center's Environmental Advocates Department since Spring of 2016 and in Summer 2016, became the Director. Through her time with CLIC and the Environmental Advocates, her passion for the law and the environment has done nothing but flourish. After graduation, she plans on continuing her studies in t he legal field and becoming an attorney specializing in environmental law. Ali is working with many of our volunteers this year in getting them organized, as well as assisting in volunteer trainings.




Drew MontalbanDrew Montalban is a Chico State Student graduating in Spring 2017, with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Sustainable Manufacturing. As a sophomore, he attended a Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) informational meeting. Since this meeting, he has spent his past three summers volunteering abroad in Nicaragua, Thailand, and Tanzania. Amongst his volunteer work, he has helped teach English education as well as construct schools, community centers and septic tanks in underserved communities.  All the projects have been built through sustainable infrastructure and by using an asset-based community development method. He is the president of the GIVE club on campus and since he is graduating in May 2017, he hopes to pass on the club to others, while encouraging others to be more sustainable and getting involved in the community. After graduation, he hopes to apply or intern with GIVE to continue traveling and volunteering abroad. Drew is our technical conference lead this year working with registration setup, mobile app scheduling, volunteer training, and equipment needs. .


Co-Lead, Special Events, Outreach and Community Connections

Kelsey Koll


Kelsey Koll is a CSU, Chico Aluma who is passionate about co-creating a world where sustainability is the norm. She recognizes the importance of working with local organizations to educate and motivate the community to take action. Kelsey is working on connecting with our community, sponsorships, outreach, volunteer trainings, and special events for this year's conference.




Special Events Guru

Aeron BrackenburyAeron Brackenbury grew up in Moraga, California and moved to Chico in 2013 to attend college. She is a graduating senior studying Recreation Administration: Event Management and a Minor in Marketing. Aeron actively participates in various campus clubs including holding a position on the board of directors for the International Festival and Events Association. This is Aeron’s second year working with the This Way to Sustainably Conference. After graduation, she hopes on becoming an event planner for sustainable music and cultural events around the world.



Marketing and Outreach Guru

Becky Flanagan photoBecky Flanagan grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains before moving to Chico in June 2012. She transferred to CSU, Chico in January 2015 to study Business Administration: Marketing and Management. She has been involved with the National Society of Leadership and Success as the Membership Outreach Chair and Events Coordinator while at the Butte College chapter and as the Student President for the CSU, Chico chapter since May 2015. After graduation, her dream is to become a marketing analyst.




Moderator Guru

Dani Keane

Dani Keane, a CSU Chico transfer student, has a passion for health, music, and especially nature. She is majoring in sociology and minoring in sustainability management. With this, she hopes to aim her career in helping to fix the dysfunctional relationship between society and mother nature. As a new student at Chico, she is excited to be volunteering with this year’s This Way to Sustainability Conference! While working with the conference, her interest in sustainability has increased and now she cannot wait to see it all pan out.