Institute for Sustainable Development
Paul Persons

In loving memory of Paul Persons
1951-2007


 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XI Awards

Paul Persons Award

Nominations accepted for CSU, Chico faculty only and must be submitted online by the deadline of February 1, 2016

Congratulations to the 2015 Paul Persons Award recipient
Professor David Eaton, Department of Anthropology 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 person 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 were accepted through February 1, 2016 for CSU, Chico faculty only. The Sustainability Conference Executive Planning Committee selected the winner from the nominated faculty based on the folling 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 year's Paul Persons Sustainability Award was presented during the This Way to Sustainability Conference Speaker Reception on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016.

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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 categories this year, Higher Education and K-12 schools.

K-12 Greenie Awards - SEE WINNING GROUPS

Nomination Status Response (Extended Deadline): February 1, 2016
Video Submission Deadline: February 29, 2016

For the first time winners of the K-12 Greenie Awards will receive cash award prizes to support and enhance their projects! 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

Winners in each category will be required to submit a video and poster to be used in the next This Way to Sustainability Conference (March 2017) documenting how the 2016 cash award supported or enhanced their winning project by the deadline of January 1, 2017. Expanded to include schools outside the Butte County School District at conference hosts discretion.

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.

PRIZE JUST ADDED!

The Forebay Aquatics Center (FAC), in collaboration with Outdoor Education For All! will provide bus transportation for up to 30 7th-8th grade students to the FAC for a day of outdoor science learning, water safety, and fun.

The Forebay Aquatics Center (FAC) is located on the North Thermalito Forebay along Hwy 70, one mile north of Oroville at the west end of Garden Drive.

This field trip will be awarded to the first place winners in the 7-8th Grade category and will focus on water and boating safety, stormwater issues, science learning, and fun. The exact program details will be coordinated with the winning school, and scheduled during either May or June.

Student groups must meet the following criteria:

  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 the BMU Auditorium during the conference on Friday, March 25, 2016 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 in the BMU Auditorium 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 5, 2016.
  9. Winners will be announced during the Greenie Awards Ceremony between 11:00 & 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 25th in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium.
  10. Submitted videos will be included on this web page starting March 1, 2016 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.

Higher Education Greenie Awards
SEE WINNING GROUPS

Nomination Status Response (Extended Deadline): February 1, 2016
Video Submission Deadline: February 29, 2016

The Higher Education Greenie Awards this year will recognize North State student groups from the following CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges:

American River College Lassen Community College
Butte College Mendocino College
CSU, Chico Sacramento City College
Clovis Community College Sacramento State University
College of the Redwoods San Francisco State University
College of the Siskiyous San Joaquin Delta College
Cosumnes River College San Jose State University
CSU, East Bay Shasta College
Feather River College Sierra College
Folsom Lake College Sonoma State University
Fresno City College UC Davis
Humboldt State University Yuba College
Lake Tahoe Community College Woodland Community College

Schools outside these areas may also be considered at the conference hosts discretion.

Nominates student group projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Nominations from the identified Northern California CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges only.
  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 five (5) nominated groups will be asked to present their project accomplishments at a tabling session in the BMU Auditorium during the conference on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. where final voting will take place.
  6. Nominees must be present to win.
  7. Nominated groups are required to also provide a video (3 minutes maximum in length) documenting their project to be shown prior to the final voting in the BMU Auditorium 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 5, 2016.
  9. Winners will be announced during the Greenie Awards Ceremony between 11:00 & 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 25th in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium.
  10. Submitted videos will be included on this web page starting March 1, 2016 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

  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?

Poster Criteria:

  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:

  • The poster must be no larger than 48 x 36 inches (Easels, boards and push pins will be provided on request).
  • The poster will be displayed in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium either Thursday or Friday, March 24 or 25, 2016.

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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