Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico
This Way to Sustainability Conference IX
Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
9:00-9:50 Concurrent Sessions
BMU 204 - 9:00-9:50
Kerrie Feil-Olson, Steven Pina Sanchez and Whitney Wright, SCOOP at CSU, Chico
DIY Sustainability Workshop/What is SCOOP?
This presentation will focus on the tool that is used for SCOOP's consultations. The criteria that they provide can help anyone and everyone to decrease their ecological footprint and increase environmental awareness. They will also discuss what SCOOP is, what they do, and provide opportunities for those interested in joining them.
BMU 209 - 9:00-9:50
Angela Casler, College of Business at CSU, Chico
Get Certified in Sustainability Management
Join the Sustainability Management Association (SMA) in transforming leadership to manage for a healthy economy, natural environment, and society. The SMA is a professional association whose members strive to make a positive difference. The SMA also accredits professional certification for experienced professionals who manage fleets, facilities, equipment, health and safety, human resources, accounting, finance, and marketing in nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Students or professionals who would like to learn how to manage for sustainability can also be certified as an associate. SMA believes that sustainability can be managed in any type of organization with a strong long-term strategic view. If you share the same vision, come learn more today.
BMU 210 - 9:00-9:50
Lee Altier, Elizabeth “Betsy” Boyd, College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico, Francisco Fonseca, Educative Centre for Costa Rican Development,
Manuel Amador, CORP. EDUCATIVA PARA EL DESARROLLO COSTARRICENSE, and Salvadore V. Garibay, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland
PART I - Overview of Projects: Enhancing the Viability of Small Farmers Everywhere: an International Perspective on Sustaining Local Food Production
Throughout the world, small farms have been the engines and framework of rural economies and social life. The health of rural communities has always been linked with the well-being of their farms. Several projects currently underway in Latin America and Europe are exploring opportunities to reward farmers by promoting the stewardship they provide in enhancing biodiversity and sequestering soil carbon. These projects are based upon the premise that efforts to enhance farmers' economic well-being must be linked to regenerating and conserving the natural capital of their regions and the sustainability of their production. In contrast to trends in U.S. agriculture to displace farmers with machinery, these projects also seek to promote more rural employment through value-added processing. This session will describe the process of generating the involvement of farmers and the opportunities for enhancing sustainability.
BMU 211 - 9:00-9:50
Jonathan Reinbold, Organic Valley
The Proof is in the Pasture: Science Shows the Benefits of Pasture-Based Farming for People and Planet
Is it possible for better farming practices to reduce greenhouse gases and at the same time increase the nutritional quality of our food? Emerging scientific evidence is demonstrating a powerful relationship between farming, nutrition, and ecology. Jonathan Reinbold, Sustainability Program Manager at Organic Valley, will share recently published results from the most comprehensive U.S. study of milk's essential fatty acid composition. These findings, in conjunction with additional research focused on greenhouse gas emissions, illustrate how pasture based dairy practices can improve our health while helping to mitigate climate change.
BMU 303 - 9:00-9:50
Courtney Ward, RetroCom Energy Strategies, and Mike Goodrich, Los Rios Community College District
Making the Most of Energy Incentives, Rebates, and Grants: A Los Rios Community College District Case Study
Los Rios Community College District has taken advantage of a $5 million Smart Grid grant from their local utility district (SMUD) and has utilized the grant to maximize not only their energy savings, but additional rebates from both SMUD and PG&E as well. RetroCom Energy Strategies worked closely with Los Rios to optimize the operation of their HVAC systems at each of their four campuses in existing and new buildings. By implementing Smart Grid controls, Los Rios is now eligible to participate in SMUD's Demand Response program. Los Rios is enabling calendar-based air handler operation by manually interfacing the campus class scheduling system (PeopleSoft) to their energy management system (EMS). In addition to the innovative scheduling upgrades and Demand Response connection, Los Rios has implemented several additional innovative energy savings measures. This presentation will cover maximizing the capabilities/possibilities of any EMS at your facility.
BMU 304 - 9:00-9:50
David Younger, Jonathan McMurtry, Lionakis, Erik Winje, DPR Construction, and John Ellis, Cosumnes River College
Buildings that Teach: Integrating Sustainability, Building Design and Curriculum Within the Built Environment
When Cosumnes River College was ready to design a new interdisciplinary classroom building that would house, among other things, their Architecture and Construction Management programs, it was clear that this was an amazing opportunity for integrated teaching and learning. More than six years ago, students were assigned the project as part of their design studio, an instructional approach to engage the student voice. Their best work informed the next phase of the project, where the College turned to a design-build competition collaboration between users, architect and contractor to design a sustainable, flexible and technology-rich LEED Platinum building that could be used as a teaching tool for future generations of architects and contractors. This presentation will focus on the circle of sustainable knowledge, where the curriculum and students informed the design of the building, the building design informed sustainability and sustainability informed curriculum for future generations to come.
BMU 312 - 9:00-9:50
Maria Elena Anguiano, MESA - Butte College
Biofiltration Wetland Education Learning Laboratory (BWELL) Project
This presentation reports on the progress of an ongoing applied research project at Butte College by the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program. Started in 2009, the BWELL project has focused on: conducting a feasibility study designed to accommodate storm runoff from an existing campus parking lot; identifying the effluents; and identifying the most effective biofiltering design. Currently, the BWELL interns are monitoring the installed Phase 1 of the biofiltration wetland. At the heart of this project is mentoring and cooperation from key faculty and community professionals. Over 40 interns have been involved in the project over time.
BMU 314 - 9:00-9:50
Abbas Mohamed and Kabir Sehgal, fieldstudy
Implementing Your Visions with Business and Leadership Practices
It seems these days that you meet many students, about to graduate, who have grand visions to change the world for the better. However, it can be daunting and discouraging for such visionaries to actually implement these visions into sustainable projects that have the tangible effects they desire. By attending this workshop, you will be equipping yourself with business and leadership skills that will better prepare you for manifesting your vision into reality, and implementing change in the professional realm. These skills include breaking down and managing your vision, professional communication, and calling others to action.
Friday, March 7, 2014
10:00-10:50 Concurrent Sessions
BMU 204 - 10:00-10:50
Kerrie Feil-Olson, Steven Pina Sanchez, Whitney Wright, and other SCOOP Team Members
Green Harmony (Spoof) Dating Game Show
Please join SCOOP for their Second Annual Green Harmony Dating Game Show (spoof) with our honorable guests: Careless Caroline, Kinda Karlie, Sustainable Sara, Environmental Evan, and your host: Matchmaker Mindi!
BMU 209 - 10:00-10:50
Angela Casler, Diana Flannery, Michael Rehg, CSU, Chico, Kevin Foley, Premier Mushrooms, and Danielle Buis
Meet the alumni, students, and faculty that are working together to make your success possible. The alumni who have minored in managing for sustainability are working in careers that they enjoy and within companies that share similar values. Come out and meet Brittany Marino, Project and Client Manager of the Sustainability Management Association; Dani Buis, Social Media Coordinator of Sustainability Management Association; Kevin Foley -- Sustainability Coordinator of Premier Mushroom; Diana Flannery, Health and Community Services Department (HCSV 362) ; Michael Rehg, Chair of the Department of Management; and Angela Casler, Minor in Managing for Sustainability Coordinator, Department of Management (MGMT 460). Join this panel of students, faculty, and alumni to learn more about giving yourself a competitive advantage with a best-in-class education that can set you up for success.
BMU 210 - 10:00-10:50
Lee Altier, Elizabeth “Betsy” Boyd, College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico, Francisco Fonseca, Educative Centre for Costa Rican Development, Manuel Amador, CORP. EDUCATIVA PARA EL DESARROLLO COSTARRICENSE, and Salvadore V. Garibay, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland
PART 2 - International Collaboration: Enhancing the Viability of Small Farmers Everywhere: An international perspective on sustaining local food production
Throughout the world, small farms have been the engines and framework of rural economies and social life. The health of rural communities has always been linked with the well-being of their farms. Several projects currently underway in Latin America and Europe are exploring opportunities to reward farmers by promoting the stewardship they provide in enhancing biodiversity and sequestering soil carbon. These projects are based upon the premise that efforts to enhance farmers' economic well-being must be linked to regenerating and conserving the natural capital of their regions and the sustainability of their production. In contrast to trends in U.S. agriculture to displace farmers with machinery, these projects also seek to promote more rural employment through value-added processing. This session will explore the progress of these projects and examine opportunities for collaboration in support of small farmers in California and elsewhere.
BMU 211 - 10:00-10:50
Samantha Duncan and Justin Flick, AS Sustainability at CSU, Chico
Marketing for Sustainability: How to Utilize Facebook in Building Your Organization and Educating Your Audience
In todays interconnected world, it can be difficult to break all the noise and reach an audience. This presentation will discuss effective utilization of Facebook and other social media sites in combination with on-the-ground marketing techniques to build your organization's reach in order to educate your audience in sustainability.
BMU 302 - 10:00-10:50
Rich Silver and Scott Terrell, University of Earth
HELP! Create a World That Works for Us All
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." Upton Sinclair's quote has and will continue to prove to be a major obstacle in creating a sustainable society. Inventor and philosopher Buckminster Fuller told us that we can never change things by fighting existing reality, that in order to change something we must create a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Would you like to help create a sustainable society, fulfill your greater potentials and true purpose and earning a living, all at the same time? Want to produce sustainable food, energy and water, the FEW essentials? Please join University of Earth staff as they present their innovative new model for creating a world that works for us all through the Holistic EcoLiving Practitioner program (HELP!) and EcoVillages project.
BMU 303 - 10:00-10:50
Pete Bonacich, California Water Services, Aimee Sunseri, New Clairvaux Vineyard, and Lau Ackerman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Water, Hops, and Grapes from Soil to Plate
Soil health relies on many sustainable practices that simultaneously protect the aquifer. Fresh water is an essential natural resource that is protected and cherished by many businesses in the local community. Join this panel to meet California Water Service Company, New Clairvaux Vineyard, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Come learn how you can conserve water in the home or office while protecting the aquifer with smart landscaping and irrigation choices. New Clairvaux will share their practices in soil and water management on the vineyard to include dry farming, pressure bombs, soil probes, and barrel hydration practices. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will share their practices in conservation and closed loop management to grow barley, hops, and vegetables. This panel will make your mouth water.
BMU 304 - 10:00-10:50
Emily Koller, FoodCorps
FoodCorps: How the Service Model Can Impact Children's Relationship With Food
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. They place motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, we implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids. Our Service Members: Teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, build and tend school gardens, and bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. This presentation will look at how using the service model enables FoodCorps to collaborate with community partners to impact children's health while also building leadership in the food movement.
BMU 312 - 10:00-10:50
Central Seasons: Life as a Teenage Farmworker in California
The central valley's contribution to table food in the United States is significant, but the people who are picking the food are not often studied or given proper resources. "Central Seasons" is an exploration of the teenage experience in balancing fieldwork with school and family obligations. Having a job as a teenager is not uncommon in America, but in these small communities the most readily available work is in agriculture, a job that is physically draining and that can have long term repercussions. Parents want a better life for their children, but in the process of supporting their families, these teens are often beginning a future in fieldwork, with no benefits or hope of promotion. The presentation will consist of a screening of the short film followed by a discussion around crucial issues surrounding farmwork.
BMU 314 - 10:00-10:50
Grace Kerfoot, AS Sustainability at CSU, Chico
California's Artisinial Cheesemaking Culture
Come learn about the emerging artisan cheesemaking community in California. We'll talk about their strides toward sustainability, and other benefits of supporting artisanal cheesemakers. You'll get to learn how to evaluate cheese and build your own cheeseboard!
Friday, March 7, 2014
11:00-11:50 Concurrent Sessions
BMU 204 - 11:00-11:50
Nik Janos, CSU, Chico
What is to Be Sustained? Critical Reflections on Sustainability
This presentation critically examines prominent genres of sustainability, from green capitalism, to energy technology, to consumer lifestyles. The use of the word sustainability has proliferated in recent years, coming to mean almost anything. Less attention has been paid to how poorer and marginalized communities are fighting for environmental justice. I make the case that rather than thinking of sustainability as a singular destination that we hope to arrive at, we should re-conceptualize sustainability as multiple unfolding participatory socio-ecological practices. At the heart of this definition is an attention to social inequalities, equity, difference, and the democratic process. Thus, we can speak of what Julian Agyeman calls "just sustainabilites." Whether you're engaged in the practice of sustainability, or learning about it in the classroom, this talk will be of interest in thinking through a critical examination of the link between sustainability and social justice.
BMU 209 - 11:00-11:50
Peter Joseph, Citizens Climate Lobby; The Climate Reality Project
The Little Engine that Could: Harnessing the Economy to Pull Us Out of the Climate Ditch
What talks? What can you follow to understand how things work? It's MONEY! As long as carbon pollution pays profits, it will continue. But what will happen when everyone knows that fossil fuels will become predictably more expensive over time? Once the true social costs of fuels are reflected in their price, market forces can correct the most serious market failure in the history of money: the energy market's failure to protect the civilization it has built and is meant to serve. Citizens Climate Lobby, a rapidly growing volunteer organization, has helped ignite a carbon conversation. Economists of all political persuasions agree that a price on carbon pollution is the most effective means of moving away from fossil fuels and kick starting the next industrial revolution.
BMU 210 -11:00-11:50
Jessica Lundberg, Lundberg Family Farms, and Pamm Larry
An Update on Labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms in Our Food
There have been labeling efforts for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 17 states to date and a campaign at the federal level continues to gain support. How have these campaigns been successful and why do they fail in the United States when over 56 countries around the world require labeling of GMOs. This presentation will look at GMOs in food production, why there are efforts to label these products, and summarize an update of efforts on labeling.
BMU 211 - 11:00-11:50
Tim Sistrunk, Ellie Clifford Ertle, Diana Flannery, and William Loker, CSU, Chico
Sustainability and Professional Development at the University
The sustainability sciences are interdisciplinary as they embrace the complexities of understanding the interrelationships of society, economy and the natural world. Sustainability competencies include a commitment to civic engagement, social justice and diversity. Since these are central to practicing sustainability precepts, modern educational institutions should recognize their importance by supporting the professional development of faculty and staff along these lines, both financially and in their hiring, retention and promotion policies. This workshop/discussion will consider some of the ways this type of development has been, or might be addressed, and invite the audience to contribute their ideas about how the culture and workplace of academia could be moved in this necessary direction. Come and join the conversation to promote and value the skills that are needed to build the sustainable future.
BMU 303 - 11:00-11:50
Johnny Lococo, PowerSave Campus at Humboldt State University
Developing a Cold Water Laundering Program at Humboldt State University
This presentation details a student-led effort to reduce natural gas consumption at Humboldt State University. This effort originated with the simple idea that if on-campus residents were encouraged to use the cold setting on their washing machines, then the demand for hot water would drop and energy savings would be achieved. To this end, the presenter, alongside his PowerSave Campus teammates and his Environmental Science classmates, set out to design a University program that would educate campus residents about the costs and benefits of hot and cold water laundering, promote cold water laundering using community-based social marketing techniques, and incorporate the cost of heating water into the price of running a hot or warm wash cycle. This presentation narrates the development of Humboldt State University's Cold Water Laundering Program.
BMU 304 - 11:00-11:50
Russell Marsan, GreenTraks
Unearthing Your Green Career
Finding a green career can be challenging; opportunities are limited within this highly competitive job market. This presentation will give you a competitive attitude and insight when applying for green jobs. During these challenging economic times, many companies are trimming costs in an effort to keep their doors open. Unfortunately many of these companies don't understand the need for sustainability programs, and view these types of programs as an expense rather than a means to reduce costs. This presentation will arm you with the attitude and communication skills to help show companies that embracing a triple-bottom-line is a path to a healthier company. Russell will demonstrate how to create your own job opportunities within companies that do not currently have sustainability programs. If your desire is to attain a green career, you will not want to miss this informative, inspirational, and entertaining presentation.
BMU 312 - 11:00-11:50
Jake Wade, Parallel Revolution
Help Me, Hemp You
Parallel Revolution is an American manufacturer of quality sustainable apparel, specializing in hemp and hemp-blend fabrics. By using only natural, renewable and ethically sourced materials, Parallel Revolution aims to be Planet Earth's Preferred Outfitter. Since co-founding Parallel Revolution during his freshman year here at California State University, Chico, Jake Wade has worked diligently to produce what he sees as the future of clothing. Over the years, Wade has worked from the ground up: picking their raw material, testing, designing, prototyping, manufacturing, and bringing their products into the market.
BMU 314 - 11:00-11:50
Morgan King and Halley Walsh, Humboldt State University
Foodwaste Diversion as an Effective Strategy for Reducing an Institution's Environmental Footprint
According to the EPA, more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in the municipal solid waste stream. An effective food waste diversion program will reduce hauling and landfill-generated greenhouse gases, lower disposal costs, and create a valuable soil amendment that can be used on-site. This presentation will focus on Humboldt State University's two-tiered food waste diversion program, which employs on-campus composting in an Earth Tub as well as off-campus hauling to a commercial composting facility. The presenter will also discuss the operational, technological and behavior change efforts that have led to the program's success.
Local Lunch and KEYNOTE Presentation
11:30-1:00 - BMU Auditorium
Starting at 11:30 a local lunch will be served buffet style in the Bell Memorial Union at an additional fee of $12.00 per person. Advance registration and payment for the lunch is required.
12:00-12:50 Keynote Presentation:
Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
KAREN ROSS was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 12, 2011 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. Prior to joining CDFA, Secretary Ross was chief of staff for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009. Before her time at the United States Department of Agriculture, Secretary Ross served more than thirteen years as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), based in Sacramento.
TOUR - Campus Sustainability Walking Tour
Meet at the North Entrance of the BMU
Led by Fletcher Alexander, Sustainability Coordinator at CSU, Chico - California State University, Chico Campus Sustainability Walking Tour
This walking tour of campus will highlight sustainability efforts from LEED certified buildings and alternative transportation initiatives to waste diversion efforts and sustainability programming in the Associated Students, University Housing, and more! Join us and learn about sustainability on the California State University, Chico campus from the folks who work on it every day!
Friday, March 7, 2014
1:00-1:50 Concurrent Sessions
BMU 204 - 1:00-1:50
Richard J McDonald, Ph.D.
NucliOculture for the Sustainable Production of Food, Water, Electricity and Liquid Fuels
While organic farming and renewable energy may support two billion people, advanced technology will be needed to provide food, water, and energy to a population of seven billion people. NucliOculture is the sustainable production of electricity, carbon-neutral liquid fuels, potable water, and food-based on the efficient use of heat from advanced nuclear reactors (those which burn "waste" and produce no usable weapons material). The highest temperatures will be used to generate electricity and to provide process heat for fuels production. Lower-temperatures will warm greenhouses to produce fish (aquaculture) and plants (hydroponics). Electricity will produce potable water via reverse osmosis and run grow lights to increase food production. Food for the fish and plants will be optimized (without drugs or genetic modifications) and waste products will be recycled. Diverse nuclear fuels will be sufficient to power nucliOculture for many thousands of years.
BMU 209 - 1:00-1:50
Mary Clare Hunt, In Women We Trust and Rachael Londer and Anais Rodriguez, CSU, Humboldt
How to Position Yourself for Green Internships
What words do you use on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc. that make you look professional, consistent, and authentic across the spectrum of social media? How do you use that effort to springboard yourself into an interview? This session will uncover the first steps in building a sustainable digital reputation along with tips for locating and securing a meaningful internship that will enhance your career potential.
BMU 210 - 1:00-1:50
Kaitlin Haley, Kevin Killion, Marli Diestel, and Eric Recchia, California Student Sustainability Coalition
Fossil Fuel Divestment 101
This presentation will be a collaboration between California universities discussing what fossil fuel divestment is and how students, faculty and community members can get involved.
BMU 211 - 1:00-1:50
Jessica Lundberg and Junda Jiang, Lundberg Family Farms
Plant Breeding for Organic Crop Production
Organic agriculture requires plant varieties that not only meet consumer needs for quality and variety, but that can compete in a challenging and changing growing environment. Researchers around the world are identifying the need to improve plant characteristics using traditional breeding methods for organic production systems in order to give growers who do not want, or do not have, chemicals the ability to produce healthy, productive crops. This presentation will give an overview of plant breeding techniques, efforts in organic breeding around the world, specific work being done in the United States, and examples of a local California farm, Lundberg Family Farms, who are working with their own organic breeding program to improve rice varieties for use on their farms.
BMU 302 - 1:00-1:50
Composting and Other Sustainable Curriculum for School Children
This presentation will help educators and non-educators employ sustainable lessons in and outside of the classroom. The presentation will include information on composting, gardening, and specific lessons that can help students understand sustainable practices.
BMU 303 - 1:00-1:50
Ninette Daniele and Jada-Simone White, CSU, Chico
Hands-On, Minds-On Outdoor Education Module Teaches Population Ecology of Turtles to Third Grade Students
This group will present a module aligned with stringent standards that teaches population ecology of turtles to third grade students. We used ongoing Western Pond turtle research to inform a hands-on, minds-on module focused on population health, mark and recapture techniques, and the scientific method with an emphasis on applied math skills. Our teaching modules took place on the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, where children learned about turtle trapping, reading turtle marks, and long-term data collection. In addition, they engaged in discussions about the biology of the Western Pond turtle and the potential threats of invasive turtle species. Based upon hand-written thank you cards and assessment results, we conclude that children came away from these education sessions with a new appreciation for a native reptile, insight into why and how research is conducted, an understanding of the life requirements of an aquatic turtle, and the potential impacts of non-native fauna.
BMU 304 - 1:00-1:50
Austin Reagan, University of Southern California
Leveraging Social Media for Sustainable Behavior Change
USC Sustainability is working to facilitate behavior change through regular outreach with email and social media. Recently, University of Southern California joined with MyActions, NetImpact and the Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Challenge which leverages social media to get students to participate in environmentally friendly practices. Students are rewarded by earning donations to non-profits of their choice for each action as well as participation prizes.
BMU 312 - 1:00-1:50
Opening Minds One Bite at a Time
What began as a search for local food has developed into more than ever expected. Now a 500 member local food club doing much more than filling bellies with wholesome local food; it is building community, encouraging local food production, inspiring new growers/cottage food producers, encouraging local stores to buy local, demonstrating a living gift economy, helping the community relearn and appreciate the natural rhythms of the year, and much more. Big change is happening with small acts of volunteerism and giving. Many said this model would never work and we are learning...never say never. Come hear about the development of the organically grown Local Grub Club and learn how this type of club can and is being replicated, each unique to its community.
BMU 314 - 1:00-1:50
Courtney Silver, Jamie Chino, Mitchell Hayes, and Stephanie Farmwald, Green Events Consulting Team, CSU, Chico
Sustainable Food Practices For Every Event
One area of event planning that can be particularly difficult is supplying sustainable food options that meet the needs of attendees. In this workshop, you will gain valuable skills on how to find sustainable food options in your area as well as how to purchase foods according to season and region. You will also be given tools on how to approach vendors and caterers to meet the needs of your sustainable event. We will cover topics like local food, common dietary restrictions of attendees, composting/recycling, and green purchasing guides.
Friday, March 7, 2014
2:00-2:50 Concurrent Sessions
BMU 204 - 2:00-2:50
Kevin Foley, Premier Mushrooms, Inc.
The Future of Fungi
This presentation has 2 primary goals: 1) Discuss the more fundamental aspects of mushroom growing (Composting, Growing, Harvesting, Packaging) 2) Discuss sustainability initiatives being implemented at the Colusa Farm (recycling/waste management, energy, water and GHG). It doesn't matter whether you've been farming mushrooms for 3 decades or simply know that they taste good and come from the supermarket. All are welcome. There will be a few minutes for dialogue at the end of the presentation.
BMU 209 - 2:00-2:50
Nathaniel Millard, James Pushnik (Conference Host), CSU, Chico
In Front of the Mirror: Assessing Curricular Change
California State University, Chico undertook a general education reform, providing a unique opportunity to craft a new general education pathway with the intent of preparing students for challenges of the future by focusing a curriculum on sustainability. The Sustainability Pathway emphasizes a system thinking approach to help students understand and be able to address a set of problems involving the biosphere processes, human institutions and the economic vitality. The curriculum intentionally integrated courses from across the disciplines of natural sciences, social sciences, agriculture, engineering, economics, arts and humanities into a central focused theme of sustainability. This presentation will focus on curricular coordination and the pedagogical strategies incorporated within the pathway to ensure intellectual coherence between disciplinary areas and the processes by which the curricular change efforts are being assessed for effectiveness of increasing the knowledge of the principles of sustainability, shifting student attitudes and engagement in campus sustainability efforts. The discussion will address the assessment instrument being developed and changes in student enrollment patterns.
BMU 210 - 2:00-2:50
Peter J. Hess, National Center for Science Education, and Michael Hess
The Ethics of Sustainable Agriculture for 7+ Billion
The challenge of keeping seven billion people alive may well reach crisis proportions, with chronic food shortages and spasms of overpopulation-induced genocide taking their toll. Two converging factors exacerbate this: (1) The inexorable decline of the fossil fuels that enabled this temporary population spike (2) Global climate change caused by the burning of these fuels. Sea level rise and episodic agricultural failures will create famines and ecological refugeeism on an unprecedented scale. Here is our ethical dilemma: Do we revert to past low-yield farming practices or do we employ the latest in agricultural technology to feed our existing population until through encouraging replacement-sized families we have reduced our population to a sustainable level? Using the most advanced scientific tools and an intercultural, interreligious, and intergenerational ethic, we must strive for an agriculture that (1) maximizes genetic diversity of plants and animals, (2) is ecologically rich and sustainable, and (3) is respectful of local autonomy and agricultural customs.
BMU 211 - 2:00-2:50
Martin Figueroa, UC Merced, PowerSave Campus Program
Integrating Sustainability into the Academics and Greek Life
Integrating Sustainability into the academics and greek life will be
a quick presentation on best practices and challenges when integrating sustainability concepts into courses not affiliated with the sciences, and how to get greek life involved in creating a campus wide movement for sustainability education. Students at UC Merced are creating projects with Writing, Psychology and Sociology courses to educate and introduce students to sustainability concepts. With the help of Greek organizations, students are pledging to changing their lifestyles and becoming more sustainable, as well as learning about the easy and simple ways they can
play a role in reducing their carbon footprint. This presentation is aimed for student leaders in college campuses interested in educating and creating change.
BMU 303 - 2:00-2:50
Stephen Feher, Sustainable Community Development Institute
Sustainable Community Development in View of Rapid Urbanization in South East Asia: A Threat to Global Warming and Food Supply
The presentation discusses the scale and the rapid speed of urbanization of traditionally agricultural regions of South-East Asia, especially in China. Stephen Feher outlines the short-term local consequences of this phenomenon on the immediately affected people, subject to large scale resettlement and forced change in livelihoods and lifestyles; and draws wide ranging global implications, such as increased global warming and decrease of global food supply, which affect all of us. Feher offers potential solutions by proposing sustainable community development initiatives to mitigate the negative impacts on the local population, as well as minimizing global effects. He points out that development and implementation of these potential solutions represent challenges and opportunities to the next generation of scientists, engineers and community development professionals, roles he has played in his long career. He urges today's university and college students to think globally and pursue in their studies and careers the challenges we face worldwide.
BMU 304 - 2:00-2:50
Susan Rainier and Neil Steiner, Glumac
Understanding the Living Building Challenge
Participants will learn about The Living Building Challenge, the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste, and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. The International Living Future Institute (NGO), parent of the Living Building Challenge can help your practice explode, as it is the wave of the future in transforming our communities to be truly sustainable and beautiful.
BMU 312 - 2:00-2:50
Robert C. Jones, CSU, Chico
An Omnivore's Dilemma: The Myth of the Sustainable Meat Movement
Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Polyface Farm's Joel Salatin, and others have popularized a movement known variously as the sustainable meat movement, the humane meat movement, and the conscientious omnivore movement. They argue that despite the fact that animals are sentient beings, meat-eating remains ethical since meat-eating is, in some sense, "natural". Robert Jones argues that such views are flawed, confused, and misguided. He further argues that "humane meat" is impossible, and that veganism remains a viable, ethical alternative both to the cruelty of current factory farming practices and the ethical confusions of humane meat advocates.
BMU 314 - 2:00-2:50
Jose Gonzalez, CSU, Chico
Vermicomposting at a Middle School Campus: A "cradle-to-cradle" approach to food waste
In recent years, 2000-2005, nearly 40% of available food was wasted. Much of this food waste naturally decomposes in landfills and consequently releases greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. Anthropogenic GHG emissions have had major impacts on current global warming trends. It is therefore imperative that solutions are found for emissions of GHGs from food waste. Our "cradle-to-cradle" approach to food waste establishes waste diversion at a local middle school using vermicomposting. It is a "cradle-to-cradle" approach in that it creates a closed-loop system where food not consumed by students is turned into vermicompost; vermicompost is then used in the school's garden, and unconsumed food is again vermicomposted. Our project has two goals: 1) measure the reduction of food waste with associated production of vermicompost, and 2) increase our understanding of how students transfer and incorporate knowledge of waste diversion to and from their community.
Friday March 7, 2014
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
How Long Can We Last?
Facing an uncertain future, Californians confront their own reflection in the mirror of water scarcity. In the new normal of what once was the California dream, activists, commercial fishermen, farmers, Indians and local politicians share their anxieties and reveal their values in an effort to find common cause, if not always common ground.
Friday, March 7, 2014
4:00 KEYNOTE Presentation
DAYNA BAUMEISTER - Co-Founder and Keystone of Biomimicry 3.8
Location: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
The Wisdom of a 3.8 Billion Year Old Story
The path to sustainability is a trail well-tread by millions of species for billions of years. We are not alone in striving towards ways to be well-adapted inhabitants of this planet. Biomimicry, an emerging discipline that seeks to consciously emulate nature's genius, offers a practical and paradigm shifting approach to sustainability. Dayna's presentation will share well-adapted success stories while painting a picture for life-sustaining paths forward. Biomimicry.net | AskNature.org
Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, March, 2014 Environmental Coalition Community Gathering
The Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is co-hosting the Environmental
Coalition Community Gathering on Friday, March 7, from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the
C.A.R.D. Center located at 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico. The event will
bring together local environmental organizations and their supporters.
Participating organizations will share their visions, goals and recent
achievements. There will be free appetizers and adult beverages for sale.
All from the local environmental community are encouraged to attend. By
gathering together we hope to build relationships and improve communication
between the organizations to develop more viable strategies and alliances
for a safer, healthier and more vibrant community. For more information
about the event contact BEC staff at (530) 891-6424 or visit the BEC website