Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XI
Friday, March 25, 2016 Schedule of Events

Keynote Presentations Wednesday Kickoff Featured Film
Thursday Schedule Friday Schedule REGISTRATION
Conference Speakers K-12 Greenie Awards Higher Ed Greenie Awards
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At a Glance:
8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast BMU Lobby / Auditorium
9:00-11:00 K-12 Greenie Displays & Voting BMU Auditorium
9:00-9:45 Concurrent Sessions Breakout Rooms
10:00-10:45 Concurrent Sessions Breakout Rooms
11:00-11:30 K-12 Greenie Award Announcements BMU Auditorium
11:30-1:00 Organic Lunch Buffet $$ BMU Auditorium
12:00-2:00 Featured Film - Symphony of the Soil BMU Auditorium
1:00-1:45 Campus Sustainability Tour Meet BMU N Entrance
2:00-2:45 Concurrent Sessions Breakout Rooms
3:00-3:45 Keynote Presentation - Roger Doiron BMU Auditorium
5:30 pm Community Gathering Chico Women's Club


Join us for coffee and a light continental breakfast in the BMU Auditorium. Don't forget your mugs and enter to win a caught you being green raffle prize. This is also a great time to check out the K-12 Greenie student group project nominees and vote for your favorites.

K-12 Greenie Displays & Voting
BMU Auditorium 9:00-11:30

Join us in the BMU Auditorium for the annual Greenie displays and voting. Our K-12 categories will include nominated projects from three categories; K-6, 7-8, 9-12th Grades. Student groups with 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. Visit their displays in the BMU Auditorium between 9:00-11:00 am Thursday to vote for the best. Only registered participants in attendance are able to vote.
Winners will be announced between 11:00-11:30 in the BMU Auditorium.

Friday, 9:00-9:45

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BMU 203 - 9:00-9:45
Sustainable Insulation Building Systems (SIBS)

Maria Elena (Nena) Anguiano and MESA Program Students, Butte-Glenn Community College
MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievements) Interns MESA students are continuing an innovative and award winning project on the Butte College Campus: Sustainable Building Insulation Systems (SIBS). The SIBS project is a continuation of three years of EPA - P3 grant supported research and development Rice Hulls Alternative Building (RHAB) in the utilization of bio-mass agricultural waste materials (rice hulls) in an energy efficient building insulation which sequester carbon. The interns meet weekly to participate in research, evaluation of findings, product development, and leadership training. They are supervised, trained, and guided by Stephen Feher, Executive Director, Sustainable Community Development Institute, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. In addition, the interns project receives support from Lundberg Family Farms. The MESA Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering.


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BMU 204 - 9:00-9:45
Sustainability Knowledge Assessment at California State University, Northridge

Kiana Lucero, CSU, Northridge
To improve sustainability knowledge of undergraduates, CSU, Northridge has added course offerings in sustainability in recent years. In order to assess the baseline knowledge of the general population and the effectiveness of our programs, a sustainability knowledge questionnaire was employed which is based on a combination of one developed by OSU using Item Response Theory and program specific questions. The test was administered to students in sustainability and general education courses from 2013-2016. Results from the surveys will be presented, assessing knowledge among students by discipline, gender and year in school, and the effectiveness of program elements.


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BMU 209 - 9:00-9:45
The Pope and Overpopulation: the Perplexing Silence of the Encyclical Laudato Si'

Peter Hess, Theology for a Sustainable Future
Pope Francis addressed about two billion people in his 2015 letter “Laudato Si’”, identifying global climate change as probably the greatest environmental threat facing the world. But the document’s analysis and treatment of this complex problem is disappointingly weak. It completely ignores the crucial factor of human overpopulation, which along with overconsumption of finite resources is one of the twin pillars underlying all our ecological crises, especially climate change. Overpopulation and overconsumption account for the rapid exhaustion of fossil fuels, species extinction, skyrocketing levels of greenhouse gases, rising oceans, inundation of islands and coasts, and accelerating ecological refugeeism around the globe. That the Vatican sweeps overpopulation under the rug is both perplexing and worrisome. In a world projected to top eleven billion by 2100, we cannot afford to lose religious voices from discussions about sustainability. Religious traditions must address overpopulation with honesty and courage if they wish to be taken seriously.


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BMU 210 - 9:00-9:45
Storm Runoff Mitigation by Biofiltration

Dr. Sandrine Matiasek and EPA P3 Student Team
Biofiltration systems are a type of urban green water infrastructure used to slow down urban storm runoff and mitigate the adverse effects of its contaminants. Students involved in an EPA People, Planet, and Prosperity grant investigated key design criteria for developing efficient and sustainable biofiltration systems, including soil media, plant types, and local precipitation patterns. Various system configurations were evaluated based on their efficiency at infiltrating storm runoff and removing excess nutrients, suspended sediment, metals, and other constituents of concern. From this assessment, students will present design guidance for campuses and small cities considering this pollution prevention method.


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BMU 211 - 9:00-9:45
Voices for the Future: The Moral Call to Conscience on Climate Change

Meagan Fischer, Advocacy Corps
Congressional action is vital to national and global solutions to climate disruption. However, Congress is not discussing (much less addressing) the climate crisis, because it lacks bipartisan agreement that climate disruption is real, human-caused, and causing great harm to present and future generations and our Earth. Non-partisan faith communities are well-suited to establish the moral foundation for climate action because people of faith care for Creation, express concern for the "least of these", and feel responsible for future generations. Faith-based approaches to contentious issues can soften divisiveness in the national political culture through respectful interactions, carrying values of partnership, redemption, hope, and a shared future. A Republican member of the House of Representatives introduced a climate resolution in Fall 2015 that states the science of climate change, and urges Congress to enact legislative solutions. This is the first step in a bipartisan way forward to address our common climate fate.


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BMU 301 - 9:00-9:45
What are Biodynamics? Why is it the Most Sustainable Farming System in the World?

Delmar McComb BDANC (Biodynamic Association of Northern California) and Luke Frey, Frey Vineyards
Biodynamics is a holistic, sustainable form of agriculture developed out of a series of lectures given in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher, scientist, and esotericist. It is comprehensive in scope, taking into account everything from the cycles of the moon and stars to the soil, plants, animals and people. Its ultimate goal is to make each garden or farm a healthy self-sustaining ecosystem. It was the first ecological farming system to develop in response to the rise of synthetic chemical and specialized agriculture after the turn of the 20th century. It is now practiced by growing numbers of advocates worldwide both on commercial scale farms and home-scale gardens. Biodynamic farming requires adhering to a list of organic, holistic, and cosmic tenets. Learn the differences between organic and Biodynamic growing and how it offers a truly sustainable vision of the future.


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BMU 304 - 9:00-9:45
Forging Collaboration

Susan Tchudi and Stephen Tchudi, Environmental Coalition of Butte County
The Environmental Coalition of Butte County (ECBC), a relatively new collaborative effort, consists of more than 30 local and regional environmenta land social justice organizations. Member organizations explore common concerns and seek potential cooperative efforts among groups working on the interconnected issues of water, energy, transportation, food, education, social justice, sustainability, and community. We'll describe the history of the coalition, describe work of member groups, show the links among members' projects, and invite audience participation in suggesting new ways of collaboration. ECBC is open and inclusive. We are eager to encourage the involvement of individuals and organizations that would like to engage in environmental activism in our community or would simply like to learn more about local efforts.


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BMU 312 - 9:00-9:45
Gooseneck Takeover

Jacqueline Ortiz, CSU, Eastbay
Gooseneck Takeover is a project that involves changing the various old-fashioned water fountains around California State University, East Bay. My plan with these goosenecks, or in other words water refilling stations, is to provide students, staff and faculty with water stations that are sanitary and provide an easy way to refill reusable bottles. This in turn will help to decrease the amount of plastic bottle waste on campus. My goal is to have an updated fountain in every building at least on the first floor. This project involves communicating and organizing together with the heads of facilities management and the office of sustainability. The project is already underway and my hope is that by the end of 2016 there will be new fountains in every building on campus.



Friday, 10:00-10:45

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BMU 203 - 10:00-10:45
The Informal Geography of Chico: The Spaces Between Buildings

Kiaya Sabolovic and Victoria Birdseye, with Professor Mark Stemen, Department of Geography, CSU, Chico
In the Fall of 2015, students in Chico State's GEOG 506 class undertook an assessment of the informal geography of Chico though a hands-on examination of yard sales, street food, and tiny houses. They took field notes on multiple yard sales and operated a food cart on campus, "The Cheese-O-State Wildcart", to gain new insights into street food. They also designed a Tiny House Village and worked with the City's Community Development Department to negotiate the uncharted territory in local land use panning. During the session, students will present their findings on what is possible for Tiny Houses in Chico, and tell some wonderful stories of the experience.

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BMU 204 - 10:00-10:45
Sharing Solar Through Education

Hugo Gregoire, CSU, East Bay
CSU, East Bay, with the partnership of WeCare Solar, created a course to teach students how to build solar suitcases, which they donate to orphanages, schools, camps, and community centers that do not have electricity. This educational program empowers students with hands-on experience with sustainable energy. With global human energy consumption increasing every year, it is easy to forget the source from where our energy is derived. As part of the program, I had the opportunity to teach middle school students how to build a solar suitcase. Seeing how immersed these students are when building a solar suitcase shows how important education is in developing a sense of responsibility and capacity to work towards a more sustainable future. This new program at CSUEB is a great example of how hands-on practice can inspire students to embody the responsibilities of global citizenship and help countries that are living in energy poverty.


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BMU 209 - 10:00-10:45
Making Cycling Irresistible

David Eaton, CSU, Chico Department of Anthropology
In the past few decades, an urban cycling renaissance has changed cities the world over.  In this session we look at lessons from international pioneers like Groningen, Copenhagen, Seville, Curitiba, and Bogotá, and from communities closer to home in Portland, Minneapolis, and even New York.  With the help of recent US-focused books like Elly Blue’s Bikenomics, Jeff Mapes’ The Pedaling Revolution, and Pucher & Buehler’s City Cycling, we outline what success looks like and how it can be achieved, with special reference to the choices facing Chico going forward.


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BMU 210 - 10:00-10:45
Developing a Food Secure Butte County

Lee Altier, CSU, Chico College of Agriculture, and Deanna Reed, Enloe Medical Center
Working to ensure that everyone in the county has access to adequate amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits is a cooperative effort by numerous groups. It takes local food production, education, and markets working together. An estimated 15% of Butte County residents live in food deserts, 2 1/2 times the statewide average. This forum will bring together representatives from a variety of agencies to share their perspectives on the biggest challenges impeding food security in this area and what is being done to develop a food network that supports everyone.


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BMU 211 - 10:00-10:45
Developing an Alternative Model to Mushroom Farming

Kevin Foley, Premier Mushrooms
This panel will begin with an overview of the mushroom farming process to give the audience some context for part II of the discussion. Part II of the discussion will cover several of Premier's Sustainability Initiatives, including; Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Waste Management/Recycling, GHG Management and Community Initiatives. All majors, backgrounds & professions are welcome and no previous knowledge of mushroom farming is required in order to benefit from this discussion. There will be 10 minutes left at the end of the discussion for some Mushroom Q&A.


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BMU 301 - 10:00-10:45
Water Wars II

Taylor Wetzel and Kody Linville, Environmental Advocates at the Community Legal Information Center, CSU, Chico, and Jim Brobeck, AquAlliance
Water is a necessary resource for human survival. The historic drought California currently faces has led the state to impose new water regulations and curtail Californian’s water rights in order to conserve its limited resource. The Community Legal Information Center’s Environmental Advocates will discuss issues related to the state’s new water policies and overview whose water rights have been curtailed. The conversation will highlight challenges related to water issues and cover some of the future plans the state has to conserve water.


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BMU 304 - 10:00-10:45
Distributed Energy in California: The Stone Edge Farm MicroGrid Project

Ryan Stoltenberg, Wooster Energy Engineering
This MicroGrid project arose with the intent to see how far we could reduce Stone Edge Farm's carbon footprint and show what may be possible with current technological solutions and creativity. We are creating an interconnected network of electrical services that will be capable of providing emergency power in the event of a MacroGrid failure or by choice to intentionally island the MicroGrid and ultimately run in parallel operation with the MacroGrid. This project in Sonoma is a 4-6 year implementation effort and we have been on site for 2 years. On a campus of 15 acres, we will internally connect 7 metered services together as an isolated electrical grid. In order to accomplish this we must integrate various forms of distributed generation and storage with real time monitoring and control while working in conjunction with PG&E and other local energy distribution companies.


Friday, 11:00-11:45

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BMU 203 - 11:00-11:45
The Service Model: Changing the Landscape of School Food

Hayley Baumgartner and Emily Koller, FoodCorps
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. We do this by placing 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 attempt to achieve the following : 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. We envision a nation of well-nourished children. These children, having grown up in a healthy food environment, will learn more, live longer, and liberate their generation from diet-related disease.


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BMU 204 - 11:00-11:45
Navigating a Complex World: A Case for Resilience Education

James Pushnik, The Institute for Sustainable Development, and Colleen Hatfield, Department of Biological Sciences at CSU, Chico
As we work toward creating a sustainable future that is in harmony with the natural life support systems, we must acknowledge the pivotal role of education. We need to ask big questions about how to better communicate the concepts of sustainability and how to advance our preparedness for predicable climate driven changes and unanticipated surprises through resilience planning. Effective resilience planning in this dynamic environment necessitates the development of novel ways to collect, analyze, evaluate and integrate information from the intellectual space that has emerged between traditional academic disciplines. Resilience planning provides an opportunity to explore novel approaches to instruction that re-integrates knowledge and that tr anscends the traditional boundaries or approaches of any single academic discipline. This will require a shift in the way we conceptualize and think about research and teaching, particularly at the science-technology-environment-society interfaces, creating a resilience framework that would be defined by the questions asked, rather than the academic disciplines it engaged to find the solutions. To be successful, a curriculum of this nature must be an interdisciplinary effort rooted in knowledge, and integrating the evolving attitudes and values of the learner and society.


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BMU 209 - 11:00-11:45
Watersheds as a Planning Unit

Lindsay Wood, Butte Environmental Council
This presentation will explore local watersheds in Butte County- Big Chico Creek, Butte Creek, and the Feather River, all of which flow into the Sacramento River. Historically, these tributaries have supported abundant populations of Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha. We will explore Salmon as an indicator species for ecological health of the greater Sacramento River watershed as well as the current conditions of these waters. Looking to the future, we can use other communities as a case study to overcome ecological collapse.


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BMU 210 - 11:00-11:45
The Autism Spectrum Food Activity Lab

Veronica VanCleave and Paul Hunt, Autism Spectrum Food Activity Lab, CSU, Chico Department of Kinesiology
This presentation highlights the development and success of the Autism Spectrum Food Activity Lab, an interdisciplinary project between the Nutrition and Kinesiology departments at California State University Chico. It is designed for a group of teens, “The Teen Group”, through the Autism Clinic. A majority of individuals on the Autism Spectrum experience challenges around eating behavior and meal times. For example, food selectivity or “picky eating” is a common concern. Upon starting the project, the teens were asked about their current knowledge of food preparation and about what kinds of foods they liked to eat. This information was incorporated into activities designed specifically for the Teen Group. The ASD Food Activity Lab activities aim to promote; a positive attitude toward food, and increase self-confidence with regard to making food choices, and preparing foods to eat.


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BMU 211 - 11:00-11:45
Igniting a Spark: Challenges and Successes in Inspiring Energy Efficiency

Bailey Hall, City of Sunnyvale
Energy conservation and efficiency are critical in mitigating the harmful effects of climate change, but both rely heavily on changing people's perception and behavior. Whether it's lack of awareness or lack of connection to more global consequences, there are sizable barriers that prevent the public from taking action for the environment. Through social media, volunteer outreach, and neighborhood-focused events, Sunnyvale's energy efficiency campaign aims to address these barriers and inspire lasting behavior change in residents. The methods used (along with the subsequent successes and shortcomings) will be discussed through the lens of a local government, but intended for any grassroots organizer looking to make an impact.


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BMU 301 - 11:00-11:45
Environmental Stressors in Aquatic and Riparian Ecosystems

Amanda Banet and Kristen Kaczynski, Center for Water and the Environment at CSU, Chico
This session will showcase research from Dr. Amanda I. Banet and Dr. Kristen Kaczynski, two new faculty members in the College of Natural Sciences at Chico State. Both researchers study how habitat disturbance and environmental stressors can influence an ecosystem and the organisms that live there. Dr. Banet will be sharing her research with Pacific salmon, which examines how stress experienced by a female salmon during migration can influence the behavior and swimming performance of her offspring via stress hormones deposited in the eggs. Dr. Kaczynski will present her research on the effects of fire on riparian ecosystems and methods for vegetation restoration.


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BMU 304 - 11:00-11:45
Natural Awareness Based Relations

Adam Moes, Acupuncture and Herbs
This introduction will offer an overview and specific techniques that will allow you to discover ever greater places of peacefulness and calm within yourself; as well as ways of enjoying your own thoughts and emotions to create and maintain healthier, happier relationships.



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Local Lunch
BMU Auditorium 11:30-1:00


Join us for a local & organic lunch buffet in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium during the featured events. Purchase your lunch ticket in advance when registering for just $13.00.

Friday's Menu - Niman Ranch Sliced BBQ Top Round (gluten-free) OR Szechwan Marinaded Tofu (vegan option, not gluten-free), Sutter Dinner Roll (made w/organic flour), with (vegan, gluten-free sides) Cannellini Bean and Kale Salad, Crisp Broccoli Salad w/House Vinaigrette, and beverage.

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Featured Film
BMU Auditorium 12:00-2:00

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Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems. In addition to the feature film, there are several short  films, Sonatas of the Soil, that delve deeply into soil-related topics, and several short clips, Grace Notes, that are available to stream on the film’s website.

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Deborah Koons Garcia
With introductions and Q&A by
Deborah Koons Garcia, Director/Producer/Writer




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CSU, Chico Campus Sustainability Walking Tour
Friday, 1:00-1:45

Meet at the North Entrance of the BMU

Fletcher Alexander, The Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico
This walking tour of campus will highlight sustainability efforts from water conservation 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, 2:00-2:45

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BMU 203 - 2:00-2:45
PART I: Integrating Technology Within Garden Lessons to Promote Sustainability and Improve Learning Outcomes

Andrew Shensky and Estenia Garci Hernandez, U-ACRE, CSU, Fullerton
Food systems are a topic not often taught during early childhood education. However, the presence of school gardens provides an ideal setting for food systems education to take place. To enhance the educational value of school gardens and promote sustainability among students, the introduction of technology into school gardens can play a critical role. Digital technology has been shown to be an effective educational tool, however, research has focused little on the role it plays within school gardens. We have developed an interactive garden web-app for Ladera Vista Junior High in Fullerton, California. This app allows students to access content such as plant characteristics, growth requirements, and recipes for each plant in the garden. Students can also create content by collecting data, for example plant growth, water use, and seed saving. Integrating this technology helps to improve educational outcomes while promo ting sustainability on campus and in the garden.

Part II: Do Different Hatchery Conditions Affect Age Specific Survivorship in Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)?

Sandra Contreras Soto, U-ACRE, CSU, Fullerton
This presentation focuses on community-based research between U-ACRE at California State University, Fullerton, and Future Foods Farms. Using a tilapia hatchery created by Chef Navidi of Future Food Farms, we are studying age specific survivorship of hatchlings across different hatchery conditions to aid in creating an aquaculture model that is sustainable and productive. As part of the U-ACRE mission we seek to provide community partners, such as Future Foods Farms, with the tools needed to continue agriculture production in our community.


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BMU 204 - 2:00-2:45
Sustainable Management of Groundwater Storage -- Why It Is Different Than Surface Water Storage?

Steffen Mehl and Jeffrey C. Davids, Center for Water and the Environment, CSU, Chico
California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) focuses on transitioning the State towards sustainable use of its groundwater resources. However, compared to surface water storage, sustainable management of groundwater storage will require new management frameworks. For example, groundwater storage is harder to manage because there are physical constraints on how fast water can be put into and withdrawn from aquifers, its boundaries are not as well defined, and it is part of a dynamic flow system. Pumping (or injection) forms a cone of depression (or a mound) which has several implications for effective management: 1) location of extraction/injection can substantially impact the system, 2) interactions with the surface water systems can be nonlinear and complex (for example stream depletion), and 3) hydraulic effects can continue long after pumping/injection has stopped (residual effects of pumping). Failure to fully understand these issues can lead to mismanagement of groundwater storage with undesirable long-term implications.


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BMU 209 - 2:00-2:45
Where Are We on the Way to Sustainability in 2016?

Stephen Feher, Sustainable Community Development Institute
This is my 5th consecutive presentation at this Conference, all of them on the challenges facing us on the way to a sustainable future. Last year my talk with the same title, was a progress report on our status in achieving a sustainable future and review of the greatest challenges facing us. This year I will review progress made during 2015, which promises to be another record high temperature year globally and a year of a record El Nino. It was also a very important milestone year on the way to sustainability: The UN adopted 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after reporting on the mostly successful in completion of 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000. The new SDGs are targets and indicators that UN member states will use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years toward sustainable development. I will also discuss the equally important milestone, the 2015 Paris International Climate Conference (Summit) with new global targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and global warming limit (GWL). I will assess these milestones and discuss their significance and also the dangers of failing to achieve them. Most importantly, I will focus on the danger of sea level rise (SLR), which we face even if we meet the GHG & GWL targets. I will cite new scientific reports on the SLR danger, especially the potential collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and will discuss the Ice Build Up Concept (IBUC), an engineering solution to slow SLR and prevent its catastrophic global consequences. In conclusion, I will state why I am optimistic about our sustainability future due to my faith in engineering technology and human nature.


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BMU 210 - 2:00-2:45
Dam Removal and Rewilding of the Sacramento Valley

Jesse Dizard, Center for Water and the Environment, CSU, Chico
Threatened species of Chinook Salmon spawn in only a few remaining tributaries to the Sacramento River. Cottonwood Creek is one such stream. During a survey not long ago CA Fish and Wildlife biologists discovered a dam on private property blocking 12 miles of spawning habitat. After negotiating with the landowner an agreement was reached to allow demolition of the dam. This presentation describes how that agreement was reached and why it can serve as a model for future efforts at dam removal. (Includes short film)


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BMU 211 - 2:00-2:45
Growing with Faith: Starting a Community Garden Using a Jesuit Context

Carrie Herrman, Gonzaga University
Under the umbrella of our Jesuit university's mission, which encourages a faith that does justice and service, we have engaged in new sustainability initiatives. One of these is the newly founded Campus Garden. Because of the strength and focus of our mission statement, projects like our garden have been supported by the entire school and student body. The faith aspect of this mission, given life by our University Ministry team, also gives our growing efforts a more holistic view of working with and developing the whole person as we grow our garden. This presentation will also discuss how leveraging your institutional mission can strengthen and advance sustainability initiatives. We used this knowledge as a way of resting further in the values of our university, knowing that both people and institutions are likely to accept ideas when they are presented parallel to their own values.

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BMU 301 - 2:00-2:45
Resilience, Resistance, and Right Relationship

Pamala Spoto and Sara McCurry, Shasta College
What we do to the environment, we do to ourselves. We believe in establishing right relationship with all beings in the world and with Mother Earth. As educators, we want to help students and the community think about their relationship to their fundamental needs like shelter, food, and clothing, relationships that are outsourced from the individual to profit-driven systems comprised of both institutions and businesses. We believe these systems are not healthy, are dehumanizing, and distance us from right relationships. In this session, we will share pedagogy, including classroom materials/strategies for critical analysis, aimed at raising students’ awareness of how their choices can be influenced or determined by these systems and exploring how they might create resilient, alternative futures, negotiating within or choosing to work outside of oppressive frameworks. Pamela Spoto will relate a personal journey and model of resistance to these systems in terms of food, health, and medicine.


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BMU 304 - 2:00-2:45
21st Century Trains: Replacement for Heavy Trucks

Richard McDonald, Retired
Traffic congestion, pollution, and reduced oil production require replacements for most heavy Diesel-powered trucks within the 21st century. Advances in electric propulsion and robotics make trains attractive for transport of goods, particularly food, between and within metropolitan regions. 60-mph Train would transit any two major cities at an average speed of 60-mph leading to cross-country times of 2 days, faster than trucks. Tube-Train would be a half-sized fully-computerized train running in pipe (tubes) on surface or underground that delivers pallets of goods to retail outlets or end-users without traffic congestion. Tube-Train would be loaded at distribution centers and unloaded by robotic systems 24/7 at their destination. These environmentally friendly and sustainable train systems would vastly reduce the need for Diesel-powered large trucks, both on the interstates and in metropolitan regions.


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Keynote Presentation
BMU Auditorium 3:00-4:00 pm

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Roger Doiron

Founder and Director of Kitchen Gardens International (KGI)

Eat the View: The Fight for Edible Landscapes
Sometimes the best solution to a big problem is not a single, big one but many little ones. In his globe-trotting presentation entitled "Eat the View," Roger Doiron tells the story of how millions of people are taking on big, international problems like diet-related disease, climate change and social injustice by growing small, edible gardens. Doiron focuses his spotlight in particular on an inspiring group of change-makers who've taken risks and encountered opposition in their efforts to promote gardens and healthy foods. Despite some high-profile victories for food gardens over the past five years, Doiron points out that the fight for more edible landscapes is still in its early stages. More resources and leadership will be needed for the food garden movement to grow and realize its full potential. Offering a message of hope and empowerment, Doiron invites his audience to become the next generation of garden groundbreakers.


Community Gathering

Environmental Coalition Community Gathering – 5:30 @ The Women's Club
Sponsored by the Butte Environmental Council and the Environmental Coalition of Butte County
The Environmental Coalition of Butte County invites all conference participants to a Community Gathering on Friday following the last keynote. This reception event brings together local environmental organizations and their supporters for a night of conversation and celebration. There will be free appetizers and adult beverages for sale. All from the local environmental community are encouraged to attend.  The Women's Club is located at 592 E 3rd St, Chico and is walking distance from the campus.  For more information about the event contact BEC at (530) 891-6424 or visit the BEC website at