Institute for Sustainable Development

 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII
Friday, March 16, 2018 Schedule

Welcome to This Way to Sustainability Conference 2018! All events this year will be held in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) located at 2nd and Salem Streets. We will begin with check-in and registration in the main lobby of the BMU. Continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the BMU Auditorium.

Participants are invited to join us for a free continental breakfast both days so remember to bring your reusables: water container, cloth napkins, tote bags, etc. We offer free filtered water in our recently remodeled drinking fountains, complete with bottle-filling spigots!

We encourage all participants to pre-register online to save time at check-in.

Time Description Location
8:00-2:00 Registration BMU Main Lobby
8:00-10:00 Continental Breakfast BMU Auditorium
9:00-9:45 KEYNOTE Matthew St. Clair BMU Auditorium
10:00-10:45 Concurrent Sessions BMU Breakout Rooms
10:00-11:45 Green Career Panel BMU 203
11:00-11:45 Concurrent Sessions BMU Breakout Rooms
11:45-1:00 Lunch on the Town Downtown Chico
1:15-2:00 KEYNOTE Kimberly Prather BMU Auditorium
2:15-3:00 Concurrent Sessions BMU Breakout Rooms
3:15-4:00 Concurrent Sessions BMU Breakout Rooms
5:30-7:30 Environmental Community Gathering Dorothy Johnson Center
  Thursday Schedule Speakers List
Registration Return to Conference Index Conference Program (pdf)

To see details about each speaker, click on their names within the schedule to be routed directly to their
biography on the speaker page.

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9:00-9:45 KEYNOTE Presentation
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Matthew St. Clair

Matthew St. Clair, UC Office of the President

Carbon Neutrality and Why Universities Should Be Trying to Attain It

Matthew St.Clair is the first Director of Sustainability for the University of California's Office of the President, leading sustainability efforts across the 10-campus UC system since 2004.

Mr. St.Clair was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Energy Innovations, a non-profit organization implementing energy conservation and sustainability education programs in California.

Mr. St.Clair has delivered lectures at numerous universities, been an invited keynote speaker at several regional and national conferences, and has advised the U.S. House of Representatives on the formation of an Office of Sustainability for the U.S. Capitol.

Mr. St.Clair has a Masters degree in environmental policy from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in economics from Swarthmore College. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.

10:00-10:45 Friday Concurrent Sessions

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BMU 203 - 10:00-11:45
Green Career Panel

Fletcher Alexander and Nicholas Chicoine, The Institute for Sustainabnle Development, and CSU, Chico Alumni: Amanda Leonis, City of San Jose, Skyler Roe, Ryan Stoltenberg, Wooster Engineering, and Natalie Lessa, R3 Consulting Group, Inc.

Interested in pursuing a green career once you graduate from college? Join us for a panel discussion featuring a number of CSU, Chico alums who have been working in sustainability in the private sector and in government since graduating. Come hear their stories and get insider tips on pursuing a career in the diverse field of sustainability professionals! All of our panelists graduated from Chico State in the past ten years – with degrees in a range of disciplines – and all were involved in campus student sustainability programs during their time here. These people have gone on to become young leaders in their fields, working hard to advance sustainability in their communities, regions and the world.

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BMU 209 - 10:00-10:45
Dam Wake-up Call

Richard McDonald
On February 11, 2017, the Oroville Dam overflowed. This is the ultimate fate of dams because rivers carry silt, diminishing the capacity of the reservoir, leading to overflow. Eventually, Shasta, Folsom, Oroville, and lesser dams in California will overflow and the land below will revert to “flood plain.” Cities such as Reading, Red Bluff, and Sacramento will flood. Besides silting, concrete deteriorates with time, on the order of a century, increasing the probability of dam failure. Then there are earthquakes. Rivers often follow faults, and guess where dams are placed! Dams also store energy from solar and wind farms to use in-off hours and this will also end. We will discuss implications for energy and water in California during this century, and ways to provide sustainable energy and water for CA into the distant future without large dams.

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BMU 210 - 10:00-10:45
Product Stewardship: Extending Producer Responsibility

Steve Rodowick and Doug Kobold, California Product Stewardship Council
The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) was established to promote extended producer responsibility. Meaning whoever designs, produces or sells a product takes responsibility for minimizing its environmental impact through all stages of the product's life cycle. Manufacturers, having the most control over the creation of the product, would bear the most responsibility in its end-of-life costs. Manufacturers of the products we use have traditionally not put a lot of thought in the end-of-life processes of the stuff they create; creating things that either can’t be fixed, are toxic to the environment, or hard to recycle. Thus it falls on local government to deal with the environmental and economic costs of handling these products. CPSC seeks to create a framework through collaborating with manufacturers for better processes, using greener design and materials, while creating convenient and no cost take-back programs for their products to shift the cost burden away from local governments.

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BMU 211 - 10:00-10:45
Confronting Catastrophic Wildfires: a Sustainable Approach

Peter Hess, Sustainable Future
Humans have always had to cope with fire as a natural part of terrestrial ecology. Catastrophic wildfires are becoming more frequent in the North American west and around the world, with climate change playing a significant role in this increase. Prolonged droughts and bark beetle epidemics leave potentially disastrous buildups of fuel loads, and more frequent and longer summer heat waves and wind events create explosive fire conditions. A sustainable society will find itself negotiating more frequent wildfires as population pressures drive people to build and live in the “Wildland-Urban Interface” (WUI). Based on personal experience with three major wildfires, this presentation explores dimensions of safely and sustainably inhabiting the WUI: (1) siting and building fire-hardened structures, (2) creating adequate defensible space, and (3) developing capacity and skill to employ a safe and effective fire-fighting response. It is more sustainable to prevent houses from burning than to rebuild them later!

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BMU 303 - 10:00-10:45
Who Decides What's Sustainable? A Workshop on Making Sustainable Decisions

Meagan Fischer and Corey Collier, CSU, Chico
If you have ever been frustrated at your projects running into challenges that were totally predictable at the time the decisions were made, or disappointed to witness mission drift as an organization you devoted energy to lost sight of its original goals, join this workshop on decision-making processes that can more reliably produce organizational policies or grassroots strategies that reflect your principles of sustainability AND are more easily implemented. This workshop will include a chance to practice with examples from attendees.

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BMU 304 - 10:00-10:45
Energizing Colleges - Increasing Campus Sustainability Through Energy and Sustainability-Focused Internships

Danielle Baxter, Danielle Robinson, Angelique Fuentes and Mark Bachofer, SEI Energize Colleges
Learning how to use your campus as a living lab in sustainability? Searching for holistic environments to utilize your knowledge in the environment, energy efficiency and education? Energize Colleges is a program of Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) that aims to provide California college students with meaningful experiential learning opportunities in energy and sustainability. With clean energy and green workforce development at its core, Energize Colleges will support 300 undergraduate students engaging in waste remediation, solar construction projects, community sustainability advocacy and education, engineering and more. In this seminar, Energize Colleges Fellows working on diverse campuses will show how the structure of the program and individual project efforts-to decrease in GHGs and increase in community engagement, are scaled across the state.

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BMU 312 - 10:00-10:45
Organizing a Campus Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Jose Luigi Madrid, Office of Sustainability at CSU, East Bay
Monitoring a campus Greenhouse Gas Inventory can be tedious and messy without proper guidelines. Using the University of Hampshire's Campus Carbon Calculator, I was able to locate and organize all of the greenhouse gas emissions on campus. This presentation will go over the processes and difficulties of completing a campus greenhouse gas inventory.

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BMU 314 - 10:00-10:45
The High Cost of Low Cost: Industrial Agriculture

Shelby Herrgord, Community Legal Information Center
In this presentation, she will discuss the lack of transparency on behalf of agricultural industries to consumers and how this poor level of communication is negatively impacting humans and the planet. People are uninformed as to what they are putting into their bodies as food and how this food is also harming themselves, others, and the environment.

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11:00-11:45 Friday Concurrent Sessions

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BMU 203 - 10:00-11:45 (continued)
Green Career Panel

Fletcher Alexander and Nicholas Chicoine, The Institute for Sustainabnle Development, and CSU, Chico Alumni: Amanda Leonis, City of San Jose, Skyler Roe, Jenna Levy, Ryan Stoltenberg, Wooster Engineering, and Natalie Lessa, R3 Consulting Group, Inc.

Interested in pursuing a green career once you graduate from college? Join us for a panel discussion featuring a number of CSU, Chico alums who have been working in sustainability in the private sector and in government since graduating. Come hear their stories and get insider tips on pursuing a career in the diverse field of sustainability professionals! All of our panelists graduated from Chico State in the past ten years – with degrees in a range of disciplines – and all were involved in campus student sustainability programs during their time here. These people have gone on to become young leaders in their fields, working hard to advance sustainability in their communities, regions and the world.

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BMU 204 - 11:00-11:45
Resident Outreach with Eco Reps and Green Room Certification Programs

Adri Long and Daniel Sandborn, Green Campus Team at Cal Poly
Eco Reps are a group of 40 students committed to creating a culture of environmental stewardship on the Cal Poly campus through peer education, sustainability-focused projects, and outreach events. Managed by the Green Campus Team within Facilities, Eco-Reps get to exemplify the learn by doing motto, all while having a direct role in Cal Poly's advancement to a fully sustainable future.

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BMU 209 - 11:00-11:45
Campus as Living Laboratory: Engaging Students in Inquiry Based Learning

Dr. James C. Pushnik, The Institute for Sustainable Development
The 'Campus as a Living Lab' Grant Program is a unique opportunity to expand learning through collaborations between students, faculty and facilities management staff in the exploration of sustainability concepts and theories. Using a web-based platform to integrate ‘real’ campus utility data into the curriculum with a focus on identifying energy consumption patterns in campus building operations. Utilizing cutting-edge utility management software programs and analytics, student explore new and innovative ways to potentially reduce energy consumption and the campus carbon footprint. Students have analyzed energy trends across campus academic buildings and residence halls and developed proposals for incentivizing efficiencies and campus conservation efforts.

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BMU 210 - 11:00-11:45
Citizen Engagement: Local Waterways

Natalie Carter and Angel Gomez, Butte Environmental Council
Water is a hot topic in northern California. Through advocacy and action anyone can make a difference. For over 40 years Butte Environmental Council (BEC) has acted as a voice for water though both advocacy and action. BEC is actively involved in water policy as well as organizing volunteer creek cleanups and more. There is no single way to make a positive impact in our watersheds. Learn more about what the issues are, what BEC does to give a voice to water, and what you can do to make a difference.

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BMU 211 - 11:00-11:45
Student Sustainability Leadership Summit

Benjamin Christensen and Kylee Singh, Climate Change Action Research Group at Cal Poly
The Student Sustainability Leadership Summit (SSLS) creates a space to reduce redundant efforts through community building, start the year with momentum, and to translate lofty ideas into tangible action. In it's second year, the summit hosted 40 students for a full day of activities focused community building, leadership development, and project planning. By facilitating key connections of student leaders, SSLS has created a community that more congruously work together, focuses on action, and starts the year with energetic efficacy.

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BMU 303 - 11:00-11:45
Sustainable Office Assessment Program - SOAP

Darnell Harper and Adam Murphy, Office of Sustainability at CSU, East Bay
SOAP is a Sustainable Office Assessment Program that enables faculty and staff to strive towards a more sustainable workplace. Through collaboration and competition, employees can use SOAP to learn more about their peers, themselves, and sustainability as a whole. Students become part of this process by collaborating with the SOAP Crew, a club dedicated to SOAP, in assessing the performance of staff and faculty in sustainable achievements. To prepare students for participating in the assessments, the SOAP Crew holds workshops throughout the academic year that focus on enabling students to promote sustainability in both academic and vocational endeavours.SOAP serves two purposes: to promote sustainable advancement in the workplace, and to prepare students to utilize sustainable practices in the career of their choosing.

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BMU 304 - 11:00-11:45
CSUN Sustainable Food Systems: Reducing Food Waste on Campus

Frida Endinjok, Associated Students and Sarah Johnson, Institute for Sustainability at CSU, Northridge
The USDA reports that 30-40% of food produced in the U.S. is wasted, making food the largest single source of municipal landfill waste according to the EPA. For this reason, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has been working to reduce both pre- and post-consumer food waste on campus. The Institute for Sustainability works with CSUN Dining to collect 100% of all pre-consumer waste, which is taken to our on-campus composting facility. Last year, volunteers converted nearly 50,000 pounds of kitchen scraps into 12,000 pounds of soil for the Food Gardens to grow organic produce. CSUN student volunteers benefit from the fresh produce and community service educational experiences, and surplus produce is donated to the community or our Food Pantry. Additionally, CSUN’s Food Recovery Network collects and diverts unsold food to local shelters and food insecure CSUN students. We are creating a sustainable food system that is environmentally and socially responsible. 


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BMU 312 - 11:00-11:45
Designing a Sustainable Future

Glenard Sulicipan, Office of Sustainability at CSU, East Bay
Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction. Incorporating design into sustainability allows students and faculty to learn more about sustainable practices. The presentation highlights what students need to acquire the knowledge and skills that are most critical to provide them with capacity to address a constantly changing and dynamic world. We will also address how engaging in community activities enhances resilience. The dynamic world is constantly evolving, what better way to deliver a message and knowledge by none other than good design.

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BMU 314 - 11:00-11:45
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation and Shared Governance

Maggie Scarpa, Shelby Herrgord, Johanna Faaborg, Nicole Kaufmanova and Ethan Van Steenburgh, Community Legal Information Center
An examination and and analysis the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), a three part comprehensive legislation that mandates the sustainable management of groundwater in California, the first legislation of its kind in the state. SGMA mandates that counties with high and medium priority groundwater basins and sub basins form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and implement Groundwater Sustainability Plans to achieve sustainable groundwater management, by identifying and causing the implementation of measures targeted to ensure that the basin is operated within its sustainable yield. SGMA was enacted in 2015, and has an development and implementation horizon of 50 years, and the first phase implementation occurred in June 2017. This presentation will further discuss the compliance of the deadlines, effectiveness of the legislation in terms with shared governance, and case studies of how counties dealt with the mandates and coordination with neighboring counties that share the groundwater basins and subbasins in the Sacramento Hydrologic Region.

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Lunch

 

Participants may choose to stay in the BMU and choose from the variety of food options available in the BMU Food Court or visit one of the many downtown restaurants. Downtown guides are available at registration. Please plan to return to the conference in time for the 1:15 sessions.

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Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Kimberly PratherKimberly Prather, Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, UC San Diego

How are humans contributing to climate change and what can we do to make a difference?
This presentation will provide an overview of our current understanding of the signs our planet is undergoing major change, the factors contributing to these changes, and results from the latest research showing how much humans are contributing to these changes.  Prather will discuss the work by her group focusing on determining how atmospheric transport around the globe is affecting our health and climate. Prather will discuss how her group discovered in flights through clouds that intercontinental transport from as far away as Africa is affecting the amount of snowfall in California. She will describe research efforts in the interdisciplinary center she directs, Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE), which has moved the real-world ocean-atmosphere system into the laboratory to investigate how oceans impact climate and human health. They have developed a unique large scale ocean-atmosphere interaction facility complete with breaking waves and natural seawater where large scale phytoplankton blooms can be induced to investigate how ocean biology affects clouds which play a critical role in controlling the temperature of our planet. Prather will discuss how the results are being incorporated into climate models to improve projections of climate and weather forecasts. Finally, a discussion will be presented on results from recent studies probing how the ocean influences human health through the release of microbes, toxins, and other pollutants.  Prather will discuss whether emissions from the ocean are good or bad for your health and how humans are impacting the way the ocean affects clouds and climate. Prather’s research on air pollution and climate has been highlighted in documentaries, Scientific American, Discover, NPR, YouTube videos, Reddit, and numerous other public forums.

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2:15-3:00 Friday Concurrent Sessions

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Streets of the Future: Student-Led Project-Based Learning to Improve the Sustainability of Street Design in Chico

Pablo Cornejo, Civil Engineering Department at CSU, Chico
Complete streets are streets designed for the safety of all users (e.g., pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles), known to improve public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved street design (e.g., integration of bike lanes, improved parking, traffic control signals, improved lighting, etc.). This presentation will discuss the integration of complete street design into an engineering sustainability and economic analysis course at Chico State. Over the course of a semester, students were tasked with developing innovative conceptual designs that would improve street safety for all users in the South Campus Neighborhood. As a part of their project, student groups analyzed the environmental and economic impacts of their conceptual designs and made final recommendations to the City of Chico, Public Works through poster presentations. This unique collaboration allowed for students to contribute to the conceptual design phase of a neighborhood improvement plan, integrating project-based learning and real-world applications into the classroom.

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BMU 209 - 2:15-3:00
Saving The Planet By Any Means Necessary

Derek Warnken, Deep Green Resistance
The planet is being murdered. Every year we dump more carbon into the atmosphere than the year before, even as we increase the rate at which we destroy the final primordial forests, the final indigenous peoples' to whom those forests are home, and the final species, everywhere, at a rate faster than an asteroid impact. By every meaningful measurement we are losing the war for the planet. Global warming has passed the tipping point, carbon offsetting is a joke, and individual lifestyle adjustments are a deluded fantasy. With the possibility of serious and swift government intervention a non-starter and individual consumer based actions incapable of affecting serious changes, DGR is here to talk about the last strategy left to us- the last hope to save the planet- a strategy we call Decisive Ecological Warfare.

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BMU 210 - 2:15-3:00
Energy Conservation and Climate Change

Natalie Carter, Butte Environmental Council
The effects of Climate Change are becoming a daily reality for many. With the increase in dramatic weather events, shifting temperatures, and rising sea levels the need to adjust our behaviors has never been greater. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation. By reducing energy use in our homes and businesses, we can make a real difference. Join Butte Environmental Council to learn about tools, upgrades, and rebates you can use to reduce your energy use and bill!

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BMU 211 - 2:15-3:00
Get SCOOPED! Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices

Nicholas Chicoine and SCOOP Team Members, The Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico
The Sustainability Consultations of Office Practices club is presenting steps on how to improve one's own home and office through sustainable choices and actions. We will go in depth about certain areas of human lives that can be positively affected by making small decisions pertaining to sustainability. We begin by assessing the audience's prowess for living sustainably, and see what they know about implementing green alternatives. Next, our presentation about what we do for Chico State offices will be shown and explained how it can be replicated in one's own home or office. Then, we will show results of previous audits and reasons why offices have earned their awards. After the presentation, we will end with a follow-up Kahoot quiz to see what the audience has learned.

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BMU 303 - 2:15-3:00
Entering the Anthropocene with the Power of Organics to Mitigate Climate Change

Evan Edgar, California Compost Coalition
We are ‘Entering The Anthropocene’ in this newly proposed geological epoch that begins when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems. This new epoch should begin circa 1950 and would likely be defined by radioactive elements dispersed across the planet by nuclear bomb tests, although an array of other side effects of humanity - such as methane emissions, climate change, plastic pollution, soot from power stations and diesel exhaust, and nitrogen and phosphorous build up in our soils, are likely indicators as well. Waste management activities of hauling, processing, methane leakage, and plastics have all heavily contributed. Alternatives to diesel and landfills such as community-scale carbon negative anaerobic digestion and biomass gasification, and covered compost can be deployed during the Anthropocene as part of a Zero Waste Plan to mitigate climate change impacts.

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BMU 304 - 2:15-3:00
A “Swale” Future for Stormwater: Bioswales to the Rescue

Sandrine Matiasek and P3 Student Group, Geological and Environmental Sciences at CSU, Chico
Biofiltration systems are a type of green infrastructure used to mitigate flooding and water quality issues associated with urban storm runoff. Students involved in an EPA People, Planet, and Prosperity (P3) grant investigated key design criteria for building efficient and sustainable biofiltration systems, including filtration media and plant types. In addition to laboratory experiments, local biofiltration systems were monitored for their ability to infiltrate storm runoff and remove excess nutrients, suspended sediment, metals, and petroleum hydrocarbons. Assessing the long-term performance of these systems is particularly relevant to identify key maintenance practices that can ensure the sustainability of stormwater biofilters. From this assessment, students will present design guidance for campuses and small cities considering this pollution prevention method.

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BMU 312 - 2:15-3:00 - CANCELED
Fueling Yourself: A Guide to Low-Carbon Cuisine

Laura Greene, Office of Sustainability at CSU, East Bay
As a sufferer of multiple food allergies, it can be very difficult to find nutritious and wholesome food on a college campus. Most vending machines are a no-go, even places like Subway and the Dining Halls can pose a problem. On top of that, buying pre-packed meals and packaged snacks daily is expensive and wasteful. Unfortunately our consumer culture has stacked the deck against sustainable eating. So we must do what you can with what we got. Little choices can result in big changes, we just have to take it one meal at a time. Through some simple recipes, behavior changes, tips and tricks you can simultaneously fuel yourself responsibly, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

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BMU 314 - 2:15-3:00
Examination of the Sustainability Efforts within the CSU System

Maggie Scarpa, AS Governmental Affairs and Amanda Reinhart, AS Sustainability, CSU, Chico
This presentation examines the sustainability efforts that have been implemented throughout the various California State University campuses in order to meet the goals addressed in the CSU Sustainability Policy. It recognizes campus’s green achievements, as well as analyzes both quantitative and qualitative data on how successful the CSU system has been on implementing environmental practices. We evaluate the sustainable programs campuses offer to their students and why certain ones have been more successful than others in terms of student engagement. We will assess the future projections of environmental practices within the CSU system and offer strategies for increasing climate resilience and sustainability from a student perspective.

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3:15-4:00 Friday Concurrent Sessions

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BMU 203 - 3:15-4:00
Sustainability and Climate: We Actually Can Get There and Must

Jerry Hinkle, Citizens Climate Lobby
The cost of climate change has become more glaring with the tragic disasters in the US. And this trend toward extreme weather has Just Begun: global temperatures are now up 1 degree (C) but will rise 3.5 degrees this century even if Paris agreements are kept. The good news: there is a fair, effective, and commonly agreed solution to this generational issue - We Actually Know How to Solve This! The challenge: passing a charge for carbon pollution through the US political process. But CCL is making great strides toward this end! We now have 60 US House Members (30 Rep, 30 Dem) signed onto the Climate Solutions Caucus, committed to generating legislation to affect climate solutions! Find out about the issue, the solution, and how we are building a bridge toward sustainability.

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BMU 209 - 3:15-4:00
RESPECTFUL REVOLUTION – Broadcasting Hope Effectively on Social Media

Gerard Ungerman and Stacey Wear, Respectful Revolution
Do you believe in the power of story-telling? What sustainability issues concern you most? How can we combine these two questions and make a meaningful difference for our planet? Come share your ideas and enthusiasm for change with the Respectful Revolution team: we’ll present what we’ve been doing since 2012 with regard to telling stories in order to inspire others, and we’ll discuss how we can be most effective in an environment of so much white noise, distraction, fear and cynicism.

Started by a couple from Chico, CA, the Respectful Revolution Project is an ongoing video-based advocacy endeavor that offers examples of sustainable behaviors happening all around the United States. To date the project has produced and distributed over 210 individual video portraits and several TV show episodes about outstanding individuals who seek to make our world and society better every day through a multitude of actions.
The presentation will begin with a recap on Respectful Revolution’s goals and accomplishments. We’ll then let our audience choose on-the-spot themes that we will match with stories from our catalog. We’ll then discuss how to best go about sharing these stories in a way as to effect meaningful change. We’ll conclude on the need to find financial support and sponsorship for such advocacy projects as ours and on what kind of social media presence will help build credibility in the eyes of potential donors and sponsors.

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BMU 210 - 3:15-4:00
Renewable Energy for Disadvantaged Communities

Sanja Cerni and Rebekah Casey, GRID Alternatives
Renewable energy can help drive environmental benefits and economic growth for communities most impacted by climate change, pollution and underemployment. In the past decade, GRID Alternatives made groundbreaking progress in renewable industry nation wide by making solar energy, technology and training accessible to low-income households and communities who had no access. GRID’s affordable solar installation and training model will be part of one of the first net-zero energy affordable housing projects in Northern California that will bring green energy and training to it’s residents. GRID Alternatives is a non-profit, grass-root organization that started small, but has grown locally, nationally and internationally by helping disadvantaged communities have access to renewable energy and solar training. GRID Alternatives vision is a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Our mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.

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BMU 211 - 3:15-4:00
Mushroom Farming Meets Sustainability

Kevin Foley, Premier Mushrooms, Inc.
This presentation has two primary goals: 1) Discuss the more fundamental aspects of mushroom farming 2) Discuss sustainability initiatives being implemented at the Colusa Farm. Part I of the discussion will provide the audience with a basic understanding of the composting, growing, harvesting and packaging processes while Part II will explore topics such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management/recycling, greenhouse gas mitigation and community engagement. All majors, backgrounds & professions are welcome. It doesn't matter whether you've been farming mushrooms for three decades or simply know that they taste good and come from the supermarket. No previous knowledge of mushroom farming is required in order to benefit from this discussion. All are welcome. A few minutes will be carved out for dialogue and Q&A at the end of the presentation.

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BMU 304 - 3:15-4:00
The Owens Valley: Tribal Perspectives

Jesse Dizard, Department of Anthropology at CSU, Chico
California's Owens Valley offers lessons to us all about the complexities of 'dewatering' rural areas to meet urban demands. California Indians native to the valley share their analyses of the costs and consequences of our choices. Anthropologist and film maker Jesse Dizard spent several years listening to Paiute and Shoshone residents and presents their concerns in their own words.

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BMU 312 - 3:15-4:00
Student Engagement Through Clubs and Activities

Ashley Sweeny and Thomas Butler, Office of Sustainability at CSU, East Bay
Outreach and advocacy, curriculum development and comprehensive sustainability planning across departments from facilities, faculty, counseling, student services are the building blocks to an impactful and scalable sustainable career development program.

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BMU 314 - 3:15-4:00
Building Inner-Resilience for Emotional and Spiritual Strength

Peter Melton, Daring to Discuss
We are, already, in turbulent times. We are facing global and local challenges that will require us to redefine sustainability and resilience. What exactly are we trying to sustain? We have some tough questions to ask ourselves about the human footprint, population, climate chaos, consumption, corporate power, politics, renewable energy, our fellow planet mates, etc. What kind of “sustainable civilization” can we co-create in the face of these challenges? What “Inner-Resilience” will we need to navigate our changing world? For emotional and spiritual strength, we will need to remember that we are all connected to the delicate web of life? We are one family, sharing one planet and co-creating one future. In this session we will dare to discuss our eco emergency and the challenges that go with it. We will balance the grief with gratitude and begin to build the foundation for our “Inner-Resilience.”

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Environmental Community Gathering
Dorothy Johnson Center - 5:30-7:30 pm

All conference participants are welcome to participate in the Environmental Community Gathering where 25+ local and regional environmental organizations will share information about their ongoing projects and activities. Complimentary appetizers will be served and a no-host bar will be available (cash only please). This event is free and open to the public. The Dorothy Johnson Center is located at 775 East 16th Street in Chico.
Sponsored by the Environmental Coalition of Butte County

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