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This Way to Sustainability Conference IX

Growing Toward a Sustainable Future
March 6-8, 2014

Call for Conference Presentation Proposals

Hosted by CSU, Chico and our Associated Students

The conference presentation submission deadline has passed. Thank you all for your submissions and your interest in participating in this important conference! Please be patient with us while we sort through the nearly 100 submitted proposals.

Audience: Our audience is broad, but aimed at the growing number of faculty, staff, students, administrators, public officials and citizens who embrace the concept of sustainable development, who wish to work together to build sustainable communities, who believe that we can learn from one another, and who realize there are many voices and perspectives that must be heard. Sessions are designed for beginners, as well as those with advanced knowledge. So that everyone has a chance to participate we've kept our registration fees to a minimum.

Purpose: Explore approaches that will make a difference for a sustainable future. Our annual conference provides a forum to discuss current issues that are relevant to us all. We seek to develop common ground to help build a sustainable society; one that balances economic needs, social needs and environmental realities. We will address solutions for the global problems we are all now facing. The conference will include workshops, seminars, posters, and facilitated discussions on these major topics:

Food and Ag imageSustainable Food and Agriculture: This year's conference will make a priority of addressing food and agriculture. We would like to provide insight on methods and solutions developed that will allow us to feed the world’s growing populations sustainably. We will seek proposals with content on:
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Farmland Protection
  • GMO's
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Food Security
  • Ag Mitigation
  • Agro Ecology
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Co-ops
  • Eating Local

Energy Water Climate imageEnergy, Water and Climate Issues: Help identify solutions to our need for energy to fuel our economy. What can we do to ensure a clean and abundant water supply for future generations? Identify how we can link climate change knowledge with potential implementation strategies that can help inform policy decision-makers. What have we learned so far, what options are available to us now, and what lies ahead? This theme will focus on solutions for our energy, water and climate challenges.

Education imageSustainability in Education: What do students learn from a sustainable curriculum? What has been solved by teaching future generations about sustainability? This theme will focus on integrating sustainability into the curriculum. Educators will lead discussions on how schools and individual instructors have integrated sustainability into their curriculum. Evaluations of the effectiveness of a sustainable curriculum are especially welcome.

Business imageBusiness and Economic Strategies: The “green” economy has provided new jobs and opportunities. This theme focus is your opportunity to share your green business advances and solutions that are sure to improve our economic future. It will also showcase available green job opportunities. Inspirational leaders are invited to share their success stories and entrepreneurial experiences to help students and community visualize their transition to future occupations. Sessions that address the issues of how large corporations have helped to advance an agenda of a sustainable future are welcomed.

Lifestyles imageSustainable Lifestyle Goals:  Share your everyday choices that make a difference. We all share the earth with many beings and we express that connection in many ways; in our ethics and our art, in our inspirations and our meditations. This theme will focus on personal goals, ideas and opportunities people have found in creating a sustainable future, daily sustainable practices and life changes.

Speaker imageSpeaker’s Corner: Are there other sustainability-related issues that you would like to address? We are leaving this theme up to your input.

All proposals must:

  • Identify the theme for which you are submitting a proposal.
  • Provide the title of the session you propose to organize, the paper you wish to present, or the title of the poster you wish to display.
  • Include a 150 word (maximum) abstract of your presentation.
  • Specify the intended audience, e.g., business owners, builders, designers, architects, farmers, consumers, students, public administration (may be multiple), and note whether or not it is intended for beginners or those with advanced knowledge.
  • Include type of participation: individual presentation, workshop, panel presentation, video presentation, open discussion, or paper or poster session.
  • Identify all individuals included in the proposed panel or session.

Deadline for submission: All proposals must be received by Thursday, October 31, 2013 and should be submitted electronically using the proposal form. If you are unable to submit yours electronically please fax it to The Institute for Sustainable Development, California State University, Chico (530) 898-3336.

Notification of acceptance or rejection of your proposal will be sent to you via e-mail no later than January 31, 2014.

NOTE: Because this is a non-profit event, speaker fees generally will not be paid. All speaker fees must be pre-approved by the director of the Institute for Sustainable Development. Please click here to complete a Special Circumstances Request for Speaker Fees. Responses will be returned to you via e-mail no later than October 31, 2013.

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