Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference X Speakers
March 26-27, 2015


We would like to welcome our This Way to Sustainability Conference Speakers!

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by last name first.


Danielle Adler is from the Ventura County area in southern California and is a recent graduate from Chico State. She double majored in dietetics and foodservice administration, and minored in health and wellness. She plans to go into a dietetic internship in the fall and enjoys teaching nutrition education. Danielle found a passion for sustainability and the Chico community during her junior year. She built a relationship with The Oakmont Independent Living in 2013, and during fall semester of that year she wrote a grant that passed through AS Sustainability SFAC to fund building a ga rden on the Oakmont site that would honor the veterans that reside there. Since then, the garden has been in action with vegetables and herbs and Veronica and Danielle spent this last fall semester teaching the residents about the health benefits of the plants.

Fletcher Alexander is the Campus Sustainability Coordinator at California State University, Chico. He works collaboratively across campus on the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives in support of the campus’ long-term sustainability goals and on further developing the campus’ culture of sustainability. He graduated from California State Unviersity, Chico in 2009 with a degree in Economics with an option in Environmental Economics and Thematic Studies in Environmental Issues. Before coming back to the University in 2011, he worked for two years with the City of Chico on the development of a community-wide 2020 Climate Action Plan.


Alica Bedore is a CSU, Chico graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science, option in Dietetics and is continuing her studies to pursue a Masters of Science in Nutrition-education. She has provided outreach to low-income populations throughout the North State. She has worked with CalFresh Outreach for 3 years at the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), formerly known as the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP).
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Chelsea Biklen is a Bay Area native and recent graduate from UC Irvine. At UCI she received a bachelor of arts in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Planning, Policy, and Design and took additional classes in Earth Systems Science due to her passion for nature. Throughout her time at UC Irvine, Chelsea focused her interests on nature conservation and held a research and advocacy internship with Orange County Coastkeeper, a watershed protection and education non-profit in Costa Mesa, CA. She also earned a position as one of the lead stakeholder outreach researchers for UCI FloodRISE, an NSF-funded research study about flood resilient infrastructure and communities. Following her undergrad, Chelsea moved back to the Bay Area to work in the sustainability field. She now works for the San Carlos and Millbrae School Districts as the Safe Routes to School Coordinator. Her work focuses on reducing carbon emissions from vehicular travel by catalyzing behavior change among young students and their families towards active transportation to and from school.
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Dr. Elizabeth Boyd is interested in work on sustainable farming practices, particularly in the areas of entomology and biological control. Her current research projects and interests include enhancement and development of cultural management techniques for navel orangeworm (NOW) in almonds, biology of NOW, biological control, and vegetation management.

Brien Brennan grew up on a small cattle farm in rural Virginia, moved out west in 1988 and to the Elder Creek watershed in 2003. His passionate quest for how to live sustainably brought him here with a vision of a typical semi-self sufficient homestead (solar power, natural building, organic gardening, etc.). By 2008, observation of the land helped him realize that his vision was completely incompatible with living sustainably in this region. As of 2010, he has devoted most of his time to researching, planning and implementing a number of regenerative land care practices at the Elder Creek Center For The Land.

Dr. Jake Brimlow is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Business in the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from North Carolina State University, and teaches courses in Agricultural Economics, Finance, and Price Analysis. His research focuses on improving the profitability and economic resiliency of agricultural producers in the CSU, Chico service area by identifying and developing market opportunities, particularly for small- and medium-sized producers. Dr. Brimlow has worked on several projects aimed at assessing barriers to local food sales and developing strategies to remove those barriers, including a randomized survey of local growers and development of a regional food hub. Dr. Brimlow’s largest and most recent grant project is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant designed to assess how gaps in food safety knowledge and certification are limiting local intermediated food markets, such as sales between local growers and restaurants, school districts, and hospitals.
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Alicia Brown graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. Her main passion is transportation planning and analyzing travel patterns and behavior. She has returned to her hometown in the Bay Area to work as a Climate Corps Fellow, and is currently positioned at the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority working on marketing strategies that will encourage people to take the train instead of drive.
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Laurie Browne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management. In addition to teaching introductory recreation courses, Laurie engages with youth programs, such as summer camps, around the country to increase access for children from low income families. Laurie also has a strong background in experiential education and nature-based experiences for youth. Since coming to Chico State, Laurie has pursued her passion for innovative, meaningful learning experiences to explore ways to engage students in learning about poverty.

Jillian Buckholz is the first Director of Sustainability on the California State University, East Bay campus. While Jillian is new to East Bay, she’s no stranger to working on campus sustainability issues. Prior to coming to The Bay, Jillian was the Senior Programs Coordinator at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) where she was responsible for the customer support, educational programming, and outreach associated with all AASHE programs. Before AASHE, Jillian was the first sustainability coordinator in the California State University (CSU) system at CSU, Chico. In this position she managed sustainability efforts across the campus; developed a campus-wide sustainability assessment; piloted the AASHE STARS campus sustainability rating program; and co-created SCOOP, an award winning on-campus office sustainability assessment tool. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Geography and Planning from CSU, Chico.

Colleen Butterfield is an Associate with the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus program in Oakland, California. She manages groups of interns on four campuses across California working towards energy efficiency goals including actual savings, academic infusion, workforce development and outreach and education.
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Simone Cardona graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a double major Environmental Studies and Sociology. She worked for California Student Sustainability Coalition managing different student councils at different campuses, outreaching for CSSC, providing resources and communicating with sustainability leaders across California. She now works for Alliance for Climate Education, a national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it!

Natalie Carter has lived in Chico for more than 20 years. In 2009 she graduated from CSU, Chico with a B.S. in General Biology. Natalie has a passion for local food and has cultivated a personal relationship with the food system in Chico. She oversees the operation of the five CCMF markets in Butte County, serves on the Board of Directors for the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative and tends a small local farm with her mother and infant daughter.
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Angela Casler is the Executive Director of the Sustainability Management Association that offers membership and accredits professional designation as a Sustainability Management Certified Professional and Associate. She prepares leaders on how to manage for sustainability in any type of organization. She is a lecturer for the Department of Management, College of Business. Angela is the coordinator for the Minor in Managing for Sustainability program that prepares leaders to manage for profitability while protecting people and the planet. These students will have a key competitive advantage in actively growing sustainable companies, communities, and protecting our natural environment. Angela is also the Sustainable Business Partnership Coordinator and the co-advisor for Sustainable Consultation of Office Practices, where she has the privilege of working with students, faculty, and local leaders who deeply care about other people, a healthy economy and natural environment. Angela's professional career is in management consulting for Sustainability Management Consulting and possesses a wealth of management experience in transportation and banking and finance.

Sanja Cerni is an Outreach Coordinator of the North Valley GRID Alternatives office in Chico. Her Undergraduate Degree is in German Language and Literature, and has a minor in Environmental Issues from CSU Chico, as well as a Graduate Degree in Democracy and Human Rights from University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna, Italy.
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Kelly Chang is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Green Ninja Project. She graduated from Scripps College with a degree in Biology. Instead of devoting her time to research she instead spent 8 months in South America gaining experience in environmental education, non-profit work and outreach. In Bolivia she worked with local environmental NGO, Fundaci Gaia Pacha, and published a children's book to raise awareness in young kids about the issues of animal trafficking. While in Colombia she taught English at a governmental vocational training institution called SENA where she self-designed an English curriculum for courses in hotel management and occupational security. Her passion is how environment and culture shape values, and how this affects motivation towards taking action on environmental issues, as well as the interplay of culture, religion, and environmental agency in communities of developing countries.

Chin-Fu Chen is a master’s student in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. He hails from Taiwan, where he received his B.S. in Food Science and worked as a research assistant and in marketing research. He chose to come to Chico State to study nutrition and food science because he wanted to experience California. His research regarding knowledge and attitudes about GMOs will also be important to Taiwan, where people are also concerned about their food.

Alyssa Chow is a Chico State Graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing. She was previously the AS Sustainability Marketing Coordinator at CSU, Chico where she aimed to increase student awareness of sustainability through social media, specifically Facebook and Instagram. In addition, she implemented The Wildcats Go Sustainable Challenge last semester where she held challenges to promote conscious living to all affiliated members of CSU, Chico while working with local businesses to provide sustainable prizes. Ultimately, Alyssa seeks to utilize her leadership and knowledge of sustainably marketing for sustainability to impact the community in a positive and enthusiastic manner!

Michael Cook has been in involved in various aspects of landscape architecture and planning over the past 13 years, including academia, design, construction, and advocacy. As a graduate student in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley, Mr. Cook’s research and design work focused on mitigating the adverse effects of urbanization on watersheds through landscape scale interventions. As a Graduate Student instructor, he taught courses in landscape design and environmental hydrology. After returning to Chico in 2012, Mr. Cook was Grant & Contract Manager for River Partners, a Chico based environmental non-profit specializing in the restoration of major rivers and their floodplains across the western United States. He currently serves as project manager for Melton Design Group, a landscape architecture and planning firm located in Chico and considers water as a top priority in all of his designs.

Helen Cox is director of the Institute for Sustainability at CSU, Northridge, and coordinates initiatives around campus including tree management, transportation alternatives, energy and water conservation and curriculum. Her academic interests lie in atmospheric science, remote sensing and climate change.


Dustin DeMatteo is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and Planning with a focus on energy management and design. He serves as the Sustainability Ambassador of SSU’s Culinary Services. As we push towards a more sustainable future, we seek to increase the overall awareness of our student body to manage their waste effectively through our Compost/Recycling/Landfill bins, located within the Student Center. His job is designed to provide employees with proper training and understanding of their role in the food industry environment.

Manuel Diaz is a senior at CSU, Chico majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to pursuing his engineering degree, Manuel currently serves as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserve. Manuel has maintained an interest in energy throughout his undergraduate career. After being exposed to the utility industry while completing two summer internships at Gas Transmission Systems Inc. and seeing the impact the industry has on energy resources, he narrowed down his energy interest to increasing use of renewable energy sources for utility purposes. He is currently conducting research on Compressed Air for Energy Storage for his Mechanical Engineering Honors Project.
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Robyn DiFalco graduated from CSU, Chico in 1999 with a degree in Geography and African Studies with a focus on Development Issues. She has been working as an advocate for environmental protection since 1995. She has worked as a Recycling Coordinator in the private sector as well as at Chico State where she later became the Associated Students Sustainability Coordinator. She also worked as a consultant, principally for the City of San Mateo, implementing a green building ordinance. She has served on the City of Chico's Sustainability Task Force, and the Rawlins Advisory Board. Robyn is currently the Executive Director of Butte Environmental Council, a local nonprofit focused on protecting the land, air and water of Butte County through environmental education and advocacy. BEC is responsible for programs such as the Creekwatch Hotline, the Watershed Program, the Recycling And Rubbish Education Program (RARE), as well as annual community events such as the Endangered Species Faire, the Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup, and the Chico Bicycle Music Festival.
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Jesse Dizard, who received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003, is a cultural anthropologist primarily interested in controlling processes. His research explores the existence and impacts of the pleasures of prejudice in a variety of contexts: the conceptualization and exploitation of "nature"; the social construction of categories of "enemy" and "belonging"; the experience of violence, "identity formation" and social inequality among ethnic minorities, particularly Native Americans, as well as children and women; and with regard to questions of authenticity, interpretation and narrative. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in W. Africa, N. Africa, Alaska, Asia and Europe.

Paul Draper is Director of Sustainability at Sonoma State University (SSU). He is a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, which he chaired from 2005-2012. He was chair of General Education at SSU from 2000-2006. . Previously he was resident director with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and taught at the Universities of Tennessee and Minnesota. He holds a MFA in Directing from Columbia University (NY) and a BSS Theatre Studies from Northwestern University.

Marty Dunlap pursued a degree in law during her career at Butte College where she coordinated testing for entering students and generated statistical data on student performance and outcomes. She entered the field of law with a desire to utilize her counseling background in mediating the conversation about providing protection to the earth and its related resources. She now focuses on providing protection to the waters of Northern California. She formed a group four and 1/2 years ago entitled Citizens Water Watch of Northern California where people who have assumed a leadership role in providing an environmental voice for both surface and ground water in our region can come together. They meet on a regular basis to discuss emerging issues and formulate strategic approaches in providing a clear and strong voice on behalf of the public regarding projects that impact the water resources of Northern California.
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Geneva Easton is a freshman communications major at California State University, East Bay and a first year Pioneers for Change Sustainability Track intern. Through this internship Geneva is working on a campus ‘Take Back the Tap’ campaign.

David Eaton is a sociocultural anthropologist with interests in medical anthropology, international public health, human ecologies, and narrative and performance. His work has been mainly in francophone equatorial Africa (especially the two republics of Congo; also Cameroon and Rwanda), and in Kiswahili-speaking eastern Africa (Tanzania and Kenya). He is particularly fond of Congolese music.

Ellie Clifford Ertle is the Director of Civic Engagement at CSU, Chico, teaches in the Department of Political Science, and serves as faculty coordinator of the Town Hall Meeting Program. She is invested in the concept of civic and community engagement as a core component of the University's mission and is excited to work with faculty and staff to develop civic opportunities across campus.


Jacki Falconio is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University where she double majored; earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in both Energy Management Design and Economics. Within her Energy Management degree she focused on sustainable building design and a local government’s role in city planning. During her junior year she interned at a local non-profit, now incorporated in Solar Action Alliance, to assist implementing sustainability and energy efficiency programs within the community. Her senior year she was hired at Tesla to assist opening a new sales location in Marin County. After graduation she transferred to their headquarters store in Palo Alto, helping to staff local events and educate the public about the car and company. She is currently a Climate Corp Bay Area Fellow working with the San Mateo County Energy Watch (SMCEW) on multiple projects. At SMCEW she is working with local school districts by handling their lighting energy audits and expenditure plans for Prop 39 funding to enable energy efficient retrofits. She is also creating a Zero Net Energy Toolkit detailing how to construct a Zero Net Energy building, with resources for both contractors and building owners.

Elana Faria is a recent graduate at San Jose State University. Received a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies with Minor in Energy and Green Building. Currently working at Salas O'Brien, a engineering and architecture firm with a focus on sustainable design, planning and construction oversight.
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Divan Fard did his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry, in May 1977.After doing his postdoctoral training at Boston University he taught different courses of Chemistry since 1978. During Janury1995-January 2001, besides teaching, he was directing undergraduate research, in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, which are part of Hanford Nuclear Reservation and Department of Energy national lab in Richland, WA. In 1999, The Washington Network for Human Rights awarded Divan for promoting educational excellence and contributions to advance the cause of diversity in the state of Washington. In January 1997, Fard was selected by Northwest Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, as Northwest representative in industrial curriculum writing on pollution prevention. He has written a manual on Internet Resources for Pollution Prevention Research. This manual was published as an EPA document. He started teaching at Shasta College in January 2001. He has been awarded three times during last 8 years by ASB of Shasta College for commitment to students and anti-apathy. In April 2009, he was awarded as Excellent Educator by the faculty senate of Shasta College.

Stephen I. Feher is the President and Executive Director of the Sustainable Community Development Institute (SCDI) and is the founder of the newly formed Sustainable Technologies Laboratory (STL) based in Paradise, California. Mr. Feher has an MS in Aerospace Engineering from UCSD (1967) and over 50 years professional engineering experience ranging from aerospace R&D to development of composite materials housing. During the past fifteen years he has served as sustainable community development consultant to international development projects world wide. Currently he is developing an energy-efficient and cost-effective Sustainable Insulating Building System (SIBS) utilizing agricultural and commercial waste materials, such as rice hulls and recycled Styrofoam . He mentors engineering students at CSU, Chico and at Butte College in hands-on, applied research projects.

Kerrie Feil-Olson had the privilege of interning with the Energy Pioneers Project of Chico, the Chico Sustainable Business Program, and ChicoBag before graduation. She graduated in May of 2014, majored in business administration - project management, and minored in managing for sustainability. She was hired in May as the Inside Sales Coordinator for Alternative Energy Systems, and is now their Project Administrator. Kerrie loves plants, animals, spending time with friends and family, and being one with nature.

Noelle Ferdon has a background in law and policy and has worked on food and agriculture issues throughout the Central Valley, and California, for a decade. Noelle works as Director of Local Food Systems at the Northern CA Regional Land Trust developing Local Food Systems projects. Her projects include founding and coordinating the Buy Fresh Buy Local, North Valley agricultural marketing program, editing/publishing the North Valley’s 1st and 2nd editions of The Eater’s Guide to Local Food, chairing the land trust’s Technical Advisory Committee and workshop development for the Beginning Farmer Rancher Program, and overseeing the development of the North Valley Food Hub. Through her work Noelle aims to make local food more available, stimulate new and unique market opportunities, promote the importance of protecting farmland, and raise the visibility of the farmers and ranchers in the region. She is committed to collaboration, working regularly with regional partnerships in economic development as well as with various partners in the local agricultural community. She loves to grow food wherever she can and cannot find enough hours in the day to love her son, Rocko. Noelle has a B.S. in Political Science from CSU, Chico and a J.D. from Golden Gate University’s School of Law with certificates in Public Interest and Environmental Law.
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Dr. Diana Flannery has been a professor in the Department of Health and Community Services at CSU Chico since 1991. She is a recent recipient of the Paul Persons Sustainability Award for her work in environmental health.

Justin Flick is in his second year at CSU, Chico. He is excited to make his second appearance at This Way to Sustainability. He is currently majoring in International Economics with a double minor in Sustainability and Management Information Systems. When he is not in the classroom or working at the Institute for Sustainable Devlopment, he runs One Mile Consulting a small web design and social media business.
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Kevin Foley is a recent graduate of CSU, Chico with a Major in Business and Minor in Managing for Sustainability. During his stay, he was heavily involved in an organization called Net Impact, an international non-profit that advocates corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Along with supplemental coursework, this is where his interest in environmental issues began to grow. Post-graduation, he continued on this path and began working as the Sustainability Coordinator for Premier Mushrooms in Colusa, CA. He is currently helping to green business operations, raise awareness, educate employees and contribute to the global shift towards environmental stewardship/sustainability.


Dave Garcia is a retired California State Park Ranger who worked on Lake Oroville as a Boating Safety Officer helping to preserve and protect the water quality of the reservoir. He is also a Sierra Club National Service Outings Leader taking people to our National Parks to work on trails, remove invasive plant species and help preserve an maintain historic structures. Dave is on the Frack Free Butte Steering Committee working to protect Butte County's water by passing legislation to ban fracking in the county.

As a food scientist with training in nutrition, Dr. Maria Giovanni’s career has been spanned teaching, government, and working in the food industry. Her expertise is sensory evaluation and consumer research and she is fascinated by learning what motivates peoples’ behaviors, and how we can use marketing strategy and agriculture policy to improve quality of life for all people. She joined Chico State in 2011 and is passionate about connecting farmers and eaters and helping us to better understand one another. Maria has also worked in nutrition education, both in the US and internationally.

Dr. Mario Giraldo has a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing of the environment from the University of Georgia, a M.Sc. on GIScience also from University of Georgia, and a B.Sc. in agronomy from a Colombian university. He is a Professor in the Geography department at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches and conducts research related to land use change effects on the water cycle, remote sensing, GIS and environmental geography. For the past two years he has been working with the Institute for Sustainability at CSUN managing a kitchen waste compost program and most recently a food garden.


Judy Hamamoto is a CSU, Chico graduate with a double Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science, option in Communications and an option in Food Service Administration, with a minor in Health Promotion. She has provided cooking classes, demonstrations, and nutrition education for Chico Area Recreation District (CARD), Chico Unified School District (CUSD) after-school programs and outreach in low income populations in the North State. Judy has worked with the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) formerly known as the Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion (CNAP) for 3-1/2 years and is currently with the CalFresh Outreach program as a Program Assistant.
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Claudia Hasenhuttl is Teaching Associate in the Department of Geography at the Institute for Sustainability at CSU, Northridge.

Michael Hasey is currently a leader in the growing field of commercial aquaponics – the production of both produce and seafood products in the same growing system. Michael’s emergence as a pioneer in this field stems from a background in landscape, pond and lake management, and aquaculture. He is currently the founder of The Farming Fish (, a family farm situated on forty certified organic acres in the beautiful Evans Valley near Rogue River, Oregon. Michael is also co-owner of A.C.T. (Aquaponic Consulting Team) which completes research and development projects as well as supports commercial and humanitarian aquaponic and aquaculture operations worldwide. He is a co-founder of Our Local Bounty, a local certified kitchen, which helps smaller farmers create, process, and market value-added farm products. He is also a board member of the Fresh Water Aquaculture Advisory Board for The State of Oregon and genuinely passionate about seeing aquaponics and sustainable aquaculture practices meet their full potential and find their place on the diversified commercial farm.
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Emi Hashizume serves as the coordinator for the San Mateo County branch of the California Green Business Program. She assists and verifies that participating businesses conserve water and energy, minimize waste, prevent pollution, and reduce their carbon footprint. Emi is also a Climate Corps Bay Area fellow and recent Pitzer College graduate. She received a B.A. in Environmental Analysis with an emphasis in Public Policy and Environmental Justice, but always enjoyed incorporating her studio art background into her studies. These experiences sparked her enthusiasm for sustainable art and the ways it connects and engages diverse communities, cultures, and histories. One day, she hopes to design urban landscapes that integrate natural systems and environmental art into public, collective spaces.

After 25 years as a professional chef, Richard Hirshen (Chef Richie) is in his fifth year at Sherwood Montessori K-8 Charter School. It is here that he runs the Edible Schoolyard ('Cook With the Food You Grow program') and its offshoots, which include agripreneurism (the school holds its own bi-weekly farmers' market), journalism (a second school cookbook is in the works with CSU, Chico's Nutrition Department interns collaborating) and philanthropy.

Fahimeh Hooshmand is a graduate student in the department of Geography at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) and a first year Pioneers for Change Sustainability Track intern. Using GIS and satellite imagery, Fahimeh's internship project is focusing on how to improve how waste is handled at CSUEB.


Allison Jenks will be graduating this spring with a major in Environmental Studies and Planning with a focus on energy management and design. This is in her second year as Sonoma State's Sustainability Senator for Associated Students Government. She also co-authored a resolution that was passed last academic year calling for water bottle filling stations on every floor of every non-academic building at Sonoma State. Allison plans to continue to promote sustainability after graduation.

Jennifer Jewell is the Outreach Programs coordinator at Gateway Science Museum. In this capacity she manages volunteer staff, curates the Gateway Gardens, over sees the educational programming and develops natural history exhibits for the museum. Jewell has been a regional, national and international garden writer since 1997. Her weekly radio, print and web-based program In a North State Garden, which airs weekly on Northstate Public Radio ( and, advocates for and celebrates the art, craft and science of gardening in California’s North State region through recorded interviews, written essays and photography.

Margaret Jones spent 2014 as a first year farming intern at the Chico local GRUB CSA Farm which provides fresh produce to a 80 member CSA, as well as 4 local markets throughout the year. She is beginning her second year at the farm to continue learning how food is grown and communities are built, literally, from the ground up.
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Dr. Peter Joseph, a retired emergency physician, leads the Marin chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, whose mission is to assist the US Congress in enacting a revenue-neutral carbon fee with full dividend to US households and border adjustments between nations. He authored a winning proposal in MIT's 2014 Climate CoLab contest for a US Carbon Price: The Little Engine That Could: Carbon Fee and Dividend.
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Armen Kamian is the Associate Air Quality Planner with Butte County Air Quality Management District.

Kara Kelly is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and Planning with a focus on water resources. She is the current Sustainability Coordinator for Campus Rec, overseeing employee education, waste disposal, and participant and community awareness. She is looking to enter a graduate program for urban design and to one day start a non-profit focusing on community engagement in the city planning process.

Kevin Killion is a strong advocate for Student leadership, empowering youth, and seeing the connections between social, economic, and environmental injustices.
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Julia Kistle has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the construction industry and has specialized in public works projects. Julie is a proven Construction Manager with a focus on managing budgets and expectations, controlling costs, and delivering successful projects. She has been with the Chico Unified School District for the last five years. In her current role, she is managing a $78 Million Dollar General Obligation Bond program and overseeing implementation of the District’s Facilities Master Plan. Julia works closely with the Chico Unified School District Board of Education, administrators, teachers, community stakeholders, and others to ensure that safe, inviting, and sustainable school facilities are available for the students of Chico.


Marti Leicester has experience being a Deputy Regional Director, worked with the National Park Service, Pacific West Region (retired), is a co-author with David Nopel, involved with The Humboldt Wagon Road, and currently an OEFA (Outdoor Education For All) Facilitator to build a community collaborative approach to providing outdoor education to students.
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Amanda Leonis is a proud Chico State graduate, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with an option in Marketing and a Minor in Managing for Sustainability. While at Chico, she served as Director of SCOOP (Sustainability Consultations of Office Practices) within the Institute for Sustainable Development. During her time as Director, she oversaw daily operations and strategic goals and provided consultations to offices on campus to educate and implement techniques to promote sustainability practices and a greener bottom line. She also served as a PowerSave Green Campus Project Coordinator, where she implemented energy and water conservation projects on campus. Currently, Amanda is serving as a Climate Corps Bay Area Fellow, positioned at the City of Cupertino as a Sustainability Specialist. In this role, she will help to expand Cupertino's suite of award-winning environmental support services and amplify their community-wide program benefits. She will lead the GreenBiz, Green@School, and Green@Home programs as well as support many other City initiatives and projects. She is both humbled and overjoyed to return to Chico to attend and speak at the 'This Way to Sustainability Conference' as CSU Chico was where she began her work in this field she is passionate about.
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Natalie Lessa is a CSU, Chico alum currently working for the County of Alameda as their Green Preschools Coordinator. She is working to bring more recycling and compost education into the classroom and divert waste coming from school facilities. It is her hopes that by reaching children young, they will grow up to live more sustainable lifestyles as adults.


Kayla Mahoney graduated from CSU, Chico in 2013 with a degree in Physical and Environmental Geography, with minors in Environmental Studies and Biology. While a student, she worked as an intern and was eventually hired as a student staff member through AS Sustainability. While working with AS Sustainability she coordinated a California Student Sustainability Coalition Convergence at Chico State, and also managed the Chico State Student Market. She then went on to intern for the Alliance to Save Energy PowerSave Campus program, which led her to her current position with Lucid. At Lucid, she works on the Customer Success Team to manage the implementation of new customers using Lucid’s energy management and occupant engagement solutions.

Daniel Maloney is a fellow banana slug and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Political Ecology. He played on the UCSC men's soccer team for four years and volunteered for the Santa Cruz Aids project where he did outreach on educational awareness in the Santa Cruz community. Danny works for the Oakland Unified School District in an Energy Initiative funded through proposition 39. The Energy Initiative called the emPower Energy Challenge is focused on supporting teachers through environmental curriculum, on preparing students for career-readiness jobs and on saving money by lowering utility bills. Danny believes education starts with investing in early childhood development as children are the foundation of sustainable development.

Mary Manouse is a senior at CSU, Chico, graduating in the spring with a specialized BA in Social Science. Her primary focus within her major is Environmental Studies and Health Science. Mary will also be graduating with a minor in Sustainability and Psychology. Mary hopes to enter the field of Environmental Health upon graduating. Her main passions are the environment and living an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
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Luann Manss grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Chico, CA. She holds a degree in Recreation Administration from CSU, Chico. Currently she works at Gateway Science Museum as Museum and Garden Docent. She is a local environmental activists and a member of the Butte Environmental Council Board of Directors. Her favorite things to do include attending the Saturday Farmers Market, cooking, sewing, crafting, and hiking in Bidwell park.

Elissa Martinez graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in the UCSC Office of Sustainability as a part of the Carbon Fund and Drought Response Team. In her senior year, she participated in the Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS) program where she conducted a waste to fuel feasibility study for the City of Santa Cruz. Elissa is interested in renewable energy as well as freshwater issues and hopes to earn her Masters in Sustainable Resource Management.

Dr. Paul Maslin is Professor Emeritus at CSU, Chico. He has made many noteworthy contributions throughout his long career and he continues to manage the resources at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve on a volunteer basis.

Megan McAndrews is a junior economics and statistics major at California State University East Bay and a first year Pioneers for Change Sustainability Track intern. Megan’s focus during her internship is integrating Fair Trade products into campus dining and the bookstore.

Dr. Richard McDonald spent his career as an experimental nuclear physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Following retirement, he has worked on sustainability issues, beginning with Peak Oil, and now on Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI), particularly for solar photovoltaic. While small-scale sustainable energy and food production may make developed communities (such as Chico) resilient to the hazards of peak oil and climate change, very large-scale efforts will be needed to sustain developing communities in Africa, Asia, and South America, and to allow them to develop food production, sanitation, education, and medical care worthy of 21st century human communities. This has led to what he calls "nucleoculture" which involves a synergistic system of nuclear electricity, carbon-neutral liquid fuels, desalination, and aquaponics to provide sustainable human needs for thousands of years into the future. He has presented some of these ideas at past conferences in Chico.

Shannon McDowell is a first year FoodCorps service member serving with the Center for Health Communities. FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who are working to connect kids with real food and help them grow up healthy. Service members can be found in schools teaching kids about healthy food and where it comes from, leading them in hands on cooking, gardening lessons and connecting healthy local foods with cafeterias in schools.

Guy McPherson was an award-winning teacher and research at a major research university for 20 years. More than ten years into a career in the academic ivory tower, McPherson began focusing his efforts on social criticism, and he now focuses his efforts on the topic of abrupt climate change. Humbled by the natural world since his early years, McPherson now occupies a straw-bale home on a shared homestead in New Mexico. From within a few kilometers of the first designated wilderness area in the world, he writes and speaks about a diverse array of topics.

Greg Melton has been planning and designing north landscapes for over 20 years, providing many clients, municipalities and agencies with successful design, planning and restoration services. One of Greg’s most valued assets is his ability to see and understand the big picture; the understanding and interaction of a site, its relationship to nature and the affects that man has on its ability to function naturally. Recent project experience includes lead design services for Verbena Fields, a floodplain restoration project in Chico CA and Shauna Downs, and a 9- acre wetland mitigation bank in Butte County. Over the past ten years, Mr. Melton has also been an interim instructor at the CSU Chico Recreation Department and is currently an instructor of irrigation and landscape design at Butte College. He has taught the Facility Maintenance and Operations course along with a Sustainable Design in Irrigation class.

Devin Middlebrook is the Environmental Education Specialist for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people's interactions with our irreplaceable environment. A Chico State graduate, he found his passion for the environment while in school. He received a minor in Managing for Sustainability and was the Director of Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices at CSU, Chico. After graduating, he went on to receive his Master in Business Administration from Sacramento State. Today he enjoys working and living in Lake Tahoe and educating the public about environmental issues.
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Tina Candelo Mize is a graduating senior of the CSU Chico College of Agriculture, majoring in Crops and Horticulture with a pathway in Sustainability. During her career at Chico State she managed the University Farm's Organic Vegetable Project. She has spent the past year conducting undergraduate honors research studying the use of biochar as a soil amendment. Currently Tina teaches gardening for C.A.R.D After School Program. Passionate about sustainable agriculture and food security, Tina hopes to further her education and pursue a career which focuses on the research, development, and education of ecological and sustainable farming practices.

Adam Moes is a western contemplative in the lay householder lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He has practiced meditation for thirty years and is a founding member and local dharma teacher at Sky Creek Dharma Center. He is a healer in Chinese Medicine and has been practicing as an acupuncturist and herbalist in Chico the last 12 years.

Abbas Mohamed is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While attending UCSC, he worked for the Alliance to Save Energys Green Campus Program, as well as a variety of other on-campus sustainability organizations to increase student awareness of sustainable actions on campus, as well as introducing measurable energy and water savings. Since graduating, Abbas has kept his passion in sustainability alive by helping keep bees locally, extract honey, and make honeybee-related products at Dominique Honeybees in the East Bay Area. He has also presented on various sustainability topics at conferences, is an avid spoken word performer, and hopes to create a bridge between biotech and academic research labs through a green lab certification program.
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Tino Nava has worked at PG&E for the past 32 years. He started his career as a meter reader and utility clerk then moved to Chico where for the past 24 years he has worked on energy efficiency for residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Over the last 22 years he has gained vast experience working with a range of agencies in the commercial, industrial, and agricultural. He has also worked closely with cities, counties, schools, colleges, and universities to promote energy efficiency. He is responsible for the largest agricultural, industrial, and commercial accounts in Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Shasta and Plumas counties. His responsibilities include working with customers on identifying and implementing energy efficiency projects such as reducing gas and electric consumption.

Vickie Newlin began her career in water and resource management in 1997, working for the Butte County Water Division under the Agricultural Commissioner. In 1999, the Water Division evolved into the Department of Water and Resource Conservation. Vickie currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Department. Also from 2003 through 2005, she was under contract with the State of California Bay-Delta Authority, also known as CALFED and served as the Sacramento Valley Regional Coordinator. Prior to her involvement in natural resource management, she worked in a variety of public and private sector management positions. She earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Public Administration from California State University, Chico, as well as a Paralegal Certificate. In 2007, she completed a Land Use and Environmental Planning Certification program through UC Davis. She is very proud to Mama to two little girls that live with her son and daughter-in-law in northern Colorado.
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Paul Olsen is an ROP Instructor with the Butte County Office of Education at Las Plumas High School in Oroville, CA. Paul is an innovative teacher who has created a Landscape/Greenhouse program s ustained by raising and selling native plants for habitat restoration. His students cultivate and sell garden starts for community and school gardens.


Tanya Parish, M.Ed. is an experienced educator who loves working with children of all ages. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Development from Humboldt State University, Montessori primary and secondary Certification. Tanya recently completed her Masters of Education, with an emphasis on Environmental Education and Sustainability. Tanya became a member of Butte Environmental Council in the summer of 2013 and served briefly on the Board of Directors prior to accepting her current position. Tanya grew up in Chico and now lives here with her husband, Eric, and her two children. She enjoys gardening, riding her bike through Bidwell Park and volunteering at her children’s' schools.
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Carol Perkins is a local water resource advocate, having recently earned a Master's in Environmental Science with a focus on watersheds and surface and ground water geochemistry. Carol has an interest in sustainable policies and practices in agriculture, landscape, and development as they relate to water conservation and resource protection that has driven her efforts over the last seven years as a water resource advocate.
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Karen Gaia Pitts has been editor and publisher of the website World Population Awareness at since 1997. She has traveled to and studied family planning in Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia. Karen is also a member of the Committee for a Sustainable World Population (CSWP) of the Sierra Club in Northern California. The CSWP goal is to increase awareness of the environmental impacts of population growth and overconsumption of natural resources, and to help improve access to family planning, reproductive health, and sex and environmental education services.
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Jim Pushnik is the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU Chico and Host of This Way to Sustainability Conference. His academic appointments are in the Departments of Biological Sciences and in Science Education. He has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Sustainable Development in the Russian Far East and served as the Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy between 2004and 2014.
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Susan Rainier, AIA, Living Future Accredited & LEED AP BD+C Principal of Eagle Consult, Susan is a Facilitator for Living Future Institute and serves on USGBC Capital Branch Leadership Committee. Susan is founder of the "VISIONARY" series that brings transformative innovators to the Sacramento Region. Susan is a California-licensed architect with over 25 years of experience in sustainability and collaborative leadership. She has a lifelong study of world architecture, proportion, bio-mimicry, beauty and self-sufficient design. Susan has international design and construction experience in all sectors, speaks Italian and is a leading speaker for Ecological Stewardship, Team Building and Living Buildings.
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Susan Roll is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at CSU, Chico. Susan's teaching and research interests focus on poverty and income inequality. She studies how social welfare policies either support or create barriers for families to be financially stable. Most recently, she has been working on a project to discover how we teach and learn about poverty and support student's interest in civic engagement through high impact learning opportunities. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Susan was a social work administrator in domestic violence and women’s health for ten years. Susan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on policy, community, diversity and social justice.

Lalanya Rothenberger, Construction and Energy Manager at Chico Unified School District, works with a team to manage the planning, design and construction of school facilities projects. She is also responsible for discovering, analyzing, and implementing energy management projects that decrease energy consumption and raise energy usage awareness. She possesses a background in commercial development and construction as well as public works construction management. Lalanya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from California State University Chico.

Lindsy Rubottom is a second year Biochemistry and Chemistry student a Chico State. She works for AS Sustainability, and focuses on educating on the importance of composting and gardening and how to bring composting programs into your community, school, or home.
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Mercedes Ruiz is a sophomore at California State University, East Bay and a first year Pioneers for Change Sustainability Track intern. Throughout the 2014/2015 school year, Mercedes Pioneers for Change project has been tackling the issues of taking unused prepared food items from campus to organization in the community that feed the hungry.


SCOOP (Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices) is a student run organization working with offices on campus to assess current office practices and make recommendations for improvements. SCOOP provides sustainable consultations to all campus departments and offices to learn and take charge in new sustainability techniques to start saving money and energy. The process consists of student consultants taking a walk through the office and then providing recommendations for the office to become more sustainable.

Ainsley Shallcross is a junior recreation major at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) and a first year Pioneers for Change Sustainability Track intern. Through the Pioneers for Change program, Ainsley is focusing her internship on the Real Food Challenge at CSUEB. Ainsley is also the Associated Student, Inc. Director of Sustainability.

Claudia Sisomphou is a sophomore at SSU majoring in Environmental Studies and Planning with a concentration in planning, and minoring in Computer Science. She is the Activist in Residence for SSU’s Center for Community Engagement where she creates and implements projects to engage students in topics of sustainability and diversity. She plans to combine her interests in politics and research, and her passion for the environment and community with a career that allows her to transform government policies and values of tomorrow.

A former science teacher and non-profit director, and a grandmother of three, Joni Clark Stellar has advocated for a healthy environment her entire life. Her experience as a corporate controller and accountant also helps her to track the corporate money that is skewing our democracy. Using everything from formal comments on proposed projects, protests including some civil disobedience, promoting a citizens' ballot initiative and defending it in court, Joni refuses to let polluters and despoilers off the hook.

Mark Stemen is President and the Chair of the Board of the Butte Environmental Council, as well as a professor of Geography and Planning at CSU, Chico, where he teaches environmental courses in sustainability and civic engagement. Known to his students as "Dr. Mark", he is well recognized on the campus for his work with students and the community on issues of sustainability. Under his direction, students completed a campus sustainability assessment, as well as greenhouse gas inventories for CSU, Chico, Butte Community College, and the City of Chico. He and his students recently developed two community gardens for the City of Chico. In 2008, Stemen was named "Sustainability Champion" at the Seventh Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, and he is one of the co-founders of the This Way to Sustainability Conference.
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Erica Tan doubled-ma jored in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. While there she pioneered the campus's first student-run bicycle coalition, Blue Jay Bikes, and had the glorious opportunity to study abroad in one of the world's most bikeable cities, Copenhagen. She fell in love not only with the public transportation system, but big scarves, animal onesies and hot mugs of "glogg" (aka: mulled wine). She currently works for Alameda County as their Sustainable Transportation Associate to promote clean commuting and business travel alternatives through community based social marketing. Her ultimate dream is to 1) plan and design more democratic and interactive spaces; and 2) pass a global law that incentivizes the purchase and distribution of big scarves, bikes and animal onesies as a way to promote world peace.
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Hilary Tellesen is the new Volunteer and Training Coordinator at North Valley GRID Alternatives. Tellesen has nearly a decade of experience working in outreach and with young adults pursuing their future career goals.
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Gerard Ungerman, a French documentary filmmaker, and Stacey Wear, ex Music Director at KZFR 90.1 co-founded in 2012 a project meant at shining light on people who throughout the United States have taken action to make our world a better place. is centered on a google map that is being populated over time with 5-7 minute videos where people featured explain what they do, why they do it and who they are. Topics range from mentoring to growing organic food, from reducing our ecological footprint to fighting animal cruelty... Our motto is "Documenting Positive Action - Inspiring Change" and our purpose is to inform about good things happening in our society and inspire people to break the vicious cycle of greed, selfishness and exploitation.
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Veronica Van Cleave is in her junior year at CSU, Chico. She is planning to graduate in spring 2016 with a degree in dietetics. Veronica grew up in Santa Rosa, California. She worked as a Psychiatric Technician at a non-profit long term care facility while taking general education courses at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to Chico State. During her first semester in Chico, Veronica found her niche when she became involved with an externship project coordinated by a fellow nutrition major named Dani elle Adler. The Oakmont Victory Garden is an AS Sustainability grant funded garden at a senior living community in Chico which provides the benefits of fresh organic produce and a pleasant leisure space for a senior population.


As the lead designer and chief operating officer of Parallel Revolution, Jake Wade has years of experience in sustainable garment development and manufacturing. By making hemp handsome, Parallel Revolution is redefining America's heritage crop and its role in the future of apparel. His latest project resulted in the world's most sustainable button-up shirt, made in the U.S.A.

Jim Wagoner is the Air Pollution Control Officer with the Butte County Air Quality Management District.

Celine Watkins is a member of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist Club of Chico that follows the beliefs and philosophy of the SGI “USA Buddhist Association. The SGI is based off the teachings of the Lotus Sutra that was studied by a Japanese priest named Nichiren Daishonin. The Buddhism we practice and study makes reaching Buddhahood attainable for anyone regardless of sex, race, or social standing. Through this practice we are able become courageous in our daily lives and compassionate and respecting towards others. This is what the SGI Buddhist Club of Chico follows. By following the philosophies of the SGI-USA we reach out to others on campus and the community in order to spread the core principles of Buddhism and create dialogs among different individuals.

Stacey Wear, a native Northern Californian, received a BA in Information & Communication Studies from CSU, Chico. After living for two years in Japan and six on the island of Maui, she and her two daughters now call Chico home. When her partner, Gerard, a 20 year resident, was prevented by U.S. Immigration from returning home in 2010, her combination of life experiences culminated with the "Bring Gerard Home" fundraising and legal campaign. She most recently worked as Music Director at her community radio station, KZFR 90.1 FM. Dedicated to promoting love, kindness and respectfulness, Stacey is a passionate co-founder of the Respectful Living Institute.
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Dr. Jada White is an Aquatic Ecologist and Restoration Biologist. Her research experience spans freshwater ecology, marine biology, and terrestrial restoration biology. Dr. White is grateful to contribute to research in her local Sacramento River Valley once again.

Lilia Williams Cheuk, MA Ed. is a member of the Soka Gakkai International USA (SGI-USA) Buddhist Association, a part of the larger SGI network, which comprises of more than 12 million people in 192 countries and territories. SGI members base their daily practice on the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Buddhism, which teaches that each person has within the courage, wisdom and compassion to face and surmount any of life’s challenges. Based on core Buddhist principles such as respecting the dignity of human life and interconnectedness of self and the environment, SGI engages in various peace activities, including efforts to promote sustainable development. Lilia also has over 15 years of experience working with young people of various ages, and is currently a preschool teacher in Berkeley, CA. Her passion is sharing the joy of learning and seeing the development of children who are responsible, courteous and sensitive to the world around them

Alyson Wylie is a Health Education Specialist with the Center for Healthy Communities (formerly CNAP) at CSU, Chico. Since January 2010 she has coordinated the implementation of numerous nutrition and physical activity programs for low income students in K - 12 settings throughout Northern California. She has presented on Food Literacy at the Bioneers Summit Conference in San Rafeal.