Institute for Sustainable Development

 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability IX Conference Speakers

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

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by last name first.

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Lau Ackerman grew up in southwest Colorado on a dry land wheat farm. He received a degree in Agronomy at CSU, Chico. After two years in the Peace Corps, he and his wife Nancy settled in Chico where they are raising two kids. Lau worked for the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture for twelve years before landing at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co as their Agriculture and Landscape Supervisor.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

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Danielle Adler

 

 

Danielle Adler is an undergraduate double-majoring in dietetics and foodservice administration at Chico State. She is interested in converting Chico to having a more sustainable food system.
www.realfoodchallenge.com
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Daniel Aguiar

 

Daniel Aguiar is an engineering undergraduate student. Currently in his senior year he joined the CSUN Institute for Sustainability in 2013. He works as a student assistant in the CSUN Food Garden promoting sustainable gardening techniques within the campus community and educating other students by conducting service-learning activities.
CSU, Northridge

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Fletcher Alexander

 

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 CSU, Chico in 2009 with a degree in Economics with an option in Environmental Economics and Thematic Studies in Environmental Issues. Before returning 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.
Institutte for Sustainable Development, Conference Host
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Dr. Lee Altier

Dr. Lee Altier (PhD, Cornell University) has over 18 years teaching experience in the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. He was a horticulture volunteer for the Peace Corps in Nepal for three years, worked for the USDA on agricultural water quality for three years in south Georgia, and has been teaching and doing research in Thailand since 2001. His research interests are in cropping systems and agricultural ecology, and he directs the Organic Vegetable Project on the Chico State University Farm.
College of Agriculture ~ CSU, Chico

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Maria Elena (Nena) Anguiano is the Director for MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) at Butte College. Her current role includes administering and implementing programs targeted at underrepresented, first generation college students majoring in Math, Engineering and Science with the intention to transfer. For 23 years, Nena has focused on initiating, developing, and implementing academic success strategies and programs. She has expertise in facilitating and presenting workshops related to educational, career, and professional development including motivational workshops for students and professionals. Prior to Butte College, she was the Tutorial Program Coordinator at California State University, Chico, overseeing the recruitment, training and management of student assistant staff in the Student Learning Center. She successfully developed and taught university level classes in sociology, education, and freshman orientation. Nena's education includes a Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's in Educational Psychology Counseling, from California State University, Northridge. MESA at Butte College
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Wendy Ardell

Wendy Ardell is co-founder of Overland Equipment, a company that, for 26 years, created bag lines designing and manufacturing everything in South Chico. She and Greg Fritsch also co-founded Terra Pax, a cradle to cradle product, which was a new concept in bags, a little ahead of the current sustainability movement. Having small farm family roots and growing up in rural sustainable environments has been a strong background for the ideas such as Chico Cloth, weaving and experimenting with natural plant dyeing from her favorite trees. And now, after selling Overland Equipment, she's able to share and collaborate with current makers.
Mt. Lassen Fiber Guild
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Bruce BacceiBruce Baccei (ba-shay) is devoted to accelerating a widespread movement towards Net Zero Energy buildings. His recommended formula for achieving Net Zero is super insulation, passive solar heating and cooling, efficient appliances and lights, solar thermal, PV, and variable capacity geothermal heat pumps. Bruce leads SMUD's activities by field testing emerging HVAC technologies. SMUD is the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, a very progressive utility with a goal of reducing carbon emmissions 90% by 2050.
SMUD
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Dayna Baumeister

Dr. DAYNA BAUMEISTER fascination with the natural world began with daily forays into the woods and mountains of Colorado, her childhood home. As an adult, nature has continued to inform her personal and professional endeavors. Dayna received a BS in marine biology from New College in Sarasota, Florida. After several years exploring the intricate relationships of coral reefs, she turned in her wetsuit and headed back to the mountains.  She earned an MS in resource conservation and a PhD in organismic biology and ecology from The University of Montana in Missoula, specializing in the dynamics of positive interactions among animal and plant life. With a background in biology, a devotion to applied natural history, and a passion for sharing the wonders of nature with others, Dayna has worked in the field of biomimicry with business partner Janine Benyus since 1998 as a business catalyst, educator, researcher, and design consultant. Together they founded the Biomimicry Guild consulting practice, The Biomimicry Institute 501c3, and most recently, Biomimicry3.8, a B-Corp social enterprise that trains, certifies, and connects biomimicry professionals worldwide.
Biomimicry.net | AskNature.org
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Manuel Benavides

Manuel H. Amador Benavides is a Strategic Advisor for CEDECO (Corporación Educativa para el Desarrollo Costarricense). He earned an Agricultural Engineering degree from the National University in Costa Rica. Manuel also was founder and facilitator of LACSAI (Latin America Climate and Sustainable Agricultural Initiatives) from 2010 to 2012. Currently he is directing a project designed to increase carbon fixation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural ecosystems. Furthermore, Manuel coordinates regional studies with the Ecological Center in southern Brazil and INCA (National Institute of Agricultural Science) in Cuba.
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Michelle BestDr. Mechelle Best is an Associate Professor in the department of Recreation and Tourism Management and a Faculty Associate with the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge. Mechelle researches and publishes on various aspects of environmental management within the hotel industry, tourism, heritage, and sustainability. She also teaches a variety of tourism and sustainability courses at California State University, Northridge. The mission of the Institute for Sustainability is to promote, facilitate, and develop educational, research, and University and community programs related to sustainability. The Institute serves as an umbrella organization across all the colleges of the university on issues related to sustainability. To address the educational component of its mission, the Institute spearheaded the creation of an undergraduate Minor in Sustainability and Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. The Minor rests on three core courses: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainability (also GE), Best Practices in Sustainability (also GE), and Applied Sustainability.
CSU, Northridge

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Peter Bonacich

 

Pete Bonacich is the Assistant District Manager for California Water Service Company's Chico District. Pete has been with the company for 32-years and helps Cal Water provide safe and reliable fresh water to our community. California Water Service Company provides top notch service and offers many ways to help customers conserve water.
California Water Service Company
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Halli Bovia is the Sustainability Program Manager at the University of Southern California. She works with university customers to establish and develop a university-wide culture of sustainability and reduce the environmental impact of university operations. Halli holds a Bachelor's in Biology from California State University, Chico and a Master's in Ecology and Sustainability from California State University, Chico.
University of Southern California
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Betsy Boyd

 

Elizabeth “Betsy” A. Boyd, Ph.D., has been a professor at the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture since 2008. Dr. Boyd obtained her BS and MS in entomology from Washington State University, majoring in biological control.  Dr. Boyd entered the doctoral degree program at University of California, Riverside, where she earned a PhD in entomology with a biological control major and integrated pest management minor. Her dissertation was titled “Retroactive Host Specificity Testing, Biology, and Ecology of Sharpshooters (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) and Egg-Parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) in California.”  Her current research focus is to investigate potential management tactics that can be used in Integrated Management Programs for cropping systems throughout the world. College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico

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Jacob N. Brimlow is an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. Dr. Brimlow earned his doctorate at North Carolina State University, where he studied Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics and conducted research analyzing the determinants and effects of farmer enrollment in the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program. At California State University, Chico, Dr. Brimlow teaches courses in Agricultural Business and conducts research exploring economic aspects of local food systems and farmer land conservation decisions.
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Danielle Buis is a business administration student with an option in marketing and a minor in managing for sustainability. She is currently the social media coordinator for the Sustainability Management Association. Danielle landed her first internship last year as a moderator at the TWTS conference.
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Colleen Butterfield currently works for the Alliance to Save Energy in Oakland, CA as part of the Education Team on the PowerSave Campus Program. Her role includes supervising four PowerSave Campus teams (UCSC, UCSF, Chico State, and Humboldt State), who implement energy efficiency projects on their respective campus. Prior to working at the Alliance, Colleen worked for Focus the Nation in Portland, OR advising students nationwide on clean energy projects and community forums. Colleen also has past experience working directly on college campuses through AmeriCorps*VISTA positions on a variety of sustainability and service-learning initiatives. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Business and Renewable Energy from Marylhurst University and received her undergraduate degree from Cal State Monterey Bay in International Social & Environmental Justice.
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BWELL Interns - Four Butte College MESA students are currently participating as interns in an innovative project on the Butte College Campus: Biofiltration Wetland Education Learning Laboratory (BWELL) Project. The project outcomes were tri-fold: conduct research, develop research presentation skills, and team leadership. The MESA students participated in one of three teams: Engineers, Chemistry, or Biology.   Interns designed and implemented Phase 1 with faculty members from the Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Heavy Equipment and Horticulture Departments as well as Butte County and City of Chico engineers. The BWELL interns were supervised, trained and guided by Butte College Biology Faculty Dr. Michael Williams, Professor Katya Yarosevich , and Dr. Michael Matiasek, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. The Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering, chemistry, or biology.
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California State University, Chico’s Campus Sustainability Committee serves in an advisory capacity to all campus departments, colleges, and other entities in an effort to advance environmental, social and economic sustainability at California State University, Chico. The Committee is comprised of 18 members from across campus and provides leadership in identifying mechanisms to integrate sustainability concepts into all core functions of the university and in charting a path towards a sustainable future for the campus.
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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.
Sustainability Management Association, and the College of Business at CSU, Chico
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Dr. Jacquelyn Chase teaches human geography, Latin American Studies, global economic geography and writing. She is the coordinator of the Global Development Studies Pathway in general education. She has lived in Brazil, and written about soybean production, gated communities, agricultural labor, fertility, and migration.
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Jamie Chino

 

Jamie Chino is a senior at CSU, Chico, majoring in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Event Management. Jamie has been a intern with AS Sustainability's Green Events Consulting Team for two years. Through this internship she has acquired several skills that enhance her schooling and career path. She is also involved in other campus organizations such as the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, RHAPS Club and CAVE.
AS Sustainability - CSU, Chico
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Al Courchesne

Wearing his signature overalls and surrounded by boxes of his legendary fruit, "Farmer Al" Courchesne has been a welcome sight at farmers' markets around the Bay Area for over 30 years. Al graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in anthropology. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Hawaii to teach at the Punahou School. There, he discovered his love of farming. He grew lettuce and tomatoes for two years in Hawaii before returning to the Bay Area. Al began farming organically because of a commitment he wanted to make to the soil, water and community he lived in. The storybook image of Frog Hollow Farm celebrates the joyful abundance of fruit and nature enjoyed by the whole community. Farmer Al is an advocate for sustainable land use, conservation, and organic farming practices. Al was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame in 2012 for his dedicated work to sustainable agriculture.
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Helen Cox

Dr. Helen Cox has a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in Computer Science and M.A., B.A. in Physics from Oxford University. She is a Professor in the Geography department at California State University, Northridge, where she teaches and conducts research related to the atmosphere, weather monitoring, remote sensing, climate change, GIS and environmental geography. For the past five years she has been the Director of the Institute for Sustainability at CSUN. In this capacity she develops and promotes educational and research programs related to sustainability; coordinates and assists in the implementation of greening efforts for the campus; and participates in campus planning for sustainability.
CSU, Northridge
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Cindy Daley

Dr. Cynthia Daley is the Director of CSU, Chico's  Organic Dairy Program which includes the management and oversight of staff and students responsible for the day to day operations of the unit. She has an active applied research program designed to support the grass-based milk production and "value-added" agriculture.  Dr. Daley is also very active within the industry and currently holds positions on the Western Organic Dairy Producers Board of Directors and the Organic Center's Scientific Advisory Board.
College of Agriculture ~ CSU, Chico
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Ninette Daniele is a graduate student researcher in Biological Sciences at California State University, Chico. She has worked on a variety of reptile and amphibian conservation projects since graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's in Biology in 2008. Ninette is a Wildlife Biologist with the National Park Service.
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Dr. Kasey DeAtley, Lecturer within the College of Agriculture, recently joined the College of Agriculture as a Lecturer within the Animal Science Program where she teaches Range Resource and Management, Research Methods & Experimental Design, and co-teaches Advanced Beef Production and Management. Kasey recently graduated from New Mexico State University with her Ph.D. in Physiology Genetics and has been funded through the Agricultural Research Initiative to study the impacts of brewery grains on animal production.
College of Agriculture ~ CSU, Chico
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Marli Diestel is a senior student at San Francisco State, where she is currently double majoring in Environmental Science: Natural Resource Management and Conservation and Environmental Geography, and minoring in biology. She has been working on the Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign, Fossil Free SFSU since the beginning and is now an instrumental member of the campaign. Marli is also coordinating a national conference surrounding the topic of divestment and energy set to take place in  spring 2014, as well helping in setting up a CSU wide divestment network for campaigns to support and communicate with one another. Marli also works as a Social Media manager of The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), and strives to implement sustainable practices on her university campus. 
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Robyn DiFalco

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, both in her career and as a volunteer with various organizations. 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 new green building ordinance. She is currently serving as a citizen member of the City of Chico's Sustainability Task Force. She joined the Butte Environmental Council in 2012 as the executive director.
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Michael Dimock

 

MICHAEL DIMOCK, President of Roots of Change Fund (ROC), is a national food movement organizer and thought leader on sustainable food and farming systems. ROC is a philanthropic intermediary and “think tank, do tank” delivering road maps to success that are designed to unify the food movement in California. Michael has focused on agriculture and food since 1989. He was a marketing executive in Europe for agribusiness, farmed organically for three years in Sonoma County, and in 1992 founded Ag Innovations Network, where he began his work on consensus building and strategic planning to create healthier food and agriculture. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA. Author, Katrina Fried, and Photographer, Paul Mobley, feature Michael in their latest book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World, published in October 2012. Michael received a BA in History with Honors at UCLA in 1983 and a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University in 1988.

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Jesse Dizard (PhD UC Berkeley) is a cultural anthropologist whose work addresses controlling processes.
CSU, Chico Associate Professor of Anthropology
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Samantha Duncan

 

Samantha Duncan is studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, and is receiving a minor in Managing for Sustainability. Her passion for business and sustainability has lead her to AS Sustainability where she is the Marketing Coordinator. She also works at PowerSave Campus as a Marketing Director Intern. Lastly, she is the Sustainability Director for Phi Chi Theta, a professional business fraternity.
AS Sustainability
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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), and in Kiswahili-speaking eastern Africa (Tanzania and Kenya).
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Stephanie Elliott is the Director of GRUB Education Program and supports the sub-group of Cultivating Community North Valley. Stephanie loves playing outside, working hard in the garden, riding her bike, and cuddling with her children. Working with the community around food is another passion and one that holds us all together.
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Christina Ellis is a local California State University, Chico student majoring in Nutrition and Food Science with a minor in Health and Wellness. Currently, she and co-presenter, Danielle Adler, are working with Real Food Challenge and the AS Dining services. Their goal right now is to increase the incorporation of local foods into the California State University, Chico food services to 20% by 2020. Christina strongly believes in food sustainability, and is interested in implementing a food policy in hopes of reaching this goal.
www.realfoodchallenge.com
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John Ellis

For the past 30 years, John Ellis has been the head of the architecture program at Cosumnes River College (CRC). CRC Architecture was selected as a "Program of Distinction" by the Los Rios Community College District. John was awarded the 2004 AIA California Council "Excellence in Architectural Education Award" and was a 2008 nominee for the "Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology. He was primarily responsible for programming and student involvement in the Winn Center for Construction and Architecture.
Cosumnes River College
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Leslie Ellorin is a homesteader, owner of milk goat herd and creator/coordinator of a local food club in Mt. Shasta, California. Former corporate CFO and educational researcher, Leslie has taken these skills back to the land and works to build community by connecting people and changing consciousness with local food.
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Ellie Clifford Ertle teaches in the Department of Political Science, serves as faculty coordinator of the Town Hall Meeting Program, and is the Director of Civic Engagement at CSU, Chico. 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. Political Science Department ~ CSU, Chico
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Julie Estep holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Communication, and is an experienced educator and writer. She is a principal member of Adept Professional & Training Services, LLC, a recently established business in the Chico area that provides a variety of professional/business services including grant writing, editing services, research support and data analysis, and web design. Julie is a committed activist in support of green and sustainable projects.
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Stephen Feher

Stephen I. Feher is the President and Executive Director of the Sustainable Community Development Institute (SCDI), that he founded in 2001. SCDI was incorporated in Washington DC, as a public-benefit-nonprofit, international development organization and has its home office in Paradise, California. Through SCDI, Mr. Feher provides consulting services to large industrial development projects worldwide. Most recently, he advised the management of a large new oil refinery project in Vietnam on sustainable community development issues. Mr. Feher has also taught Material Sciences at Butte College and serves as mentor and technical advisor to the MESA Program, which conducts research by student interns in development of new "green" building materials utilizing agricultural waste materials contributing to the reduction of global warming, under an EPA grant in its third year. Sustainable Community Development Institute
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Kerrie Feil-Olson

 

Kerrie Feil-Olson is a senior, due to graduate in May 2014. Majoring in Business Administration with an option in Project Management, and minoring in Managing for Sustainability, it is her career goal to make a difference in the world. Kerrie has decided to dedicate her life to environmental awareness and sustainability.
SCOOP at CSU, Chico
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Noelle Ferdon has a background in law and policy and has worked on food and agriculture issues throughout the Central Valley, and California, for nearly a decade. Noelle joined the Northern California Regional Land Trust as Director of Local Food Systems in January 2012 and prior to that worked as a consultant for them, developing the Local Food Systems program. Her projects include coordinating the Buy Fresh Buy Local, North Valley agricultural marketing program, editing/publishing the North Valley's Local Food Guide, developing a food safety training program for growers and managing development of the North Valley Food Hub, on online marketplace connecting local growers and buyers. Noelle has a Bachelor's in Political Science from California State University, Chico and a J.D. from Golden Gate University's School of Law with certificates in Public Interest and Environmental Law. Northern California Regional Land Trust
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Anya Fernald

ANYA FERNALD is the co-founder and CEO of Belcampo, a group of innovative agricultural companies in California, Belize, and Uruguay that strive to make good food the old fashioned way on a larger scale than ever before. Belcampo employs over a hundred people and plans to grow awareness, availability, and production of sustainably farmed food. In 2011, Anya founded the non-profit Food Craft Institute and currently serves as its board chair.

Anya has developed her expertise in sustainable food and business management with over a decade of hands-on experience. Her career in food began as an itinerant cheesemaker in Europe and North Africa thanks to a Watson fellowship. Anya then gained knowledge of the business side of food making by developing and implementing business and marketing plans for small-scale cheesemakers in Sicily for a European Union rural development initiative in 2000 and 2001. She then moved on to direct the International Presidia program at the Slow Food Foundation in Italy, where she devised and instigated a micro-investment program that managed business planning and marketing for small-scale artisan food producers in countries such as Madagascar, Sweden, Ecuador, and Bosnia between 2001 and 2005. Returning to her home state of California in 2006, Anya directed a statewide Farm-to-School initiative in over 100 low-income schools, and launched the California Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign. In the summer of 2007, she became the Executive Director of Slow Food Nation, and soon founded Live Culture Co., a business and marketing consulting firm that advised, supported, and further developed over two dozen profitable, values-driven food businesses in its three years of activity.  
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Martin Figueroa is the Team Manager of the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus Program Chapter at University of California, Merced and a third-year student studying Biology and Sustainability. Martin served as the point person and leader for the University of California, Merced Dorm Water Battle 2011. He has a passion for sustainability and works to educate his peers and the Merced community about energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, composting and sustainability. Martin was an honoree of the prestigious environmental award, The Brower Youth Awards 2012. Martin has taken the challenge of educating California about the importance of water conservation and inform residents about the current water crisis. His dedication has saved his campus many kilowatts of energy and gallons of water through organizing multiple residence hall competitions and outreach projects. PowerSave Campus - UC Merced
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Sandy Fisher

Sandy Fisher, as a professional weaver for over 30 years, is known for her line of fine textiles for the home. She brings to Chico Cloth her expertise in design of the woven structure. She spent time learning from a master weaver in Scotland where she not only learned her craft but experienced first hand a cottage industry,something that Chico Cloth will bring to our community. She is excited to be apart of developing a textile that will be made from local materials something that she has wanted for a long time.
Mt. Lassen Fiber Guild
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Dr. Diana Flannery is a professor in the Department of Health and Community Services, CSU Chico since 1991.  She is a recent recipient of the Paul Persons Sustainability Award for her work in environmental health.
Health and Community Services ~ CSU, Chico
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Justin Flick is a First-Year student at CSU, Chico. He is currently a Marketing Intern with AS Sustainability, and he is looking forward to exploring all the opportunities that Chico has to offer during his time here. Justin is currently studying to gain his BA in International Economics with Honors in General Education and hopes to go in to the technology industry. He credits his high school environmental science teacher for getting him interested in sustainability. AS Sustainability, CSU, Chico
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Kevin Foley

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.Premier Mushrooms, Inc.
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Francisco Fonseca

 

Francisco Fonseca is executive director of the Educative Centre for Costa Rican Development (CEDECO).  CEDECO supports small producers to grow in a sustainable way, reducing negative impacts in natural resources and, at the same time, provoke significant changes in communities and the people.
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Amie French

Amie French is a senior Agricultural Business major at California State University, Chico. She began her college career by working as a poultry production intern at Modesto Junior College where her research project entitled "Consumer Perspectives of the Poultry Industry" earned her the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association's Top Research award in 2011. Amie transferred to California State University, Chico where she continued her involvement in the College of Agriculture and several organizations on campus. She has worked as a research assistant and campus farm tour guide. This study will be used as Amie's Honors Research Project in the Agricultural Business program. She will be graduating May 2014 and plans to continue her education in a graduate level Applied Economics program. College of Agriculture at CSU, Chico
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Dr. David Gallo has taught energy and environmental economics at California State University, Chico for the past 35 years. In addition, he has done research for the California Energy Commission and private consultants in the energy industry. Recently, he completed, with Thomas Hall of Hall Development, an economic analysis of a potential community solar project and submitted the research to the Chico City Council.
CSU, Chico Department of Economics
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Salvador Garibay

Salvador V. Garibay is a Doctor of Natural Sciences and graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). His doctoral work focused on sustainable maize agriculture cropping systems for temperate regions. He also obtained an agricultural engineering degree from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Currently, Salvador is a Senior Scientist at the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL) of Switzerland in the Department of International Cooperation. He coordinates and leads several projects in Latin-America, including 1) SALSA EU Project, which focuses on standards adoption and opportunities for environmentally sustainable food chains of soy and beef production in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, 2) development and pilot testing of a new tool that measures sustainability called Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine (SMART); one of the pilot tests is in Mexico orange juice production, 3) startup of the Sustainable Food Systems Society (SFSS) Company for the American Continent, 4) organic management of HLB (citrus greening disease) in organic citrus production in Mexico, 5) development of sustainable cropping systems for companies such as Philip Morris (Argentina), Danco (Brazil) and Davidof (Dominican Republic). Dr. Salvador V. Garibay has extensive experience with supply chain assessments and value chain management of organic juices, soy, honey, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. As such, he is involved with and serves as an advisor for Central American market development projects (Ecomercados project). Salvador is an expert on organic tropical and subtropical crops as well as organic and biodynamic beekeeping. He also teaches organic and sustainable courses at the University of Barcelona, Spain in conjunction with the Organic Masters degree.
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Mario Giraldo

 

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.
Institute for Sustainability at CSU, Northridge
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Maria GiovaniAs a food and sensory scientist, Maria Giovanni's research focuses on understanding the factors that impact eating behavior. She has worked for several food companies in Research and Development and has also taught at a variety of schools.
Department of Nutrition and Food Science ~ CSU, Chico
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Jose Gonzalez is an Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) fellow and a graduate student in Environmental Studies at California State University, Fullerton. U-ACRE provides students with hands-on community-based research experience in areas of urban agriculture and food security. As a U-ACRE fellow, Jose has been involved in the development of an organic waste diversion program using vermicompost at a local middle school in Fullerton, CA. The project attempts to create a closed loop system for food waste, where food is recycled through students, the vermicomposting units, and the school garden.
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Timothy GoodaleTim Goodale is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at North Carolina State. Tim earned his Bachelor's, Master's and PhD from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. His research interests include education for sustainability, marine science and environmental education, and teacher efficacy and pedagogical content knowledge in the STEM fields. Tim has been the Principal Investigator on several federal grant funded projects involving sustainability and environmental education totaling over $200,000.00. Tim has presented at numerous national and international science and technology conferences, and published papers in various journals within the field of science and environmental education. He also recently published book chapters on promoting creativity in K-12 STEM classrooms and informing science teachers about sustainability. He is a manuscript reviewer for the "Journal of Environmental Education Research" and the National Association of Research in Science Teaching conference.
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Frugal by nature, Karen Goodwin has a passion for not wasting resources. In her work with the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion and Cultivating Communities in the North Valley, she developed two Bike Kitchens to help bring the message of eating healthy and local food out directly to the people. Cycling these demonstration kitchens, approximately 500 lbs each, ensures that everything has a purpose. She has a MS in Nutrition from CSU, Chico, started a food business on $12, and continues to make each calorie count.
Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, CSU, Chico
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Elaine Gorman

Elaine Gorman was a middle school life sciences teacher in the Modesto City Schools before retiring in 2009. She has worked as a volunteer naturalist, outings leader for Sierra Club and as a workshop facilitator for Population Connection. Elaine earned her B.S. in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University. She began using Population Connection curricula in her classroom in the mid-1990's and continues to share the materials with current and future teachers in hands-on workshops in California. Population Connection is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, which has developed K-12 curricula and professional development programs for nearly 40 years (formerly as ZPG) to help teachers incorporate information on human population trends into their environmental science and geography curriculum.
Population Connection
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Kaycee Green is a social science graduate student who has worked under the direction of Dr. Lee Altier for 5 years, in many different roles. Most recently in 2012, she accepted the position as Project Coordinator for Cultivating Community North Valley. Kaycee's educational background lies in Agriculture, Child Psychology, and Environmental Science, and her passion involves a combination of these three things: educating children about the environment and the physical, nutritional, and psychological benefits of growing your own food. She has worked with several community agencies pursuing this passion, such as the Organic Vegetable Project at CSU, Chico, Sherwood Montessori School, and most recently, Butte Environmental Council, where she is helping to design and implement curriculum for their Recycling and Rubbish Education Program.
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Dr. Joe Greene is a professor in the Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing Department at California State University, Chico. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Michigan. Joe began teaching in August of 1998 after a 14-year career with General Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan. His research interests include biobased and biodegradable polymers, recycled plastics, composting technology, and anaerobic digestion.
CSU, Chico, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing
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The GRUB Cooperative is a group of people that have been living on the land together for 5 years. They enjoy all pieces of life together and are working on living a life that requires one to work with others, share resources, talk, listen, help, and have fun. They invite you to tour their home.
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Mitchell Hayes

Mitchell Hayes was born in Mountain View, CA and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. He is currently a junior at Chico State with ambitions of becoming a project manager. Other than taking business classes, Mitchell is also an active member with AS Sustainability interning with the Green Events Consulting Team. He hopes to one day take the experiences he has had with AS Sustainability and incorporate them into his future career. Once graduating from CSU, Chico, he plans on aquiring his MBA, focusing on Sustainable Management.
AS Sustainability - CSU, Chico
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Mischa Hedges is the Director of Communications for Thanksgiving Coffee Company. His job is to connect coffee drinkers with the people that grow, roast and brew Thanksgiving Coffee. Mischa has over a decade of experience in helping companies and non-profit organizations share their stories. He has produced and edited award-winning documentaries, commercials and video. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Dominican University's GreenMBA program, and takes great pride in connecting people that care with companies that care.Thanksgiving Coffee Company
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Sally Hedley

Sally Hedley is a teacher who graduated from Chico State with a BA in Liberal Studies and three credentials (multiple subject/Elementary, Single Subject - art, science). She loves working with students of all ages. Her passion is sharing her knowledge and inspiration with students through fun art and science activities. She believes that hands-on learning is highly affective and powerful for students. She loves gardening and teaching children the mysteries and magic of growing their own food in sustainable ways. She has seen huge transformations of hardened children become responsible, courteous, and sensitive to the world around them.
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Bianca Hernandez recently completed a Master's in Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California. She received her Bachelor's in Journalism: News Editorial and Anthropology from California State University, Chico. Having grown up in Bakersfield, Hernandez always wanted an avenue to explore the experiences of teens in Kern County, in order to bring visibility to the population as a whole. She believes there should be more awareness around the lives of farmworkers because of the volume of food they play a part in bringing to tables across America.
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Michael Hess

Michael Hess is a senior at Berkeley International High School and Managing Editor and website developer for the Berkeley Jacket Newspaper. He is writing his thesis on the public perception and ethical implications of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Michael rows crew for Berkeley High, maintains a 4.0 GPA, and hopes to study at Harvard University next year.
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Peter Hess

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. serves as Director of Outreach to Religious Communities with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in Oakland, California, helping to promote dialogue at the interface between science and religion, particularly in the areas of evolutionary biology and climate change. Dr. Hess earned a Master's from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), and studies the interaction between science and religion in the modern world (1600-1900). He is co-author of Catholicism and Science (Greenwood Press, 2008), and has also published on the religious and ethical implications of the dwindling resources. Peter is on the adjunct faculty of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, and is a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). An avid rock climber and volcano mountaineer, Peter and his wife Viviane have two sons, Michael and Robert.
National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
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Richie Hirshen

 

Richard Hirshen (Chef Richie), after 25 years as a professional chef, is in his fourth year at Sherwood Montessori K-8 Charter School where 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 Nutrition Department interns collaborating) and philanthropy.
Sherwood Montessori Charter School
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Dr. Eric Houk earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics from Colorado State University and his primary areas of expertise include Agricultural Production Economics and Natural Resource Economics. Dr. Houk is an Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture at CSU, Chico and is currently serving as the Program Lead for the Agricultural Business Program.
College of Agriculture at CSU, Chico
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John Howlett is a lifelong educator. He has taught history for 20 years, was one of the central visionaries who founded Sherwood Montessori, he set up the school garden and is the Lead Middle School teacher, working closely with Mr. Hirshen in all phases of the school's Garden-Kitchen Program.
Sherwood Montessori Charter School
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Mary Clare Hunt

Mary Clare Hunt is a consultant for EcolutionarySelling.com and the founder of InWomenWeTrust.com, a site dedicated to raising awareness of environmental and social issues by highlighting the work of the highly connected women in business, activism, and consumer interests. Her background is a blend of retail and industrial sales and marketing with the past seven years focused on the mainstreaming sustainable practices using benchmarking programs such as GoodGuide.com, GreenBuildingPages.com, and SustainableProducts.com. Her consulting work on the $6 billion Build-LACCD.org produced the Touch Point Handbook -- organizing the backbone workflow for hundreds of architects, designers, contractors, and program managers. Always a pragmatic visionary, today, Mary works to help fast-track students into green jobs by blending their social media skills with the needs of a sustainable business world.
InWomenWeTrust.com
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John Ikerd

JOHN IKERD was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. He currently resides in Fairfield, IA with his wife, Ellen, two dogs, and three cats. Ikerd is author of Essentials of Economic Sustainability, Sustainable Capitalism, A Return to Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture, and A Revolution of the Middle, on line at http://sites.google.com/site/revolutionofthemiddle/.

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Nik Janos

 

Nik Janos is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico. His work focuses on Urban Natural Disasters, Urban Environmental Justice, and the Energy Transition. He also writes the Green Space Notes blog.
greenspacenotes.org
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Dr. Junda Jiang received a degree in Crop Breeding and Agronomy and his masters in Crop Breeding and Plant Tissue Culture at Zhejiang University in China. He received his PhD in Rice Breeding and Genetics at Louisiana State University. Dr. Jiang worked on rice doubled haploid and marker-assisted breeding at the University of Arkansas Rice Research & Extension Center with cooperation of USDA-ARS Dale Bumpers Nati onal Rice Research Center at Stuttgart, Arkansas (2001-05). He was the project leader for premium short grain and specialty rice at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, California (2005-06). As a researcher at UC Davis he has collaborated on projects involving Rice, Corn, Sorghum, Cameline, Alfalfa, Onions and Tomatoes (2006-2012). Dr. Jiang currently serves as manager of the Seed Nursery at Lundberg Family Farms where he leads seed purity maintenance, development of varieties, and research organic techniques.
Lundberg Family Farms
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Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson is the coordinator of the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Services from California State University, Northridge. As Institute coordinator, she collaborates with faculty, administrators, and staff on campus sustainability initiatives, coordinates educational events, supervises student work on projects, and assists in implementing campus sustainability efforts. She authored a section and assisted in the development of the CSU, Northridge campus Sustainability Plan.
CSU, Northridge

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Robert C Jones

Robert C. Jones received his PhD in philosophy from Stanford University in 2005 where his doctoral research examined the moral significance of nonhuman animal cognition. His professional research investigates the substantive cognitive properties that bear on the ethical treatment and moral considerability of both human and other-than-human animals. In addition, his research includes food ethics, environmental ethics, mind and cognition, species studies, and the question of what it is to be human. Robert has been a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and a visiting researcher for the Ethics in Society Project at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and most recently a Summer Fellow at the Animals & Society Institute. He has given talks at Stanford, Yale, Wesleyan, UCLA, CUNY, and the University of Auckland. Robert joined the faculty of California State University, Chico, in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
Philosophy Department, CSU, Chico
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Peter Joseph

Dr. Peter Joseph, a retired emergency physician, will present an up-to-date review of the latest science of climate change, the well-funded efforts by vested interests to confuse the public about looming climate chaos, and the single most effective tool to rectify the market distortion that allows carbon pollution to remain profitable despite its social costs: a revenue-neutral, progressively-rising carbon tax. Dr. Joseph is group leader of the Marin County chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and a mentor for Climate Leaders of The Climate Reality Project.
Citizens Climate Lobby; The Climate Reality Project
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Chris Kaiakapu

 

Chris Kaiakapu is a student studying Environmental Science with an option in Energy and Earth Resources, and a minor in Geology. Upon learning of the program's energy saving efforts through involvement with AS Sustainability, Chris became involved with PowerSave Campus program after returning from a semester abroad in Australia during the Fall of 2012. As the only program veteran, he has taken on the Team Manager role, and helps organize all of the team's efforts. He is also leading the current project that aims to improve Butte Station's energy efficiency.
PowerSave Campus - Chico
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Michael Kane

Michael Kane has served for the last eight years as the Associate Dean of Sciences & Mathematics at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. His educational background includes degrees in Education, Biology and Applied Ecology and he has worked in both education, and in the private sector doing international sustainable development work. He is one of the founders, and serves as the Director of Sierra College's Energy Program and is a leader in the sustainability movement at the college. He is the founder and President of the Community College Sus tainability Collaborative. Additionally, Mr. Kane is the founder of the Ministry of Happiness (http://ministryofhappiness.wordpress.com) where he explores and discusses ways to live a happier life.
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Paul Katzeff is the CEO and Co-Founder of Thanksgiving Coffee Company. He is a pioneer in the specialty coffee industry and has been a long-time advocate for fairly-traded and sustainably grown coffee. Thanksgiving Coffee works closely with farmers and cooperatives to improve the sustainability of their coffee and livelihood, while producing some of the best coffee around. Paul is a co-founder of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. He holds a Bachelors degree in Agriculture from Cornell University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.Thanksgiving Coffee Company
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Grace Kerfoot

Grace Kerfoot is a Chico State student who works with AS Sustainability as the Sustainable Dining Consultant. Grace works very closely with dining and helps them with their efforts toward a more sustainable on campus food service system. She is a Nutrition major, and is very interested and enthusiastic about local food systems and the science of fermentation.
AS Sustainability, CSU, Chico

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Kevin Killion is a native born Chico student, and activist. Having completed the sustainability studies program at Butte he now is a CSUC Social Sci and Environmental Studies Major. Kevin is on the Board of Directors for Butte Environmental Council, as well as the Operating team Cochair for the California Student Sustainability Coalition. He joins this panel as a leader on the CSUC Divestment campaign, and a delegate of the CSU wide divestment team. 
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Morgan King

Morgan King is the Sustainability & Waste Coordinator for Humboldt State University, where he manages waste diversion programs, advises students, and facilitates the infusion of sustainability in the operations and culture of the campus. Morgan holds a Master's in Environment and Community from California State University, Humboldt and a Bachelor's in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a certified Building Analyst and Building Envelope Professional and has worked as an energy auditor and trainer, sustainability curriculum developer, and Peace Corps, Nepal volunteer.
www.humboldt.edu/sustainability
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Fred Klammt is a passionate living energy farmer, teacher, and coach. SME in energy permaculture, community microgids, integrated renewable energies, energy controls and storage, green chemistry, etc; extensive experience in training and teaching, international presentations, and hands-on workshops; has written numerous white papers, blogs, and articles on sustainability issues since 1992. Focus on fun, experiental learning + making complex issues simple. WinSol
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Emily Koller is a FoodCorps service member, moving from Central Illinois to complete her year of service in Chico. She completed her Master of Social Work at Illinois State University in 2013, focusing her research on garden-based learning with an at-risk pre-school population. Through her service with FoodCorps, she will focus her efforts on teaching kids what healthy food is and where it comes from, building and tending school gardens, and bringing high quality, local food into school cafeterias. FoodCorps, a non-profit organization, is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps
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Christophe Kreis MLF Soil Consulting PhD, Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Christophe is co-founder of MLF Soil Consulting with his wife Monique. He started his career in basic medical research and after various positions in academia and industry Christophe slowly returned to his first passion Soil Ecology and Microbiology. It is his belief that human health is tied intimately to soil health through the production of healthy food. For this reason MLF Soil Consulting is committed to help farmers improve the management of their soil through composting, vermicomposting and biological analysis of microbial soil life.
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Monique La Fleur, MLF Soil Consulting PhD, Immunolgy-Microbiology, Universite Laval, Canada Public Health Microbiologist, California. Monique is co-founder of MLF Soil Consulting with her husband Christophe. She started her career in basic medical research and after 25 years in academia and industry Monique returned to her first passion microbiology. She continues her work in Public Health Microbiology disease prevention but also believes that healthy food is the best medicine and by extension healthy soils are essential to healthy food systems. To this end, MLF Soil Consulting is committed to help farmers improve the management of their soil through composting, vermicomposting and biological analysis of microbial soil life.
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Johnny Lococo is an undergraduate from Humboldt State University, where he studies Environmental Science and works for the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus Program. His primary interest in sustainability is transportation, including commuting by bicycle, alternative fuels, and improved city infrastructure. He rides a 1980's Japanese, steel-frame touring bike upwards of 40 miles a week, commuting between Humboldt State University and his home in McKinleyville, CA. This is his first time attending the This Way to Sustainability Conference. Johnny will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science: Energy & Climate. PowerSave Campus - Humboldt State University
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Bill Loker is Dean of Undergraduate Education at Chico State, and an anthropologist with long-term research interests in sustainable development, particularly in rural areas in Latin America. Bill has been involved in sustainability research in Latin America since the mid-1980s and has a growing interest in sustainability issues in California, especially focused on water policy issues. At the university, Bill provid es oversight of the General Education program and is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to incorporate sustainability in the curriculum. Undergraduate Education ~ CSU, Chico
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Rachael Londer is studying Environmental Policy and Spanish at California State University, Humboldt. Rachael is interested in making socially and environmentally sustainable communities. She currently works for Redwood Coast Energy Authority as a Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Intern, and PowerSave Campus as a Project Coordinator. Both these positions involve building sustainable communities through the dispersal of knowledge and tools about energy efficiency. She is the current lead on PowerSave's Green Workplace Assessment and Certification Program, which involves working with campus staff to ensure that their university is not wasteful of their resources. Understanding how energy is used on campus can help reduce consumption and change behaviors! Knowledge is power.
PowerSave Campus - Humboldt State University
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Amy Louis began working in the coffee industry immediately after graduating from CSU, Chico in 1985. Her mother, Marian, could not understand why Amy would go to college “just to work in a coffee shop.” That “shop” was Peet’s Coffee & Tea, where she found her deep-rooted passion for coffee. Amy knew immediately that coffee was not just a job, but a career. In retrospect, Amy was entering on the ground floor of the nation’s trend toward specialty coffee. She learned from this industry's revolutionaries, which furthered her desire to continue her career in the super-premium coffee world. While Amy draws upon her diverse body of coffee knowledge, it is her passion and fierce honesty that are her signature and the biggest asset to her customers. Amy believes that it starts with the farmers and ends with the barista—and how you support those people is what matters. Six Degrees Coffee
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Stephen Low is an undergraduate senior majoring in Environmental & Occupational Health, with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene.
CSU, Northridge

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Jessica Lundberg

Jessica Lundberg is Vice President of People, Planet and Process as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Lundberg Family Farms, the United States' leading producer of organic rice and rice products. A member of the Lundberg family's third generation, she oversees the quality, human resources, safety and environmental initiatives at the company as well as the seed nursery, overseeing the maintenance, purity and development of proprietary rice varieties such as Wehani®, Black Japonica and California Arborio. Jessica holds a degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico and a Certificate in Plant Breeding from University of California, Davis. She is a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program (Class 33)). She currently sits as a member of The Organic Center, the California Rice Commission, the California Rice Research Board, the California State University, Chico College of Ag Advisory Council and the Rawlins Sustainability Committee. Lundberg Family Farms
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Russell Marsan

Russell Marsan, National Sales Manager, GreenTraks, Inc. After 20+ years as an industry top producer and National Sales Manager for a Fortune 300 company, Russell Marsan left the big corporate world to head for "greener" pastures. Over the years Russell has hired, trained and helped to launch numerous people into successful long-term careers. Because of his green upbringing and his corporate background, Russell possesses the unique bilingual ability as a translator between the two languages: corporate-speak & green-speak. Mr. Marsan is also an accomplished, award-winning public speaker and has traveled throughout the United States giving over 1,000 seminars and lectures on numerous topics. His distinguished and humorous speaking style helps to make any topic lively and entertaining! GreenTraks, Inc.
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Richard McDonald

 

Richard J.McDonald, Ph.D. is a retired nuclear physicist who spent his career doing a variety of experiments in atomic and nuclear physics at Lawrence Berkeley national Lab. Since retirement, his interests have turned to issues of Peak Oil and sustainability.
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Jonathan McMurtry

As an Associate Principal at Lionakis, Jonathan McMurtry has 25 years of experience in the industry and over 15 years of experience designing Higher Education facilities. His creative design abilities result in innovative, quality sustainable solutions that encourage learning. A life-long bicycle commuter, Jonathan is a leader and advocate within Lionakis for alternative transportation. Jonathan earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and actively involved in the Community College Facilities Coalition, Council of Educational Facility Planners International and Society for College and University Planning. Lionakis
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Four Butte College MESA students are currently participating as interns in an innovative project on the Butte College Campus: Biofiltration Wetland Education Learning Laboratory (BWELL) Project. The project outcomes were tri-fold: conduct research, develop research presentation skills, and team leadership. The MESA students participated in one of three teams: Engineers, Chemistry, or Biology.   Interns designed and implemented Phase 1 with faculty members from the Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Heavy Equipment and Horticulture Departments as well as Butte County and City of Chico engineers. The BWELL interns were supervised, trained and guided by Butte College Biology Faculty Dr. Michael Williams, Professor Katya Yarosevich , and Dr. Michael Matiasek, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. The Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering, chemistry, or biology.
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Nathaniel Millard is a PhD candidate at Utah State University studying Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management. He is a lecturer at California State University, Chico where he teaches courses in Sustainability. English Department ~ CSU, Chico
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Abbas MohamedAbbas Mohamed is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While attending UCSC, he worked for the Alliance to Save Energy's 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. Currently working at Genentech in South San Francisco, Abbas is kept busy with supporting fieldstudy, pursuing opportunities in operational management, helping keep bees in the East Bay, and participating in sustainability minded initiatives at Genentech.
fieldstudy
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Chris Moore-Backman is Director of the Chico Peace and Justice Center. He leads trainings on the Gandhian approach to nonviolence, and is the producer of the radio documentary series titled Bringing Down the New Jim Crow, which focuses on the intersection of race, the War on Drugs, and mass incarceration in the United States.
Chico Peace and Justice Center
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Bri Mulvey is a senior biology student with a focus in microbiology, especially fermentation science. Bri applies her extensive knowledge of biological processes to further educate people about the principles of composting and plant growth. Compost Display Area at CSU, Chico
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Matthew Navarro is a senior Social Studies Education student working for the Compost Display Area on campus. As a compost education coordinator, Matthew is responsible for providing students and other community members with practical knowledge on composting, gardening, and other sustainable practices.
Compost Display Area at CSU, Chico
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Vickie Newlin is the Assistant Director of the Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation. She has been with the Department since 1997, absent 2003 through 2005 where she was under contract to the California Bay Delta Authority. Vickie received both her Ba and MA from CSU, Chico in Public Administration. Butte County Water and Resource Conservation
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Chris Nichols joined the Gorrill Family when she married the now late 3rd generation farmer, John Nichols, in 1972.  Christina served on the Board for the Gorrill Ranch from 1998-2011 and has passed the torch to her daughter who now works as the Managing Partner and Chairman.  Christina Nichols is a retired educator from Chico Unified School District.  Christina began her career in education as a special education teacher for Chico High and ended it as a guidance counselor at Pleasant Valley where she spent 15 years.  Christina is deeply involved in the community serving on the boards of Chico State Alumni Board, Pleasant Valley Foundation, and Chico Meals and Wheels.
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Tanya Parish was hired as the Program Coordinator for the – Rubbish and Recycling Education Program (RARE) in July 2013. Tanya 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 is currently working on her Masters of Education, with an emphasis on Environmental Education and Sustainability. Tanya became a member of BEC 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 and her two children. She enjoys gardening, riding her bike through Bidwell Park and volunteering at her children’s schools.Recycling and Rubbish Education Program
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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. Butte Environmental Council
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Dr. Celina Phillips, Associate Professor/Animal Science Lead Faculty, is a ruminant nutritionist with expertise in forages, grazing practices and nutritional biochemistry. She has been involved at the University Farm as the Sheep & Goat Unit Supervisor where she oversees a team of students who manage the University's flock. Celina is also a prominent livestock judge and popular speaker & educator within the industry.
College of Agriculture ~ CSU, Chico
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Marco Poort is a student at California State University, Chico studying Electrical Engineering. He has previously been involved in AS Recycling as a Compost Education Coordinator and is currently working in the Electrical Engineering department maintaining two Mendel 3D printers. He is interested in looking at ways that additive manufacturing can not only reduce the material needed but also provide ways to reuse any old material and provide means for households to print and reprint items without having to add more to the worlds already large landfills. CSU, Chico Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jim PushnikDr. Jim Pushnik is the Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy and the Director of the Institute of Sustainable Development at California State University, Chico. His function as the Rawlins Professor is to assist with the infusion of the principle of sustainability into the curriculum and assure that all students at California State University, Chico, regardless of area of study, gain an appreciation of sustainability. As the Director of the Institute, he is to provide leadership toward a more sustainable future through the development of campus and private partnership's focused on innovation, communication, education and conservation. In 2005, he served as a Fulbright Fellow Senior Specialist in Sustainable Development to the Russian Far East. In 2012 and 2013, he served on the California Department of Food and Agriculture Climate Change Consortium and he is presently the coordinator of the General Education Pathway in Sustainability at California State University, Chico. CONFERENCE HOST
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Susan Rainier

Susan Rainier is with USGBC Capital Branch Leadership and is a Facilitator for Living Future Institute. She is well versed in custom residential as well as public and private sectors, being well balanced in both design and construction. She received her education at University of Washington, Seattle and Milan, Italy. She has a lifelong study of world architecture, proportion, biophilia, beauty and self-sufficient design. Susan has international design and construction experience, speaks Italian and is a leading speaker for Ecological Preservation, Project Delivery and Living Buildings. Eagle Global Consult
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Michael Rehg joined California State University, Chico’s Department of Management in August 2008, after a 20-year career in the USAF and a three-year teaching stint at the Air Force Institute of Technology.  He obtained his PhD in Strategic Management from Indiana University in 1998. Since his arrival at Chico State he has taught the undergraduate and graduate level Strategic Decision-Making capstone courses as well as Introduction to Entrepreneurship. He is currently an Associate Professor serving as Chair of the Department of Management and is the Treasurer for the Sustainability Management Association, a certifying body for sustainability managers.
Department of Management ~ CSU, Chico
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Jonathan Reinbold

 

Jonathan Reinbold has studied and worked in Pennsylvania, California, Idaho and Wisconsin in pursuit of a greater understanding of how farmland stewardship can improve ecosystem health while contributing to robust local food systems. As the Sustainability Program Manager at Organic Valley, Jonathan leads their efforts to protect natural resources, minimize negative environmental impacts and stabilize costs through renewable energy production, environmental research and employee engagement. Jonathan earned his MA in Environment & Community from Antioch University Seattle.
Organic Valley Co-op
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REGen Interns - Four MESA students are currently participating as interns in an innovative project on the Butte College Campus: Rice-hulls as Energy Generation (REGen) Project. The project outcomes were tri-fold: conduct research, develop presentation skills, and team leadership. The MESA students participated in one of two teams: Gasification and Biochar. The REGen interns met formally weekly to conduct research, evaluation of findings, and leadership training. Interns collaborated with Butte College faculty members as well as, Lundberg Family Farms and Biomass Industry. The REGen Interns are supervised, trained and guided by John Shovein,  owner of Glenn Organics, John Dahlgren Butte College Faculty, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. The MESA Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering and biology.
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Zehra Reza is a marketing student at San Jose State University who is not afraid to push the envelope and test her boundaries. Her curiosity of the business world and her passion to understand it through forging personal and professional relationships has led her to develop a diverse network of collaborative communication in the fields of biotech, farming, beekeeping, corporate business, and more. In her own words, her greatest accomplishment in life so far is collecting the most intelligent, thoughtful, caring, and innovative people in her networks.  She is genuinely interested in meeting people, and engaging in discussions about others’ insights on life and environment we live in. Whether it is through socializing with start-up founders, networking through the SJSU Marketing Association, or seeking out individuals through AIESEC for global internships, she has placed her importance in connecting with others, recognizing their strengths, and realizing their true potential.
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RHAB Project Interns - MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievements) Interns Seven MESA students are currently participating as interns in an innovative and award winning project on the Butte College Campus: Rice Hulls as Alternative Building (RHAB). The RHAB interns are in the process of fulfilling the requirements of an EPA - P3 Phase II Award. They met weekly to participate in research, evaluation of findings, product development, and leadership training. They are supervised, trained, and guided by Stephen Feher, Executive Director, Sustainable Community Development Institute,  and John Dahlgren Butte College Faculty, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. In addition, the interns project receives support from Lundberg Family Farms. The MESA Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering.
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Anais Rodriguez is a student at Humboldt State University studying Environmental Science with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. She is currently a Project Coordinator Intern with the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus Program and has been working with the organization since August 2012. As a Project Coordinator Intern, Anais Rodriguez has implemented projects and helped coordinate events on campus that promote energy and water conservation. PowerSave Campus - Humboldt State University
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Mark Roberts

In a past life, Mark Roberts worked as a technology investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Robertson Stephens, Bear Stearns and Thomas Weisel Partners. Today, he is the CEO of Springboard Biodiesel whose innovative, high quality and automated solutions enable small and mid-size businesses, farms, utilities, schools, co-ops and municipalities to produce their own biodiesel easily and inexpensively. He is a graduate of both Duke University and New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Springboard Biodiesel, LLC
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Secretary Karen Ross

 

KAREN ROSS was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 12, 2011 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. Prior to joining CDFA, Secretary Ross was chief of staff for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009. Before her time at the United States Department of Agriculture, Secretary Ross served more than thirteen years as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), based in Sacramento.

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Suellen Rowlison

 

Suellen Rowlison has volunteered with Heifer International since 2006. Heifer's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth by means of passing on the gift of animals and training in sustainable agriculture to smallholder farmers who in turn do the same, becoming donors themselves in ever widening circles of hope and dignity. Heifer International
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Becca Russell is a California State University, Chico Alumni and has been involved in sustainable student organizations such as SCOOP and Net Impact. She received a degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Project Management, and is now the Project Coordinator for GRID Alternatives, North Valley. GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access, providing needed savings for families, preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry, and helping clean our environment. GRID Alternatives
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Steven Pina Sanchez is a sophomore at California State University, Chico majoring in Business Administration with an option in Finance. He is minoring in Ethics, Policy and Justice. He is involved with different student organizations (SCOOP & Phi Chi Theta) and likes to help them as much as he can. His ultimate career goal is being a Chief Financial Officer of a corporation.SCOOP at CSU, Chico
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Sherri Scott

Sherri Scott is a nature junkie, enchanted especially by mushrooms, plants, trees and the ethnobotanical stories behind them. Out at the farm at GRUB (Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies)she has had fun over the last five years experimenting with less common seed, culinary, medicine and other useful crops as well as running an edible plant nursery. Two projects she is excited about being involved with is as grower of flax for Chico Cloth and as a coordinator of the new Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL) at the Butte County Library, Chico Branch.GRUB Chico
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Shar Sentell volunteered with Heifer International since June 2012 while at Butte College, A.A. degree, July 2013; currently a student at CSU, Chico studying Environmental Science with emphasis in Applied Ecology. Born and raised in Sacramento. Heifer International
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Jaci SiehlJaci Siehl ~ After seeing spinning and weaving demonstrations at the LA County fair in 1989 my husband surprised me with a spinning wheel, a loom, and classes. However, living in an apartment and making LA traffic commutes limited my time to enjoy them, so I used a drop spindle and spun yarn at work for knitting.In 1999 we moved to Northern California where I could raise sheep. I selected Jacob Sheep because they are an ancient breed with 4 horns and black and white fleeces. While the sheep grew the fleeces for me I'd plan what I would do with them - skirting, washing, carding, and spinning the wool - all with the end product in mind. Working with an ancient breed caused me to investigate the history of processing natural fibers, what it has meant to the the development of mankind, and appreciate what it means to us today.
Mt. Lassen Fiber Guild
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Courtney Silver

Courtney Silver is an Assistant Sustainability Coordinator for Associated Students at California State University, Chico and the creator and Director of the Green Events Consulting Team. Courtney is currently in her last semester of her Bachelor's degree in Biology with an option in Ecology and emphasis in Entomology and Zoology. When she isn't in the lab, she is in the Sustainability office working on events and programs. Besides science, Courtney has always had a knack for event planning. Through her job with the AS, The Green Events Consulting Team was born. With this team, she is able to help the environment that she loves and studies, by insuring that events held on campus are implementing sustainable practices. She is truly honored to be back presenting at this year's This Way to Sustainability.AS Sustainability - CSU, Chico
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Rich Silver is an award winning educator who has spent over thirty-five years investigating the mysteries of nature and human potential. Living in the northern Sierra Nevada, he is a practicing Eco-Therapist and Eco-Educator, and is the founder and director of the nature-based wisdom school, University of Earth. During his twenty-eight year career as a California State Park Ranger he developed many programs both within and outside of State Parks. With a lifelong dedication to healing the human-nature relationship and promoting the rights of nature, he co-founded Chico's "The Endangered Species Faire" in 1979. His "The Many Voices of the American River" an Eco-Education training program for guides and teachers earned national recognition. Rich holds a Bachelor's degree in a special major Mind and Nature, a Master's in Counseling and Educational Psychology, and is ABD (All But Dissertation), having completed all course work for a PhD in Applied Ecopsychology. University of Earth
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Tim Sistrunk teaches Environmental History in the History Department at California State University, Chico. His research focuses on western environmental law, especially its earlier practice in Europe. He is chair of the Sustainability Education and Research Committee at California State University, Chico, which is charged with promoting sustainability education on campus. History Department ~ CSU, Chico
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Michael Spiess

 

Michael Spiess has been working with irrigation since 1980 and currently teaches irrigation at Chico State.  He has taught workshops in irrigation scheduling techniques and irrigation system auditing.  He has received a number of water conservation grants and is currently doing research on the application ET based (“smart”) irrigation controllers in nut crops.
College of Agriculture ~ CSU, Chico
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Naomi Stamper is a graduate student in the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department at Chico State with a background in biochemistry and environmental chemistry. She currently works at the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion as a community nutrition assistant. Her current project focuses on helping small farmers become more competitive in the local food market. She is a lifelong gardener and believer in composting and tries to find uses for all of her food scraps. Sometimes that means finding a new recipe, other times it means a snack for her chickens or an addition to her worm bin.
Nutrition and Food Sciences Department, CSU, Chico
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Neil SteinerNeil Steiner, Energy Analyst, LEED BD+C Originally inspired in a retreat with Bob Berkebile in 2006, Neil has been focusing his efforts for regenerative design ever since. At Glumac, he is responsible for modeling lighting, hvac, renewable energy and envelope systems for new and existing buildings. He is passionate about advancing the building industry for greater energy efficiency, conservation of resources and cost. He received his BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas and is working on MS for later this year. As Living Building Challenge Ambassador he has engaged a number of influential people to help champion the effort in the Sacramento region.
Glumac
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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 inspiring 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. Currently, he and his students are developing 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 a proud co-founder of the This Way to Sustainability Conference.
CSU, Chico Department of Geography and Planning, and the Butte Environmental Council
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Naiya Sullivan is currently attending Butte College in the pursuit of a Geology degree with emphasis in hydrology.  She and Chauncey Quam formed the Symbiotic Solutions Club in Spring of 2011 as an effort to spread awareness about eco-friendly ways of cleaning up pollution, with special attention given to the fungi kingdom.  Naiya is also pursuing an art education degree with the intention of using her art skills to promote recycling and re-purposing what we consider "trash" into art as an effort to teach people more about Earth's natural resources and how we can utilize them more sustainably. 
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Aimee Sunseri is has been the winemaker for New Clairvaux Vineyard in Vina, CA for the past eleven years. She was born and raised in Chico, but stems from a multi-generational winemaking and grape-growing family in the Napa Valley. She has been head winemaker for her family's winery there for the past the past six years and is the first 5th generation winemaker in Napa. She is also the first winemaker in Vina for nearly 100 years. For college she attended UC Davis and graduated with a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology. Aimee literally turns water into wine. New Clairvaux Vineyard
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Symbiotic Solutions is a Butte College organization made up of driven students who desire to help change the world for the better. Not all of them are science majors, but they all recognize the importance that science has in developing new ways to repair the damage that has been done to the planet.
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Scott Terrell is the Director of University of Earth's School of Sustainability and is the core instructor of the Sustainability Management Degree and Certification program. He spent 30 years developing, implementing and managing community-wide energy, water efficiency, renewable energy and green building programs for three CA utilities and communities. Scott received multiple awards during his career in public utilities for his high impact natural resource conservation programs. He holds a BS in Natural Resource Planning and a MA in Energy and Environmental Education and currently teaches at several colleges, including U. C. Davis, University of Nevada and Sierra Nevada College, in a variety of courses within the field of sustainability. Scott is a lifelong wilderness advocate and is dedicated to U of Earth's mission of creating a world that works for us all.
University of Earth
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Nani Teves works with Butte Environmental Council on Water and Land-Use Outreach and advocacy projects. In 2005, Nani earned a Master's in Watershed Science from Colorado State University, and before that graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies. From 2002 to 2010, Nani worked as a Watershed Coordinator on watersheds throughout Tehama and Butte Counties.
Butte Environmental Council
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Durl Van Alstyne

 

Durl Van Alstyne is a retired School Teacher. Raised in agricultural areas of Sonoma and Siskiyou counties. Experience lots of tool making, fixing tools and making things work.
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Jake Wade

Jake Wade - Parallel Revolution is an American manufacturer of quality sustainable apparel, specializing in hemp and hemp-blend fabrics. By using only natural, renewable and ethically sourced materials, Parallel Revolution aims to be Planet Earth's Preferred Outfitter. Since co-founding Parallel Revolution during his freshman year here at California State University, Chico, Jake Wade has worked diligently to produce what he sees as the future of clothing. Over the years, Wade has worked from the ground up: picking their raw material, testing, designing, prototyping, manufacturing, and bringing their products into the market. Parallel Revolution
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Halley Walsh

Halley Walsh is a transplant from western North Carolina pursuing a Bachelor's in Politics at Humboldt State University. Her interests include environmental justice and feminist advocacy. She is Compost Director for the Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program, and has spent the last three summers working for the National Audubon Society overseeing research and protection at a tern nesting colony off the coast of Maine. Humboldt State University
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Courtney Ward is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Measurement & Verification (M&V) Professional who has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her career began with Johnson Controls as an Energy Solutions Performance Engineer (ESPE) where she spent three years monitoring and reporting customers' building energy consumption and O&M costs to ensure savings are consistent with contractual obligations and client goals. Courtney's Measurement & Verification experience covers a wide range of building systems including lighting, control systems, HVAC systems, and water conservation. In addition to her M&V project work, Courtney's experience includes the collection and reporting of GHG emissions for both the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District and NASA Ames Laboratories. Ms. Ward is currently a Project Engineer with RetroCom Energy Strategies, managing the Los Rios Community College Smart Grid Project commissioning and rebates.RetroCom Energy Strategies
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Dr. Tony Waters teaches about population in his courses in the Department of Sociology. He has interest in social organization in agriculture, and has lived, worked and taught in Tanzania, Germany, and Thailand. Dr. Waters is the coordinator of the International Studies general education pathway.
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Dr. Jada-Simone White specializes in Aquatic Ecology, with a wide breadth of experience in research and conservation, from working locally with Chinook salmon to studying coral reef ecology in French Polynesia. Jada earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville after finishing her B.S. in Ecology and Evolution at University of California Santa Barbara.
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Eric Winje

Erik Winje is a LEED Accredited Professional with 37 years of experience focused on the construction and management of facilities for public and private sector clients. He is currently a Senior Project Manager with DPR, responsible for the on-site operations providing management oversight and coordinating project activities. Erik has been involved with multiple LEED projects including Los Rios CCD New Instructional building and CHP Grass Valley facility. Erik earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of California, Davis and is a member of USGBC, LCI and DBIA. DPR Construction
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Whitney Wright is a senior majoring in Environmental Science with an option in Energy and Earth Resources. She has been with SCOOP for a year and a half. After she graduates, she would like to work on decreasing environmental degradation in areas that really need it.SCOOP at CSU, Chico
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Michelle Yezbick is the founding Director of Sherwood Montessori. She was brought to Chico to bring her evolved Montessorian background, values and teaching techniques to the school. She embraces Erdkinder values (Children of the Earth, a Montessorian teaching paradigm) and brought Chef Richie to the school specifically to have an evolved Edible Schoolyard.
Sherwood Montessori's K-8 Garden and Kitchen Program
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Dave Younger

David Younger is an Architect and Principal with Lionakis, the area's leading architecture and engineering firm. Over the last 25 years with Lionakis, Dave has risen through the ranks, becoming a Principal in 1998. During that time, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects and held many positions in the firm. He has developed an expertise in the design of higher education facilities and helped build this project type to be a major market for Lionakis and now is responsible for all of their higher education work and specifically their Community College projects throughout the state of California. Dave believes strongly in giving back to the community in which we work and live. Dave volunteers on several organizations and Boards and considers his participation in the Los Rios Foundation as a great way to give back to an organization that has helped advance his career.
Lionakis
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