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Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XI
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We'd like to thank the many speakers who donate their time, knowledge, experiences, and passion for this important conference each year in an effort to educate all for our sustainable future.
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Fletcher Alexander

Fletcher Alexander is the Sustainability Programs Manager at California State University, Chico. He works collaboratively across campus on the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives in support of the campus's long-term sustainability goals and on further developing the campus's culture of sustainability. He graduated from California State University, Chico in 2010 with a degree in Economics with an option in Environmental Economics and Thematic Studies in Environmental Issues. He then worked for a year and a half with the City of Chico on the development of a community-wide 2020 Climate Action Plan before coming back to the University in 2011. For his work advancing sustainability at CSU, Chico and across the CSU System he was recognized at the 2015 CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference as the Sustainability Champion of the CSU.
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Salam Ali - The energy and sustainability challenges facing 21st century societies are unprecedented. As Salam Ali pursues her degree in Mechanical Engineering, they hope to go forth in industry and contribute to the research and implementation of more sustainable forms of energy, materials and structures.
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Lee Altier teaches and does research in the College of Agriculture at California State University. 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 doing summer work 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.
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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 student majoring in Math, Engineering and Science with the intention to transfer. For 25 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 CSU, 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 B.A. Psychology and M.A. Educational Psychology Counseling, from CSU, Northridge.
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(SPEAKER CANCELED) Carolyn Baker, Ph.D. is the author of Love In The Age Of Ecological Apocalypse; The Relationships We Need To Thrive and Extinction Dialogs; and How To Live With Death In Mind. Her previous books include Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times (2013); Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition (2011); and Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path Of Industrial Civilization's Collapse (2009). She lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado and manages her website (www.carolynbaker.net). A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, The Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week.
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Dr. Amanda I. Banet is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Chico State. She is an aquatic biologist that uses organismal traits as a lens for understanding ecological and evolutionary phenomena. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, Chico, she was a National Science Foundation International Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia. There she studied the intergenerational effects of stress on Pacific salmon, with the goal of understanding how stress experienced by female salmon during migration (things like climate change, human disturbance, etc.) affects the quality and survival of her offspring. Her other research projects have focused on the effects of hydrological management on fish and invertebrate populations in the Florida Everglades, a nd on the evolution of reproductive modes in live-bearing fish. Dr. Banet holds a B.A. in Biology from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California Riverside.
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Coleen Barsley photoColeen Barsley has been involved with sustainability in higher education for just over a year after working for an Energy Management System installer, a boiler OEM, and an electric utility. She has an engineering degree from SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, N.Y. and is pleased to have earned a position at CSU Channel Islands since she lives in Camarillo where it is located and feels it is a vital part of the city's identity. Working in an academic atmosphere is invigorating and rewarding knowing that the measures implemented on behalf of the campus community will yield magnified results as the students carry their experiences forward with them. http://www.csuci.edu/
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Hayley Baumgartner attended University of California at Santa Cruz, where she majored in Feminist Studies and Sociology. After completing her undergraduate work, she went on to become a public school teacher. As a teacher, she noticed an obvious connection between what kids put into their bodies and student performance. While education remains her passion, Hayley began to re-imagine ways she could be a meaningful educator, which motivated her to become a FoodCorps service member. https://foodcorps.org/
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Alica Bedore is a CSU, Chico graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science, option in Dietetics and is continuing her studies to pursue a Masters of Science in Nutrition-Education. She has worked as the student lead with the CalFresh Outreach Team at the Center for Healthy Communities for 4 years and has provided CalFresh Outreach to various populations throughout the North State. She has educated a wide variety of audiences on the importance this food security safety net and how it can be used to access healthy foods. http://www.csuchico.edu/chc/index.shtml
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Victoria Birdseye is in her senior year majoring in geography and planning, she is also earning both the certificates in Geographic Information System Technology and Rural and Town Planning. She is currently serving as the president of the Geography Club and in the past has been president of a chapter in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She created the Arundo dorax map for the city of Chico to publicize the need for its eradication. She desires to apply GIS to improve local issues, identify patterns in social behavior and plan a sustainable community. She aims to one day work in urban planning.
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Emerolina Cantu - As a San Joaquin Valley native, conservation was instilled into her ideals at an early age. With a passion for the betterment of our world, Emerolina first joined CSU, Fullerton’s Associated Student Inc., Committee on Environmental Sustainability in 2013 and today serves as 2015-2016 Director. As an International Business undergraduate, she has coordinated multiple campus-wide events to promote eco-conscious lifestyles and waste reduction. This semester her efforts on campus went toward the implementation of a bi-weekly Farmer’s Market launched during campus sustainability month along with a Seeds for Change event.
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Ippolito Caradonna is a multi-faceted artist that incorporates science, social justice, spoken word and music into education. With 5 years of Molecular Biology Research experience, 6 years of social work experience and over 20 years as a performer, his leadership in a group setting creates a remarkable safe space of clarity and power. www.facebook.com/compassioncrew
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Stacy Carlson brings a background in health care to her research and interest in nutrition. She is particularly interested in the impact of diet on health outcomes. www.csuchico.edu/nfsc/
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Rebekah Casey - As Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Rebekah Casey manages fund and program development activities for the high-impact nonprofit GRID Alternatives North Valley. The North Valley office has had a steep growth trajectory, with program impacts over 11 counties more than doubling in the past two years. Ms. Casey brings to her work a broad background in environmental science, energy, land management and planning, and expertise in grant writing and program management. Wi th a passion for community, Ms. Casey has served on a number of nonprofit boards and government committees, has served as a grant reviewer for the State, and currently is board chair for the Butte County's largest charter school. She holds a BS in Physics, and has completed the course requirements for an MA in Environmental Policy and Planning. www.gridalternatives.org/northvalley
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Tony Catalano

Anthony F. Catalano, Ph.D., is currently a Steering Committee member with Outdoor Education for All! (OEFA) as well as Program Developer for the Forebay Aquatic Center.  He is a retired elementary teacher and principal, university teacher educator, and has contributed to the concept of sustainability his entire life.  He has led elementary and college students on outdoor education trips since the 1970’s and now works with a wide range of people to get kids connected with outdoor education providers in Butte and surrounding counties.  OEFA is an emerging, evolving organization that has accomplished much in its three years of existence, all with volunteers.  OEFA is committed to high-quality instruction and is collaborating with other agencies to get providers and teachers trained in NGSS and Common Core instruction in the field.  Tony is co-presenting with Nate Millard, Ph.D., an OEFA Steering Committee partner, and they will share how OEFA has improved opportunities for children, and college students, to learn science outdoors. www.oefa.weebly.com
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Anita ChaudhryPhD (University of Wyoming 2008) is associate professor of economics at California State University, Chico where she teaches courses in the areas of environmental and development economics. She is interested in understanding how formal or informal institutions affect natural resource use by individuals and how that aggregates into community or public outcomes.  Her current research is on water transfers in California, agricultural land sales and creation of habitat in the Sacramento River Corridor, and effects of irrigation management transfer on poverty and agricultural productivity in Pakistan.  http://myweb.csuchico.edu/~achaudhry/
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John Dahlgren or “JD” by students and colleagues is the Department Chair for Computer Science, Sustainable Technologies and Design at Butte College. JD is lead faculty for Drafting and CAD Technology with over fourteen years combined part-time and full-time teaching experience in the program. John comes to Butte College with over 30 years of manufacturing, construction and small business experience and has been a part of the Butte College faculty since 1999. He also serve as one of four curriculum specialists for the Butte Glenn Career Pathway Consortium in Engineering and Architecture. In addition, John is coordinator for CTE Transitions Program for Drafting Technology at five area high schools. JD serves as an advisor and mentor for MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) program at Butte College and as an advisor and sponsor for FIRST Robotics at Las Plumas High School and Butte County Office of Education. JD’s philosophy of teaching is to bring his experience, strength and knowledge into the classroom and create a professional atmosphere based on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit providing the student with as much a real-world setting as can be offered in a classroom.
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Jeffrey C. Davids, P.E., M.S, is President of H2oTech, a Water Resources Engineer with Davids Engineering, and a PhD student with Delft University of Technology. Jeff is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California and has a M.Sc. from CSU Chico in Geosciences|Hydrogeology, and a B.S. in General Engineering from CSU San Luis Obispo. His research interests focus on how sustainable management of groundwater and surface water is supported by field data collection, modeling tools, and social engagement, education, and outreach. He has a specific interest in how these threads come together in the Himalayan region of South Asia, and how mobile technologies might be leveraged to develop foundational hydrologic datasets in developing countries. Most importantly, Jeff enjoys every minute he gets with his wife of 12 years, together with th eir two daughters, and one son. Together they enjoy overseas exploration, trekking, music, storm chasing, theater, traveling, community, and more.
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Jesse Dizard, PhD (University of California at Berkeley, 2003) is a cultural anthropologist primarily interested in controlling processes. His research explores the existence and impacts of the pleasures of prejudice in a variety of contexts: the conceptualization and exploitation of "nature"; the social construction of categories of "enemy" and "belonging"; the experience of violence, "identity formation" and social inequality among ethnic minorities, particularly Native Americans, as well as children and women; and questions of authenticity, interpretation and narrative. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in W. Africa, N. Africa, Alaska, Asia and Europe.
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Russell Driver photoMr. Russell Driver is Principal and Co-Founder of ARC Alternatives, an energy engineering and consulting firm. Mr. Driver has over 20 years of experience managing large-scale technology programs in complex institutional settings. Mr. Driver specializes in the development and implementation of solar programs in the public sector, with an emphasis on K-12 school districts in California. Mr. Driver is currently leading consulting efforts supporting solar programs at Chico Unified School District, Colton Joint Unified School District, Oroville Union High School District, Durham Unified School District, Washington Unified School District, the City of West Sacramento, and the County of San Diego. Since 2009, Mr. Driver has played a key role in solar programs that have seen the implementation of over 48 MW of generating capacity at over 100 school sites. Mr. Driver also provides solar consulting support to cities and counties, including several joint procurement efforts in California and Hawaii. Mr. Driver's expertise includes solar technology, energy economics, public sector procurement, design-build contracting, system design review, construction oversight, project management, and data management. Mr. Driver has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Master's Degree from UCLA. He is an active volunteer in the community and has recently served on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's Citizens Advisory Committee. He previously chaired the Town of Moraga Planning Commission and Climate Action Plan Task Force. www.arc-alternatives.com/
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Safia Dworjack photoSafia Dworjack is a recent MBA graduate in Environmental Sciences and Business Administration from the Institut d’Administration des Enterprises in Paris. After working in both the private and non-profit sectors, engaging corporations to develop environmental projects and raising their awareness about their environmental impacts, she joined the City of San José as a Climate Corp Bay Area Fellow. As a commercial energy conservation associate, she is part of the engagement team in the Step Up and Power Down campaign, to help local small businesses reduce their energy waste.http://sanjose.stepupandpowerdown.com/
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EPA P3 Student Team - An interdisciplinary group of CSU Chico students participating in an EPA People, Planet, and Prosperity (P3) grant will present their project on storm runoff biofiltration systems. This team consists of Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Economics majors all committed to finding sustainable solutions to improve water quality in urbanized areas.
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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; also Cameroon and Rwanda), and in Kiswahili-speaking eastern Africa (Tanzania and Kenya). He is particularly fond of Congolese music.
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Austin Eriksson is a graduate of the CSU system from CSU Channel Islands where he began his career in Sustainability as their first Sustainability Coordinator. He led the sustainability efforts at CI for over two years before he transitioned to his current job as the Sustainability Program Manager at CSU, Northridge. For the last two years, he has spearheaded the efforts in implementing CSUN's Sustainability Plan, coordinating and facilitating ten working groups as well as managing various projects. While he works with all aspects of sustainability on a college campus, a few of his major focuses at CSUN for the past year has been on water conservation and waste minimization strategies. csun.edu/sustainability
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Dean Fairbanks is professor and chair of geography and planning at CSU, Chico.
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Ariana Famoso is currently attending California State University, East Bay, in Hayward, California. She is a third year undergraduate majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Biological Sciences. She is currently employed by the office of Sustainability at CSUEB with the official title of Sustainability Ambassador. As a Sustainability Ambassador she mainly works on the education aspect of Sustainability by educating residents at CSUEB about current issues such as how to create less waste, drought education, and creates bulletin boards and works on educational programs for the residents.
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Stephen I. Feher is president of the Sustainable Community Development Institute (SCDI) an international consulting organization and is the director of the Sustainable Technologies Laboratory (STL) based in Paradise, California. Mr. Feher has an MS in Aerospace Engineering from UCSD (1967) and over 50 years professional engineering experience ranging from aerospace R&D to development of prefabricated housing and international construction business management. During the past fifteen years he has served as sustainable community development consultant to international development projects world wide. Currently he is directing development of an energy-efficient and cost-effective Sustainable Insulating Building System (SIBS) utilizing local agricultural waste ma terials (biomass), such as rice hulls and straw. He mentors engineering students at Butte College in hands-on, applied research related to the SIBS development project.
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Meagan Fischer is a prior student of both Chico State and Butte College who has always been active in sustainability efforts on and off campus. She is currently organizing locally as part of a nationwide call to conscience for bipartisan climate action. Her activism is enriched by integrating feminist and anti-colonialist frameworks as best she can.
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Kevin Foley is the Sustainability Program Manager at Premier Mushrooms in Colusa, CA. He graduated from CSU, Chico in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Minor in Managing for Sustainability. He is also a former board member of Net Impact's undergraduate chapter at CSU, Chico. He has been with Premier Mushrooms since July, 2011 and his primary responsibility is to formalize and streamline efforts surrounding sustainability. www.premiermushrooms.com/
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Luke FreyLuke Frey introduced Biodynamics to Frey Vineyards, making it the nation's first certified biodynamic winery in 1996. He maintains the biodynamic farm at the vineyard. Luke and his son Daniel care for the livestock that graze in the vineyard. Using materials from the ranch, Luke makes all of the biodynamic preparations for the farm and vineyard, giving Frey Vineyards the distinction of being one of the few wineries in California to do so. With Luke's guidance, the ranch has become a biodynamic education site that hosts workshops and conferences. www.blossomsfarm.com
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Teresa Gamber is a Senior at CSU, East Bay, majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Resource Management. She works as a Sustainability Ambassador for CSUEB's Office of Sustainability who is passionate about community outreach and education.
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Hugo Gregoire is an international student from Montreal, Canada. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a minor in Environmental Studies and a focus on applied behavior analysis. He is currently doing an internship as a sustainability ambassador at Cal State East Bay. Throughout the 2015/2016 school year, Hugo's has been focused on reducing food waste behavior in CSUEB dining common. Hugo is also helping to teach middle school students to build solar suitcases that ar e sent to orphanages or camps that do not have electricity.
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Bailey Hall photoBailey Hall is an Environmental Programs Fellow for the City of Sunnyvale, and focuses primarily on outreach for "Energize Sunnyvale", the city's residential energy efficiency campaign. Her past experience includes internal employee engagement and outreach in Disney's Environment and Conservation Department, and outdoor environmental education through the nonprofit Inside the Outdoors. energize.insunnyvale.com
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Judy Hamamoto is a CSU Chico alumni with a BS in Nutrition & Food Science, Communications and a BS degree in Nutrition Food Science, Food Service Administration, and a minor in Health Promotion. She is a Program Assistant Lead for the CalFresh Outreach program at the Center for Healthy Communities, CSU Chico. She focuses on outreach to income eligible populations in the North State, provides presentations to educate others about the benefits of CalFresh and she mentors the CalFresh Outreach team. She has a passion for sharing resources with people who might be facing food insecurity. Her motivational motto is "Increasing food security one application at a time." http://www.csuchico.edu/chc/index.shtml
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Timmarie Hamill - The Big Chico Creek Watershed Citizen Monitoring Program provides opportunities for the public to participate in watershed monitoring and restoration efforts, to encourage public understanding of the ecological function of watersheds, and urban runoff pollution sources including easy measures they can take to prevent pollution from entering local waterways. The Stream Team is in its 14th year in which Timmarie has been running with the help of monitoring volunteers. She graduated from Chico State with a biology degree and continued on to receive her teaching credential. www.thestreamteam.org
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Dr. Colleen Hatfield
is the Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy and is also a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at CSU, Chico. In addition, she is the Director of the Chico State Herbarium and serves on the Butte County Resource Conservation Board. Her specialty is landscape ecology and conservation biology and she has been involved in numerous projects involving restoration in riparian habitats along the Sacramento River as well as projects involving a variety of species of concern. As Rawlins Professor, Dr. Hatfield teaches Environmental Literacy in the College of Natural Sciences and engages with the Rawlins Advisory Board which is comprised of university and community members. Th e Environmental Literacy course provides the venue for integrating concepts and practices of sustainability and resilience into the curriculum to increase student awareness of the intimate link between environmental resources and the choices we make.
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Estenia Garci Hernandez is currently a U-ACRE fellow and undergraduate student at California State University, Fullerton, pursuing a double major in Anthropology and Economics. Her research is focused on how experience in agriculture, nutrient analysis, and culinary training influences food preparation and time allocation. She is currently collaborating on this project with Monkey Business Cafe and the Fullerton Arboretum. Estenia is also actively involved in the sustainable gardening program Ladera Vista Junior High, which helps to improve environmental literacy among students.
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Carrie Herrman is currently a Junior at Gonzaga University. She is the VP of the Gonzaga Environmental Organization, the leader of Compost Cycle, and spear headed the Campus Garden. She also works as a student assistant in the Office of Sustainability. She loves all things green and growing and in her free time loves to bike, rock climb, and do ceramics.
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Peter M. J. Hess is a Roman Catholic theologian and specialist in issues at the interface of science and religion. He has served as International Director for the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) in Berkeley, California. He was Director of Outreach to Religious Communities with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in Oakland, California (2006-2014) , promoting dialogue in the areas of evolutionary biology and climate change. Peter Hess earned an M.A. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in historical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He is co-author of Catholicism and Science (Greenwood Press, 2008), and writes on the religious and ethical implications of a growing human population in light of climate change. He is a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) and an avid volcano mountaineer. He and his wife Viviane have two sons, Michael and Robert.
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Richard Hirshen (Chef Richie), after 25 years as a professional chef, is a founding faculty member in his sixth year at Sherwood Montessori K-8 Public No-Tuition Charter School here in Chico, where he runs a 'Cook with the food you grow program' and its offshoots which include agripreneurism (the school holds its own weekly farmers' market), journalism (after self publishing two vegetarian-based school cookbooks, Smart Garden and Grow-Cook-Eat, a third, this time plant-based whole foods cookbook is in process), and philanthropy (donations of time and materials have been made to organizations including RAD (Recreation and Dreams for Kids with Cancer, and Rose Scott School's open structure program). Chef Richie presented Grow-Cook-Eat to the world at Sl ow Food's Terra Madre conference in Italy in 2014. www.sherwoodmontessori.org
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Paul Hunt is a Senior Kinesiology Student at California State University, Chico. He helped develop the Autism Spectrum Food Activity Lab with Senior Nutrition Student, Veronica Van Cleave. Paul and Veronica both have previous experience and share a passion for working with individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.
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Leanna Huynh photoLeanna Huynh cultivated her passion for sustainability at a young age through her high school’s environmental club. This led her to pursue a degree in Environmental Science with minors in Environmental Health and Political Science at UCLA where she served as the Undergraduate Representative on the Campus Sustainability Committee and co-authored a report on toxic chemical trends with the US EPA. Leanna is a Climate Corps Bay Area Fellow at the City of San José and is honored to return to her hometown to help small businesses save energy and money through Step Up and Power Down. http://sanjose.stepupandpowerdown.com/
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Blake Irwin is a Chico State grad and has been working on organic farm projects for a number of years. Blake is excited to be working with ECI and their brand new research farm, and looks forward to sharing all past work and future plans with the community. www.environmentcelebration.com
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Dr. Kristen Kaczynski is an assistant professor in the department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at CSU Chico. She is an applied plant ecologist, specializing in disturbance and restoration of riparian ecosystems. She received her B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology from the University of Vermont. After college, she moved to California and worked for the US Forest Service and the National Park Service, including jobs at Sequoia Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. Kristen returned to school for an M.A. in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied the relationship between wildfire severity and invasive plants. She then completed her Ph.D. in Ecology at Colorado State University, where she investigated the causes and consequences of riparian willow dieback in Rocky Mountain National Park and throughout the Colorado Rockies. Her postdoctoral work included examining restoration techniques for willow dominated riparian ecosystems after intense elk browsing and wildfire.
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Fred Klammt is principal of WinSol.org: an experiental Living Energy Learning Center. Fred has designed and built numerous solar homes, his current project is a zero operating cost and totally closed loop C2C home. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Klammt has been a project leader and director for various projects at over 40 Fortune -500 companies. Fred is an adjunct professor at Applied Science University in Kufstein, Austria; and sustainability and green business teacher at CSUS for 20 years. He was also a Director for a major international management consulting firm. Fred was one of California's first Certified Energy Auditors in 1978, and is a certified Baldrige Quality (MBNQA) Auditor for the State of California and Senate Productivity Awards. Fred's (SME) expertise includes: Community development and microgrids, Strategic and Financial, LCA business metrics (kpi's), Energy permaculture, Living Energies (Schauberger and Tesla), Cradle to Cradle (C2C) evaluations and analysis, Whole Systems Design and Dynamic Modeling (SD), Carbon and Embedded Energy Analyses, and Benchmarking and Organizational Development. www.winsol.org/
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LaDona Knigge

LaDona Knigge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning and Chico State.  Her research interests are in community gardens, farmers markets and local food systems.  She teaches classes in human geography, sustainable planning and transportation planning. 
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Kelsey Koll is a senior at CSU Chico pursuing an Exercise Physiology degree. She has been passionate about the environment and the community from a very young age. Upon attending the This Way t o Sustainability Conference held on campus she knew she had to get involved in SCOOP, a program that was making a difference in many department offices school wide. She hopes that SCOOP's efforts to create more sustainable office practices will produce a better work environment for all.
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Emily Koller

Emily Koller completed her undergraduate work at Bradley University, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, and her graduate work in Social Work at Illinois State University. Passionate about all things food related, Emily combined social work with garden and nutrition education in her year as a FoodCorps Service Member. She is currently working on food access projects at the Center for Healthy Communities at CSU Chico as well as getting her hands dirty at GRUB CSA Farm in Chico, CA. https://foodcorps.org/
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Kody Linville is senior at CSUC majoring in Political Science with the Legal Studies option. He is currently completing his second semester as an Environmental Advocates (EA) intern. During his internship in EA, Kody has invested countless hours into learning and understand CA's complex water laws.  http://aschico.com/clic/environmentaladvocates
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From the Ground Up logoJenny Lowrey has been in Corporate Management and Accounting for 35 years. She's been involved with local charities and other non-profits for years. She is honored to be the Director for such an important mission. Jenny understands Proper Nutrition better than most. She was extremely obese and had suffered 7 heart attacks and 2 strokes until she changed how she ate. Jenny had to make a serious decision, to live or die. She chose life and learned about healthy foods and even more important how to grow, prepare and preserve fresh food for future consumption. Then she started From The Ground Up Farms. She wants nothing more than to share what she has learned. She has lost 140 pounds all naturally, with just adding good nutrition and e xercise. Sustainability to her is using their outdoor garden classrooms to teach improved health and personal food security. http://www.fromthegroundupfarms.org
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Kiana Lucero graduated from the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College in 2009, where she received degrees in Wildlife Education, Animal Training, and Wildlife Management. For the past 5+ years, she has worked for a non-profit animal education and conservation organization, taking animals to schools and teaching children about them. She decided to go back to school to get a degree in Marine Biology and is also minoring in Sustainability. She is currently a senior at California State University, Northridge, and works on campus as a research assistant for the Institute for Sustainability. http://www.csun.edu/sustainability
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Marco Machuca is director of the Alternative Transportation group, a member of SCOOP, and sits on the AS sustainability council. He's a Mechatronic engineering major and an avid cyclist. www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/alt_trans
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As an engineering student at Chico State, Erik Marquis is always looking toward sustainable options. They see a future that is less reliant on oil and more reliant on solar energy.
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Dr. Sandrine Matiasek is an aqueous geochemist studying the effects of natural and human disturbances on the chemical composition of terrestrial waters, with particular focus on material transfers between soils and water. Her research spans the fields of organic geochemistry, hydrology, soil science, and pollution science. She teaches environmental science and water chemistry courses in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at California State University, Chico (CSUC) and mentors undergraduate and graduate students on projects ranging from the effects of urban and agricultural land uses on water quality to contamination from historic mining and past industrial practices.
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Delmar McComb is Director of Horticulture for Suncrest Nurseries, Inc in Watsonville, CA, where he is implementing sustainable and biodyamic approaches into one of the largest and most diverse wholesale nurseries in the country. He is also co-owner of Blossom's Farm in Santa Cruz with his partner Carin Fortin where they grow medicinal herbs for their line of digestive bitters and other health related products. www.blossomsfarm.com
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Sara McCurry has taught composition at Shasta College since 2007. She currently teaches ENG1A, 1B, 1C, and the British Literature sequence (13A and 13B). She has a passionate and long-standing commitment to the success of first-generation and economically disadvantaged college students, a commitment that has shaped her pedagogy and career choices. She has a PhD in English from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Texas State University. In addition to her teaching, she recently has worked with publisher Bedford/St. Martin's, revising and generating new content for the second edition of Teaching with Hacker Handbooks: Topics, Strategies and Lesson Plans and for "Strategies for Online Learners" in the eighth edition of A Writer's Reference with Strategies for Online Learners.
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Shayan Mehdi is currently attending graduate school to obtain his MFT license. A student of the arts, sciences and all that expand the horizons of the heart and mind. Nature lover and city dweller. An aspiring spiritual guru. www.facebook.com/compassioncrew
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Steffen Mehl is a professor of Civil Engineering at California State University, Chico, where he teaches courses in fluid mechanics, hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources engineering. Before joining the faculty at CSUC, he worked as a hydrologist for the USGS National Research Program where his work focused on developing techniques to improve groundwater models so that they can be better used as predictive and management tools. His interests and expertise include sustainable use of groundwater, stream/aquifer interactions, flow and transport modeling in hydrologic systems, parameter estimation and uncertainty analysis in hydrologic systems, local grid refinement techniques, and computational methods for solving engineering problems.
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Peter Melton is a 1987 CSU, Chico, graduate in Communications and has been in the fields of personal, social and spiritual development for over 20 years. He has teamed up with author Carolyn Baker and is focusing his passion toward our spiritual response to our global crisis. "We are in a lifeboat together, and we need to develop the physical and emotional skills to face the upcoming rapids. To experience SOUL-stainability we will need to balance our grief with our gratitude, we will need to do deep work with self, other and the earth. We will need to explore who we are being called to be, during these turbulent times."
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MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievements) Interns MESA students are continuing an innovative and award winning project on the Butte College Campus: Sustainable Building Insulation Systems (SIBS). The SIBS project is a continuation of three years of EPA - P3 grant supported research and development Ri ce Hulls Alternative Building (RHAB) in the utilization of bio-mass agricultural waste materials (rice hulls) in an energy efficient building insulation which sequester carbon. The interns meet weekly to participate in research, evaluation of findings, product development, and leadership training. They are supervised, trained, and guided by Stephen Feher, Executive Director, Sustainable Community Development Institute, and MESA Director, Nena Anguiano. In addition, the interns project receives support from Lundberg Family Farms. The MESA Interns presenting are focused on career paths in engineering.
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Three 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 two areas of interest: gasification and biochar. The REGen interns met weekly to conduct research, evaluation of findings, and leadership training. Interns collaborated with Butte College faculty members as well as Lundberg Family Farms and participants from northern Califonia's ag 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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Seven MESA students are currently participating as interns in an innovative project on the Butte College Campus: Solar Energy Alternatives (SEA) Project. The project outcomes include conducting research, developing presentation skills, and team leadership. Central to the internship is a research project focusing on unique solar energy applications. In addition, interns will highlight the benefits of participating in a community training and hands on solar installations to low income families under the supervision of Grid Alternatives. John Dahlgren is Chair for the Department of Computer Science, Sustainable Technologies and Design and is a mentor for the Solar Energy Alternatives (SEA) internship team for 2015-2016. John brings over 30 years of industry and educational experience to the SEA team
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Dr. Richard McDonald is a retired nuclear physicist who has spent the last decade working on issues of peak oil and sustainability, particularly the sustainability issues peculiar to large metropolitan regions. Robotic electric trains may be important to distribute food and other necessities within these regions and may also replace long-distance trucking, and Dr. McDonald will discuss these in his talk.
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Nathaniel Millard, Ph.D. is a lecturer and experiential educator at CSU Chico where he teaches Sustainability, English, Science Education, Outdoor Education, and more.  He has a Master’s in English from CSU Chico and recent PhD in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management with emphasis in Recreational Resource Management from Utah State University.  He has over 18 years working in the Outdoor Field as guide, educator, and researcher. He sits on the accreditation and curriculum committee for the Wilderness Education Association.  Research and publications include: feedback in outdoor education, looking at science attitudes with First-Year College students, Science Attitudes with kids and outdoor education, and is developing a survey instrument for sustainability education.  He is a member of the Steering Committee for Outdoor Education For All and loves working across the North State with Outdoor Education providers to try and bring experiential, place-based education to every single child. www.oefa.weebly.com
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Adam Moes is a California State licensed Acupuncturist and Meditation instructor in private practice in Chico CA.
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Abbas Mohamed has been passionate about food since as far back as he can remember. In fact, he is so obsessed with food he hasn't gone a single day without it! He has become quite excited to combine food and cooking with his other passion, sustainability, and present and educate audiences on what he has found. He is a grad student at UC Davis researching honeybees, and graduated from UCSC in 2012. This will be his fourth year attending the This Way to Sustainability Conference. www.facebook.com/compassioncrew
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Chris Nelson is an eco-peace activist who is also a retired Public Health Nurse and Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She is a founding member of the Chico Peace and Justice Center and a Steering Committee member of Frack-Free Butte County. answering2life.wordpress.com/
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Vickie Newlin

Vickie Newlin began her career in water and resource management in 1997, working for the Butte County Water Division under the Agricultural Commissioner. In 1999, the Water Division evolved into the Department of Water and Resource Conservation. Vickie currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Department. Also from 2003 through 2005, she was under contract with the State of California Bay-Delta Authority, also known as CALFED and served as the Sacramento Valley Regional Coordinator. Prior to her involvement in natural resource management, she worked in a variety of public and private sector management positions. She earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Public Administration from California State University, Chico, as well as a Paralegal Certificate. In 2007, she completed a Land Use and Environmental Planning Certification program through UC Davis. www.buttecounty.net
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Jacqueline Ortiz is a senior at California State University, East Bay, (CSUEB) majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on water management with a minor in international studies and Japanese. This year, she was hired as a Sustainability Ambassador where she, and a group of nine other students, work on various projects to help make our campus more sustainable in a wide variety of fields such as water, waste, and solar energy. She is currently working on water related projects to help reduce the number of water bottles thrown away on campus and to promote using reusable bottles.
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Lisa Ott photoDr. Lisa Ott is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She did her undergraduate work at Willamette University, then earned her PhD at Colorado State University. Following postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO, she joined the faculty at Chico State with a specialization in analytical chemistry. Dr. Ott's research interests primarily revolve around biodiesel production and purification. Increasingly, her research interests have been focused on helping solve the problems associated with efficiently utilizing the glycerol byproduct of biodiesel preparation. www.csuchico.edu/cwe/
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Amie Patrick is a graduating senior who wants to focus on providing healthy and satisfying meals to older adults.www.csuchico.edu/nfsc/
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Nova Pierce is a Senior Environmental Studies major at CSU, East Bay. She recently completed her certificate in Computer Cartography and G.I.S. and is the President and Founder of the G.I.S. Club. She is working on a variety of projects this year as a Sustainability Ambassador, an internship program led by the Director of Sustainability of CSUEB.
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Amie Porras is a senior at CSU Chico majoring in Nutrition and Food Science.  She works at Center for Healthy Communities as a Community Nutrition Assistant.  Amie teaches nutrition education lessons to high school students in Butte and Tehama Counties.   Amie was a workshop presenter at the Region 2 Afterschool Conference for education professionals and also presented at the Amplify and Expand your Youth Engagement efforts training.  While at CSU Chico Amie has been active in the Nutrition and Food Science Association (NFSA) club as the Communications Officer, journal club, and working on a undergraduate research project. Amie is most passionate towards student learning and nutrition. www.csuchico.edu/chc
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Jim Pushnik is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU Chico and Host of This Way to Sustainability Conference. His academic appointments have been in the Departments of Biological Sciences and in Science Education. He has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Sustainable Development in the Russian Far East and served as the Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy between 2004and 2014.
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Susan Rainier - Urban Resiliency and Sustainability, Susan is a Speaker, Author, Living Future Institute Facilitator & USGBC Chair Central Valley. Susan is a California-licensed architect with over 25 years of experience in sustainability and collaborative leadership.
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Paul W. Rea, PhD, taught environmental literature at St. Mary’s College. He is the author of two books, including Canyon Interludes, a collection of natural history essays on the Southwest. Now retired from teaching, Paul is a full-time writer, researcher, and filmmaker with a passion for travel. He has long taken an active interest in both environmental and public health issues.
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Deanna Reed - With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, Deanna Reed is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Enloe Medical Center. In her current position, she works on behalf of the hospital with various local agencies and health focused nonprofits for the betterment of the community. Deanna has seen how much nutrition plays an important role in both managing and preventing disease and chronic illness. Educating people about the importance of good nutritional habits, and helping families gain access to fresh, healthy foods, has become a focus for her work towards a healthier Butte County.
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Adrian Roberts, M.A., has been involved in educational, environmental, and training videos for over 30 years. A former Educational Media Specialist for Butte County Office of Education, he created and managed a media center for teachers, developed a student film festival, and trained educators in video production. As an independent producer, he has developed and produced media materials for the California State Department of Education, businesses, and environmental organizations nation-wide. His credentials include a high school teaching credential and a library services credential. He is currently Vice President of A & A Educational Resources, Inc. Adrian is passionate about the Feather River Canyon and threats posed by these oil trains.
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From the Ground Up logoJason Romer was born in Fresno, California in the heart of a productive agricultural region that also had a diverse population, as well as great gaps in economic equality. At a young age he became curious about farming and alternative medicine, having grown up around many family members who struggled with access to safe food, and who often self-medicated as a result of economic hardship and poor health. As a student of agriculture and economics at Butte College, Jason began to see how our needs for food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and energy were all interconnected, and how our current methods of meeting these needs were currently unsustainable. Since then he has been blessed as a student and a teacher in the ways of creating an abundant and sustainable future and he looks forward to the challenges ahead as we grow and learn. http://www.fromthegroundupfarms.org
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Lalanya Rothenberger photoLalanya Rothenberger, Construction & Energy Manager-Facilities and Construction at the Chico Unified School District. Mrs. Rothenberger works with a team to manage the planning, design and construction of school facilities projects. She is also responsible for discovering, analyzing and implementing energy management projects that decrease energy consumption and raise energy usage awareness. She possesses a background in commercial development and construction as well as public works construction management. Mrs. Rothenberger holds a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from California State University, Chico. www.chicousd.org
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Kiaya Sabolovic is a senior project management student with a minor in managing for sustainability and the sustainability GE pathway. She is also receiving a “Minor in Dr. Mark” by electively taking Mark Stemen’s sustainability-focused classes. She is an active member in Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity,  and has volunteered for This Way to Sustainability in the past. She has interned for Butte Environmental Council as an event coordination intern and spent a semester as a SCOOP consulting intern. Her passions include sustainable food production and distribution systems and she hopes to volunteer in the Peace Corps in an environmental role. 
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Ben Samuelson is a very experienced organic farmer and new to the north state. He hails from Texas, but has farmed all over the United States, bringing a great deal of knowledge to the farm.
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Jennifer Scarbrough is a Senior at CSU, East Bay, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. She works as a Sustainability Ambassador in CSUEB's Office of Sustainability, focusing on assessing campus sustainability.
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John Schaefer - As a research project manager and consultant, Dr. Schaefer has worked in the engineering and economics of renewable energy since 1985. He taught earlier at San Jose State and Stanford, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador. He holds degrees in physics and engineering from Oberlin, M. I. T., and Stanford. Citizens' Climate Lobby is a mostly volunteer organization with more than 15,000 members. It educates citizens and legislators about climate change, and about carbon fee and dividend. Founded in 2008, it has 289 active chapters in the U.S. and overseas. citizensclimatelobby.org
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Andrew Shensky is currently a U-ACRE fellow and graduate student at California State University, Fullerton, pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Environmental Studies. His research has focused primarily on the role of technology within food systems education. He also works with a wide range of community partners on projects related to food, education, and agriculture. Some of these partners include the Fullerton Arboretum, Ladera Vista Junior High, and Monkey Business Cafe.
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Samantha Smith is an English Studies major with a minor in Rural Planning and Development. She is currently the director of Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP), and has been an active member since Fall 2014.
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Sandra Contreras Soto is currently pursuing a Master of Science deegree in Environmental Studies from California State University Fullerton. Through "The Urban Agriculture Research Experience" or U-ACRE, Sandra has focused her research on aquaculture as a viable, sustainable and productive possibility in our urban areas. As a current U-ACRE fellow, Sandra conducts community-based research in Fullerton and Brea.
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Pamela Spoto teaches environmentally-themed writing classes, is a founding member of the faculty Sustainability Committee and former Project Director of the Organic Teaching Garden at Shasta College. She also coordinates sustainability events at the college, in October and November 2015: Climate Change; The Fate of the Earth is in Our Hands and Everyday Actions for a Better World; and An Evening with the Respectful Revolution Project. She hosts Late Night Poetry Jam on KKRN, community radio. She is a published poet, performance artist and environmental activist. She believes in ayni: being in right relationship with all beings in the world and with Mother Earth herself.
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Christian Stalberg currently manages Enersim, Ltd., a building energy performance simulation and training company. His interest in sustainability, i.e. ecovillages, comes from having grown up off the grid and a 10+ year career in disaster recovery and hazard mitigation where he worked with both the private and public sectors in recovering from anthropocentric and natural disasters. Before energy modeling and disaster work, Christian had another career in telecomputing beginning in the early 1980s working with personal computers and what eventually became known as the internet. An 'early adopter', Christian was a member of California Certified Organic Farmers and subscribed to Communities magazine in the 1970s. Having worked for both the public and private sectors over many years, he has started and sold several businesses and worked for local, state and federal government. Areas of additional subject matter expertise and experience include: management; technology policy; appropriate technology; international development; cooperatives; renewable energy; animal husbandry; organic farming and gardening; horticulture; and, entrepreneurialism. Christian helped found Hart's Mill, an ecovillage currently planned in Efland, NC.
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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 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 Ci ty of Chico. He and his students recently developed two community gardens for the City of Chico, as well as plan for an expanded Saturday Farmers Market. In 2008, Stemen was named Sustainability Champion at the Seventh Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, and he is one of the founders of the This Way to Sustainability Conference.
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Anne Stephens Ph.D. (University of California, Davis) joined the Department of Science Education in 2014 after spending five years as a consultant in the STEM Office at the California Department of Education where she served as the statewide coordinator for the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and her M.A. in Science Teaching from CSU, Chico. A secondary science teacher for 23 years, Anne has been recognized with several awards including Region 2 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the California League of Middle Schools and most recently Non-Profit Leader of the Year by the California Institute for Biodiversity. She currently serves on the advisory boards for the Gateway Science Museum, the California Environmental Education Foundation, and served as a member of the State Environmental Literacy Task Force and the US EPA's National Environmental Education Advisory Council.
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Ryan Stoltenberg - Originally from Twain Harte, CA in Tuolumne County, near Yosemite National Park, Ryan Stoltenberg is an Energy Technician for Wooster Engineering Specialties. He is a graduate of Chico State University, class of 2014, with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Earth and Energy Resources. Currently a graduate student in the Professional Science Master's: Sustainable Development program at Chico State, Ryan has participated in internships at Power Save Campus Chico and also at the University Farm's Organic Vegetable Project through AS Sustainability. Ryan lives back and forth between Chico and Sonoma working on site on the Stone Edge Farm MicroGrid Project.
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Soheil Tabatabai - As the waste and energy coordinator, Soheil Tabatabai, maintains relationships with faculty, assists in coordinating events, and is delegated tasks that are conducive to energy policies. www.asi.fullerton.edu/
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Mojohito von Tchudi

Mojohito von Tchudi teaches classes that blend principals of nutrition, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, healing movement, and awareness practices. He offers a practical entry to natural medicine with techniques learners can apply immediately, and a cosmological scope that inspires contemplation and self-study. Mojohito was classically trained in Chinese medicine at Heartwood Institute, where he later served as faculty in the Asian Healing Arts & Whole Foods Nutrition program. He currently serves as Grassroots Healthcare Revolution Commander at Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures. www.TurkeyTailfarm.net
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Susan Tchudi is the cohost of Ecotopia (exploring ecosystems, environmental, social, and technological) on KZFR 90.1, Chico. As a volunteer for the Butte Environmental Council, she and her husband Steve, have been working local environmental groups to build collaboration and support among local and regional environmental groups. She also volunteers for the BEC's Endangered Species Faire, working with children to make puppets of Endangered Species for the Procession of the Species. www.TurkeyTailfarm.net
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Stephen Tchudi is the cohost of Ecotopia (exploring ecosystems, environmental, social, and technological) on KZFR 90.1, Chico. As a volunteer for the Butte Environmental Council, he and his wife Susan have been working local environmental groups to build collaboration and support among local and regional environmental groups. He also works with the Chapmantown Coalition, the Chico Peace and Justice Center, and Chico Housing Action Team.
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Rachel Teasdale, The Integrate Sustainability project is a consortium of faculty who teach courses in the Sustainability Pathway. We represent courses in Agriculture, Economics, Environmental Literacy, Geography, Geological & Environmental Science, History and Religious Studies. Courses that have adapted the interactive curriculum are lower division foundational courses as well as all categories of the pathway. The goal of the faculty is for the new curriculum to develop topical themes that students encounter throughout the pathway that address societal issues their generation is facing. By incorporating interdisciplinary approaches and using scientific data, this curriculum is intended to provide resources for students to critically assess the issues and possible solutions related to climate change and water, soil and mineral resources, as well as environmental justice. Faculty collaborations support the adaptation of course materials throughout the Sustainability Pathway as well as assessment of student learning and attitudes associated with themes of the curriculum.
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Gerard Ungerman photoGerard Ungerman - In 2012, French-born documentary filmmaker Gerard Ungerman co-founded a project meant to shine a light on people throughout the United States who have taken action to make our world a better place.  The Respectful Revolution Project is centered on a website (www.RespectfulRevolution.org) which is populated with 5-7 minute videos where people featured explain what they do, why they do it and who they are.  As the co-founder, editor and filmmaker on the project, Gerard travels extensively throughout his adoptive home, usually packing all his gear on his 883cc Harley-Davidson Sportster. 
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Veroncia VanCleave is a Senior Dietetics Student at California State University, Chico. She is on track to graduate in spring of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics. Veronica grew up in Santa Rosa, California.  Before transferring to Chico, she worked as a licensed psychiatric technician and manager at a non-profit long term care facility for developmentally delayed adults, while taking courses at Santa Rosa Junior College. Her goal is to become a Registered Dietitian and obtain a master’s degree with an option in Nutrition Education. With her passion for working with specialized populations, Veronica plans to focus on empowering people by promoting healthy relationships with food.
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Randall von Wedel is an Adjunct Faculty in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, biochemist, and consultant in various fields of environmental biotechnology. Randall is a graduate of Dartmouth College, earned a doctorate in Biochemistry from UCSF and is the founder of CytoCulture International, Inc., a contract research environmental microbiology laboratory and consulting firm that operated in the Bay Area for 25 years. Randall’s laboratory moved to the CSU Campus (CWE space Holt 141) in July 2015 to allow a master’s degree student, Dave Meyer, to pursue his dissertation research on the optimization of biomethane from biogas reactors at the bench-scale. This biogas research is part of a 2-year research grant for the CA Energy Department to develop bench and pilot scale methods for testing new agricultural and organic waste feedstock for the growing biogas industry in the state.
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Karina Ward is the Special Projects Coordinator at The University Corporation at CSU, Northridge. Her current projects are focused on the Real Food Challenge, researching and sourcing eco-friendly single use containers, waste diversion, recycling, and coordinating the policy implementation of a smoke and tobacco free campus. Karina is a CSU, Northridge graduate with a B.S. degree in Business Administration focusing on Systems and Operations Management. csun.edu/sustainability
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Chance Watts is the current treasurer of the Alternative Transportation Group. He is majoring in Music Industry and hosts his own radio show on KCSC. www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/alt_trans
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Stacey Wear photoStacey Wear - A native Northern Californian, Stacey received a BA in Information & Communication Studies from CSU, Chico.  After living for two years in Japan and six on the island of Maui, she and her two daughters now call Chico home. In 2012, after a 7-year stint in community radio, she co-founded The Respectful Revolution Project with her partner, Gerard Ungerman.  Dedicated to promoting love, kindness and respect, Stacey is passionate about the project's motto,  "Documenting Positive Action - Inspiring Change" and any idea that moves humanity toward breaking the vicious cycle of greed, selfishness and exploitation. 
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Taylor Wetzel - The Environmental Advocates (EA) is a legal advocacy program from the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC). CLIC provides free legal information to the community in 11 different various areas of the law. EA provides the community with information related to environmental policy and laws. CLIC is a non-profit Associated Student's organization. Taylor Wetzel is the current program director of the Environmental Advocates department. Mrs. Wetzel is a graduating senior majoring in Legal Studies and minoring in Philosophy and Ethics, Justice, and Policy. Before becoming the director she interned for a year in the EA department. http://aschico.com/clic/environmentaladvocates
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Sam Wolfson

Samuel Wolfson looks to graduate this spring with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Public Relations. He has a strong connection with the environment and a passion to preserve it as much as possible. His position with ATG has been not only able to help the Chico State students, but community around as well. www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/alt_trans
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Lindsay Wood

Lindsay Wood is a field biologist who has conducted research on endangered species throughout the Sacramento River Watershed since 2010. Lindsay has a strong background in conservation ecology, outdoor education, and water policy. After spending her undergraduate years leading the Hands-on Science Lab, surveying the Western Pond Turtle, and studying rainforest conservation at her (other) beloved alma mater, the Universidad de Costa Rica, she graduated from Chico State's Biological Sciences program in 2013. SInce graduating, Lindsay has been involved with several species level conservation studies including the Greater Sage Grouse, Aechmophorus grebes, Steelhead, and Chinook Salmon. She is passionate about the state of water resources in California and is currently the Watershed Program Coordinator for the Butte Environmental Council.
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Alyson Wylie

Alyson Wylie is a Health Education Specialist II with the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at CSU, Chico.  Since January 2010, she has coordinated the implementation of multiple nutrition and physical activities and events for low income students in K – 12 settings. Currently she partners with the North State Food Bank to provide a free Kids Farmer’s Market teaching students the benefits of selecting fresh fruits and vegetables.   She serves on the California AfterSchool Network’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee as a co-chair for Youth Engagement.  Alyson earned her bachelor’s degree at CSU, San Francisco and her teaching credential through CSU, Fresno.  www.csuchico.edu/chc
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Michelle Yezbick is Sherwood Montessori's founding director. Her academic background and professional experience have been and are deeply rooted in the Montessori Method, which has at its core the value for and practice of sustainability. Dr. Montessori's 'Casa' in Rome at the beginning of the 1900's, had at its core a garden-kitchen program much like the one run by Chef Richie. www.sherwoodmontessori.org
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