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This Way to Sustainability Conference IX - March 6-8, 2014
Since June 2006


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference IX
Thursday, March 6, 2014

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9:00-9:50 Concurrent Sessions
10:00-10:50 Concurrent Sessions
10:00-10:50 TOUR
11:00-11:50 Featured Speaker - Michael Dimock
12:00-12:50 LUNCH on your own
12:00-12:50 Greenie Awards Poster Competition
1:00-1:50 Featured Speaker - John Ikerd
2:00-2:50 Concurrent Sessions
3:00-3:50 Concurrent Sessions

KEYNOTE: Anya Fernald


THURSDAY, March 6, 2014
9:00-9:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

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SSC 150 - 9:00-9:50

Maria Giovanni, Department of Nutrition and Food Science at CSU, Chico

What does "Local Food" mean to consumers?
This presentation will begin with the results of a survey of North State residents regarding their understanding, behavior and thoughts about "Local Food". This survey, sponsored by the Northern California Regional Land Trust, is conducted as part of their on-going work to better serve agricultural producers and consumers in the North State. The results of the survey are useful to develop targeting marketing to consumers about local foods and to enable producers to reach these consumers effectively. The second part of the presentation will be a group discussion about barriers and facilitators to both producers and consumers regarding local food.



BMU 204 - 9:00-9:50

Dr. James Pushnik, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico

Sustainability Science: An Emerging Discipline
Sustainability Science is an emerging and transdisciplinary area of inquiry that focuses on how to solve the problem of sustainability by examining the global links between our social and economic needs and the biospheric life supporting systems and proposing solutions to a set of emerging challenges, including climate change and global inequality. To solve problems, sustainability science needs to integrate knowledge from the natural and social sciences to engineering and design, from politics and ethics to business and economics. The three core areas of competency for Sustainability Science include: environmental sustainability (human health, biodiversity, and ecosystem health); social sustainability (informed citizenry, social justice and equity); and economic sustainability (productivity, technological growth, and human entrepreneurship). Individuals educated in this transdisciplinary model will occupy a new adaptive niche in our economy, they will be key to developing new development strategies. The framework for a potential degree/school of sustainability science will be presented.

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BMU 209 - 9:00-9:50

David Gallo, Department of Economics at CSU, Chico

Community Solar: SB43 and Opportunities for the City of Chico
SB 43, signed by the governor on September 30, 2013 presents a unique opportunity for the City of Chico. The presentation will outline the benefits to city residents and to the climate of a community solar project built on city-owned land for residents of Chico. Such a project would reduce utility costs by 50% for over 6,000 households, create 142 jobs (54 of them permanent), generate roughly $240,000 in revenues for the city, and reduce CO2 emissions by one-half million tons over the life of the project.

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BMU 210 - 9:00-9:50

Jessica Lundberg, Lundberg Family Farms, Suellen Rowlison and Shar Sentell, Heifer International

Heifer International Empowers Small-Holder Farmers to Feed the World with Global Sustainable Livelihoods
Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity with an approach that is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income. The core of Heifer International's model is Passing on the Gift: Families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities. This presentation will introduce the audience to the work of Heifer International, through personal stories of experience with their programs in South America and Asia, and show people how they can get involved.

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BMU 211 - 9:00-9:50

Richie Hirshen, Michelle Yezbick and John Howlett, Sherwood Montessori Charter School

Sherwood Montessori's K-8 Garden and Kitchen Program
These three Montessorian educators from Sherwood Montessori K-8 Public Charter School will be sharing their experience over the past four school years with anyone interested in supporting, starting or expanding their own school garden-kitchen program. Their program incorporates agripreneurism, journalism, philanthropy, the joys of gardening, cooking, nutrition and ecology (a new solar oven was acquired at the beginning of the school year); a relationship with "Let's Move!" and "Chefs Move!"; and additional community outreach through Rose Scott School (for special needs children, Sherwood Montessori's sister program), gleaning, GRUB and certified farmer's markets. We will show/discuss our series of newsletters, garden cookbooks (past and in the works) and other audio-visual materials that communicate the joy we teach.

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BMU 303 - 9:00-9:50

Andi Goss, Chris Tominello, Chauncey Quam, and Naiya Sullivan, Symbiotic Solutions

Experiments with Mycology and Oil
Symbiotic Solutions is a student club at Butte College. Currently, they are executing experiments to test the capability of Oyster mycelium to break down motor oil. The club wants to use their data to develop mycorestoration projects on campus and teach others about the amazing characteristics and restorative abilities of fungi.

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BMU 304 - 9:00-9:50

Fred Klammt, WinSol

Demand is Addiction
We are addicted to 24/7 instant access to everything: energy, transportation, communication, eating, entertainment, etc. Everyone talks and wants to live sustainably, yet few do. Why doesn't our behavior follow our desires? Why is 95%+ of energy talk around supply (bad coal, nuclear, etc. and good solar, wind, biomass) and not about reducing our increasing addiction to energy usage? Why do we continue consuming 6+ earths to maintain our lifestyles? There's more profit in selling energy supply than there is in reducing energy demand. The solution is to reduce our energy demands and lower our eco-footprints while having minimal impact on our comforts. This presentation will focus on how to reduce our energy demand with appropriate technology and ancient wisdoms. Case studies, examples of communities living with less than 3 earths, and unique things each person can do to test their own ability to change, and get off this demand addiction will be presented.

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BMU 312 9:00-9:50

Chris Moore-Backman, Chico Peace and Justice Center

Bringing Down the New Jim Crow: Pre-Requisite for a Sustainable Future
The United States incarcerates more human beings than any society in human history. Currently, about 2.5 million people are behind bars in the United States, an overwhelmingly disproportionate number of them are impoverished people of color. The demographics of the "sustainability" movement illustrate one of the key forms of white privilege in our society: the luxury of choosing one's issue. While whites use and sell drugs at the same rate as people of color, the drug war has been systematically waged in poor inner-city communities of color. The consequence has been devastating and all-absorbing for many such communities. What are the implications of this reality for the sustainability movement. Can sustainability be achieved without an end to mass incarceration?

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BMU 314 - 9:00-9:50

Halli Bovia, University of Southern California

Waste Systems and Attitudes Surrounding Large Scale Athletic Events in an Urban Setting
Diverting waste from large-scale athletic events in an urban setting can be challenging. The presenters will share some successes and failures in outreach for behavior change through the core culture of athletics, trying to change the excessive waste culture in Los Angeles and on the University of Southern California campus, implementing simple waste diversion efforts at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and transitioning the opinions of our operations and communications partners.

Thursday, March 6th
10:00-10:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

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SSC Plaza Stage - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
(full day outside) -

Kaycee Green, Kyle Riddle, Lindsey Holmberg, Cultivating Community Project, Karen Goodwin, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, CSU, Chico, and Stephanie Elliott, GRUB Education Program

Cultivating Community in Action
Cultivating Community is a comprehensive program is promote local food security. A multi-faceted workshop which demonstrates every component of CCNV will be presented. In a lovely outdoor setting, you will be invited to plant your own spinach while being guided by one of the GRUB experts. You will also be able to purchase fresh spinach that day at the OVP produce stand. Move from there to the edible pedal bike kitchen, where you can learn a delicious way to prepare your new spinach, and get a free sample of the finished recipe! We will also be offering our "Learn and Earn" EBT coupons, good for $15 worth of fresh produce at local Farmers Markets, just for stopping by. This is a wonderful way to see the many faces of CCNV, and learn firsthand exactly what it is that they do!

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10:00-10:50 Compost Display Area - Tour/Workshop
Meeting Location: North Entrance to BMU

Matthew Navarro and Bri Mulvey, AS Sustainability at CSU, Chico

Creating and Cultivating a Garden and Compost Facility
Campus and community gardens provide people with a valuable source of healthy foods, while allowing citizens to dispose of organic wastes in a responsible and useful manner. Our workshop will follow the development of the California State University, Chico Compost Display Area and Garden, ultimately leading to a discussion on how others could start their own gardens in their communities and campuses.


BMU 204 - 10:00-10:50

Jacquelyn Chase, Department of Geography & Planning, and David Eaton, Department of Anthropology, and Tony Waters, Department of Sociology, CSU, Chico

Teaching Population Now
How do scholars and teachers think critically about population today in relation to resources such as water, food, and energy? How can we foster an examination by students of the population as an unequal, gendered, and translocal social process situated within geography, history, and culture? How do we invite awareness of controversies between those who see population as "explosion," and those whose concern is with its "implosion?" What kinds of stories, analogies, images, maps, exercises, data, and experiences convey the complexity of links between population, human well-being, and the environment, and reflect a range of thought on these topics? Faculty in the Global Development Studies general education pathway will discuss how they bring such international perspectives into their classrooms, and the challenges posed to common perceptions and received wisdom in the US.

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BMU 209 - 10:00-10:50

Vickie Newlin, Butte County Water and Resource Conservation

Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Water Management Planning
This presentation will tell the story of the Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Planning Process. Realizing that water and other natural resources often involve more than one local jurisdiction, six counties in the Northern Sacramento Valley (Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Sutter and Tehama) have come together through a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on water-related issues. This partnership was born out of the desire to ensure the sustainability of the economic and environmental value of water and other natural resources within the region. The group is currently finishing up the development of an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan to address the management and integration of water and other natural resources within the region. The planning process has been open to the public and thus far has included participation by the counties, cities, local water districts, groundwater-dependent entities, environmental advocates, and tribal representatives.

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BMU 210 - 10:00-10:50

Lee Altier and Kaycee Green, College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico, Julie Estep, Adept Professional, LLC, Stephanie Elliott , GRUB, and Karen Goodwin, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, CSU, Chico

Looking Ahead Toward Greater Community Food Security
The regional area surrounding the California State University, Chico campus benefits from an abundant and diverse locally-grown food supply. Yet, a large number of people lack access to adequate amounts of fresh, nutritious food. How can we ensure a more secure local food network? What strategies can be employed to support underserved populations within our community? The Cultivating Community Project in Chico has been a comprehensive effort to address food security needs. This presentation will provide an overview of its activities during the last three years, including support for community gardens, farmers' markets, workshops, nutrition education, and EBT outreach. As this project completes its final year, we are looking toward opportunities to continue its momentum. This session will be an open discussion to explore how to sustain collaborative efforts toward a stronger food system. Cultivating Community is funded by a 2011 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Specialty Crop Grant.

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BMU 211 - 10:00-10:50

Paul Katzeff and Mischa Hedges, Thanksgiving Coffee Company, and Amy Louis and Elizabeth Goldblatt, Six Degrees Coffee

Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
150 million Americans drink coffee every day. Coffee is a resource intensive drink and is grown almost exclusively in developing countries in a small band around the equator. Climate change is becoming an increasing threat to coffee farmers worldwide. Learn how you can make a difference in the world with the coffee you choose to drink.

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BMU 303 - 10:00-10:50

Alfred Courchesne, Christophe Kreis and Monique La Fleur, Frog Hollow Farm

On-Site Composting at an Organic Farm: Why bother?
Many environmental problems of current concern are due to the high production and local accumulations of organic residues that are too great for the basic degradation processes inherent in nature. Frog Hollow Farm (FHF) has decided to reduce its impact on the environment as well to take steps to keep its soil healthy by using organic farming practices and decomposing all of its organic residues by a combination of thermophilic composting and vermicomposting processes on-site. A scientific, well-managed approach is used to convert all organic farm residues (including kitchen residues, coffee grounds from the FHF retail store, and local horse manure) into a high-quality final product (compost and compost tea). FHF compost is analyzed for its biology, its micro-macro-nutrients and absence of pathogenic microorganisms. Attempts are made to tailor the compost to the biology present in the FHF orchard soil. We will summarize our results at the presentation.

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BMU 304 - 10:00-10:50

Christina Ellis and Danielle Adler, Real Food Challenge, and Grace Kerfoot, AS Dining, CSU, Chico

Real Food Challenge
This presentation will explain what Real Food Challenge is and the tools used to determine the local foods coming into the dining services at California State University, Chico, such as the real food calculator. The campaign and how students respond to the opportunity of doing Real Food Challenge on campus will also be discussed.


BMU 312 - 10:00-10:50

Helen Cox and Sarah Johnson, CSU, Northridge

Developing a Campus Sustainability Plan
In Fall 2012 the new President at Cal State University, Northridge invited the Institute for Sustainability and its affiliates to develop a sustainability plan for the campus which would address both education and operations. A planning team comprising faculty, staff and administrators was assembled and research conducted on a template for the plan. A structure was adopted and chapter authors recruited for ten focus areas. Over the next three months data were gathered on existing institutional practices and goals set by comparable institutions. Ideas were solicited from a broad group of interested participants and an extensive list of action items was drafted with consideration of the AASHE STARS credit system. Action items were then assessed for feasibility in small group discussions, and a final list drawn up. Priorities were then established by broader groups representing a range of campus interests, and plan implementation began this year.


Keynote IconFeatured Speaker
11:00-11:50 a.m. - BMU Auditorium


Michael Dimock

Michael Dimock, President
Roots of Change

Time: 11:00-11:50
Location: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Perspectives on 21st Century Agriculture by a Member of the Good Food Movement

Today many people in the nation and world are struggling with one another over the future of the food system. No matter what side of that struggle, all agree that in the coming century humans will need to produce more food with less land and water and more expensive fossil fuel. The challenge is great, the stakes high and the struggle increasingly passionate. Michael Dimock will offer clarity on the core motivations underlying the food movement as well as some principles that could offer a bridge to all sides seeking resolution and a way forward to sustainability.

"Greenie Awards" Poster Competition
12:00-1:00 Poster Presentations

Voting Open Until 2:00 in the BMU Auditorium

Each year through our Greenie Awards we recognize businesses, individuals, students, non-profit organizations, or community members in their successful efforts of working toward a sustainable future. This year we will recognize student groups from north state colleges and universities and Chico Unified School District K-12.

Voting will take place during the conference on Thursday, March 6th ONLY in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium until 2:00 p.m. Student groups will have an opportunity to present their posters between 12:00-1:00 only.

Winners will be announced Friday after the Local Lunch in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. (Click here for full details)

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1:00-1:50 p.m. BMU Auditorium


John Ikerd

JOHN IKERD, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia

Time: 1:00-1:50
Location: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

The Sustainability Revolution: Food as a Means and a Metaphor
(click to download as a pdf)

Sustainability is not just passing trend or fad but in fact may prove to be the defining issue of the 21st century. When we ask the question of sustainability, objectively and honestly, we must conclude that we are not meeting the needs of many people of the present and certainly are not ensuring equal opportunities for those of the future. Nowhere is the lack of sustainability more obvious or more critical to the future than in the production and distribution of food. Nowhere are the metaphors for a new sustainable economy and society more clear or the means more compelling than in the sustainable food movement. It’s time for a sustainability revolution, and food provides both the means and metaphor for fundamental change.


Thursday, March 6th
2:00-2:50 p.m. Concurrent Sessions


BMU 204 - 2:00-2:50

Tanya Parish, Recycling and Rubbish Education Program

RARE - Recycling and Rubbish Education in Butte County
Recycling is easy! It is the one action that every person can do to reduce waste going to the landfill and keep local ecosystems and watershed healthy. RARE will provide an overview on recycling practices and give ideas to help empower individuals to recycle in Butte County. The Recycling and Rubbish Education Program, RARE, provides recycling education on behalf of Butte County and is a program of the Butte Environmental Council. RARE offers hands-on recycling and composting workshops for K-12 age students throughout Butte County. The emphasis is on education of the 4 "R's": reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot. RARE also participates in community outreach events, and promotes recycling of unusual recyclable materials such as motor-oil and e-waste. This presentation will be informative for teachers, students and community members.

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BMU 209 - 2:00-2:50

2-Part Presentation:

Maria Elena (Nena) Anguiano, Butte College

Part I: Project RHAB (Rice Hulls as Alternative Building): Achieving Sustainability Through Use of Rice Hulls in Building Materials
Progress of an EPA-P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Phase II Award winning project at Butte College by the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program students will be shared. The RHAB project focuses on conducting meaningful applied research under qualified mentors and faculty supervision in the field of sustainability by exploring ways to use an abundant local agricultural waste material, rice hulls. The overall goal is to create a sustainable building material product utilizing the rice hulls. Research and practical applications of this sustainable building technology, including demonstration on how they built a ”small house” from the materials developed by the team will also be presented. The interns are in the second year of EPA - P3 Phase II Award competition. They were the first community college in the history of the EPA P3 Awards to be award a Phase II Award.

Part II: Project REGen (Rice-hulls as Energy Generation): Achieving sustainability through use of rice hulls through gasification and bio-char energy generation
This presentation reports on the progress of the newest ongoing applied research project at Butte College by the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program. Under the direction of John Shovein, Owner, Green Organic, MESA students are continuing research on a project begun in spring 2012, which includes conducting basic research on the pyrolysis of rice hulls, as well as, the production of biochar. The team is also participating in a challenge to design a gasification unit and complete an analysis of energy and biochar production. The intern’s research is focused on practical application of this sustainable technology in the rice growing industry of Butte County. Research findings and applications including a demonstration of the steps utilized in designing the gasification unit will be discussed. At the heart of this project is mentoring and cooperation from key Butte College faculty and STEM community professionals. This project is co-funded by Constellation Energy of the Exxon Corp.

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BMU 210 - 2:00-2:50

Fletcher Alexander, Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico and Members From the Campus Sustainability Committee

California State University, Chico Campus Sustainability Plan Panel Discussion & Development Workshop
CSU, Chico's Campus Sustainability Committee is working on the development of a long-range Campus Sustainability Plan. This Plan will address a variety of key focal areas for campus sustainability efforts, including: Education & Research; Waste, Recycling & Procurement; Energy, Water & the Built Environment; Food Services; and Transportation. This panel discussion and workshop will be hosted by members of the Campus Sustainability Committee and its Affiliate Working Groups. This session will include a brief discussion of the history of sustainability on campus, a look at existing goals and future opportunities, and a conversation about the Plan objectives currently under development. The majority of the session will be dedicated to breakout working groups which will provide opportunities for attendees to brainstorm with and provide direct input to the campus community members who are responsible for developing and implementing Chico State’s Campus Sustainability Plan.

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BMU 211 - 2:00-2:50

Jacob Brimlow, College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico and Noelle Ferdon, Northern California Regional Land Trust

Growing Local Food Economy in Butte, Glenn, and Tehama Counties
The College of Agriculture estimates that the tri-county region of Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties have a local food production capacity of about 70%, but that local food consumption in the region is likely less than 5%. Further, both producers and consumers express interest in increased local food sales. So, what is limiting the growth of our local food economy? This presentation will discuss the College of Agriculture's recent research into the barriers limiting local food economy in the tri-county region, and describe current projects aimed at removing those barriers, including the development and launch of the North Valley Food Hub online marketplace. They pay particular attention to inter-mediated marketing channels, such as school districts and restaurants, which accounted for over 75% of the estimated $4.8 billion in national local food sales in 2008, and represent the biggest growth opportunity for local food economies.

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BMU 302 - 2:00-2:50

Michael Kane, Sierra College

The Pursuit of Happiness; Finding a Job in Sustainability
The pursuit of happiness is considered a fundamental part of the American experience. Career pathways, ( given most people work 2000 hours a year or more), have a significant role in our overall happiness. This talk will explore some of the key elements of authentic happiness, how happiness can be found in the work you do, how to increase your personal happiness, the personal rewards of working for sustainability, as well as provide some excellent resources to help students and professionals find work in the field of sustainability.

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BMU 303 - 2:00-2:50

2-Part Presentation:
Part I: Dr. Joe Greene, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing Department at California State University, Chico

Sustainable Plastics: Life Cycle Assessment of Biobased and Recycled Plastics
Plastic materials and products produced today should not deplete resources or abilities of future generations to produce plastic materials or products. Plastics can be sustainable by producing products with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced solid waste, and reduced pollution as compared to conventional plastics. Based on cradle-to-grave LCA, PLA plastic containers had lower greenhouse gases, lower waste generation, and lower pollution than virgin and recycled PET containers. The PLA clamshells had 86% and 79% lower overall environmental impacts than recycled PET and virgin PET containers, respectively, as measured with a Greene Sustainability Index (GSI).

Part II: Marco Poort, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department,
CSU, Chico

3D Printed from Cradle to Cradle
3D Printing can be used to create your own household items using Polylactic Acid filament (PLA). Printers have started to become more affordable and in the near future they may be a relatively common household appliance. The PLA that they use is a very common bio-plastic derived from corn that can be melted up to a certain temperature without significantly losing its properties. It currently cannot be recycled and even though PLA cups say "compostable" if you try to compost them in the area they will end up in the landfill. However, the plastic can be melted and put on a spool which means that objects which are broken or no longer useful can be re-melted and completely recycled into new items. This presentation will talk about the technologies that are needed to do that and the 3D printers on the California State University, Chico campus.

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BMU 304 - 2:00-2:50

Mark Stemen, Department of Geography and Planning at CSU, Chico and the President/Chair, Butte Environmental Council

How to Start a Community Garden in Your Own Town
Have you ever wanted to start a community garden? This presentation will cover the history of the Butte Environmental Council's Humboldt Community Garden from inception to completion. The presenter will pay particular attention to negotiating for public land, local land use requirements, financing, and ways to structure garden membership.

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BMU 312 - 2:00-2:50

Wendy Ardell, Sherri Scott, GRUB, Durl Van Alstyne, Jaci Siehl, and Sandy Fisher, Mt. Lassen Fiber Guild

Organizing for Fiber
Chico Cloth's mission is to create unique fabrics made from regional sources of fiber, locally designed and woven that would be recognized and used by the community and the world. These fabrics will represent our creative and agricultural resources and the cooperation among community members that it takes to create a world-class product. Their vision is to use bio-regionally grown and processed, gathered and shorn fibers and dyestuffs to create and color the fabrics. This is a movement toward creating cottage industries that promote conscious choices and clear relationships with the end user.

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BMU 314 - 2:00-2:50

Bruce Baccei, SMUD

NovaTorque: A Super Efficient Electric Motor
NovaTorque brushless permanent magnet (BPM) motors offer significant advantages over induction motors for applications that require variable speed operation. What makes the NovaTorque motor unique is the conical geometry of the stator and rotor hub, instead of the conventional perpendicular flat cross-sections. The rotor consists of a pair of conical hubs mounted on opposite ends of the motor shaft that match the end-surfaces of the field poles. Controlled bench tests compare high efficiency electric motors to NovaTorque showing 7% to 22% annual energy savings. The NovaTorque motor is revolutionary in delivering efficiency beyond that of the induction motor at a comparable cost.

Thursday, March 6th
3:00-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

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BMU 204 - 3:00-3:50

Becca Russell, GRID Alternatives

Solar Innovations and Social Justice
The Solar Industry is expanding and is made up of many different components. This session will discuss two components: uprising innovations in solar technology and social justice in the solar industry. GRID Alternatives and other organizations will be highlighted to demonstrate the social justice activities. Come learn more about new technologies in solar and find out how non-profits and other organizations impact communities through solar technology.


BMU 209 - 3:00-3:50

Elaine Gorman, Population Connection

Sustainability Education for a Crowded World
A sustainable future starts with a sustainable population. World population has doubled in the past 50 years and continues to grow, straining natural resources and compromising ecosystems. In this hands-on workshop, discover thought-provoking, teaching activities that can be used with groups of all ages to examine world population trends and their impact on land use, food and water availability, biodiversity and more. Engage in global simulation games to better understand quality of life indicators around the globe, competition for resources, and paths to a sustainable future.

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BMU 210 - 3:00-3:50

Chris Kaiakapu, Amanda Leonis, PowerSave Campus Chico, Marie Patterson, Angela Casler, Fletcher Alexander, CSU, Chico, Mark Roberts, Springboard Biodiesel, Colleen Butterfield, Alliance to Save Energy, and Robyn DiFalco, Butte Environmental Council

Green Speed Networking
Operating similar to the speed dating concept, this Speed Networking session is a quick survey of Professionals currently working in sustainability related fields. It aims to develop the green workforce by providing students with career insight directly from professionals. From conservation, waste and water management, to energy auditing, renewable technology, and local food businesses, a comprehensive list of environmentally conscious jobs will be featured. Attendees are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to interact with individuals currently working for a ‘green’ organization, and see how they got there.

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BMU 211 - 3:00-3:50

Nani Teves and Carol Perkins, Butte Environmental Council

Oops I Did It Again: Overbuilt, Over Allocated, and Drained California Water Systems
After 100 years of dams, pipes, aqueducts, and pumps we have come to a fork in the road. The governor has called for diversion of the Sacramento River around the Delta for agri-business and development; while Santa Monica has vowed for water self-sufficiency by 2020. Los Angeles gained a million people without increasing water use; as agencies propose to raise Shasta Dam. We can continue moving water great distances, wasting energy, building record-breaking projects, or we can create a sustainable water future based on conservation, responsible growth, and appropriate land-use. Will we reevaluate how we manage water? Can we envision an equitable future with full creeks, clean drinking water, and healthy fisheries? Do we have a say in the direction we head? Join in for a photo tour of 100 years and 400 miles of California water, and delve in with us into viable alternatives and solutions for all.


BMU 303 - 3:00-3:50

Timothy Goodale, North Carolina State University

In-Service Science Teacher Professional Development in Education for Sustainability (EfS): Preconceptions, Methodologies and Strategies for Comprehensive Adoption of Curricula
The focus of this presentation centers on the evaluation and outcomes of a professional learning opportunity that sought to inform thirteen current K-12 public school science educators on the concept of Education for Sustainability (EfS). Within the EfS professional development, these actions were achieved through several workshops and field experiences associated within four broad themes: Sustainability, Environmental Integrity, Economic Prosperity and Social Equity. There are three broad objectives that were covered within this session: 1. Evaluate and disseminate science teacher preconceptions of sustainability and highlight areas of strength and concern; 2. Emphasize possible theoretical frameworks for science teacher professional development in sustainability; 3. Identify and share models within science teacher professional development in sustainability that lead to comprehensive adoption of presented curricula. Outcomes will underscore several methods and strategies for successful science teacher professional development implementation in regards to sustainability.

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BMU 304 - 3:00-3:50

Amie French and Eric Houk, College of Agriculture at CSU, Chico and Chris Nichols, Gorrill Ranch

Consumer Preference for Locally Grown Pecans
The demand for locally grown products has been increasing due to numerous factors, including potential environmental benefits and an increased awareness of how this alternative can support local family farmers. Although Northern California has access to an abundant variety of locally grown commodities, pecans are not typically among them. The leading producer in pecans is Georgia (over 2,000 miles away), with only 1.6% of the nation's crop originating from California. In Butte County, there are less than 400 acres of pecans (less than .5% of fruit/nut acreage) and a little over 100 of these acres belong to Gorrill Ranch. We have partnered with Gorrill Ranch, a local fourth generation family farm, to identify consumer preference for locally grown pecans. Surveys were used to identify current purchasing patterns and the potential market opportunities for locally grown pecans. The results will assist a local family farm in pursuing a local direct marketing campaign.


BMU 312 - 3:00-3:50

2-Part Presentation, CSU, Northridge:

Strategies to encourage sustainability at CSU, Northridge: From urban agriculture to digital media
This presentation will discuss two of CSUN's strategies to be a more sustainable and environmentally friendly campus: (1) the campus food garden and (2) the sustainable office program (SOP). Both these strategies are implemented largely by students.

Part I: Urban agriculture & Food garden Mario Giraldo and Daniel Aguiar, CSU, Northridge
CSUN's campus garden and in-house compost facility processes and re-utilizes the organic waste generated by campus food services including a dining hall, three coffee shops and one juice store as well as grass clippers from lawn maintenance. This project is fully operated and maintained by students and volunteers and is creating an opportunity to engage students and faculty in a conversation regarding sustainability and food security within a large urbanized area. The part of the presentation will discuss some of the experiences and possibilities for urban agriculture that this project generates.

Part II: CSU, Northridge Sustainable Office Program (SOP) - Mechelle Best and Stephen Low, CSU, Northridge
A course titled 'Best Practices in Sustainability' equips students with skills like energy auditing, that are becoming increasingly important in the workplace and in living more sustainably. Students learn foundational concepts of measurement and consumption; are trained to conduct assessments; perform personal assessments and assess campus offices. Students use these skills to conduct assessments for the University's Sustainable Office Program (SOP). This part of the presentation focuses on the SOP and a video series created to increase awareness and encourage staff and faculty participation.

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BMU 314 - 3:00-3:50

Karen Goodwin and Naomi Stamper, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at CSU, Chico

Food Waste: Causes and "Root to Stalk" Solutions
Food waste globally costs us not only in economic terms, but has significant environmental impact as well. By 2050, at current projections, our planet will need to produce 60% more than 2007 levels to satisfy the population's demands. In this presentation, causes and possible solutions to make better use of the food produced worldwide will be presented. Many of the solutions are beyond our immediate political power, but as consumers, we can control our own waste each day by learning how to use the whole plant. A "Root to Stalk" cooking demonstration will provide a tasty example of how to do so.


Keynote IconThursday, March 6, 2014
4:00 KEYNOTE Presentation
BMU Auditorium


Anya Fernald

ANYA FERNALD - Co-founder and CEO of Belcampo

Location: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
Time: 4:00-4:50

Anya has been recognized as one of the 40 under 40 by Food & Wine Magazine, named a Nifty Fifty by the New York Times, appeared as a regular judge on Iron Chef America on the Food Network for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons, and has co-authored two books for Slow Food’s international publishing house. Anya is an avid consumer and producer of almost everything fermented, and spends her spare time as a pasta taster and noodle namer for her husband Renato Sardo’s new venture, Baia Pasta.