Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XI
Thursday, March 24, 2016 Schedule of Events

Keynote Presentations Wednesday Kickoff Featured Film
Thursday Schedule Friday Schedule REGISTRATION
Conference Speakers K-12 Greenie Awards Higher Ed Greenie Awards
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At a Glance:
8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast BMU Lobby / Auditorium
9:00-11:00 Higher Education Greenie Displays & Voting BMU Auditorium
9:00-9:45 Concurrent Sessions Breakout Rooms
10:00-10:45 Concurrent Sessions Breakout Rooms
11:00-11:30 Higher Education Greenie Award Announcements BMU Auditorium
11:30-1:00 Organic Lunch Buffet $ BMU Auditorium
12:00-1:00 Keynote Presentation - Daphne Miller, MD BMU Auditorium
1:00-1:30 Daphne Miller, MD Farmacology Book Signing BMU Auditorium
1:00-1:45 Concurrent Sessions Breakout Rooms
2:00-2:45 Concurrent Sessions Breakout Rooms
3:00-3:45 Concurrent Sessions Breakout Rooms
4:00-4:50 Keynote Presentation - Sandra Postel, Director, Global Water Policy Project BMU Auditorium
5:30-9:00 Private Speaker Reception RSVP Required


Join us for coffee and a light continental breakfast in the BMU Auditorium. Don't forget your mugs and enter to win a caught you being green raffle prize. This is also a great time to check out the Higher Education Greenie student group project nominees and vote for your favorites.

Higher Ed Greenie Displays & Voting
BMU Auditorium 9:00-11:30

Join us in the BMU Auditorium for the annual Greenie displays and voting. This year focuses on North State colleges and universities with sustainability projects that are innovative, environmentally spectacular, and that address environmental concerns. Through our Greenie Awards we will recognize student groups in their successful efforts of working toward a sustainable future. Visit their displays in the BMU Auditorium between 9:00-11:00 am Thursday to vote for the best. Only registered participants in attendance are able to vote.
Winners will be announced between 11:00-11:30 in the BMU Auditorium.

Thursday, 9:00-9:45

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BMU 203 - 9:00-9:45
Assessment of Governance and Roles Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Vickie Newlin, Butte County
In 2014 the California legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which requires entities overlying high and medium groundwater basins to prepare a plan to show how they will provide for the sustainability of those basins. The law provides for the development of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), which must be local entities with authority over either land use or water management. Butte County conducted an assessment of various groups to ascertain their thoughts on how the GSAs should be selected and governed. This presentation would be a report out of the findings of the assessment and the governance model recommended.


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BMU 204 - 9:00-9:45
Farm to Seniors: Improving the Vitality of Specialty Crop Farmers and Senior Adults

Stacy Carlson and Amie Patrick, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at CSU, Chico
This presentation will discuss the use of produce from local specialty crop farmers in the Senior Nutrition Program (SNP) in Glenn County, which provides daily hot meals served at a community center or delivered to the home. This project is funded by a CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant to increase the use of these crops by older adults through cooking demonstrations and taste tests paired with information about the benefits of specialty crops to the SNP staff, senior adults, and broader community. Health aging is an understudied yet critical area to provide for a healthy future for all and purchasing from local farmers, rather than a large supplier, provides benefits to the farmers and to the SNP participants. This presentation will share recent findings from this project as it moves into its second year and welcomes input from participants.


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BMU 209 - 9:00-9:45
Why We Haven't Addressed Climate Change and What to Do About It

John Schaefer, Citizens' Climate Lobby
U.S. policies to address climate change have been ineffective so far because they don't utilize market forces and haven't garnered enough political support. What has worked is British Columbia's carbon fee, which returns revenue to its citizens the way the Alaska Permanent Fund does. A mostly volunteer group called, "Citizens' Climate Lobby", advocates legislation like BC's, to assess a steadily rising fee on fossil fuel, thus on carbon dioxide, with revenues returned 100 percent to families. With predictable rises in fossil fuel costs, investments in conservation and renewables will become profitable enough to arrest climate change. Analysis shows that "carbon fee and dividend" will expand the economy, increase employment, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Republicans like George Schultz support this market-based approach. However, a good idea by itself isn't enough, so CCL advocates a plan to implement it.


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BMU 210 - 9:00-9:45
Integrate Sustainability: A Suite of Curricular Modules for Sustainability Pathway courses to Engage Students in Societal Issues

Rachel Teasdale, and Colleen Hatfield, Integrate Sustainability at CSU, Chico
The Integrate Sustainability project is a collective effort of eight CSU, Chico, faculty to incorporate new curriculum to the Sustainability Pathway. Curriculum focuses on societal issues related to sustainability themes including climate change, sustainable soil resources, environmental justice and water resources and society’s reliance on mineral resources. Materials are available online, and have been adapted by the faculty team to support individual courses as well as students in the pathway. Curricular modules are designed to engage students in grand challenges society is currently faced with, to engage students in addressing interdisciplinary issues from multiple perspectives, to use authentic data sets to address problems and to foster systems thinking. Starting in fall 2015, faculty have incorporated new curriculum and developed assessment data to quantitatively measure student learning and their attitudes towards the curriculum and their learning. The project has also resulted in an effective faculty learning community across the Sustainability Pathway.


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BMU 211 - 9:00-9:45
Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Ariana Famoso, CSU, East Bay
This project is a series of informational sessions educating the residents at CSU, East Bay about current issues involving sustainability and informing residents about issues such as the drought and waste education. To accomplish this Ariana is working on establishing a relationship with the on-campus offices to make PSA bulletin boards and presenting power points that will be accessible to the residents.


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BMU 301 - 9:00-9:45
High School Sustainability Stories

Alyson Wylie and Amie Porras, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at CSU, Chico
Learn strategies to connect and engage youth in advocating for change in their environment.  Using community mapping and food access activities train students to speak up about their school and community.  Our team from the CSU Chico, Center for Healthy Communities will share the projects they are currently involved in with three different local high schools.  Students engage in problem solving activities and then conduct research to address issues relating to food access, physical activity and nutrition. 


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BMU 304 - 9:00-9:45
"Real" Sustainable Behavior

Fred Klammt,
Everyone claims to be sustainable, but few are. Our beliefs and behaviors are disconnected, which is the definition of cognitive dissonance. What does it mean to actually do sustainable things in everyday life, especially in a community? How does one change embedded, unconscious behavioral patterns we learned as children? Come to this presentation to hear and learn about little things you can do. About how you can gently nudge your behavior into meaningful, sustainable impacts. Most communities and people do a good job with gardens, food, kitchen and waste management. When it comes to water, energy, green chemistry, heating and cooling, design and development, etc.--not so much. There are small little things you can do each day to help your community and your home become resilient, regenerative and sustainable. These little things WILL add up to meaningful impacts and contribute to a deep ecological turning point.


Thursday, 10:00-10:45

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BMU 203 - 10:00-10:45
A Sense of Place

Fletcher Alexander, The Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico, and Colleen Hatfield, the Biological Sciences Department at CSU, Chico
As part of the CSU Chancellor's Office Campus as a Living Lab Initiative, CSU, Chico has developed an online Building Dashboard and redesigned four courses within our GE Pathway in Sustainability to focus on data analysis and building occupant engagement for conservation. This online platform provides a public point of access to information on utility consumption across the Chico State Campus. The Dashboard is connected to building-level utility meters on eight campus buildings and provides real-time consumption data that can be analyzed by time-of-day, cost per unit, consumption trends per square footage and number of occupants, and can be compared building by building. The work these diverse courses are conducting is intended to increase awareness and transparency of utility consumption patterns on campus, to help identify opportunities for conservation, and to engage building occupants in better understanding their buildings and the impacts of their interactions with them on utility consumption.

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BMU 204 - 10:00-10:45
Water Action Planning: A Strategic Approach to Water Conservation

Austin Eriksson, CSU, Northridge
The onset and worsening of the California drought has resulted in more stringent water reduction mandates. How does a college campus achieve these goals when there have already been many efforts to conserve water? What are the strategies that work? What strategies have failed? Are there new technologies available to help with these reductions? What do you do after you have replaced everything with low-flow fixtures? How effective can "smart" irrigation controllers really be? What funds are available to help with these reductions? Is turf removal still a viable strategy? This presentation will touch on all of the above as well as discuss how CSU Northridge developed a strategic plan to achieve the conservation goals while maintaining a pleasant campus environment.


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BMU 209 - 10:00-10:45
Campaign Nonviolence: Building a Sustainable Future of Peace

Chris Nelson, Chico Peace and Justice Center
Campaign Nonviolence emerges out of the Gandhian and King traditions and has as its focus an end to war, poverty and the climate crisis. By Mainstreaming nonviolence, connecting the issues and taking action together we can reach a critical mass of change agents to create a just, peaceful and sustainable world.


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BMU 210 - 10:00-10:45
Outdoor Education for All: Explore! Experience! Expand!

Tony Catalano, and Nathaniel Millard, Outdoor Education for All!
Watch and learn how a small group of local educators developed and implemented a learning organization dedicated to collectively deliver a range of standards-based and high quality outdoor learning experiences or students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We are only a couple of years old but have begun to make a difference in schools' efforts to get kids outdoors, to foster collaboration among outdoor education providers, and enlarge the learning/recreational community.


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BMU 211 - 10:00-10:45
Environment Celebration Institute: Demonstrating a Smarter Way to Farm Fruits and Vegetables

Blake Irwin and Ben Samuelson, Environment Celebration Institute, Inc.

ECI's goal is to share our demonstration gardens, agricultural and scientific research plots, compost making demonstrations, worm castings demonstrations, greenhouse growing systems, and hands-on growing techniques with all who are interested in growing more nutrient dense food in the beautiful north state. We have Dr. Elaine Ingham and Dr. Carole Rollins heading our project here with a few employees getting dirty everyday to maintain our many projects. We will discuss what we have done so far, and what we plan to do with our 68 acres of land in beautiful Berry Creek.


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BMU 301 - 10:00-10:45
STARS: A Student Approach at CSU, East Bay

Teresa Gamber and Jennifer Scarbrough, CSU, East Bay
At California State University East Bay (CSUEB), students are taking the lead to complete the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In this presentation the two students leading the initiative, Jennifer Scarbrough and Teresa Gamber, share their approach to STARS including: gathering, organizing, and evaluating data, and working through challenges as they arise. Along with collecting the information, they are analyzing the data to make recommendations for how CSUEB can improve sustainability efforts on campus.


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BMU 304 - 10:00-10:45
How to Start an Ecovillage

Christian Stalberg and Fred Klammt, Community Incubator
Today, ecovillages represent some of the best solutions we have for correcting human habitation living at cross purposes with the natural world, addressing sectors such as housing, energy, transportation, food, water and human behavior. Ecovillages are a subset of the intentional communities movement which had a renaissance in the 60's and 70's. Evidence suggests that interest in ecovillages is now at an all-time high. So let's say you want to start an ecovillage. Where do you begin? Do you start with a piece of property? Experience has shown that the "build it and they will come" method has more often than not failed miserably. After more than fifty years of experience, best practices from successful ecovillages have been identified and can be taught. In this presentation you will learn about the requirements necessary for a successful ecovillage from someone who has started one.


Thursday, 11:00-11:45

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BMU 203 - 11:00-11:45
Step Up and Power Down - Engaging Communities to take Simple Actions towards Energy Savings

Safia Dworjack and Leanna Huynh, City of San Jose
Step Up and Power Down is an energy conservation awareness and engagement campaign in partnership with PG&E to help businesses in San José, the 10th largest city in the US, reduce energy waste through simple behavior changes and energy efficient technology upgrades. The City of San José has goals of engaging 400 businesses resulting in 25 million kWh savings in the five highest energy-consuming zip codes. Participating businesses gain access to technical support, education, training, and financial incentives to help them reduce energy waste and save money. Step Up and Power Down is an example of a local community-based social marketing approach. This presentation will discuss the challenges and best practices related to energy management engagement for different industries through field observations and real-world examples.


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BMU 204 - 11:00 - 11:45
Today's Plant-Based Whole Foods School Garden-Kitchen Program

Richard Hirshen and Michelle Yezbick, Sherwood Montessori Charter School
Chef Richie (CSU, Chico, BA, Psychology, 1985) will be sharing his passion and knowledge for growing the food in the Sherwood Montessori garden (there are 8 beds in the ground, four raised beds and two barrels). He teaches all 150 of the school's K-8 grade kids how to cook in the school's kitchen. A third cookbook is in the works. This is Montessori/sustainable education at its finest. For the first time (in the past the program has been 100% vegetarian) this year's cookbook and the entire 2015-2016 program are 100% Plant-Based Whole Foods (vegan). Chef Richie and school Director Michelle will present a how to build and run your own school garden and kitchen program, linking it all with information about how it fits so well into the Montessori educational model...and all sustainability-focused models.


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BMU 209 - 11:00-11:45
Environmental Mitigation and Restoration at CSU, Channel Islands

Coleen Barsley, CSU, Channel Islands
The CSU, Channel Islands, campus is growing and environmental impacts must be minimized. As the university continues to expand enrollment for the next ten years, the effects of construction and environmental encroachment need to be managed. Indications and results to-date indicate that efforts to reverse environmental impact have been successful. The Long Grade Creek restoration continues to be monitored b y classes for assurance of success. With the arrival of growing numbers of students and resulting support staff and faculty, the shade and other favorable effects of new trees will be appreciated. Students, CSUCI employees, and community members embraced the opportunity to perform such meaningful work side-by-side. The tree-planting activity sponsored by Alcoa was well-attended and extremely successful due to participation from many. CSUCI employees did advanced preparation using budgeted hours to prepare for the event to ensure optimum utilization of volunteer efforts on the tree-planting day.


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BMU 210 - 11:00-11:45
Floodplain Ecology Institutes for Educators: A Model of Interagency Collaboration

Anne Stephens, CSU, Chico
Floodplain Ecology Institutes for Educators meet the required objectives of the Central Valley Flood Protection Act of 2008 and the goals of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). These four day institutes increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems, and provide them with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards-based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences (including river floats and Delta Tours), hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and interactions with agency partners. Participants learn about the diverse governmental and private groups that manage our water, and the many local resources available to them and their students. Join us to learn how you can be involved as a participant or partner!


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BMU 211 - 11:00-11:45
A Fresh Look at Food Security

Alicia Bedore and Judy Hamamoto, Center for Healthy Communities, CSU, Chico
We will be discussing the importance of CalFresh and the economic, social and environmental factors of the program, and the impact it has on local communities. Through an interactive approach, we will debunk myths and provide correct, non-biased information about this food security safety net. Information will also be provided on the benefits of using these public resources locally to create sustainable environments.


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BMU 301 - 11:00-11:45
Passive House – For Any Building, Any Climate: is Changing the World

Susan Rainier, Eagle Consult
Susan will be presenting Passive House that represents today's highest energy standard, with the promise of reducing the energy consumption of buildings by up to 80% while providing superior comfort and air quality—all at minimal additional upfront cost. When coupled with renewable energy systems, such as photovoltaics, Passive House puts true zero energy buildings within reach economically. Passive House is a method that relies on a combination of energy efficiency with passive solar and internal heat gains to dramatically reduce mechanical space heating demands and allow for simplified methods of providing any needed heating or cooling. The concept is implemented through stringent performance standards for airtightness and energy consumption. Other benefits abound and this will be discussed.


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BMU 304 - 11:00-11:45
The Grassroots Media Adventures of “The Respectful Revolution”: Lots of Love, Little Money & Plenty of Ideas

Gerard Ungerman and Stacey Wear, The Respectful Revolution
A couple from Northern California, Gerard Ungerman & Stacey Wear decided in 2012 to launch an ambitious video project meant to show examples of actions people are undertaking throughout the United States - for the benefit of others, society, nature and the world.   From a website, a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, to now a series on television, their project has progressed by leaps and bounds despite the crippling absence of substantial funding.  Is it possible to develop a grassroots media project meant to inspire the world when you are basically alone and unfunded?  In a word, YES.


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Local Lunch
BMU Auditorium 11:30-1:00


Join us for a local & organic lunch buffet in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium during the featured events. Purchase your lunch ticket in advance when registering for just $13.00.

    Thursday's Menu - all gluten-free: Mary's Chicken Cacciatore OR (vegan option) eggplant cacciatore,Sutter dinner roll (made w/organic flour), (vegan, gluten-free sides) organic quinoa, seasonal veggies, seasonal organic salad with a variety of dressings on the side, and beverage.

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BMU Auditorium 12:00-1:00


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Daphne Miller, MD

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up
Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of "food as medicine" and introduces us to the critical idea that it's the farm where that food is grown that offers us the real medicine.
By venturing out of her clinic and spending time on seven family farms, Miller uncovers all the aspects of farming—from seed choice to soil management—that have a direct and powerful impact on our health. Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Miller shares lessons learned from inspiring farmers and biomedical researchers and artfully weaves their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the narrative. The result is a compelling new vision for sustainable healing and a treasure trove of farm-to-body lessons that have immense value in our daily lives.


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Booksigning with Daphne Miller, Author of Farmacology
1:00-1:30 in the BMU Auditorium





Thursday, 1:00-1:45

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BMU 203 - 1:00-1:45
Solar Energy Alternatives: Embedding Solar Education One Device At A Time

Maria Elena Anguiano and John Dahlgren, and MESA Students, Butte-Glenn Community College District
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 Rebecca Casey, Grid Alternatives, MESA students are continuing research on a project begun in the spring 2013, which includes conducting research and designing solar energy applications. Interns participated in community training and solar project implementation with Grid Alternatives. The team has also participated in a solar energy alternative challenge requiring the use of teamwork, research, and design development to create a product that offers an energy solution utilizing solar energy. They will discuss the importance of educating students in applications of solar energy alternatives as well as highlight the results of mentoring. Also, 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 204 - 1:00-1:45
Establishing a Farmer's Market On Your Campus

Emerolina Cantu and Soheil Tabatabai, CSU, Fullerton
CSU, Fullerton's Associated Students want to share the steps they took in order to establish a Farmer’sMarket and how to implement one on your own campus. We will discuss the campus stakeholder’s that made this possible, the difficulties in getting started, and the importance in providing the campus community with healthy, organic, and locally harvested food options.


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BMU 209 - 1:00-1:45
Slicing the Water Conservation Pie

Coleen Barsley, CSU, Channel Islands
CSU, Channel Islands, has been quite diligent in its water conservation efforts. They have reduced potable water usage on a per student basis by almost 40% since their original baseline period of 2008-2010. However, with the aggravated drought conditions, the game has changed. The bar was raised to reduce potable water on an absolute basis in 2016 as compared to 2013 usage. No more normalizing by student on a campus that is growing at a rate of approximately 8% per year, and no credit for measures taken before 2013. CSUCI will share the various measures they have taken--and are planning--to attempt to meet their Tier 8 reduction goal of 32% reduction in potable usage in 2016. Everything from the simple replacement of sink aerators to designing toilets in housing to use recycled water will be addressed, as well as some of the community involvement, both on campus and off.


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BMU 210 - 1:00-1:45
Solar System Performance and Energy Savings

Lalanya Rothenberger, Chico Unified School District and Russell Driver, ARC Alternatives
Chico Unified School District is a leader in renewable energy, having installed 2.5 MW of solar generating capacity. The District began their solar program in 2010 and has several years of operating experience under their belts. This presentation will describe the solar systems installed by the District, highlighting their expected performance and estimated financial savings. We will review actual performance and financial savings and compare them over time to baselines established at the outset of the program. The District will also share best practices fo r operating and maintaining solar PV systems, highlighting strategies for optimizing performance and realizing maximum benefits from investing in renewable systems. The team will present this information in the context of overall District energy expenditures and describe opportunities for managing all energy-related work in an integrated fashion to extract the most benefit from these systems.


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BMU 211 - 1:00-1:45
Finding Uses for Waste Glycerol from Biodiesel Production

Dr. Lisa Ott, Center for Water and the Environment, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CSU, Chico
Glycerol is a significant byproduct of biodiesel synthesis. Dr. Ott will be co-presenting with a team of Chemistry students about their research, using both a biological approach and a chemical approach to address the glycerol problem. In the biological approach, they use an inexpensive microscopic bacterium, Azohydromonas lata (A. lata), to convert the waste glycerol to a biodegradable, carbon storage polymer that could be used to manufacture disposable plastic products. In the chemical approach, we are attempting to use the waste glycerol to produce deep eutectic solvents (DESs). DESs are an exciting class of solvents, with low volatility, high conductivity, recyclability, and biodegradability. In addition to the production of interesting solvent systems, using the waste glycerol as a component in DESs reduces the waste stream from biodiesel production. The chemistry student co-presenters are Blake Bewley, Linda Lee, and Annie Valceschini.


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BMU 301 - 1:00-1:45
Student Activists: SCOOP

Samantha Smith and Kelsey Koll, SCOOP Interns at CSU, Chico and the Institute for Sustainable Development
This presentation will consist of a brief overview of SCOOP history, evolution of the consultation process, and the effect we have on the work environment.


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BMU 304 - 1:00-1:45
Solar Energy: Campus Solar Charging Station

Salam Ali and Erik Marquis, CSU, Chico Mechanical Engineering Department
To date, no solar charging station entity exists for charging electronic devices on campus. This project is intended to fulfill a technological need and an educational objective in the area of sustainable energy. The technological need is a widespread demand for charging portable electronic devices on campus, especially in an outdoor environment where students can enjoy the wonderful Chico climate. The educational objective is to provide a visible campus element that underscores a commitment to sustainability while teaching students of the technologies associated with solar energy.



Thursday 2:00-2:45

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BMU 203 - 2:00-2:45
Project REGen (Rice-hulls as Energy Generation): Achieving Sustainability with the Use of Rice Hulls Through Gasification and Bio-Char Production

Maria Elena Anguiano and REGen Interns, Butte College MESA Program
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, Glenn Organic, MESA students are continuing research on a project begun in the 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. Currently there are three interns. They will discuss research findings and applications including a demonstration of the steps utilized in designing the gasification unit. Also, at the heart of this project is mentoring and cooperation from key Butte College faculty and STEM community professionals.


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BMU 204 - 2:00-2:45
Sustainability and Citizenship

Fletcher Alexander, The Institute for Sustainable Development, and Nate Millard, First Year Experience Program, CSU, Chico
At CSU, Chico, we’ve developed a holistic approach to engaging our first-year students in sustainability. First-year university students present a unique opportunity to foster awareness and ownership of sustainability issues in the developing personal identity of emerging citizens. To this end, we developed a series of complementary programs in partnership between our Institute for Sustainable Development, First Year Experience Program, and University Housing. These include an Eco Reps peer-to-peer outreach group, an “Eco Resident” certification, a “Green Book” introduction to campus sustainability, a student-run Sense of Place event for public display of class projects, an Arbor Day tree planting, and others. This presentation will focus on how we have partnered across campus to develop these programs in a unified effort to engage students and develop a community around engaged citizenry focused on sustainability and resilience.


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BMU 209 - 2:00-2:45
Droughts and Surface Water Sales: An Investigation of Spatial Data on Rice Farms in California

Anita Chaudhry and Dean Fairbanks, Center for Water and the Environment, CSU, Chico
We analyze land-fallowing decisions of senior water right holders to understand the effects of drought and state-managed water banks on water sale decisions. The analysis is based on 31 years (1984-2014) of spatial data derived from satellite data on fallowing decisions of rice farmers in three irrigation districts in Butte County, Northern California matched to highly detailed ownership data at the farm level. We establish a link between observed fallowing and water sales finding that while droughts may not affect water sale decisions, presence of a Drought Water Bank increases fallowing. Results have policy implications for California's water management policy in dry periods.


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BMU 210 - 2:00-2:45
Mapping the Way to a Sustainable Future

Nova Pierce, CSU, East Bay
As a CSU, East Bay Sustainability Ambassador and president and founder of the G.I.S. Club I wanted to create a "Campus Sustainability Map" with the goal of educating students and faculty about a sustainable lifestyle. The interactive map will include points of interest that include both behavioral and infrastructure choices. For example, the location of solar panels on buildings, the drought-tolerant landscape, the location of bottle-neck water fountains, as well as the accessibility services and diversity events. The presentation will include the step-by-step process, as well as the map itself and will touch on the next phase in the project, creating a "Community Sustainability Map."


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BMU 211 - 2:00-2:45
The Circle of Sustainability

Jenny Lowrey and Jason Romer, From the Ground Up
From The Ground Up is an organization that promotes sustainability by cultivating community gardens. All labor and workshops are provided free of charge by a dedicated team of volunteers. Their gardens are a source of fresh, organic produce for access challenged populations whose food is often o therwise low quality, processed food with an unsustainable environmental footprint attached to it. But these gardens aren't just for food production. They are also outdoor classrooms for life skills training ranging from food production and preparation to nutrition, exercise, economics and environmental science. Through the various workshops and garden projects, people are able to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthier life choices, participate in the economy in ways that promote sustainable living, and further engage their potential to affect their own families and communities as we work towards building a more abundant and sustainable future, from the ground up.


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BMU 301 - 2:00-2:45
Compassion Workshop: Improving Our World From Within

Ippolito Caradonna, Abbas Mohammed, and Shayan Mehdi, Compassion Crew at UC Davis
Our workshop focuses on repurposing our daily interactions onto a foundation of compassion. Being more aware of how your body and mind are their own eco-system and the better you take care of that the better you can take care of each other and the world. We are happy to create the motivation and inspiration to enact change in the world. To realize our own vulnerability and be overjoyed with the mission of enacting this change on others, we can create a global network of compassion that will in turn make our planet and our community more healthy.


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BMU 304 - 2:00-2:45
The Grassroots Healthcare Revolution

Mojohito Tchudi and Susan Tchudi, Everything Herbal at TurkeyTail Farm
This presentation will define for its audience the concepts of "grassroots healthcare" - local, affordable, non-toxic, and sustainable - within the context of an intact health care system, as opposed to a disrupted health care system in which only pharmaceutical drugs and invasive procedures are available. We will draw a relationship between militarism and exploitation as cultural trends and the degradation of health care. The alternative, we will argue, is plant-based medicine with an integrated solution providing four local/global benefits: affordable healthcare, ecological restoration, economic upliftment, and preservation of culture via ethnobotanical traditions. We will also present practical steps that demonstrate replanting the global garden as a personal activity that anyone can participate in, thus empowering attendees to grow their own medicinal plants as revolutionary action.



Thursday 3:00-3:45

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BMU 203 - 3:00-3:45
On the Wrong Track: A Short Documentary on the Oil Trains in Feather River Canyon

Paul W. Rea and Adrian Roberts, Adrian Roberts and Associates
Additional panelists include: Robyn DiFalco, Executive Director Butte Environmental Council; Dave Garcia, Sierra Club, and Michael Weissenborn, Adrian Roberts and Associates
In recent years, and especially after the "corn slide" wreck in late 2014, local residents have registered increasing alarm about crude-oil trains running through the Feather River Canyon. Since this route has a long history of rockslides and train wrecks, for decades it's been a designated "high-hazard" area. Making matters worse, in recent years water levels in the Feather River and in Lake Oroville have dropped much lower and the dangers of fire have run much higher. Today these oil trains are not only longer and heavier, but the crude oil they haul is much more flammable. Speakers in the film (public officials, retired railroad men, water experts, environmental activists, and victims of wrecks) regard these "bomb trains" as catastrophe waiting to happen. (Film runs 14 minutes).


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BMU 204 - 3:00-3:45
Waste Management in the 21st Century: A Deeper Look into How Waste is Managed

Austin Eriksson and Karina Ward, CSU, Northridge
While all CSU's are mandated to meet a 50% diversion goal by 2016 and an 80% diversion goal by 2020, getting there is a different story for each campus. CSU, Northridge is the largest campus in the system, which presents unique challenges as well as some benefits. How can you leverage campus relationships to benefit proper waste management practices? What technologies are available for waste management? How much data is too much data? What Role does your waste hauler play, is it just hauling away trash? How can composting play a huge role in your diversion plan? This presentation will focus on how the integration of technology, identifying your waste stream contents and getting the right partners on board can help you achieve your diversion goals.


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BMU 209 - 3:00-3:45
Solar for Social Justice: Making the Transition to Renewable Energy, One That Benefits Everyone

Rebekah Casey, GRID Alternatives North Valley
Learn about how the growth of the solar industry can create opportunity to drive utility costs savings and job opportunities into disadvantaged communities. For more than 10 years, GRID Alternatives has been on the leading edge of policy and programs creating equitable access to solar technology. The talk will provide an overview of the series of California policies that have made the nonprofit's Solar Affordable Housing Program possible, as well as their triple bottom line model that is setting the standard for solar policies across the nation.


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BMU 210 - 3:00-3:45
PART I: Alternative Transportation Group at Chico State

Marco Machuca, Chance Watts and Samuel Wolfson, Alternative Transportation at Chico State

The city of Chico is ideal for getting around on a bike. So the Alt. Trans Group has made a variety of efforts to promote and facilitate the use of alternative forms of transportation. However there are still a few more issues we have yet to address. In this presentation we'll talk about some of the common issues with biking and some of the ways we've addressed them. As well as explore possible solutions to issues we have yet to touch on.

PART II: Perceptions of Safety in the South Campus Neighborhood: Results of a Walking Street Audit

LaDona Knigge, Department of Geography at CSU, Chico
LaDona Knigge will present results of two walking street audits of the South Campus Neighborhood conducted by her students in fall 2015 Transportation Planning class.  Members of the community, city council, city staff, campus administrators, campus Institute of Sustainability and students, including 66 members of Chico State fraternities participated in the walking audit and completed the survey questionnaire about perception of safety and travel behaviors in  the neighborhood during the walking audits. 


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BMU 211 - 3:00-3:45
SOUL-STAINABILITY: Emotional and Spiritual Resources for Navigating a Planet in Decline

Peter Melton
Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.,
Retired (Speaker Canceled)

This workshop will offer tools for managing our emotions in the midst of unprecedented loss and uncertainty in our ecosystems. How do we find meaning and purpose as the chemistry of the Earth as well as our own psyches are dramatically altered? Who do we want to be in this time of crisis and what gifts do we possess that the planet desperately needs?


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BMU 301 - 3:00-3:45
What is Stormwater?

Timmarie Hamill, The Stream Team
In the presentation, Timmarie will discuss what stormwater is and the importance of modifications around our community to decrease pollutants from flowing into our watershed. She will discuss how stormwater is caught and sent to our streams and creeks and eventually to our lakes and oceans. Once the audience has an understanding of stormwater and how it effects our creeks, she will explain The Stream Teams monitoring kit and all of the information we collect. The citizen science monitoring program is a huge part of The Stream Team and Timmarie will explain how getting citizens involved is extremely beneficial to educating the public.


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BMU 304 - 3:00-3:45
Sustainable Aquaculture at CSU, Chico

Randall von Wedel and Student Team, Center for Water and the Environment, CSU, Chico
Aquaponics is the cultivation of freshwater edible fish and continuous harvest of fresh produce in constant circulation whereby the fish tank waste is converted to plant nutrient by a microbial process. Dr. von Wedel will be describing the bench-scale aquaponics in the Center for Water and the Environment that serves as a teaching platform and nursery to grow out fish (tilapia, coy and carp fingerlings) and germinate seeds for the cultivation of kale, arugula, basil, lettuce, strawberries and other crops. From the bench-scale system, the adolescent fish and young plants are transplanted to the pilot-scale ‘vertical array’ aquaponics system. These systems have produced over a dozen ‘meal size’ fish and a bounty of fresh organic greens. The systems are intended to teach students concepts of sustainable food production – not only for CA and the nation – but for villages in remote or poverty stricken areas all over the world.

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Fermentation: Cultivating Health and Preserving Tradition

Grace Kerfoot, CSU, Chico
This discussion will include results from recently conducted research surveying the home-fermentation practices of over 200 individuals. Attendees will learn about some traditional fermentation practices that are now gaining popularity within the community and will be invited to enjoy some common and uncommon fermented foods.


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Keynote Presentation
BMU Auditorium 4:00-5:00 pm


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Sandra Postel, Director
Global Water Policy Project

The Global Freshwater Challenge: New Solutions for a Thirsty World
Around the world, signs of water trouble abound.  Rivers are running dry, lakes are shrinking, and groundwater is being depleted. Climate disruption is altering the global water cycle. From Australia to Brazil to California, severe droughts have forced curtailments of water use.  The question arises: can we meet our future water needs while at the same time sustaining the ecosystems that support our economies and the planet’s web of life? The answer is yes, but requires that we do two things: shrink our human water footprint and restore water to depleted rivers and ecosystems.  Change the Course, a national freshwater restoration initiative, is building a movement to do just that. 


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Private Speaker Reception
5:30-9:00 pm

We coordially invite all of our speakers to a private hosted reception in their honor to thank them all for participating in this important, annual event. Light appetizers and spirits will be served and entertainment will be provided. Due to space limitations we ask that only our speakers and conference organizers attend. Please RSVP via email to or by phone (530) 898-3333 before the deadline of 2/29/16.