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Upcoming Events 2014-2015

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September 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Siskiyou Glen
National Drive Electric Week
, September 15-21, 2014, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Join us for an electric vehicle fair in Siskiyou Glen (aka ‘the gauntlet’) on Wednesday, September 17th from 9am to 1pm. We’ll have a number of electric vehicles on display as well as outreach booths with information about EV’s and charging stations on campus and in the community. Representatives of the local chapter of the Electric Auto Association and Chico State’s Alternative Transportation Group will be on hand to answer questions – we hope to see you out there!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Student Services Bldg. Rm. 150

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

(Film length 52 minutes, followed by open discussion)
Free and open to the public; seating may be limited

Disruption Poster

(Watch Trailer)

‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads. The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We're the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.
(RSVP & Watch Trailer)
Hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Colusa Hall, Room 100A
Seating Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Climate Crisis - Are We There Yet?

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Guy McPherson, Award Winning Conservation Biologist, Author and Professor Emeritus from University of Arizona

Dr. Guy McPherson, Author, Lecturer, Eco­Biologist and Emeritus Professor from the University of Arizonza, has been connecting the dots of climate science for over 10 years and writing on the topic since 2006. He hosts a radio show and blog called “Nature Bats Last.”  
His tireless research leads him to believe that “our civilized way of life” is creating rapid changes to climate and habitat and this is bad news for most species on Earth, including Humanity.  Warming oceans and atmosphere, melting ice and methane releases all working together to create runaway climate change that will affect every aspect of our lives.
In the words of syndicated political cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, “His approach is disarming and his message is both life-changing and convincingly alarming. A blend of Paul Revere and Rachel Carson…  A modern day John Muir with a global perspective.”  

Going Dark cover photoAuthor of Going Dark
We are the last individuals of our species on Earth. How shall we respond? How shall we act? If industrial civilization is maintained, climate change will cause human extinction in the near term. If industrial civilization falls, sufficient ionizing radiation will be released from the world's nuclear power plants to cause human extinction in the near term. In the wake of this horrific conclusion, conservation biologist Guy McPherson proposes we act with compassion, courage, and creativity. He suggests we act with the kind of empathy for which humans are renowned. In other words, he suggests we act with decency toward the humans and other organisms with which we share this beautiful planet. (Buy the book)

Hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico.

October 2014

Campus Sustainability Day
Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Campus Sustainability Day Logo

Join the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Associated Students Sustainability Program in celebrating the 12th annual Campus Sustainability Day.

Campus Sustainability Day is a time to recognize the successes, challenges, and innovations of sustainability in higher education on each campus. The theme for the upcoming Campus Sustainability Day is Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community.

Chico State was recently awarded a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature for leadership in Climate Action and Education for Sustainability.  Come learn about all the great work that's contributed to this recognition in Academics, Facilities, Housing, Dining, the Associated Students, Campus Governance, and much more! Tour over 30 displays highlighting sustainability programs and practices from across the campus, take pictures in the Food Day photo booth, make a smoothie with the bike blender, win awesome sustainability raffle prizes, and much more!

We will also participate with Second Nature on events they will host in honor of Campus Sustainability Day. See their website for additional details.

October 24, 2014 Food Day
Join us for a movie: Growing Cities
Student Services Building Room 150
3:00 - 5:00 pm
RSVP for this event by emailing or call us at (530) 898-3333.
This event is free and open to the public, space may be limited

Growing Cities logo

Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. The film follows two friends on their road trip across the country as they meet the people who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food - from those growing food in backyards to make ends meet; to educators with the goal of teaching kids to eat better; to activists seeking a meaningful alternative to the industrial food system, and more.

By showing innovative ways urban dwellers are producing food, the film will inspire people to engage more deeply with their food system - whether that means growing tomatoes in a windowsill or getting a flock of backyard chickens. At its core, the film asks viewers to reimagine what's possible in urban settings and shows how everyone can be a producer in a society driven by consumption. Watch the movie trailer

Hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Proposals and abstracts for This Way to Sustainability Conference X are due. See our conference page to submit by the deadline.

March 2015

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

TWTS X logoParticipate in the largest, student-run sustainability conference of its kind in North America! We need over 100 student and community volunteers to make this a successful conference. If you are interested in volunteering contact our coordinators at to secure your spot now.

Conference proposals and abstracts are now being accepted through October 31, 2014. See our conference index page.