CSU, Chico News

‘Sustainable Dave’ Will Teach ‘Chasing Sustainability’ to First-time Students

Date: 09-04-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Mark Stemen
Geography and Planning

Dave Chameides, whose quest to throw nothing away for one year has been picked up by media worldwide, will be teaching his seminar, Chasing Sustainability, to the freshman class of California State University, Chico on September 23 and 24. He’ll be meeting with students on both days and will present a free public lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 24 in PAC 144.

“We are delighted to welcome Dave Chameides back to campus,” says Scott McNall, director of CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development. “Dave is one of those rare people who immediately connects with others, and with today’s students. His last visit was a definite hit. He packed the room, and people went away with the sense that the challenges he laid out are ones they wish to embrace. His own story, about living with a year’s worth of garbage, was an eye-opener for everyone.”

Chameides will meet with almost the entire CSU, Chico freshman class during his visit. The organizers of the visit anticipate that Chameides will have an impact on the way students think about sustainability and the choices they make.

Attendees at the public lecture will hear Chameides explain the problem with the world’s energy needs and talk about ways to fix that problem through the use of renewable energies and the practice of conservation. He will also talk about his present project, 365 Days of Trash, where he documents his one-year commitment to saving all of his trash in his basement. While Chameides recognizes the kitsch aspect of what he has done, his message is positive and simple: Consume Less, Conserve More—Be the Change!

If you would like to speak to Chameides prior to or during his visit please contact him at dave@sustainabledave.org. More information about Chameides and his projects is available at http://web.me.com/proteusmd/Chasing_Seminar/Chasing_Sustainablity.html and http://365daysoftrash.blogspot.com/2007/12/365-days-of-trash.html.

The Institute for Sustainable Development can be reached at 530-898-3333.