CSU, Chico News

This Way to Sustainability V Conference Presents 10 Keynote Speakers

Date: 09-28-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Teri Randolph
The Institute for Sustainable Development

The Fifth Annual This Way to Sustainability Conference will be held Nov. 5-8 at California State University, Chico. The conference, co-sponsored by CSU, Chico and Butte College, is one of the largest student-led sustainability conferences in the country. It will feature 10 keynote speakers and more than 80 workshops on a wide range of environmental and sustainability-related topics..

Our keynote speakers this year include Nico Stehr, addressing solutions to climate change; Howard Shapiro, global director of plant science and external research for Mars Incorporated; Gwenyth Cravens and Dr. Richard Anderson, who will discuss nuclear power as a source of “green” power; Marcia Fernandez, an advocate for smart growth and sustainable farming; Timothy LaSalle, an internationally recognized leader in agriculture; John Peterson Myers, founder, CEO and chief scientist of environmental health sciences; Andrew Szasz, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and author of “Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves”; Captain Paul Watson, a co-founder of Greenpeace in 1972 and the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; and Derrick Jensen, hailed as the philosopher-poet of the environmental movement and author or 15 books on the subject.

Workshop topics include sustainable food systems, zero waste, nuclear energy and energy solutions, ethics of sustainability, green curriculum, tools for leadership and change, and water use.

Conference registration is scheduled to open Oct. 1. General admission is $25.00, and students are free. The full schedule and session descriptions available on the Web site at http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/conference/.