CSU, Chico News

Speakers to Address Sustainable Events at Luncheon

Date: 05-11-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico students studying how to hold environmentally aware or sustainable events are hosting experts on the topic at a meeting and lunch Wednesday, May 13, in the BMU, room 210, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tickets to the event are $15 for students and $25 for the public. To attend or for more information, go to http://www.sustainable-events.com/.

The keynote speaker is Wilhelm Wang, business sustainability manager for the British Standards Institution (BSI). BSI is engaged in establishing the first sustainability event standards in the United States and abroad. Recently BSI announced Microsoft Corporation had met initial certification standards set by BSI for sustainable events.

CSU, Chico professor Joe Greene, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Manufacturing Technology, will present an array of products and services at the event that can be used for sustainable meetings.

Also speaking will be Paul Salinger of Oracle Corporation, who will be speaking on “Benefits of Green Meetings and Events.”

The CSU, Chico students are enrolled in Department of Recreation and Parks Management (RECR) 498, Green Meetings and Events: Sustainable Planning and Management Practices.

Benefits for event organizers in doing sustainable events include greater community involvement, financial savings, and lowered energy consumption and material usage. Instructor Beverly Oviedo, who teaches RECR 498 with professor Jeff Jiang, said changes as simple as not filling water glasses at tables until they are used can make a significant difference.