CSU, Chico News

This Way to Sustainability Conference Features a Marine Biologist, a Corporate Chef and an M.D. as Keynote Speakers

Date: 02-21-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Jim Pushnik, director
Institute for Sustainable Development

The This Way to Sustainability Conference VII is scheduled for March 1-3, a change from its previous fall schedule. Registration is now closed, but on-site registration will be available for the dozens of workshops and demonstrations and the three renowned keynote speakers. The conference is presented by the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Associated Students at California State University, Chico and many sponsors. It attracts about 1,400 participants from throughout the state and surrounding regions.

A complete schedule of the conference, including times for the keynote speeches and registration information, can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/conference/.

The three keynote speakers are Wallace “J.” Nichols, a marine biologist who is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences; Laura Stew, who is the corporate chef for Pescadero Foods, Inc.; and Peter G. Joseph, M.D., who was recruited by former Vice President Al Gore to help educate people about the consequences of global warming on health.

Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.—Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m., BMU Auditorium
In addition to being a research associate at California Academy of Sciences, Nichols is the founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates. He is a catalyst for LiVEBLUE, an initiative with a Web site where people can go to learn about unknown ecosystems and how they can help them survive. He earned his M.E.M. in environmental policy and economics from Duke University's Nicholas School and his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona.

Laura Stec—Friday, March 2, 1:45 p.m., BMU Auditorium
Stec is the corporate chef for Pescadero Foods, Inc. and their local-food brands Wattle & Comb® and Zoupka®. She is also culinary health educator for Kaiser Permanente; former chef for LifeLong, Inc., and Kaiser farmer's markets; and former consulting chef at The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of California. In 1988, Stec founded EcoEaters, one of the first food and environment programs in the U.S. Her book, “Cool Cuisine—Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming,” is co-authored with atmospheric scientist Eugene Cordero (Gibbs Smith, 2008). She will be signing copies of her book after her presentation.

Peter G. Joseph, M.D.—Friday, March 2, 1:45 p.m., BMU, Auditorium
Dr. Joseph is an emergency physician at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley trained by former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to help educate the public about the devastating impacts of global warming. He will review the latest scientific data and discuss both the technical and political aspects of humanity’s greatest challenge.
Joseph co-founded the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and is currently Northern California district manager for The Climate Reality Project and group leader for the Marin chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

This Way to Sustainability VII is made possible by the generous support of the community, including the Associated Students, the Rawlins Endowed Professorship of Environmental Literacy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Oxford Suites. In-kind sponsors include Floral Native Nursery, Ecover, Lundberg Family Farms, Raw Revolution Bars and Smucker’s.

For more information, call Teri Randolph or Sandra Hall the Institute for Sustainable Development at 530-898-3334 or visit the website at http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/conference/.