Tenth Annual This Way to Sustainability Conference Slated for March 26-27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-12-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

Environmental leaders from around the country will present the latest in sustainability research and thinking at the This Way to Sustainability X conference, slated for March 26-27 at California State University, Chico’s Bell Memorial Union.

Themed “Building Resilient Communities,” the conference will focus on ways to fortify communities in the face of emerging natural hazards, changing social dynamics and increasing resource constraints. The 10th annual event is hosted by the CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) with extensive involvement by the Associated Students, a campus auxiliary.

“This conference is an expression of hope in our students as they face an uncertain future and are looking for a more desirable outcome,” said ISD Director Jim Pushnik. “We’ve put it on every year to communicate the threats that loom in the not-so-distant future that are challenging the balance between humans and ecological systems. A ‘resilient’ outcome is one that provides for environmental quality but also the potential for a vital economy and a stable and just society.”

Conference programming will explore these ideas from a number of angles. Thursday’s keynoters are Scott McNall, ISD founder and former university provost; Dennis Dimick, executive editor for environment for National Geographic magazine; and Dune Lankard, Alaskan native and founder of Redzone, a project aimed at conserving wild salmon in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

On Friday, attendees will hear from Jose Gonzalez, founder and director of Latino Outdoors, an organization supporting Latinos in environmental leadership roles; Anne Waple, vice president and chief innovation office at Second Nature, a nonprofit promoting sustainability through higher education; Patricia Dutcher, environmental researcher and former professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Marissa Mommaerts, communications manager at Transition US, a nonprofit supporting local communities’ efforts to become environmentally and socially resilient.  

Each year, students play an important role in This Way to Sustainability, running registration, hosting speakers and acting as campus liaisons. The conference is known as the largest of its kind in the United States.

Online registration ends March 20. Regular conference sessions are free for students. General admission, including faculty and staff, is $35 per day or $50 for both days; a buffet luncheon each day is $13.

The full conference program is available online. Sponsorships are still available; for more information, contact Teri Randolph, Institute for Sustainable Development, at 530-898-3333.

People who require an accommodation in order to participate in the conference or who have questions about accessibility should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.

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