CSU, Chico News

This Way to Sustainability XI Slated for March 24-25

Date: 02-23-2016

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Jim Pushnik, director
Institute for Sustainable Development

Registration is open for This Way to Sustainability XI, the nation’s largest student-run sustainability event drawing environmental leaders from around the nation. The two-day conference is slated for Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, at California State University, Chico’s Bell Memorial Union.

Themed “Many Voices, Common Ground,” the conference will focus on ways to prepare for a dynamic future which promises uncertain, but generally increasing, socio-ecological stresses. This 11th event is hosted by CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) with extensive involvement by the Associated Students, a campus auxiliary.

ISD Director Jim Pushnik said that this year’s keynoters were selected with a few key topics in mind: health, water and food.

“At this year’s conference, we’re all looking at the same topic (sustainability), but coming from different perspectives,” Pushnik said. “From politics to economics to where our food is grown—as people hear these different ideas, they’ll realize they’re all connected.”

Keynoting a luncheon on Thursday, March 24, is Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of San Francisco. Miller will give the talk, “Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing,” followed by a signing of her most recent book, “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up.”

Later on March 24, Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project, will discuss the effects of a disrupted global water cycle in her keynote presentation, “The Global Freshwater Challenge: New Solutions for a Thirsty World.”

A keynote presentation on Friday, March 25, will be given by Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardens International. Doiron will discuss the benefits of re-localizing our food supply in his talk, “Eat the View: The Fight for Edible Landscapes.” Numerous breakout sessions will be offered by other experts and leaders throughout the conference, including a campus sustainability tour.

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, March 23, students in CSU, Chico’s International Festivals and Events Association will host a pre-conference kick-off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Trinity Commons featuring live music and dance, games and activities and pre-registration.

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 U.S.

Online registration ends March 11. 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.


Photo caption: Each year, students help with registration and other conference logistics at This Way to Sustainability. (Photo courtesy Institute for Sustainable Development)