Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII
Keynote Speakers and Featured Events

Participation in all events require conference registration.

Keynote: Shalini Kantayya Featured Speaker: Heather Cooley
Keynote: Chris Jordan Featured Film: A Drop of Life
Additional Conference Speakers Featured Film: Mother: Caring for 7 Billion
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Join us Thursday, March 7th at 10:00 am in BMU 210
for our Featured Speaker Heather Cooley of the Pacific Institute

California Water: From Local to Global

Heather Cooley Heather Cooley is Co-director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program. She conducts and oversees research on an array of water issues, such as the connections between water and energy, sustainable water use and management, and the hydrologic impacts of climate change.  As a Pacific Institute staff member, Ms. Cooley has authored numerous scientific papers and co-authored five books, including The World's Water, A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy, and The Water-Energy Nexus in the American West.
Cooley has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Award for Outstanding Achievement (for her work on agricultural water conservation and efficiency). She has testified before the U.S. Congress on the impacts of climate change for agriculture and on innovative approaches to solving water problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Ms. Cooley holds a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to joining the Pacific Institute, she worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory studying climate and land use change and carbon cycling. Ms. Cooley currently serves on the Board of the California Urban Water Conservation Council.
You don't want to miss this important discussion. A book signing will follow this presentation in the BMU Auditorium at 11:00 am


Please join us in welcoming this year's Thursday Keynote Speaker, Brooklyn-based filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya to include her recent futuristic sci-fi short film about the world water crisis:
A Drop of Life

A Drop of Life image

We will show this film just before Shalini Kantayya's Keynote Presentation.

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

A Drop of Life

Having come of age between Brooklyn and Bombay, Shalini Kantayya first became passionate about water rights while filming at the Kumbha Mela, a religious festival that happens at the confluence of three sacred rivers.  She found the statistics alarming: two-thirds of the world's people will not have adequate access to clean drinking water by the year 2027. And there are no borders to this crisis. As demand rapidly exceeds supply, every species on the planet is in danger. Your access is at risk. The question is what will you do about it? In this gripping film screening and interactive talk, Shalini Kantayya fuses personal and political to explore the mounting worldwide water crisis, helping audiences to see water as a basic human right and inspiring them to make change.

Shalini Kantayya photo

Shalini Kantayya's work focuses on human rights at the intersection of water, food, and energy. Her feature screenplay, Dark Tide, inspired by the Detroit water shut-offs, is a finalist at the Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Screenwriters Lab. A William D. Fulbright Scholar, Kantayya won Best Documentary at the Asian American Film Festival for her film Manthan. Kantayya is currently working on the feature documentary Solarize This. A Sundance Fellow and a TED Fellow, Shalini has lectured at respected colleges including Harvard, Yale, Wesleyan, Northeastern and USC.
We are proud to welcome her to CSU, Chico!
(See full bio)

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Location: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.

This presentation is sponsored in part by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)


Friday, March 8, 2013

Featured Film Presentation on Friday:

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion
Mother' reveals an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. In 2011 world population reached 7 billion, increasing 7-fold since the first billion 200 years ago. The film strives not to blame but to educate. The first step is to raise the status of women worldwide.
See the film website

When: Friday, March 8, 2013
Time: 12:00-1:45
Location: BMU Auditorium
This showing will also offer a Local Lunch (purchase ticket for local lunch at the BMU Marketplace $6.99)

2nd Showing: Friday, March 8, 2013
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: BMU Rm 210

(60 minute film followed by 15 minute Q&A with Karen Gaia Pitts, World Overpopulation Awareness, Chuck Knutson, CSWP (Committee for a Sustainable Population - Sierra Club) and Kim Lovell, Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program

Mother Film Poster
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Featured Keynote Presentation Friday, March 8th
3:00-5:00 pm BMU Auditorium

Please join us in welcoming Chris Jordan, internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist based in Seattle, WA

Chris Jordan

A booksigning will follow the presentation in the BMU Auditorium at 5:00 pm for Running the Numbers: an American self-portrait

Chris Jordan is an internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist based in Seattle, WA. His work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective behaviors. Edge-walking the lines between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, his work asks us to consider our own role in the overwhelmingly complex world we find ourselves part of. Jordan’s works have been exhibited and published worldwide.

We are very proud to welcome Chris Jordan to CSU, Chico!