Institute for Sustainable Development

 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII
March 15-16, 2018 Speakers

We'd like to thank the many speakers who donate their time, knowledge, experiences, and passion for this important conference in an effort to educate and engage all for our sustainable future.
This listing is alphabetical and speakers are listed last name first.

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Fletcher Alexander photoFletcher Alexander is the Sustainability Programs Manager at CSU, Chico. He works collaboratively across campus on the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives in support of the campus's long-term sustainability goals and on further developing the campus's culture of sustainability. He graduated from California State University, Chico in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Economics with an option in Environmental Economics and is currently finishing a master's degree in Environmental Science with an option in Professional Science. He worked for a year and a half with the City of Chico on the development of a community-wide 2020 Climate Action Plan before coming back to work full-time at the University in 2011. For his work advancing sustainability at CSU, Chico and across the CSU System he was recognized at the 2015 CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference as the Sustainability Champion of the CSU.
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The mission of the Alternative Transportation Group (ATG) at CSU, Chico is to focus on education and outreach to the campus community about alternative forms of transportation, as well as research and reporting to support the campus’ alternative transportation objectives and related projects being run or supported by the ISD and the Campus Transportation Advisory Committee. Green Campus's mission is to engage the student body at CSU, Chico in water and energy conservation practices as well as education on the importance of resource conservation on a personal and local level.

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Logan Babcock is an Environmental Management and Protection Major at Cal Poly, with pending minors in both Economics and Sustainable Environments. Born and raised in the beautiful surroundings of Redding, California, Logan's interest in the environment started at a young age, mostly inspired by the time in the Trinity Alps, Lassen National Park, and the coastal redwood forests. Logan's first curiosities centered around wildlife, primarily trees, birds, and small mammals, but has now expanded to encompass the broad but necessary topics of climate change and sustainability. She sees the potential of going into many careers, and originally was driven towards environmental law. However, previous college experience has opened her eyes to the lack of sustainable initiative from the people around her. Education and data on the realities of climate change and necessary sustainability is direly needed, and she finds herself being drawn to that focus increasingly more each day.
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Mark BachoferMark Bachofer graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2017 with a double major in Environmental Studies and International Relations. With this interdisciplinary background, he has been searching for ways to apply his knowledge, preferably through educating others. Directly after graduation, he worked with the Tri-Valley branch of Bricks 4 Kidz, an organization that teaches grade-school children various science and technology concepts through building with Legos. Here, Mark taught programming, discussed tenets of physics, and enabled students to construct their own robots from scratch. Since then, Mark has looked to higher education, and began working for Climate Corps, under the Energize Colleges program. He is currently an affiliate of UC Merced, under their Sustainability Department, and is managing six intern projects, with topics ranging from developing electric vehicle motors to expanding the use of biochar to improving campus facilities through green audits. Outside of work, Mark is writing his first novel, a superhero action-adventure story entitled CASH: Coalition of Assorted Super Heroes. He is currently in his fifth round of edits, and hopes to approach publishing soon!
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Danielle Baxter

Danielle Baxter is a Chico raised environmental activist and advocate for sustainability efforts in her community and connected circles. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management from CSU, Chico and a work background in habitat restoration, environmental education and community-based living development, she is currently focusing on furthering sustainability efforts and student involvement at Butte Community College.
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Rachel Blake transferred from Santa Barbara City College to San Jose State University as an Environmental Studies/Teaching Preparation student. Rachel has always enjoyed spending time outside and after taking a human in the biological environment class she realized that this niche was second nature to her. She continued her studies because she considers herself a humanitarian and environmental education is not only important for the health of the environment but also the humans who live in and depend on that environment. Rachel remembers spending time outdoors with her family when she was younger and hopes to cultivate these experiences for others.
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Maya Briones is a fifth year student at SJSU concentrating in environmental restoration and resource management. She also minored in Mexican American studies because of her passion for environmental justice, particularly involving the Latinx community in San Jose. Because of this passion, she has worked as a research assistant on a project analyzing the relationship between community health and access to clean, safe green spaces. The team wrote and submitted a paper that described the findings from the first stage of the project, which was focused in District 3 of San Jose, and is currently collecting data on the entire city of San Jose for a second paper. Maya is the director of the Environmental Resource Center, a student run organization that holds many community events and primary goal is to work within our community to ensure healthy and clean environments.
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The ERC is a student run and managed organization that holds many community events. Our primary goal is to work within our community to ensure healthy and clean environments. We will share highlights and lessons learned from our Earth Day, sustainable transportation, and student research projects.


Chris Brown

Chris Brown is a nationally recognized expert in water conservation. He has authored or co-authored numerous studies, manuals, webpages and guidebooks on topics such as landscape water conservation, rainwater harvesting, and commercial, industrial and institutional water conservation. He is principal co-author of the Texas Rainwater Harvesting Manual, 3rd Edition. As the Executive Director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, Brown played a central role in the development of recent conservation initiatives in California including the 20% by 2020 per capita consumption reduction goals, and the development of Best Management Practices for Commercial Industrial and Institutional water users. Brown has a PDC, as well as a MS in Water Resources Management. He and his wife, Ruth, are converting an extra lot they have next to their home into a permaculture demo site and educational resource.
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Thomas Butler is a graduate student at California State East Bay working to obtain a masters in Public Administration. He works under Jillian Buckholz as a student sustainability ambassador in the office of sustainability. Thomas is also the president of the SustainEastBay club on campus. The SustainEastBay club promotes sustainability and green living to students on the campus of CSU East Bay.
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Natalie Carter

 

Natalie Carter has lived in Chico since she moved here as a child in 1991. Growing up in Chico, Natalie developed a deep rooted connection to the environment and community. She earned her degree in General Biology from CSU Chico in 2009. After graduating she gained a range of experiences working with a variety of seasonal research and environmental education programs. She is proud to take on BEC's legacy as a champion for the needs of our community, to defend its resources, and to make a meaningful difference as a representative for our land, air, and water. She is passionate about the environment and loves being in nature. She believes that passing her passion on to others is the best way to ensure our natural resources are protected for the future.
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Rebekah Casey is the Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships for GRID Alternatives North Valley.  She manages a broad range of fund and program development activities for the high growth nonprofit.  A longtime Northern California resident, Casey has been involved in regional advocacy and community service stewarding issues that range from Tribal sovereignty, watershed management, youth environmental education, parks, community disaster recovery efforts.  Most recently, Casey served as board chair for at her children's charter school.  She has always been interested in the intersection of science and society, having studied Physics as an undergrad, and environmental policy and planning in her Masters program.
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Sanja Cerni received her undergraduate degree is in German Language and Literature, with a Minor in Environmental Issues from CSU Chico, and a graduate degree in Democracy and Human Rights from University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna, Italy. Born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she and her immediate family made it safely out of then occupied Sarajevo and now live in Chico, CA. She is multilingual and loves meeting new people.
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Nicholas Chicoine

Nicholas Chicoine is currently the director of the SCOOP team at Chico State. He originally joined so he could learn ways for an office or organization to become more sustainable.  Whether it's going paperless or using energy more efficiently, he believes there are many actions a company can take to be greener.  If we do not act now, future generation will not get to enjoy the beauty this planet has.  It is our responsibility to preserve this earth and be one with nature.  We, as a species, must become less destructive.
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Ben Christensen

Benjamin Christensen is a fourth year Environmental Management Major. He was born and raised in the arid forests of Sandia Park, New Mexico and love exploring the natural world. He has determined that the best way to positively paint his small corner of our future is to voraciously search for a solution to climate change. He has pursued this through research on hydrogen fuel cells at the National Labs, volunteering in SLO, fostering outdoor stewardship as a Poly Escapes Trip Leader, and managing the Green Campus Team. He founded both the Eco Reps Program and the Climate Change Action Research Group. He is excited to explore population behaviors regarding climate change at Cal Poly, and to be a part of all the ongoing sustainability efforts. In his free time he plays as much soccer as he can, backpack, ski, cook, and paint landscapes.
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In October 2016, in the spirit of Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy, a group of current interdisciplinary undergraduate students with the Climate Change Action Research Group (CCARG), a program in conjunction with Cal Poly’s Honors Program was created. The group provides students with opportunities to conduct meaningful research in an interdisciplinary setting. The group's past and ongoing projects illustrate successful research focused on various intervention programs intended to improve mitigation of climate change at Cal Poly.

Bethany Cloherty is a senior Environmental Studies student concentrating in Sustainable Water Resources. As a part of the Environmental Resource Center (ERC), she has been a part of several community outreach groups including CommUniverCity, Habitat for Humanity, and various events in city parks. She values knowledge being put into action within her community, which is why she has become a prominent leader in the ERC. She is an experienced traveler and has done multiple service trips to Honduras to install water filters to provide clean water and is passionate about bringing safe water to those who do not have access and are the most vulnerable in developing countries. She hopes to continue partnering with Christian organizations to do missions work that will empower and educate people within their own community.
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Corey Collier loves to nourish people. His favorite way to do this is by feeding food, perhaps with food grown 10 feet away in a garden grown with permaculture principles (he was certified as a Permaculture Designer in 2017). He has also been known to nourish people on the campaign trail, when activists forget to eat and start to grouch at each other. He has trained with Miki Kashtan in the art of Convergent Facilitation, and hopes that we can improve our decision-making processes so that we can get through the next committee meeting painlessly and sit down to an organic meal without getting indigestion.
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Dr. Pablo K. Cornejo is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of California, Chico in the Civil Engineering Department. He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on life cycle environmental impacts of wastewater treatment strategies, sustainability frameworks for small drinking water treatment systems, and project-based sustainability education for engineering undergraduates. Other research interests include greenhouse gas models for water reuse and desalination facilities; the water-energy-food nexus; and water and sanitation issues in the developing world.
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Cindy DaleyDr. Cynthia Daley created the Organic Dairy program located at the Agriculture Teaching and Research Center for the purposes of research and education, Students are directly involved in an organic production paradigm including managed intensive grazing (MIG), organic pasture management, holistic herd health, milking hygiene, milk quality, organic calf management, and whole farm systems planning. Positions on the Student Dairy Management Team are competitive.
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Dr. Jesse Dizard (PhD UC Berkeley 2003) in an anthropologist interested in customary and traditional resource management practices by indigenous peoples. He has worked in Africa, Alaska, Asia, and California.
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David Eaton is a sociocultural anthropologist with interests in medical anthropology, international public health, human ecologies, and narrative and performance. His work has been mainly in francophone equatorial Africa (especially the two republics of Congo; also Cameroon and Rwanda), and in Kiswahili-speaking eastern Africa (Tanzania and Kenya). He is particularly fond of Congolese music.
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Evan Edgar is the Principal Engineer and President of Edgar & Associates, Inc. since 1997. Mr. Edgar has over thirty years of experience in all aspects of solid waste management as a registered civil engineer. Mr. Edgar has advocated on for green energy incentives, compost market development, greenhouse gas reductions policies, and practical regulations in front of legislative committees, regulatory agencies, and local commissions involving the collection, hauling, processing, and composting of urban green and yard wastes. Mr. Edgar has advised private industry companies, state and local government, and non-governmental organizations and on recycling and organic waste project development issues including technical feasibility, technology deployment, collection options, land use compatibility, site design, operations, grant and loan funding, business development, and market development issues. Evan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, California State University, Chico, 1984.
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Frida Edinjok

Frida Endinjok is a Nutrition and Dietetics major. She works as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC). Developed the “Let’s Grow Healthy” program that delivers hands-on garden-enhanced nutrition education at local schools. At CSUN, she coordinates the MMC Wellness Garden that offers gardening workshops, produce, and projects for the CSUN community. Also, she serves as the president of the Food Recovery Network. Our mission is to fight food waste on campus by diverting good food that would otherwise be thrown away to our local shelters. She also serves as Associated Students Chair of Sustainability. Academically, she is a BUILD PODER and Presidential Scholar. From bringing nutrition education to children, helping feed those in need, to helping fellow students to eat healthy on a budget, her goal is to provide the tools, education, and motivation for a good nutrition for all.
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Ann Elliott

Ann Elliott has enjoyed the Chico community and visiting the surrounding natural areas for more than 20 years. Ann worked with special education students at Pleasant Valley High School for 13 years. She loves to read, garden, dance, sing and play guitar in OLLI classes, and explore the outdoors. She is active in Chico Friends of the Library (on the board and helps with the weekly used book sale), the Mount Lassen Chapter - California Native Plant Society (coordinates maintenance of the native plant garden at the Chico Creek Nature Center and organizes local native plant garden tours).
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Cerys Evans

Cerys Evans is in her final year at Cal State East Bay, graduating with a BS in Environmental Science. In her three years with the Office of Sustainability, she has focused on reducing waste and landfill diversion, and is currently working on zero wasting the library. After graduation, she has chosen to pursue her passion for landfill diversion and zero waste in her career.
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Stephen Feher

Stephen I. Feher is a retired engineer, founder and president of the Sustainable Community Development Institute (SCDI) an international consulting organization based in Paradise, California. Mr. Feher has an MS degree from UCSD (1967) and BS from West Virginia University (1961) in Aerospace Engineering. He has over 55 years of professional engineering experience ranging from aerospace to development and construction of prefabricated housing, management of large international construction projects. During the past fifteen years he has served as management consultant  to large development projects world wide. Currently, he is teaching engineering at Butte College part time, he also serves as a volunteer engineering mentor and technical director of  BIOCHAR.
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Kathy Fernandes manages a variety of CSU system-wide projects for Academic Technology Services in the Office of the Chancellor. She works amongst the 23 campuses in support of top Academic Affairs priorities, including Reducing Bottlenecks and Improving Student Success Initiative, Learning Management Systems Services and other multi-campus learning technology projects which seek to scale exemplary practices across the CSU, create economies of scale to reduce costs, develop shared services to increase shared expertise, and/or incubate innovations to enable campus technology adoption in a successful manner. Kathy supports the CSU Directors of Academic Technologies which includes managing, communicating and negotiating with vendors who provide technology and services to many of our campuses. Previously Kathy worked for 25 years at Chico State. Kathy has an MA in Instructional Design with Technology, BS in Computer Science and BA in Mathematics. She attended the Frye Leadership Institute in June 2007.
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Meagan Fischer has worked for environmental and social justice in many venues, from grassroots local organizing to implementing permaculture solutions to lobbying in the halls of Congress in DC. She has 11+ years of experience with Consensus Decision-Making and other egalitarian group facilitation technologies. Her work embodies the social permaculture principle of cultivating edge: like the vibrant tidal pools where land meets sea, she brings together resources and conceptual frameworks to breed new exciting ways to make life more wonderful amidst the heartbreaks of our modern lives.
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Sandy Fisher

Sandy Fisher is the co-founder of Chico Flax, a nonprofit working to bring the Flax industry to Northern California for fiber production of flax. She is a fiber artist and owner of Sandy Fisher woven, creating beautiful woven art for home and to wear. She is also an avid bicyclist.
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David Flores is a masters’ student in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC) and is also part of the Quality Assurance team at Torani. For his graduate project, David led consumer sensory evaluation of various organic vegetables, primarily edamame cultivars, from CSUC’s Organic Vegetable Project as part of a joint project between the College of Agriculture and NFSC. David interned with Land O’Lakes in Quality Assurance and has been a Community Nutrition Assistant at the Center for Healthy Communities.
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Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley is the Sustainability Program Manager for Premier Mushrooms in Colusa, CA. He graduated from CSU, Chico in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Minor in Managing for Sustainability. He is also a former board member of Net Impact's undergraduate chapter at CSU, Chico. He has been with Premier Mushrooms since July, 2011 and his primary responsibilities are to formalize and streamline efforts surrounding sustainability.

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Angelique Futntes

Angelique Fuentes is the Energize Colleges Project Coordinator at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA. Currently, her role involves developing and connecting students to a variety of project-based internships along clean energy pathways both on campus and in the community. Alex is an active advocate on campus as a member of both the Sustainability and Social Justice Communities of Practice (COP), and Sustainability Ambassador Network (SAN). As a Psychology major and environmentalist, she recently conducted a study on student commuting behaviors that resulted in an institutionalized free shuttle service for Skyline College students.
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Maria Giovanni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. As a food scientist with training in nutrition, Dr. Giovanni’s career has spanned education, government, and working in the food industry. Her expertise is sensory evaluation and consumer research and she is fascinated by researching motivation of peoples’ behaviors. She strongly believes in “learning by doing” and believes that food is a great way for people to connect with the world, including science, health, and the environment. In addition to researching consumer attitudes of vegetable quality, she has projects in local food systems and understanding how food helps support healthy aging. Maria has also worked in nutrition education, both in the US and internationally, and holds a PhD in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University.
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Angel Gomez

Angel Gomez has lived in Chico for over 20 years. She attended both Butte College and UC Santa Cruz studying environmental studies and economics. She is currently the Watershed Coordinator for Butte Environmental Council. As part of her work she organizes creek cleanups both large and small, creek side restoration, and outdoor education for all ages. She is excited to be a part of BEC and continue engaging citizens in local watersheds.
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Laura Greene is a 1st year Graduate student in the Interaction Design and a Sustainability Ambassador at California State University in Hayward. She is an Artist, Writer and is constantly looking at the world through an intersectional lens. Passionate about the idea that little choices can yield big changes, she aims to empower others to be mindful, creative and stewards of the earth.
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Judy Hamamoto

 

CSU, Chico graduate, Judy Hamamoto, studied Nutrition Communications and works at the Center for Healthy Communities, Research Foundation at CSU, Chico. The program, North State Benefits Enrollment Center (NSBEC), is partnered with Passages and Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) and is dedicated to offering assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities in understanding and applying for benefits in which they are eligible.
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Darnell Harper is a Student Sustainability Ambassador under Jillian Buckholz at Cal State East Bay. Under the Office of Sustainability, Darnell created SOAP (Sustainable Office Assessment Program), and is now the President of SOAP.
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Shelby Herrgord is a paralegal intern at the Community Legal Information Center here in Chico, aka CLIC. She is a student a Chico State double-majoring in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice with the hope of one day going to law school. She is also an avid reader, lover of the outdoors, and a vegan.
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Peter Hess

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. is a Northern California historical theologian helping to promote dialogue at the interface between science and religion, particularly in the areas of evolutionary biology, climate change, and sustainability. He earned an M.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), and is co-author of Catholicism and Science (2008), and of “Ethics at the End of the Age of Oil” (2012). Peter has taught on the faculties of the University of San Francisco USF, Santa Clara University, and Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He is a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) based in England, and of the American Scientific Affiliation. An avid rock climber and volcano mountaineer, Peter and his wife Viviane have two sons, Michael and Robert.
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Professionally, Jerry Hinkle has worked as an economist in Banking for 35 years, and he has several publications in finance. Jerry was trained to give public presentations in climate change in 2001 and has given over 100 presentations since. He has been lobbying Congress to forward climate policy since 2006, has worked as a volunteer at a national level for the Sierra Club, NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs, and with EDF. With CCL, Jerry founded the Speaker’s Bureau, is the Northern California Regional Coordinator, and has been on CCL’s board for two years. Jerry has an MA in Climate Policy and has one publication in this area.
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Celia Hirschman

Celia Hirschman is a Certified Health Coach. She helps motivated people develop healthy and balances lives, and coaches them through the process. Her training includes certification through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), studying how food and lifestyle affect health and well-being. Celia learned the path to health the hard way - in 2014 she was diagnosed with lupus, a painful lifelong autoimmune condition. Unhappy with only a pharmacological solution, she went back to school to see how she might improve her life. After studying with the leaders in holistic health, she now helps others transition their lives to health.
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Chef Richie Hirshen

As a founding faculty member, Chef Richie Hirshen is in his 8th school year as Garden-Kitchen Program Leader at Sherwood Montessori. Teaching children how to cook the food they grow is Richie's greatest joy. Publishing two original cookbooks and presenting them at Slow Food's Terra Madre conscious food conference in Torino, Italy have helped make this program a successful sustainable education model.
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Liana Hua was born and raised in  East Side San Jose and attended De Anza College before transferring over to SJSU. While at De Anza College, Liana started the Kirsch Center Garden to teach students the importance of sustainability and organically grown foods. After getting her AA at De Anza College, she transferred over to San Jose State University and majored in Environmental Studies and minor in Urban Studies.  While at SJSU, she is  a co-director of ERC and plan sustainable events on campus. On her free time she volunteer at Veggielution Community Farm and you can usually find her out in the fields working with the farm crew or in the chicken coop.
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James Huang

James Huang is the Energy and Environmental Associate at the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Facilities Department. Since August 2017, he has served this position as a senior fellow of the Fellowship in Community College Sustainability(FICCS) program offered by Strategic Energy Innovations. As a senior fellow, James has been working on supporting the college district’s sustainability goals and its path towards a Zero Net Energy future. He is currently working on analysis for demand control ventilation, potential solar projects, and campus outreach. He will be continuing his fellowship into June 2018.
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Katie Hughes is a senior at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, and will graduate in May 2018 with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Graphic Design. In the spring of 2017, Katie participated in Semester at Sea, traveling to Hawaii, Japan, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, South Africa, Ghana, and Morocco. Over the course of her studies, she discovered a great passion for sustainability and the impact that various countries and cultures had on their environment. After returning to the United States, Katie has continued pursuing her interest in going green and strives to combine her passion for sustainability with her knowledge of marketing to increase awareness of individual environmental impact.
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Sarah Johnson is the Coordinator of the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology a master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Services. As Institute coordinator, she manages campus and community sustainability initiatives, coordinates educational events, oversees student work on projects, and assists in implementing campus sustainability efforts. She authored a section and assisted in the development of CSUN’s 10 year Campus Sustainability Plan.
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Gaylene Kinzy

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is one of four Paiute tribes located in Payahuunadü (the Owens Valley of Eastern California). The tribe is federally recognized and consists of 1,942 enrolled members. The Food Sovereignty Program was established by the Tribe’s Environmental Management Office in 2015. The program consists of four employees, one FoodCorps service member, and community volunteers.

Gaylene Kinzy is a fifth-generation resident of the Owens Valley. She graduated from CSU, Chico in 2014 with a BA in Agriculture with Honors in the Major. Gaylene works with the Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Food Sovereignty Program as the Community Market Manager and farm team member.
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Natalie Kinney is a human geography major with a focus in transportation planning and receiving the Environmental and Land Use Certificate. She will be graduating Spring of 2018 from CSU, Chico.
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Fred Klammt is principal of WinSol.org. WinSol includes a Living Energy Learning Center and is a Cradle-to-Cradle™ operation that uses less than one earth, being totally off-grid. Fred specializes in energy permaculture, community microgrids, dynamic-living energies, and adapting appropriate, leading-edge processes and technologies for the built environment. Previously he was CEO of Aptek Associates Inc, a PG&E energy engineer, and Director of Energy Operations for a major global management consulting firm working with Fortune 100 companies. Fred was one of California’s first Certified Energy Auditors in 1978, and is a certified Baldrige Certified Quality Auditor for the State of California and Senate Productivity Awards. On a personal note, Fred has designed and owner-built three passive+ solar homes, including off-grid, closed-loop (circular) systems. His other activities include: Skiing, ultra-light backpacking, PCT & TRT trail work, Architects for Humanity, Engineers without Borders, Drawdown, and Habitat for Humanity.
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LaDona KniggeLaDona Knigge is an associate professor in the Dept. of Geography & Planning at Chico State. Her PdD from SUNY Buffalo (2006) focused on volunteerism and engagement in community gardens in racially, ethnically and socially diverse neighborhoods in Buffalo, NY. Her research interests have been in local food systems, farmers markets, and more recently sustainable transportation planning.
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Isaac Knipfing

Isaac Knipfing is the new Utility & Sustainability Specialist at San Mateo Community College District (SMCCD), managing Proposition 39 energy projects and engaging campus stakeholders in fostering a culture of sustainability.  Most recently, Isaac served as an Energy & Environmental Associate for Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) in the Fellowship in Community College Sustainability (FiCCS) program.  At CCCCD Isaac managed energy conservation projects including a laboratory fume hood occupancy sensor installation, lighting occupancy sensors installation and district wide electric building level sub-meter installation. In addition, he collaborated with CCCCD’s students, faculty and staff to support the development of sustainability goals and initiatives to further institutionalize sustainability within the organization.  The FiCCS fellowship, a professional development experience for emerging climate protection leaders, prepared Isaac for the role he is currently in.
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Doug KolboldDoug Kobold has worked in the Solid Waste Industry since graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico. The first 5 ½ years were spent working for the County of Yolo. Doug next worked in consulting for 2 ½ years consulting for landfills, transfer stations, composting and recycling facilities. Recently, he has 17+ years at Sacramento County, presently holding the position of Waste Management Program Manager in charge of the Business Development & Special Waste division, as well as participating in legislative and regulatory policy. Doug is the Chair of the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) and President of the National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC). He also serves on the SWANA California Chapters Legislative Task Force (LTF), as well as the Chair of the Mattress Advisory Committee for the California program and is a council member of the California Council on Carpet Recycling.
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Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper

Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper is the President of Earthshed Solutions as well as the Programs Director. Stephanie helped co-found the Chico Permaculture Guild (CPG) in 2009 and the Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL) in 2013 and is a main organizer for both today. Since 2010 she has co-organized Chico’s annual seed swaps. Stephanie and her family live on 5 acres in North Chico where they are establishing their homestead, Frog & Toad Farm and where she homeschools her two teenage children.
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Tim LaSalle championed his science-based hope for a regenerative food system that will mitigate climate change by sequestering 100% of the current emissions as well as provide the only real sustainable method to feeding a growing world population. He is currently Co-founder and Co-director of Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, Chico State University. LaSalle previously served as the first CEO of Rodale Institute, Executive Director of the Northwest Earth Institute an international organization dedicated to grassroots movements, Executive Director of the Allan Savory Center for Holistic Management, an international non-profit who mission is to restore and regenerate deteriorating landscapes, and he was consultant, advisor, and research coordinator for the Howard Buffett Foundation in Africa on soils and food security for smallholder farmers. While serving as a professor at California Polytechnic State University, he also started and operated his own dairy farm and became involved with the California Agricultural Leadership Program. LaSalle soon became its CEO, where he arranged educational leadership programs in more than 80 countries with heads of state, ministers, community leaders, and became exposed and a student of many of humanity’s global challenges.
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Adriana Long is a third year Environmental Earth & Soil Sciences major and is the team's Graphic Artist. She grew up in Escondido, California then moved to a small town in Mexico for a couple years during elementary school. Now her family lives in Chico, California and are the ones who inspired her to harness her passion for the environment in creative ways. Now she enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and sharing her sense of outdoor adventure with others. She wishes to spread environmental awareness and help establish a stronger connection between people and the earth throughout her lifetime.
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Jenny Lowrey has been in Corporate Management and Accounting for 35 years. She’s been involved with local charities and other non-profits for years. She is honored to be the Director for such an important mission. Jenny understands “Proper Nutrition” better than most. She was extremely obese and had suffered 7 heart attacks and 2 strokes until she changed how she ate. Jenny had to make a serious decision, to live or die. She chose life and learned about healthy foods and even more important how to grow, prepare and preserve fresh food for future consumption. Then she started From The Ground Up Farms. She wants nothing more than to share what she has learned. She has lost 140 pounds all naturally, with just adding good nutrition and exercise. Sustainability to her is using their outdoor garden classrooms to teach improved health and personal food security.
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Jose Madrid

 

Jose Madrid is currently a Sustainability Ambassador at CSU, East Bay; it is his second year in this program. His responsibilities include conducting transportation surveys, greenhouse gas inventories, and creating maps for sustainability.
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Molly Marcussen is a recent graduate from Chico State with a bachelor’s of science in Social Science with a focus in environmental planning, a minor in geography and a certificate in land use and environmental planning. Molly is currently working for CivicSpark as a climate fellow stationed in Butte County. She is working on climate change adaptation and resiliency strategies for Butte County and the City of Chico. CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and water management issues in California. For the service year she will be conducting a climate change vulnerability assessment for Butte County and the City of Chico. The vulnerability assessment will be used to become compliant with SB 379 regulations with a set of goals, policies and objectives to be incorporated into the General Plans Safety element.
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Dr. Sandrine Matiasek is an aqueous geochemist studying the effects of natural and human disturbances on the chemical composition of terrestrial waters, with particular focus on material transfers between soils and water. Her research spans the fields of organic geochemistry, hydrology, soil science, and pollution science. She teaches environmental science courses in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at California State University, Chico (CSUC) and mentors undergraduate and graduate students on projects ranging from the effects of urban and agricultural land uses on water quality to contamination from historic mining and industrial practices.
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Dr. Richard McDonald is a nuclear physicist by training, having worked at LBNL for 25 years and following that, for 12 in issues of Peak Oil and sustainability. He has presented several times at the Chico Sustainability Conference. Presently, he runs the MathLab for UC Berkeley Fall Freshman Program.
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Peter Melton

Peter Melton is a 1987 CSU Chico, graduate in Communications and has been working in the fields of personal, social, ecological and spiritual development for over 20 years. For the past 5 years he has been looking and feeling deeply into our global eco crisis and how it affects us now and into the future. He has produced and co-facilitated many speaking events, workshops and radio interviews related to the Climate Chaos we are already in and how we navigate ourselves in this dynamic and ever-changing world. In particular he has worked closely with Dr. Guy McPherson and Carolyn Baker. In these times, we are being called to re-evaluate our ideas about who we think we are and what we think we are up to here. He facilitates experiential workshops designed to help us remember who we are and to know ourselves beyond our humanity.
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Adam Murphy graduated in Spring 2017 with a BA in Kinesiology. Adam currently is pursuing a minor in Environmental Studies and working as a Sustainability Ambassador at California State University East Bay.
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Robyn Perry is a third-year honors History student at California State University, East Bay. She has been working with the Office of Sustainability since February of 2016 and is the resident researcher and historian. Robyn hopes to go on to get her Master's in Popular Culture, her PhD in American History, and ultimately teach American history and culture at the university level.
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Vanessa Pon is a passionate worker that strives the mission of sustainability on campus by promoting awareness in Zero Waste.
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Cory Pukini is a CSU, Chico graduate who works for WILDCOAST, an international coastal and marine ecosystem and wildlife conservation team. He serves as the Conservation Coordinator establishing and managing protected areas, advancing strong conservation policy, and directly engaging with communities.
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Dr. James Pushnik is the  Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, his responsibilities include coordination and oversight of campus sustainability commitments; including the President’s Climate Leadership Commitment reporting on our Climate Action Planning, Carbon Reduction Commitment and Resilience Planning. Additionally, ISD is responsible for maintaining currency of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education “Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Reporting” documentation. He provides administrative guidance on the Institutes’ Resilient Cities Initiative, the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, and  coordination of the Campus as a Living Laboratory projects, This Way to Sustainability Conference and student sustainability groups: SCOOP, Alt Trans,  Green Campus, Eco Rep’s. He has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Sustainable Development in the Russian Far East and served as the Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy between 2004 and 2014.
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Joseph Ragsdale is an associate professor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He received a BA in Landscape Architecture from the University of California Berkeley and a MLA from the University of Virginia. As a practicing landscape architect, he has worked on notable projects including the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA, Pac Bell Park (AT&T Park) in San Francisco, CA and the River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, MI. In 2003, he received the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Joseph has taught at Cal Poly since 2002 in the areas of design, sustainable construction methods, capstone projects and has been connected with the Sustainable Environments Minor since 2005.
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Susan RainierSusan Rainier is the Chair for the AIA Central Valley and Facilitator for Living Future. She gives educational presentations on leading edge sustainability and regenerative, restorative practices. Susan is an architect specializing in net zero energy and living buildings - communities. She is working to expand the activities in Sacramento to include the region so to build a larger community of like-minded who wish to transform our world to living in harmony with nature, restoring balance and leaving a healthy earth for future generations.
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Jonathan Reich is a Professor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. For 14 years he has been the lead faculty member in Cal Poly’s award-winning “Sustainable Environments” program.  He has taught at the University of Idaho in sustainable use of wood and sustainable urban design, and at the University of California Berkeley where he was instrumental in developing the foundation courses in Environmental Design.  He has taught in Italy since 2000; at Penn State’s Rome program in sustainable urban systems and at Universita di Camerino in design of coastal cities for sea level rise.  In 2011 he was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach sustainable design at the UniCam’s Scuola di Architettura e Design in Ascoli Piceno. He is an Architect of public and private work recognized for interdisciplinary sustainable design in affordable housing, schools, bio-technical urban stream restoration, public open space design, and freeway “lid” projects. 
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Amanda Reinhart is the current assistant coordinator for the Associated Students Sustainability program at CSU, Chico. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences as well as a minor in sustainability in May of 2018. As assistant coordinator, Amanda helps direct the Sustainability Funding Allocation Committee (SFAC), which allocates student activity fees to student proposed sustainability projects. She collaborates with various other programs on campus in effort to engage students promote environmental and sustainability advocacy.
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Rodrigo Rico is from Sonoma, CA. He moved to the Wine Country five years ago from El Salvador. He is a third year pursuing a degree in Business Administration, and, joined Green Campus to gain invaluable knowledge in sustainability and the environment through a learn-by-doing experience. After he graduates he plans on pursuing a career path in which he will be able to create and implement more sustainable and environmental-friendly styles of living in the Global South.

Danielle Robinson is an environmental professional based in the San Francisco Bay Area, a recent transplant from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia and completed her Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School in New York City. Presently, Danielle is the Energize Colleges Fellow at College of Marin, working to expand the capacity of the school to give experiential learning opportunities in the field of energy and sustainability. This experience builds on her former work with developing graduate student internships in Ethiopia, and contribution to building sustainability-related curriculum at Parson’s School of Design.
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Steve Rodowick

Steve Rodowick has been the Recycling Coordinator for Butte County for the past fifteen years. As a Board Member of the California Product Stewardship Council, Steve advises the Council on issues ranging from the recycling of used oil filters to the management of discarded solar panels. Among his duties, Steve manages Butte County’s AB 939 waste diversion and recycling programs, oversees collection and service contracts, grant management, regional Household Hazardous Waste program and drop-off facility and a Regional Used Oil Program. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a second major in Geography from California State University, Chico. Steve lives in Paradise with his wife, two dachshunds and three cats. Steve also serves on the Board of Directors for the Paradise Recreation and Park District.
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Jason Romer was born in Fresno, California in the heart of a productive agricultural region that also had a diverse population, as well as great gaps in economic equality. At a young age he became curious about farming and alternative medicine, having grown up around many family members who struggled with access to safe food, and who often self-medicated as a result of economic hardship and poor health. As a student of agriculture and economics at Butte College, Jason began to see how our needs for food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and energy were all interconnected, and how our current methods of meeting these needs were currently unsustainable. Since then he has been blessed as a student and a teacher in the ways of creating an abundant and sustainable future and he looks forward to the challenges ahead as we grow and learn.
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Janine Rood is the outgoing Executive Director for Chico Velo, having been in that position for the past five years. She has also served on Bidwell Park and Playground Commission and has been active with the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.
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Dakota Saez is an Environmental Studies major with a focus on Sustainable Resource Management. During the past academic year, Dakota served as a Board Member on the ASI Sustainability Committee implementing policy and reform at California State East Bay. While he is pursuing a degree in the Bay Area, he helps manage his family owned Nursery in Los Angeles called The Jungle Inc. Dakota looks to change the world through the lens of sustainability.
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Daniel Sandborn is a Chemistry major and Environmental Studies minor at Cal Poly. He was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California, where he learned to live with and appreciate the natural world. He aims to build upon his experiences at home in the Sierra Nevadas and explore the intersections of human activity and the environment from a scientific perspective in a career as an environmental research chemist. Daniel is a passionate advocate of sustainable practices in all aspects of life and hopes to work toward a more environmentally friendly future for everybody through his work with Green Campus. Daniel enjoys a multitude of pastimes, including running, biking, alpine and nordic skiing, hiking, and archery, all of which allow him to expand his experience of the outdoors with friends.
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Maggie Scarpa is a fourth-year student at CSU, Chico, studying Political Science, Legal Studies, and working towards a Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Planning and a Minor in Managing for Sustainability. She grew up in Berkeley, California, which sparked her interest in sustainability and environmental advocacy. She is the Environmental Advocates Director at the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC), and Maggie has been working in the Environmental Advocates Department since September of 2016. She is also the AS Commissioner of Sustainability Affairs, and represents the student body for issues of sustainability and is responsible for furthering the sustainability efforts on campus.
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Kylee Singh is a Cal Poly graduate with her Masters in Public Policy (MPP '13). Prior to recieving her masters she studied Environmental Science at Humboldt State University (HSU), where she was actively involved in the Take Back the Tap campaign. Working with the Take Back the Tap team, Kylee began to develop her skills as a community organizer and saw her first big victory when HSU became the first public university in the nation to ban bottled water sales on campus. She has a passion for living a sustainable lifestyle and being active outdoors and looks forward to applying her passion and community organizing expertise to her work at Cal Poly.
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SCOOP at CSU, Chico serves as a sustainability certification and education program, designed to further the pursuit of multiple facets of University sustainability endeavors. Our members work with many campus resources to educate, support, and certify Chico State offices in five categories of sustainability– energy, waste/recycling, procurement, transportation, and employee health and wellness.
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Timothy Sistrunk is an historian of Medieval European environmental law and focused particularly on the connections between scientific and technological change and the environment. He has taught history at CSU, Chico since 1994, and is currently the President of the Chico chapter of the California Faculty Association.
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Christian Smit earned a M.A. (Hons) in International Relations at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His dissertation, Deep security: the promise of sustainable food systems, was awarded distinction. He then joined the Center of Biological Diversity to help launch its Take Extinction Off Your Plate Campaign and to help pass Measure Z in Monterey County, California's first fracking ban in a major oil producing county. Christian now works at a law firm in Chico, and serves as Secretary for the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. He is happily engaged to Chico native!
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Darin Son is a third year Environmental Engineering student and a new addition to the Green Campus team at Cal Poly. Born in Thailand and raised in South Korea, she now lives in Irvine, CA with her family. Through the Green Campus team, Darin hopes to gain hands-on experience in providing people opportunities to integrate sustainable habits into their lifestyles. Ultimately, she aspires to work in mitigating city impacts on the environment. During her free time, Darin enjoys reading, traveling and relaxing on the beach with her friends.
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Glenard Sulicipan is a student at Cal State East Bay working as a Sustainability Ambassador under Jillian Buckholz. Glenard specializes in Graphic Design Projects.
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Kim Swanson

Kim Swanson brings 24 years of experience as an architect on a number of complex institu¬tional projects, including higher education facilities and projects at the forefront of sustainable design. Her work typically involves intensive interaction with client and user groups, and fostering of design excellence for complex and challenging projects. In 2007, Kim lead a team to deliver the first LEED Platinum building for the City of Oakland with the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building at Mills College, and also worked on the first Net Zero commercial office building in the U.S., in San Jose. Kim is currently Project Manager for the CSU, Chico Science Replacement Building for the architectural firm SmithGroupJJR in San Francisco.
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Ashley Sweeny is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management at California State University, East Bay. She assists and plans events for the Office of Sustainability as a Student Sustainability Ambassador, engaging the campus community to practice green living and strive for a more sustainable future.
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Sandra Torres is a computer science major with the primary focus on creating educational video games to teach sustainability.
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Gerard Ungerman is a career-documentary filmmaker with a mission: contributing to making our world better with a video camera. After focusing for many years on exposing the war-industry, Gerard is now producing with his partner Stacey Wear an ongoing video series on-line and on TV showcasing everyday heroes who, all around the USA, contribute in their own ways to making the world a better place. The purpose is to uplift people with positive information and to inspire them into taking positive action of their own.
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Olivia VanDamme, CSU Chico alumni of Geography and Latin American Studies is currently the Operations Manager for San Francisco non-profit City Surf Project, which helps connect underrepresented youth to the ocean and themselves through surfing. People of color are not equally represented in the National Park Service, environmental non-profits, and conservation groups according to research in the Green 2.0 Report. Taking a look at why that is, and what groups are making an authentic effort to outreach, and engage more underrepresented communities in a culturally relevant way, Olivia will speak about her involvement and passion in Bay Area environmental non-profits that are making change. She is a Rising Leader Fellow graduate of Youth Outside Foundation's fellowship, involved in the ChangeScale professional group, member of EEOC (Environmental Educators of Color), spoke at the Institute for Women Surfers 2017, and has attended the PGM ONE conference. Hoping to share the narratives of people of color in this field, Olivia will explain how reclaiming spaces, healing from trauma in the outdoors, and recreating in the ocean can lead to a more diverse community of environmental stewards. 
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Derek Warnken has been an activist and organizer with Deep Green Resistance for five years. In that short time he has watched the loss of 400 million acres of rain forest, the dumping of 150 gigatons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, and witnessed the continuing extinction of species around the globe at the highest rate in the history of life on earth.
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Joe WenischJoseph Wenisch brings over 20 years of energy efficiency and renewable energy engineering experience as a mechanical engineer. He has held full-time positions at the National Renewable Energy Lab and at GE Wind Energy and spent 10 months teaching renewable and efficiency energy software in Nepal. Joseph also was a mechanical engineer at GE Transportation Systems where he was a graduate of both GE’s Technical Leadership Program and their Six Sigma quality program. Joseph is the design engineer for the CSU Chico Science Replacement Building for the engineering firm Integral Group in Oakland.
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Charles Withuhn, Director of the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) Tiny Home Group; CHAT's Simplicity Village proposal; founder of Chico Tree Advocates, Chico Peace and Justice Center (CPJC) Career Builders and the Peace Panel Project. 2013 CN&R Local Hero.
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Erica Wohldmann

Erica Wohldmann earned a joint Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and cognitive science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2006, and is currently serving as the Interim Director for the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge. She is also a Professor of Psychology, and teaches classes about the psychology of food choices, best practices in sustainability, cognitive psychology, and positive psychology. Erica’s research focusses on factors that influence food choices and consumption, more generally, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. In her role as the Institute Director, she works with faculty, staff and students to implement of the Climate Action Plan, coordinates community engagement, and develops research opportunities. In 2012, Erica spent 6 months wild-foraging all of her food and medicine, and writes about how reconnecting with nature might serve to mitigate some of the social and environmental dilemmas we face.
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Michelle Yezbick is Sherwood Montessori's founding Director and enthusiastic Montessorian is in her eighth school year, bringing tuition free sustainable education to the Chico community. Combining the directing/training of the school's faculty and specialtists, building a close-knit parents' and neighborhood community and still taking time to work with the students is Michelle's recipe for success.
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