Institute for Sustainable Development


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Check-in at the BMU Main Lobby

Welcome to This Way to Sustainability Conference 2018! All events this year will be held in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) located at 2nd and Salem Streets. We will begin with check-in and registration in the main lobby of the BMU. Continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the BMU Auditorium.

Participants are invited to join us for a free continental breakfast both days so remember to bring your reusables: water container, cloth napkins, tote bags, etc. We offer free filtered water in our recently remodeled drinking fountains, complete with bottle-filling spigots!

We encourage all participants to pre-register online to save time at check-in.

Time Description Location
8:00-2:00 Registration BMU Main Lobby
8:00-10:00 Continental Breakfast BMU Auditorium
8:00-10:00 Greenie Displays & Voting BMU Auditorium
8:00-3:00 Youth Eco Summit (High School Students Only) Colusa Hall Rm 110
9:00-9:45 Concurrent Sessions BMU Breakout Rooms
10:00-10:45 Concurrent Sessions BMU Breakout Rooms
11:00-11:45 KEYNOTE Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company BMU Auditorium
12:00-1:00 Lunch on the Town Downtown Chico
1:15-2:00 Concurrent Sessions BMU Breakout Rooms
2:15-3:00 Featured Speaker David Montgomery BMU 203
2:15-3:00 Concurrent Sessions BMU Breakout Rooms
3:30-5:00 KEYNOTE Dahr Jamail BMU Auditorium
5:30-9:00 Private Speaker Reception Private - RSVP Required
  Friday Schedule Speakers List
Registration Return to Conference Index Conference Program (pdf)

To see details about each speaker, click on their names within the schedule to be routed directly to their
biography on the speaker page.

8:00-10:00 K-12 and Higher Ed Greenie Tabling

Students from North State K-12 schools and CSU student groups from throughout California will have an opportunity to present their group projects during the conference from 8:00-10:00 am in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. Conference participants will be asked to visit each display, meet the students, learn about their projects, and vote for the best. Winners will be announced during the conference at 10:30 following tabling.

K-12 Schools
Northern California K-12 student groups will display their campus sustainability projects where participants will have the opportunity to vote for the best! This year we will have CASH AWARDS for the winning groups so make your vote count! Awards will be presented following tabling in the BMU Auditorium.
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Higher Ed CSU Student Groups
CSU Campus Groups will display their campus sustainability projects where participants will have the opportunity to vote for the best! This year we will have CASH AWARDS for the winning student groups so make your vote count! Awards will be presented following tabling in the BMU Auditorium.
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8:00-3:00 - Youth Eco Summit
Colusa Hall Room 110

Danielle Baxter, Energize Colleges Program, and Kelly Munson, Student Life Faculty Advisor, Butte College
We invite 40 engaged high school students curious about helping protect our environment and getting ahead as tomorrow’s leaders, to join us for the Youth Eco Leadership Summit 2018. Students will be led by a team of sustainability-focused faculty on a day long immersion program designed to reveal the abundance of opportunities awaiting motivated students as they transition from high school into the realm of higher education.   
For specific inquiries about this workshop please contact Danielle Baxter, Energize Colleges Program Coordinator at or phone (530) 879-6145.
Hosted in part by Butte College Sustainability Resource Center faculty, Energize Colleges Interns, Chico State faculty, and members of the AS Sustainability team.

9:00-9:45 Thursday Concurrent Sessions

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BMU 203 - 9:00-9:45
Sustainability for Survival: Part I.
Uses of Water and Earth, Environmental Coalition of Butte County

Ann Elliott, Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper, Earthshed Solutions
The Environmental Coalition of Butte County focuses this session on best uses of land and water. Ann Elliott describes the value of native plants, such as saving water and lowering maintenance. Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper explains how permculture, a whole-systems design and decision-making tool can help people live abundantly through potential crises.

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BMU 204 - 9:00-9:45
Going Off-Grid: Lessons Learned

Fred Klammt, Winsol
Ever think of going off-grid? As more natural and human disasters endanger the reliability of our infrastructure, some are opting to become self-reliant and resilient by going off-grid. While there are many advantages, there are also some hidden disadvantages to off-grid living. Learn about the benefits and downsides of cutting the cord – from supplying and storing your own energy and water to total self-reliant living. Come learn about the realities of off-grid living and lessons learned from 30 years of direct experience. Get informed about the up-front and maintenance costs of off-grid living. Learn about design and construction choices and various 'degrees' of off-grid living: from solar panels to holistic 'island' type living choices.

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BMU 209 - 9:00-9:45
Public-Public Partnerships for a New Paradigm in the Civic Role of the University

Fletcher Alexander and James Pushnik, Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico
The South Campus Neighborhood Project is an award-winning neighborhood improvement planning effort coordinated by the Resilient Cities Initiative at California State University, Chico and the Public Works-Engineering Division at the City of Chico, CA. The project is focused on the public rights-of-way in Chico, California’s South Campus Neighborhood, a six by seven square-block area bound by 2nd Street to the North, 9th Street to the South, Orange Street to the West and Salem Street to the East. Immediately adjacent to both downtown Chico and the University, it is Chico’s oldest residential neighborhood and was laid out by the town’s founder, John Bidwell, in the 1860’s.

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BMU 210 - 9:00-9:45
The Trump Effect on Climate Change Mitigation

Stephen Feher, Sustainable Community Development Institute (SCDI)
This is Stephen's 7th consecutive presentation at this Conference, all of them on the challenges facing us on the way to a sustainable future related to Climate Change. This year, he will focus on the significance of the added challenges to the Mitigation of Climate Change presented by the policies of the Trump Administration. He will asses the effects of the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Accord announced by the Trump Administration. Will present an updated status report on where we stand globally on Climate Change Mitigation two years after the Paris Accord. Will examine the likelihood of achieving the 2oC Global Warming Limit (GWL) goal set at the Paris Climate Conference and discuss the consequences of falling short of reaching that GWL, which he consider likely. He will focus on the danger of sea level rise (SLR), which we face even if we meet the Paris GWL target. He will cite new scientific reports on the SLR danger, especially the potential collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) under a long interglacial period of 50,000 years or more based on the Milankovitch Cycles and the Anthropocene Epoch. He will reflect on the long-term nature of Climate Change challenges and the relative unimportance of the current Trump policies in the long run. Stephen's optimistic conclusion is that the “Trump Effect” will be short lived and insignificant in the global effort to Mitigate Climate Change.

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BMU 211 - 9:00-9:45
Water and the Regenerative City

Chris Brown, Valley Water Conservation Advocates
A serious challenge facing cities and their water managers is how to respond to our changing climate and its impacts on water. This presentation will examine the insights of ecological practices, sometimes known as permaculture or regenerative landscape management, and how they are applied and can be expanded in urban settings. Urban permaculturecan provide benefits in water conservation, stormwater management, and drought resiliency as well as aid the wider community through healthier soils, increased composting, and small scale food production. Examples from cities as diverse as Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco will be given to illustrate the potential for development of these new programs and their benefits.

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BMU 303 - 9:00-9:45
Engaging Underrepresented Communities in Surfing Leads to More Environmental Stewardship

Olivia VanDamme, City Surf Project
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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BMU 304 - 9:00-9:45
The Garden-Kitchen Program as a Sustainable Education Model

Richard Hirshen and Michelle Yezbick, Sherwood Montessori Public K-8 Charter School
Because the Montessori Method is in and of itself a sustainable education model, it is only natural that Sherwood Montessori's garden-kitchen program is at the heart of the school's curriculum. Director Michelle Yezbick and Garden-Kitchen Program Leader Richie Hirshen have teamed up to bring this model to the Chico Community. The school and program are in their eighth year, in the business of teaching children self sustaining practices. The big picture plan is to ensure that the curriculum leads to generations-long sustainable practices. The day-to-day operation literally begins with a seed and culminates in an internal business model (following the principles of Dr. Montessori's 'Erdkinder') that is designed to economically sustain the garden-kitchen program and in turn assist in the overall sustenance of the entire school...pun completely intended. Self published school cookbooks, a presence at Slow Food's Terra Madre confrrence, a school farmers' market and edible promotional events are some of the ways the school achieves its sustainable mission and local-global impact value structure.

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BMU 312 - 9:00-9:45
¡La Vaca Loca!

Christian Smit
Reducing one’s beef consumption is one of the most powerful ecological decisions that an individual can make. This presentation will explore the various forms of U.S. beef production and evaluate their respective ecological impacts. The average U.S. American consumes 55 pounds of beef each year. An entirely U.S. grass-fed beef system is impossible if current consumption levels continue: there is not enough land and there is not enough water. Internationally, beef consumption is a major driver of deforestation, species extinction, and climate change. These issues will be explored through a historical discussion that utilizes the objective findings of the scientific community.

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BMU 314 - 9:00-9:45
Tools for Resilience Planning

Susan Rainier, Eagle Consult
Californians dodged a bullet with the Oroville Dam situation. That water supply affected a lot of California's population as well as those who would have perished if the dam broke. What can be learned from that situation? Did the evacuation actually work? Was there good communication? Then to have a strongly driven wind blow massive fire in several urban communities all at once was a huge wake up call to focus more on what resiliency and emergency preparedness is needed for urban populations. It was a huge shock to have cell phones go out completely. This presentation will explain the community collaborations that are needed, the budgets needed, early warning systems as well as other actions that communities can take to be smart about what we are facing in this world of every growing population and climate changes that are showing us the power of weather. Participants will learn what resiliency planning requires as well as be given practical suggestions for how to implement resiliency planning.


10:00-10:45 Thursday Concurrent Sessions

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BMU 203 - 10:00-10:45
Sustainability for Survival: Part II Creating a Resilient Community: Environmental Coalition of Butte County

Sandy Fisher, Chico Flax and Janine Rood, Chico Velo
Members of the Environmental Coalition of Butte County serve the community in protecting our precious natural resources. Chico Flax and Chico Velo affect many communities in the work they do toward sustainability. Chico Flax is creating a local cloth, from the ground up. The group has created a seed bank; is working with the college and university for education and research on seed varieties; is working with farmers to try seeds from the valley to the foothills; is working on a mini mill for flax to be processed; is working with weavers and dyers to make cloth. Chico Velo encourages and advocates for bicycles, to create less dependence on automobiles. Chico Velo leads bicycling programs in the community like Trailworks mountain bike advocacy, Light Up Chico which offers free bike lights to those who cannot afford them, and KidsPedal! which brings bike safety training to local children.

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BMU 204 - 10:00-10:45
Bridging the Gap Between Sustainability and Academics at CSUEB

Robyn Perry, CSU, East Bay Office of Sustainability
CSUEB is the most diverse university in the state of California, and 5th in the nation. We are truly educating those who will make an impact in the global community. However, an emphasis on sustainability seems to be lacking within the classroom. What can we do to ensure these students receive the information they need to become well-informed citizens of the earth?

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BMU 209 - 10:00-10:45
Teaching Global History Sustainability Themes for Local Impact

Timothy Sistrunk, History Department at CSU, Chico
This report will present an overview of the way the survey of Global Environmental History has been designed to address community sustainability issues that allow it to participate in the Chico State Resilient Cities Initiative (like the South Campus Neighborhood Project). The course treats significant themes that have emerged as human-beings have sought to maintain sustainable relationships with the natural world. The students work in small groups to gain an appreciation of the historical background of modern challenges to sustainable practice and uncover some possible resolutions to them. At the end of the semester each group presents their findings at the public event A Sense of Place. The goal is to design some action that is helpful to the community in applying sustainability principles, and when there are specific initiatives contemplated by the RCI, these can be accommodated in the ongoing framework of the course.

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BMU 210 - 10:00-10:45
Butte County Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Strategies

Molly Marcussen, CivicSpark
Butte County is a large, diverse region encompassing 1,670 square miles of land. Climate change poses many threats to our current human, economic and ecological functions. In order to become compliant with SB 379 regulations and to create a resilient community, Butte County has recruited a CivicSpark fellow to work on Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Strategies to be incorporated into the General Plan. For this presentation, Molly will be discussing the climate change vulnerability assessment findings for Butte County. She will also be discussing some adaptive strategies the county can adopt to make our community more resilient to the changing climate.

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BMU 211 - 10:00-10:45 SESSION CANCELED
Circle of Sustainability

Jenny Lowrey and Jason Romer, From the Ground Up Farms, Inc.

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BMU 303 - 10:00-10:45
California's Marine Protected Area Community Collaboratives

Cory Pukini, WILDCOAST
California has implemented Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to mitigate anthropogenic impacts on our oceans and serve as a conservation network that ensures a sustainable future for our ocean resources. Fourteen community based collaboratives have been established to advance MPA management and encourage ocean stewardship across the state.

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BMU 304 - 10:00-10:45
Regenerative Grazing Practices

Taylor Herren, Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, CSU, Chico
Well-managed grazing practices stimulate improved plant growth, increased soil carbon deposits, and overall pasture and grazing land productivity while greatly increasing soil fertility, insect and plant biodiversity, and soil carbon sequestration. These practices not only improve ecological health, but also the health of the animal and human consumer through improved micro-nutrients availability and better dietary omega balances. Feed lots and confined animal feeding systems contribute dramatically to (i) unhealthy monoculture production systems, (ii) low nutrient density forage (iii) increased water pollution, (iv) antibiotic usage and resistance, and (v) CO2 and methane emissions, all of which together yield broken and ecosystem-degrading food-production systems.

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BMU 312 - 10:00-10:45
Sustainable Living in a Toxic World

Celia Hirschman, Certified Health Coach
Sustainability leadership begins at home. With cancer, autoimmune, and chronic degenerative illnesses rising, learn what you can do to limit your toxic exposure. Certified Health Coach Celia Hirschman will share ways to easily shift your home from toxic overload to a healthy, vibrant ecosystem.

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BMU 314 - 10:00-10:45
How to Make Sustainability Marketable at Roger Williams University

Kathryn Hughes, Roger Williams University
Climate change is a crisis that has irreparable consequences for every living being on Planet Earth. The purpose of this research project is to tackle the challenge of raising awareness and getting people to actually care about sustainability as well as providing viable alternative options to those currently leaving carbon footprints. The focus of the research will be targeted on Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, and how RWU can introduce and implement sustainable techniques to encourage behavior in and out of the schools campus.

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Bell Memorial Union Auditorium


Cheri Chastain

Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Brewing a Successful Sustainability Program

Sierra Nevada Brewing Comapany has been nationally recognized as a leader in sustainability.  With craft brewing’s largest solar array, the first HotRot composter in the US, and the City of Chico’s first public electric vehicle charging stations, Sierra Nevada serves as a role model for other businesses – demonstrating what is possible when you put your mind to it.  Sierra Nevada also works outside their walls to impact sustainable change within their communities and lend their voice to sustainable policies at the federal level.  Cheri Chastain has been at the helm of Sierra Nevada’s sustainability efforts since 2006 and will share her lessons learned along this journey.  She will share successes, not so successes, and leave you inspired to take action. 



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12:00-1:00 Lunch on the Town


Madison Bear Garden logoFamous Bear Burger Option:

Enjoy a world famous Bear Burger! The Madison Bear Garden will be serving a buffet style burger bar to include open faced burgers on a fresh bun with all the fixings. This special buffet menu price is for a limited number of our conference participants to include your choice of veggie burgers, turkey burgers or beef burgers, and comes with chips, potato salad and soda for just $8.50 when purchased in advance through our online registration process. Limited ticket quantities available.

Other beverages and regular menu items may be purchased separately, but will NOT be provided by the conference at this special menu price. The Madison Bear Garden is located at 316 West 2nd Street, right next to Chico State campus.

Other Lunch Options:

Participants may choose to stay in the BMU and choose from the variety of food options available in the BMU Food Court or visit one of the many downtown restaurants. Downtown guides are available at registration. Please plan to return to the conference in time for the 1:15 Concurrent Sessions.

1:15-2:00 Thursday Concurrent Sessions

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BMU 203 - 1:15-2:00
Regenerative Agriculture

Tim LaSalle, Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at CSU, Chico
Regenerative agriculture is an approach to food and farming systems that works with nature’s rhythms and technology to feed our growing population, regenerate topsoil and enhance biodiversity now and long into the future.

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BMU 204 - 1:15-2:00
Designed to Lead: Teaching Science through Sustainable Building Strategies

Kim Swanson, SmithGroupJJR and Joseph Wenisch, Integral Group
CSU’s climate commitment will be on display in the new Science Replacement Building at the center of CSU, Chico campus. The design of the new building utilizes strategies such as integrating storm water management, targeting aggressive reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and by providing an active, healthy environment for learning and teaching. Both building and site incorporate storm water management and rainwater catchment into the science curriculum, allowing for opportunities to test run-off and pre- and post- bio-swale filtration water. Progressive building planning and mechanical systems design reduces the GHG emissions and energy use. In addition, natural light and views, healthy materials, and inviting public spaces encourage active bodies and minds. Learn about the development of this sustainable hub for educating our planet’s future scientists and citizens.

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BMU 209 - 1:15-2:00
Chico's South Campus Neighborhood: Character, Potential, Concepts for Action

David Eaton, Anthropology Department at CSU, Chico
Chico’s South Campus neighborhood – from 2nd to 9th between Salem and Orange – is a diamond in the rough: an historic core with a mature urban forest, diverse building stock, mixed uses, and the ‘good bones’ of a walkable grid of wide streets and short blocks. This session draws on anthropological methods, student and faculty field research, international case studies, and New Urbanist ideas to assess its character and potential, and to propose concepts that could guide public works projects in its future development. Topics examined include flows of people and vehicles, pedestrian safety, cycling infrastructure, wayfinding and public art, parks and gathering spaces, and the interplay of residences and businesses in creating qualities of experience, property value, and a sense of place. We look for ways forward toward greater sustainability consonant with recent legislation, reports, guidelines, and revised standards across California and within Chico.

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BMU 210 - 1:15-2:00
Homelessness: Concern or Crisis?

Charles Withuhn and Leslie Johnson, Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT)
Research has shown leaving a person on the street costs taxpayers over $30,000 a year. Homelessness has hit record numbers. Becoming a sustainable community will hinge on the size and number of the homes we build, and how we are going to house the homeless. Tiny homes and tiny home villages are popular on the internet. Why are there none in Chico? After months of research including visits to, and meetings with, the directors of tiny home villages in Portland, Eugene, Medford, and Marysville, the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) has a proposal before the City of Chico that is the most sustainable, least expensive way, to get the most amount of people housed, in the least amount of time, Simplicity Village. Uninformed push-back is an issue. Check out this project, for a more sustainable Chico, and tell your friends.

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BMU 211 - 1:15-2:00
Color, Flavor, and Texture Differences in Organically Grown Edamame

Maria Giovanni and David Flores, Department of Nutrition and Food Science at CSU, Chico
Edamame is gaining popularity as a food in the United States, but more than 95% is imported. Conditions in the North State are perfect for growing this vegetable so the Organic Vegetable Project (OVP) at the CSUC farm conducted trials of eight different varieties, with three having the best agronomic performance. The appearance, flavor, and texture and of these varieties were measured with instrumental tests and by consumers for liking. Distinct differences in quality were found, with Giant Midori preferred. This variety had a firm texture, with fewer free amino acids and more free sugars. Future tests of other vegetables from the OVP are planned and this information will help producers grow the most profitable and marketable fruits and vegetables. This project is funded by the CSU Agricultural Research Institute.

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BMU 303 - 1:15-2:00
Health and Wellness Begins with the Right Connections

Judy Hamamoto, North State Benefits Enrollment Center
North State Benefits Enrollment Center NSBEC is one of over 50 BEC centers nationwide. Since 2009, over 484,000 older adults and people with disabilities have received assistance from BEC centers. This translates to over $1.3 billion. NSBEC is available to assist older adults and persons with disabilities apply for core benefits: Medicare, Part D, LIS, MSP, MediCal (Medicaid), CalFresh(SNAP), LIHEAP, and many other benefits. We are currently serving five counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, and Yuba. Yet, there are more people to reach and serve. Our goal is to reach and assist as many qualified households as we can.

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BMU 304 - 1:15-2:00
Creating Savings Through AC/DC - Not Your Rock Band!

Darin Son and Benjamin Christensen, Green Campus Team at Cal Poly
For the past ten years, the Green Campus Team and University Housing partner up to organize AC/DC (Annual Conservation and Diversion Challenge). This competition promotes sustainable living, through energy and water conservation among the first-year students living on-campus. The event runs for three weeks, where the five housing communities compete against each other to determine which building conserves the most. Through this event, thousands of gallons of water and kWh of energy are saved every year, resulting in thousands of dollars of utility savings for the university. This success is due to the collaboration of various campus entities, with emphasis on Green Campus, the Facilities Department, University Housing, and Mustang News.

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BMU 312 - 1:15-2:00
Zero Wasting a Building

Cerys Evans, Dakota Saez and Adam Murphy, Office of Sustainability at CSU, East Bay
This session will explore the process of converting a building from a single stream to a triple stream waste system. Currently, CSU East Bay’s Library is undergoing these changes to encourage both the students and the custodial staff to sort waste appropriately. In order to “Zero Waste” a building, collaboration between Facilities, Custodial, and the interested party is necessary. This can be done for any building, given an understanding of the city’s waste capacity, the waste generated onsite, and the willingness of employees and custodial staff to accommodate. We will dive into the specifics of how a building’s waste disposal infrastructure can be improved, the challenges faced, and the opportunities this presents.

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BMU 314 - 1:15-2:00
Developing Student Leaders and Community Action

Maya Briones and Bethany Cloherty, Environmental Resource Center at San Jose State University
The Environmental Resource Center (ERC) is a purely student run organization that holds many community events. Our primary goal is to work within our community to ensure healthy and clean environments. One of our main events is SJSU’s annual Earth Day celebration, where we invite local vendors to discuss approaches to living sustainably with community members who look to create global change. We also hold monthly sustainable transportation events, where we offer free bike tune ups and educate students on different options for getting to school. This semester we engaged with over 300 students, and provided about 55 bike repairs. ERC students also participate in research and their most recent project involved evaluating the quality and safety of recreational green spaces in San Jose and how this affects community health. The ERC hopes to inspire universities nationwide to create their own centers where students have space to grow and become leaders.


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Featured Speaker Presentation


David Montgomery

David Montgomery, MacArthur Fellow, Author, and Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington

Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

In Growing a Revolution David R. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life remarkably fast.  Cutting through standard debates about conventional and organic farming, Montgomery explores why practices based on theprinciples of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility. Drawing on visits to farms in the industrialized and developing worlds he finds that the combination of no-till planting, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations provides a profitable recipe to rebuild soil organic matter. Farmers using these unconventional practices cultivate beneficial soil life, smother weeds, and suppress pests while relying on far less, if any, fertilizer and pesticides.
These practices are good for farmers and the environment. Using less fossil fuel and agrochemicals while maintaining crop yields helps farmers with their bottom line. Regenerative practices also translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, lower carbon emissions—and stash an impressive amount of carbon underground. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Growing a Revolution lays out a case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems, helping feed us all, cool the planet and restore life to the land.

Book signing to follow.

2:15-3:00 Thursday Concurrent Sessions

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BMU 204 - 2:15-3:00
Imagining What Could be in the South Campus Neighborhood: Chico's First Tactical Urbanism Project

LaDona Knigge with Natalie Kinney, Samuel Lowinger, and Alec McGregor, Department of Geography and Planning at CSU, Chico
This presentation will share methods & results of service learning projects completed in transportation and sustainable planning courses in the Department of Geography & Planning in the South Campus Neighborhood.

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BMU 209 - 2:15-3:00
What Students Think: Climate Change Perception Research and Why it's Needed

Benjamin Christensen and Logan Babcock, Climate Change Action Research Group at Cal Poly
Cal Poly’s Climate Change Action Research Group (CCARG) consists of an interdisciplinary group of undergraduates working with Cal Poly’s honors program to promote campus sustainability. In an effort to understand the Cal Poly student body’s perception and engagement regarding climate change, CCARG designed and administered a survey to 728 students that assessed their knowledge of climate change, perceived severity, willingness to participate in a sustainable solution, and perceived peer attitudes. The survey has uncovered distinct differences in perceptions between different departments as well as specific areas to target in future awareness campaigns. Understanding how climate change currently exists in the minds and actions of the student body is essential for maximizing future sustainability on campus, and the results have provided us with valid information that can guide future action. This presentation will discuss the results, how they can be used and apply in a broader context, and the background, challenges and needs for undergraduate sustainability research.

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BMU 210 - 2:15-3:00
It has to come from the People: Tribal Food Sovereignty in Payahüünadü

Gaylene Kinzy, Bishop Paiute Tribe Food Sovereignty Program
The Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Food Sovereignty Program (FSP) works to increase access to and awareness of healthy, traditional, environmentally-responsible, community-grown food while strengthening existing community food systems and tribal sovereignty. The FSP works with inter-departmental, inter-tribal, federal, and local agencies to build resiliency within the area. Program initiatives provide: local produce; organic traditional/bulk foods; gardening assistance; youth employment opportunities, and educational material to local individuals and families. A synopsis of the program and projects will be discussed.

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BMU 211 - 2:15-3:00
Self-Leadership for Resilience and Well-being

Kathy Fernandes, Office of the CSU Chancellor
In these times of dynamic and quick-pace changes, one could easily become overwhelmed and feel lost in the chaos. A recent study highlighting the link between mindfulness and resilience found that: “Mindful people … can better cope with difficult thoughts and emotions without becoming overwhelmed or shutting down (emotionally).” Pausing and observing the mind may (help us) resist getting stuck in our story and as a result empower us to move forward. “How People Learn to Increase Their Resilience” by Carley Hauck. This session will provide some tools to help us ensure our resilience each day. Learning how to sustain ourselves while being grounded and living a fulfilled and enriched life is important, regardless of how the world around us may seem engrossed in fear and violence.

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BMU 303 - 2:15-3:00
An Exploration of the Fellowship in Community College Sustainability (FiCCS)

Isaac Knipfing, Strategic Energy Innovations and James Huang, San Mateo Community College District
The State of California’s ambitious energy, waste diversion and water conservation mandates pose great opportunities for higher education facilities staff to transform their campuses. The Fellowship in Community College Sustainability (FiCCS), a program of Strategic Energy Innovations, links emerging professionals in the field of sustainability with facilities staff at colleges throughout the state. FiCCS provides organizations with turnkey, cost-effective project planning and implementation support to catalyze sustainability projects and engage campus stakeholders. Fellows are immersed in monthly workforce development classes and training sessions to prepare them for a rapidly advancing field. Listen to the stories of current FiCCS fellows and learn how a fellow can add value to your institution.

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BMU 304 - 2:15-3:00
Knowledge and Actions for Resilience: The Sustainable Environments Minor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Joseph Ragsdale and Jonathan Reich, CAED Architecture Department at Cal Poly
The national and state award-winning Sustainable Environments minor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers students in all majors at the university an opportunity to work together to shape their education informed by the concepts and principles of sustainable environmental design. A combination of knowledge and skills is introduced through an interdisciplinary, team-taught course sequence. Instruction in global, regional and local sustainability concepts are followed by an opportunity to propose and implement a local, sustainability project. The core sequence is complemented by an offering of courses from across the university. Students gain the knowledge and abilities to integrate concerns for ecology, social equity and economics within the context of human and natural resource systems into personal and professional civic action. The presentation will cover the history, mechanics, assessment and examples of student projects. Reflections on future opportunities and directions will be presented.

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BMU 312 - 2:15-3:00
Sustain Awareness

Sandra Torres and Vanessa Pon, Office of Sustainability at CSU, East Bay
Sustainability is more than recycling. Sustainability is promoting awareness and how to apply Zero Waste to our everyday lives. The presentation is about tracking the relationship between residential college students and waste sorting. The purpose for this survey is to find the cause of students’ involvement with the triple bin waste system and how to increase their activity. The content will be presented in depth in statistics of what Cal State East Bay students reported in the survey. The topics included are the student’s access to the triple bin system, their usage of the bins, and last but not least, the reason behind their activity. In addition, further details and visual aid of interactive educational campaigns will be shared as examples on what students can do to promote Zero Waste. Throughout the presentation, we can to ensure a more clear vision on what is sustainability and how to share and maintain the sustainable lifestyle.

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BMU 314 - 2:15-3:00
Locavore Fair at San Jose State University

Liana Hua and Rachel Blake, Environmental Resource Center at San Jose State University
Annually the ERC holds a food education and social justice event, Locavore Fair, to illustrate the benefits of eating and buying organic food grown within 50 miles. The event focuses on motivating attendees to lessen the environmental impacts of food they eat and connects attendees with local green “microentrepreneurs”. This fair was created by students for students and surrounding residents in the Downtown San Jose area. Since its inception in 2013, more and more students and residents have taken part in this event with 200 attendees this past fall. ERC student directors connect with SJSU faculty to encourage student participation by integrating it with course assignments. A key part of its success is partnering with other units on campus such as facilities, Associated Students, Spartan Shops, and Campus Wellness. Next steps include engaging with entrepreneurs beyond food and helping attendees understand the sustainability and health impacts of personal lifestyle choices.


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3:30-5:00 Keynote Presentation
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Dahr Jamail

Dahr Jamail, Independent Reporter, Journalist and Author

Update on the State of the Planet: How Then Shall We Live?

Bearing witness to the unravelling of the planet at this time is the moral requirement of a soulful life.
Our world has been irrevocably changed by human-caused climate disruption, and these changes will become more pronounced in the very near future. The last three years on this planet have been the hottest ever recorded.
We are now in Earth's 6th Mass Extinction Event, of which humans are the trigger. Most, if not all of this change will be irreparable, and a child born today will live in a completely different world than her parents. We are now called upon to look squarely at the new, challenging, and often terrifying world that is upon us. With a clear, honest map of exactly where we are, we can take stock of our lives and make the important choices that face all of us personally and collectively.
Together we will experience the collapse of the biosphere, and at the same time we are granted the privilege of intimate encounter with the awesome beauty and life-giving generosity of our planetary home. Honoring the Earth at this time requires us to cherish her, and accept the moral dictate of working to protect what is left.


lunch iconWe cordially invite all of our speakers to a private hosted reception to show our appreciation for participating in this important, annual event. Light appetizers and spirits will be served and entertainment will be provided. Due to space limitations we ask that only our speakers and invited conference organizers attend. Please RSVP via email to or by phone (530) 898-3333 before the deadline of 3/1/18.