This Way to Sustainability Conference

2021 Speakers and Panel Recordings

Recordings of the Opening and Closing Statements, Keynote Presentations, and Artists Panel are all available below. Links to recordings of the Break-out sessions will be sent to registered attendees. If you’d like full access to the breakout sessions as well, use our "Donate" button (or click here(opens in new window)) to donate $50 and send an email to in new window) for the link.

Opening Statements
Gayle HutchinsonOpening statements by CSU Chico president Gayle Hutchinson, Cynthia Daley (Rawlins Endowed Professor for Environmental Literacy and Director fo the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems), and Cheri Chastain (Director of Energy & Sustainability)
Bill Shireman—“In This Together: How to Reach Across the Political and Economic Divide Toward Finding Workable Solutions to our Climate Crisis.”
Bill ShiremanDr. Shireman's mission is to bring together people who love to hate each other—capitalists, activists, conservatives, and progressives, among others. He teaches leadership and negotiations at the UC Berkeley Haas Business School, and serves as a surrogate founding father of Bridge USA, where young progressives, conservatives, libertarians, and independents all register "decline-to-hate," and engage in democracy by listening, speaking, learning, teaching, and then solving problems together. 
Jennifer Atkinson—"“Eco-Grief & Climate Anxiety: In a time when there is so much bad news, how do we learn to cope?”
Jennifer AtkinsonDr. Jennifer Atkinson is an Associate Professor of environmental humanities at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her seminars on Eco-Grief & Climate Anxiety have been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the Seattle Times, NBC News, Grist, Medium, KUOW, and many other outlets. Jennifer works with psychologists, artists, scientists, and community groups to provide resources for navigating the emotional toll of our climate crisis. She recently received a grant from the Rachel Carson Center in Munich to co-facilitate an interdisciplinary project titled "An Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators” with a global team of scholars and activists.
Day Two Opening Remarks
Cynthia DaleyOpening remarks by Cynthia Daley.
Katherine Wilkinson—“All We Can Save: Leading on Climate with Truth, Courage, and Solutions"
Katherine WilkinsonDr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, teacher, and one of 15 “women who will save the world,” according to Time magazine. Her books on climate include the bestselling anthology All We Can SaveThe Drawdown Review, the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, and Between God & Green. Dr. Wilkinson co-founded and leads The All We Can Save Project with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, in support of feminist climate leadership, and she co-hosts the podcast A Matter of Degrees, telling stories for the climate curious with Dr. Leah Stokes. Previously, Dr. Wilkinson was the principal writer and editor-in-chief at Project Drawdown
Leah Penniman—“Uprooting Racism and Seeding Sovereignty in the Food System”
Leah PennimanLeah Penniman was raised in Massachusetts and began farming as a teenager with The Food Project in Boston. Penniman holds an MA in Science Education and BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University. Li has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002. She has worked at the Food Project, Farm School, Many Hands Organic Farm, Youth Grow and with farmers internationally in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. Li co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission of ending racism and injustice in the food system and reclaiming the inherent right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system as Black and Brown people. She is the author of Farming While Black.
Closing Remarks
Debra LarsonClosing remarks by Chico State Provost Debra Larson.
Arts and Sustainability Panel
Artist Panel featuring Rina Faletti, Sheryl Karas, Peter Alan, Brian Fies, and Sabrina Chavez. Moderated by Sarah Johnson.
Virtual Art Gallery
Visit this year's virtual art gallery.
(Google Slide)

Poster Symposium

"Campus" Cleanups in a Virtual Age
Adrien van DykeAdrien van Dyke on creating virtual cleanup challenges using the Litterati App.
Wastewater Stabilization Pond System as a Sustainable and Economically Beneficial Solution for Puno, Peru
 A presentation by Ana Medic.
Consumer Awareness of Fava Beans: Nutritive Properties, Consumption, and Preparation Methods
fava beans A presentation by Madeline McAndrew.
Tragedy of the Commons
Sharn BasiPresentation by Sharn Basi.
Sustainability through Data Analytics
Presentation by Elizabeth Jimenez, Alondra Salazar, Arthur Carlos, Michelle Nguyen, and Xayaphone Salinthone
Connecting Sustainability Across Warrior Nation
A presentation by Samantha Thomas, Wendy Olmstead, and Destiny Suarez.
Engineering a Bioreactor using Frugal Innovation
A presentation by Eva Ottum and Evan Warns
Cultivating Eco-Consciousness: Global and Local Approaches
Anna LenakerA presentation by Anna Lenaker.
Braiding Sweetgrass Into a Sustainable Campus Culture
 Presentation by Wendy Olmstead.
Modular Truck - The Future of Trucking from Farm to Consumer
 Presentation by Richard McDonald.