Connecting Communities is the theme for the annual This Way to Sustainability VI Conference taking place Nov. 4 - 6 at CSU, Chico and Butte College and it promises a dynamic schedule filled with experts who will speak on a variety of sustainability issues.
The Conference begins on Nov. 4, however Butte College will host the Sustainability Conference at its main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive in Oroville, on Nov. 5. The morning kicks off with keynote speaker Dr. Debra Rowe, Professor of Energy Management and Renewable Energy at Oakland Community College and the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. Rowe will discuss and share specific strategies and opportunities available for institutions and associations in integrating sustainability into mission, curricula, research, student life and community partnerships. Another speaker includes Todd Cohen, the Sustainability Manager at the American Association of Community Colleges where he coordinates the firm’s green jobs initiatives. Additional workshop sessions will be offered for attendees involving LEAN Enterprise Implementation, Global Business: Top Models of Sustainability, and CIA and CID Certifications.
The conference’s theme, Connecting Communities, offers conference attendees the opportunity to learn, share and plan for the future in the following key areas: learning, building, business, biotech and advocacy. Lunch and an exhibition hall will be available for all attendees beginning at 11:30.
With 20 workshops, panels and demonstrations scheduled for participants to choose from including those that address solar power, sustainable food systems, green building and development, top business sustainability models, connecting students with real world sustainability challenges and solutions, and sustainability education resources for teachers in all academic disciplines and many more, there’s something for everyone.
Lunch speaker Jerome Ringo, National President of the Apollo Alliance, will be video streamed from CSU, Chico to discuss his efforts as a vocal advocate of a clean energy economy. Afternoon workshops include Private Sector Building Partnerships, Your Building Management System, Fair Trade and Local Economic Development from Uganda to Chico, Lean to Green in your Office, and others. Panel workshops feature the Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Solar and LEED Projects, and Parking Lot Pollution‐ The MESA BWELL Project. Tours will be available of the College’s Sustainable Food Systems and Horticulture area, Butte College’s solar arrays, and Sustainable Art and Architecture Exhibition, Scenario Village, and RARE ‐ The Recycle and Rubbish Exhibit.
Reserve your spot at the conference today on Friday, November 5. The cost including lunch is $20 per person, per day and students are free. For more information, a complete schedule of events and to register call 530-895-9015 or visit the conference Website: www.butte.edu/sustainability/conference.html.