Archive for the ‘2009 Spring’ Category

Geologist/Environmental Scientist Compiles Data on High-Altitude Wind as Renewable Energy Source

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2009

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Cristina Archer
Geological and Environmental Sciences
530-898-5618

Geologist/Environmental Scientist Compiles Data on High-Altitude Wind as Renewable Energy Source

Cristina Archer, faculty in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at California State University, Chico, has collaborated with Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology to compile the first-ever global survey of wind energy at high altitudes.

Archer is a world expert in wind power and has done considerable research on mapping the wind resource near the ground. Also a meteorologist, Archer is interested in large-scale flows in the atmosphere. She is the author of a paper on jet streams and how they are slowly shifting toward the earth’s poles. Archer said, “Linking wind power and jet streams was a natural evolution in my research. Ken Caldeira, who was my former supervisor at the Department of Global Ecology, had looked at high-altitude winds in the past and was interested in moving forward with this idea, so we agreed to collaborate on the research.”

The two researchers used 28 years of public data from the National Center for Environmental Prediction and the Department of Energy to assess the potential for wind power. They transformed the data in such a way that they could extract information regarding wind power density at each level in the atmosphere.

In an article on Archer’s research in the online journal ScienceDaily on June 16, 2009, jet streams were described as “meandering belts of fast winds at altitudes between 20,000 and 50,000 feet that shift seasonally, but otherwise are persistent features in the atmosphere.” Jet streams have great potential for energy production because they are large (usually a few hundred miles wide and almost three miles thick), persistent and can reach speeds between 57 and 300 miles per hour.

The highest wind power densities are over Japan and eastern China, the eastern coast of the United States, southern Australia and northeastern Africa, reported lead author Archer in the ScienceDaily article. “The median values in these areas are greater than 10 kilowatts per square meter,” she wrote. “This is unthinkable near the ground, where even the best locations have usually less than one kilowatt per square meter.”

“For cities that are affected by polar jet streams, such as Tokyo, Seoul and New York, the high-altitude resource is phenomenal,” said Archer. “New York, which has the highest average high-altitude wind power density of any U.S. city, has an average wind power density of up to 16 kilowatts per square meter.”

Even at the high altitudes, there are times when the winds do not blow. About 5 percent of the time wind may not reach speeds sufficient for generating power, even in the best locations. “This means that you either need back-up power, massive amounts of energy storage or a continental or even global scale electricity grid to assure power availability,” said Caldiera. “So, while high-altitude wind may ultimately prove to be a major energy source, it requires substantial infrastructure.”

“There are actually a variety of companies developing technologies for retrieving winds at various altitudes, from a few hundreds of meters all the way up to the jet streams at 30,000 feet,” said Archer. Technologies include carousels of kites, flying electric generators and membrane wings with tiny turbines.

Archer received her MS in civil and environmental engineering in 1995 from the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, and a second MS in meteorology from San Jose State University in 1998. She then started her PhD in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, where her thesis work focused on the Santa Cruz Eddy, a vortex that forms over the Monterey Bay, as well as on wind power resource assessment for the United States and the world.

After completing her PhD in 2004, Archer worked for a couple of years at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in San Francisco, a state agency that manages air pollution issues from stationary sources in the Bay Area. She then joined the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford in 2007, where she worked on global climate change effects on the jet streams and on high-altitude wind power. She came to CSU, Chico in the fall of 2009 as an assistant professor, while keeping an appointment at Stanford University as a consulting assistant professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on renewable energy, especially wind power; numerical modeling of both atmospheric phenomena and air pollution; and global climate change.

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Friends of the Herbarium Offer Summer Workshops

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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June 15, 2009

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Lawrence Janeway, Herbarium
530-898-5381

Friends of the Herbarium Offer Summer Workshops

herbarium120x81.gifFriends of the Herbarium are offering several workshops this summer. Registration is open now.

Workshops currently open for sign-ups are Home Composting on June 27; Home Vermiculture and Vermicomposting on July 25; and Ethnoecology of California Wetland Plants on August 15. More workshops are being planned for the fall.

For information about these Friends of the Herbarium workshops, please go to http://www.csuchico.edu/biol/Herb/Events.html.

The Chico State Herbarium is managed under the umbrella of the Gateway Science Museum. For more information about the Gateway Science Museum (formerly the Northern California Natural History Museum), please go to http://www.gatewayscience.org/.

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Week-long Course in Flora of the Western Great Basin Offered in June

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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June 11, 2009

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260

Week-long Course in Flora of the Western Great Basin Offered in June

eaglelakeweb.gifFlora of the Western Great Basin is being offered through Regional and Continuing Education, California State University, Chico, June 21-28 at Eagle Lake Field Station in Lassen County. In addition, Friends of the Herbarium is offering shorter workshops this summer. Registration is open now for the course and workshops.

Botanist Mike Williams, who has 30 years of experience in the Great Basin, will teach Flora of the Western Great Basin. Williams was one of the first botanists working on the federal candidate lists of endangered plants in 1976 in southern Nevada. He has continued to conduct rare-plant surveys and ecological assessments throughout the western United States. Williams is the author of the treatment of the barberries (Berberidaceae) for the Jepson Manual. He currently teachers botany and ecology at Butte College.

Members of the class will examine the flora and habitats found in the cool high-desert region of the Western Great Basin. Course activities will include learning the fundamentals of using plant keys; becoming familiar with the Jepson Manual of Vascular Plants of California; reviewing common families and landforms; and learning methods of collection, note taking and habitat characterization.

A typical day will include morning lecture, field trips to surrounding locations and evening keying in the laboratory at Eagle Lake.

For details and registration, please go to the workshop page at the RCE Web site: http://rce.csuchico.edu/flora/

Other workshops currently open for sign-ups through Friends of the Herbarium are introduction to the willows of California on June 13; home composting on June 27; home vermiculture and vermicomposting on July 25; and ethnoecology of California wetland plants on August 15. More workshops are being planned for the fall.

For information about these Friends of the Herbarium workshops, please go to http://www.csuchico.edu/biol/Herb/Events.html.

The Chico State Herbarium is managed under the umbrella of the Gateway Science Museum. For more information about the Gateway Science Museum (formerly the Northern California Natural History Museum) please go to www.gatewayscience.org/ .

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Registration Open for After School Professional Development Institute Conference

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Joe Picard,
Continuing Education
530-898-6105

Registration Open for After School Professional Development Institute Conference

In collaboration with Butte County Office of Education and Region 2 Learning Support After School Programs, California State University, Chico Continuing Education will host After School: Start Your Engines – After School Professional Development Institute Conference, July 27-29, on the CSU, Chico campus.

The conference will provide K-8 paraprofessionals, coordinators, teachers, and staff the opportunity to explore ways to develop and improve their after school programs. Participants will discover how to implement varied curriculum, facilitate experiential learning, and provide a more positive environment for children.

The After School conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Gale Gorke, executive director of Kids Kan, Inc., who is recognized as a pioneer in the creation and implementation of successful child and staff development programs based on active learning techniques.

Peer-led sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics, including ideas on going green, leadership development, online safety, learning activities and the use of technology to manage and enhance an after school program.

In addition to a full schedule of sessions, the conference will also feature a resource fair and showcase where representatives will exhibit and demonstrate innovative learning products, services and resources.

“This is our third year in presenting our After School conference in Chico,” said Julie Jarrett, Butte County Office of Education’s After School Program administrator. “The campus makes a perfect location for us to learn from experts and share our experiences in building after school programs that make a positive difference in the lives of our children and our community. We look forward to welcoming more than a 100 after school program administrators, paraprofessionals, coordinators, line staff, teachers and partners from throughout the region to join us for this conference.”

Professionals who work with children in an after school environment are encouraged to attend this conference.

To enroll please visit Region 2 After School Programs site at: http://www.region2online.org/.

For more information, please visit http://rce.csuchico.edu/afterschool or call CSU, Chico Continuing Education, 530-898-6105.

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‘Going Frugal’ Students Design and Furnish Home To Aid Charities; Tickets Available for Tours, Reception

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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May 22, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Lisa DeLaby, Butte College
530-895-2937

‘Going Frugal’ Students Design and Furnish Home To Aid Charities; Tickets Available for Tours, Reception

frugal-house-logo-only.gifInterior Design students from California State University, Chico and Butte College are showcasing their creative talents to benefit the North State Symphony and other local charitable organizations for a unique event, “Design for the Times – Going Frugal,” taking place June 11-14.

A team of 23 interior design students from Butte College and CSU, Chico, led by faculty from both colleges, will design and furnish the interior of a newly constructed home built by Aspire Homes at 2625 Swallow Tail in Chico. Students will integrate recycled and refurbished items collected from local thrift stores, including the ARC, Salvation Army, PAWs and Habitat for Humanity.

“The Design for the Times – Going Frugal” designed home will be open for tours and conversations with the aspiring interior designers beginning June 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for the advance preview reception on June 11 are also available.

“This is a sustainable project. The students are working with items from local thrift stores and recycling and refurbishing them to completely decorate the interior of a home. It will be a ‘frugal dream house’ that showcases the students’ talents, benefits local nonprofits and offers cost-effective design ideas,” said Deverie Jarrett, Butte College interior design instructor.

Jarrett said that every item in the home will be available for purchase at a good price, with furniture and merchandise available for pick-up at the end of the weekend-long event.

Pat Macias, chairperson of the event, said that while the fund-raiser will primarily benefit the North State Symphony, a portion of the proceeds will support other nonprofit community organizations, including the thrift stores who are making merchandise available to the design students.

To participate in “The Design for the Times – Going Frugal” project, students made formal presentations of their design concepts to select which designs would be used for the project.

“The idea was to create something spectacular in a first-time homebuyer’s home,” said Jarrett. “Students went to work making trips to local thrift stores to choose the furnishings for their rooms—from art to window coverings and furniture. Students will work like ‘real’ interior designers, coordinating time schedules, subcontractors and the demands of making the final project look appealing and creative to the client, which happens to be the local community.”

According to Jarrett, the project gives students real hands-on work experience that they might not otherwise receive for years. In addition to the experience, she said, some Butte College students also receive internship credit for the project.

The project continues to garner sponsors and partners, many providing in-kind gifts of supplies and labor to help make this project possible.

“Our goal is to show that even in difficult times, Chico is a community that stays together and plays together when it comes to supporting its citizens, education and the arts,” said Ann Prater, director of Advancement for the CSU, Chico College of Humanities & Fine Arts.

Tickets are available for the preview reception on June 11 for $25 and $15 for the open house/tour held June 12-14. The public can purchase tickets at various local businesses or in person at the North State Symphony by calling 898-6692.

Butte College’s interior design program prepares students for careers as professional interior designers. Faculty lead off-campus field trips exploring various businesses and careers related to the interior design field. Students have the opportunity to meet with practicing interior designers, explore product showrooms and experience significant interior environments. Students are encouraged to participate in the Butte College American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter which offers active participation in a nationwide professional design association.

To prepare the students for professional practice, the Interior Design BFA curriculum at CSU, Chico emphasizes both the theoretical and the practical, from concept to articulation. The goal is to provide students with an education that is well rounded and applicable to the next generation of interior design professionals. Courses encompass design theory, design history, human behavior, critical thinking, problem solving, building technologies, codes and life safety, communications skills and professional values. Department of Art and Art History professor Kijeong Jeon is Interior Design Program coordinator.

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Business Administration Student Named McGowan Scholar

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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May 19, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Dee Hoffman Wills,
College of Business
530-898-4255

Business Administration Student From Oroville Named McGowan Scholar

Shawn Wilson of Oroville, a business administration major at California State University, Chico, will receive a full tuition scholarship from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The William G. McGowan award, available to students enrolled in accredited business schools throughout the United States, honors applicants who achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership skills, display excellence of character and are committed to the community through service activities. The McGowan Scholars Program provides a full-tuition scholarship to one student annually from each school selected to participate in the program.

Established in honor of William G. McGowan, the telecommunication pioneer who developed the MCI Communications Corporation, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Inc. is located in Washington, D.C. The McGowan Scholars Program provides financial assistance to outstanding students who are continuing their education in the field of business and is designed to encourage leadership ability, interpersonal skills and a significant involvement in academic, campus and community activities.

Wilson, who is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an option in both Finance and Accounting, possesses an outstanding academic record and was highly recommended by the College of Business faculty. A full-time student from Oroville, he is the president and co-founder of the Investors Club at CSU, Chico, a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, and is active in community service. In April 2009, Wilson’s leadership potential led to his participation in the college’s inaugural two-day Values-Based Leadership Boot Camp. He was one of just 14 students invited to participate in that program.

“The McGowan Scholars Program allows us to honor our most successful students and to provide them with the resources they need to become tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Willie Hopkins, dean of the College of Business. “Mr. Wilson is a fine student with outstanding leadership potential. He is certainly deserving of this prestigious award.”

Fully accredited since 1972 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the CSU, Chico College of Business provides instructional programs that are characterized by excellence in IT instruction, experiential learning, and leadership development opportunities for students.

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Influential Expert on Global Economic and Gender Issues To Receive Honorary Doctorate and Give Address at CSU, Chico’s 119th Commencement

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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May 15, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Influential Expert on Global Economic and Gender Issues To Receive Honorary Doctorate and Give Address at CSU, Chico’s 119th Commencement

California State University, Chico’s 119th Commencement will feature an address by a 1981 computer science alumna considered one of the world’s most influential women: Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, minister of foreign trade for the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).

Sheikha Lubna will be awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Science at the Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 24. She will speak to graduates of the Class of 2009 at both Commencement exercises: Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24.

While at CSU, Chico, Sheikha Lubna was president of the Computer Science Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu. After graduation, she worked as a programmer for the software company Datamation, and later took a position with the U.A.E. General Information Authority. She was one of the first women in the U.A.E. to obtain a technology degree. She also earned an MBA from the American University of Sharjah.

Sheikha Lubna is a member of the royal family of the emirate of Sharjah, one of the seven emirates that comprise the U.A.E. She serves on the Board of Directors of Dubai University, the Arab International Women’s Forum and Tejari.com, among other organizations.

In addition to her governmental duties, Sheikha Lubna lectures throughout the world on economic issues as well as on her special perspective on gender issues and equality. In 2007, Forbes magazine listed her among the 100 most influential women in the world. In 2005, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Approximately 2,800 CSU, Chico students are expected to receive bachelor’s degrees either Saturday or Sunday in the University Stadium. The ceremonies start at 9 a.m., take about two hours and are held rain or shine. Tickets are not required for admission.

Saturday’s Commencement exercises will feature graduates from the colleges of Communication and Education (including Liberal Studies), Humanities and Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences as well as International and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Sunday’s Commencement exercises will feature graduates from the colleges of Agriculture, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, and Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management.

The Saturday and Sunday Commencement exercises will also feature student speakers and remarks by CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. Rebecca Dedeker-Winston, a theatre arts major and graduating senior from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will speak on Saturday, and Grace Ellen Berryhill, an animal science major and graduating senior from the College of Agriculture, will speak on Sunday.
In addition, a number of colleges and programs will hold receptions and special ceremonies, including a ceremony for master’s graduates on Friday, May 22. A full list of Commencement events is below. Tickets are required for events only where indicated.

Wednesday, May 20

The Native American Graduation Celebration, previously scheduled for 6 pm, has been cancelled.

Thursday, May 21

The Asian graduation Celebration will be held at 6 pm in Performing Arts Center 134.

The School of Education Recognition Ceremony for credential candidates will be held at 6:30 pm in Laxson Auditorium. Tickets required: 898-4570.

Friday, May 22

The School of Social Work Master’s Ceremony will be 1 pm in Laxson Auditorium., with a reception to follow at 3 pm in PAC 144. Tickets required for the ceremony: 898-6204.

The Nurses Pinning Ceremony will be held at 4 pm in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium.

The Graduate-Master’s Degree Ceremony will be held in Laxson Auditorium at 7 pm. Tickets required: 898-6049.

Saturday, May 23

Commencement exercises, University Stadium, 9 am

The Black Commencement Celebration will be held 1-3 pm in Harlen Adams Theatre (PAC 144).

The Latino Commencement Celebration will be held 1-3 pm in Laxson Auditorium. Tickets required: 898-6831.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management will have a Graduation Celebration Ceremony in Laxson Auditorium at 4 pm. Tickets required: 898-5963.

Sunday, May 24

Commencement exercises, University Stadium, 9 am.

For more information about Commencement exercises, call Sue Anderson, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 898-6472 or go to http://www.csuchico.edu/alumni/commencement/.

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Nursing Professor and Founder of Better Babies to Receive Distinguished Emerita Award

Friday, May 15th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2009

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Sherry Fox,
School of Nursing
530-898-5891

Nursing Professor and Founder of Better Babies to Receive Distinguished Emerita Award

gwinrichterweb.gifThe College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico will recognize the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of Professor Gwin Richter over the course of her career with the award of Distinguished Emerita at a reception on Tuesday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in the Physical Sciences Courtyard on the CSU, Chico campus.

Richter served as a professor in the School of Nursing for 35 years, from 1971 to 2006. In 1991, Professor Richter founded and has served as director of Better Babies Inc., a prenatal center that is part of the California Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program. She has been a certified childbirth educator through Lamaze International since 1965 and is also a certified lactation educator through the University of California, San Diego. Professor Richter worked as a per diem staff nurse in Obstetrics at Enloe Medical Center from 1971 to 1992.

While at Chico State, Richter taught courses in maternal-child nursing, theory and practicum, family nursing, nursing role and foundations of nursing. She currently teaches the School of Nursing’s online course, Current Concepts Baccalaureate Nursing. She designed and wrote the maternity portion of the course and now teaches the entire course for registered nurses who are returning to CSU, Chico for the bachelor of science degree. She also teaches a special problems course, Protecting Normal Birth, for students interested in supporting women in labor and becoming OB nurses or nurse midwives.

Better Babies is a Service Learning Center in which students learn nursing and teach clients while performing a community service to low-income pregnant and postpartum women and their babies. Better Babies provides the support services portion of prenatal care funded by Medi-Cal for the patients of obstetricians and certified nurse midwives in Chico and surrounding communities. Under Professor Richter’s direction, more than 1,000 nursing students have worked with more than 5,000 women during the past 18 years. In serving local clients, Richter regularly collaborates with Opt for Fit Kids, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Catalyst, Rape Crisis Center, Touchstone, the Butte County Public Health Department and other agencies.

“Professor Richter has been an inspiration to thousands of students, as well as to her many colleagues. Professor Richter mentors many students interested in going to graduate school to become nursing faculty, or to practice obstetric and neonatal nursing, midwifery and medicine,” said Dr. Sherry Fox, director of the School of Nursing. “Many of her students are now OB nurses and certified nurse midwives, both locally and elsewhere. Several students have gone to medical school. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition than Professor Richter. Her dedication and commitment to the health of local mothers and babies is life-changing for her clients and inspirational to all who know her.”

Donations to a fund in her honor to benefit the Childbirth Education Media and Models Training Program may be sent to the School of Nursing, care of Dr. Sherry Fox, CSU, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0200. Checks may be made out to “CSU, Chico, University Foundation.”

Last year’s inaugural award was given to Dr. Wes Dempsey, Biological Sciences.

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Greeks Receive Local and Regional Honors for Community Service

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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May 15, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Greeks Receive Local and Regional Honors for Community Service

California State University, Chico students in fraternities and sororities have received honors from the City of Chico and a regional Greek leadership group for their community service and philanthropy.

The City of Chico Bidwell Park and Playground Commission on April 27 honored the fraternity and sorority presidents for the CSU, Chico Greek Workday event in Bidwell Park. More than 250 students in Greek organizations took part in the March 28 park clean-up.

For the second year in a row, CSU, Chico Greek organizations won the Community Involvement Award from the Western Region Greek Association. This award was for excellence in programs that provide philanthropic programming, fund-raising or time spent with other agencies in the community.

The award recognizes CSU, Chico’s Multi-Greek Council, which includes the Intrafraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council.

Connie Huyck, one of CSU, Chico’s program coordinators for Greek life, said the award was for activities during the 2008-09 academic year. The award was presented at the Western Regional Greek Leadership Conference April 4 in San Francisco.

Huyck said the 2008 community service projects undertaken by CSU, Chico students in fraternities and sororities included

• a blood drive that involved more than 500 students, faculty, staff and community members donating more than 400 pints of blood

• a clean-up of the Patrick Ranch outside Chico involving 400 Greeks putting in a total of 1,600 hours of service

• a canned food drive that netted thousands of canned goods for an area homeless shelter just before the winter holiday season

• a clean-up of Rosedale Elementary School in Chico including yard work, building maintenance and other necessary repairs and work

CSU, Chico also won a case study competition at the conference organized by the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. Huyck and student Ryan Bast from Phi Delta Theta fraternity researched and presented a case study involving Greek issues. Competing against teams from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, USC, University of Arizona, University of Washington and other schools, Huyck and Bast took first prize for their presentation.

The Western Region Greek Association Leadership Conference is the oldest of Greek regional conferences and has met regularly since 1948. There are approximately 60 campuses in 14 Western United States and two Western Canadian provinces eligible to send representatives to the annual conference. Huyck said about 750 students and campus professionals attended the conference in April.

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Speakers to Address Sustainable Events at Luncheon

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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May 11, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Speakers to Address Sustainable Events at Luncheon

California State University, Chico students studying how to hold environmentally aware or sustainable events are hosting experts on the topic at a meeting and lunch Wednesday, May 13, in the BMU, room 210, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tickets to the event are $15 for students and $25 for the public. To attend or for more information, go to http://www.sustainable-events.com/.

The keynote speaker is Wilhelm Wang, business sustainability manager for the British Standards Institution (BSI). BSI is engaged in establishing the first sustainability event standards in the United States and abroad. Recently BSI announced Microsoft Corporation had met initial certification standards set by BSI for sustainable events.

CSU, Chico professor Joe Greene, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Manufacturing Technology, will present an array of products and services at the event that can be used for sustainable meetings.

Also speaking will be Paul Salinger of Oracle Corporation, who will be speaking on “Benefits of Green Meetings and Events.”

The CSU, Chico students are enrolled in Department of Recreation and Parks Management (RECR) 498, Green Meetings and Events: Sustainable Planning and Management Practices.

Benefits for event organizers in doing sustainable events include greater community involvement, financial savings, and lowered energy consumption and material usage. Instructor Beverly Oviedo, who teaches RECR 498 with professor Jeff Jiang, said changes as simple as not filling water glasses at tables until they are used can make a significant difference.

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