CSUF Hosts Statewide Sustainability Conference June 27-30
Higher Education’s Green Practices, Living Labs on Display
More than 170 presenters will discuss best practices in a wide range of sustainable and green projects — ranging from construction, lighting and energy — during the 15th annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference June 27-30 at Cal State Fullerton, where more than 1,000 attendees are expected.
This year’s event, themed “Living Laboratory: Turning Ideas Into Action,” emhasizes the importance of reaching out to students and increasing their awareness, knowledge and involvement in sustainability so that it becomes a part of the campus culture. Discussions will include curriculum development, operational programming and community partnerships.
Former California Secretary of Agriculture A.G. Kawamura of Orange County Produce, a family–run producer and shipper of locally grown produce, is the opening keynote speaker. His address is from 8-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, in the Meng Concert Hall in the university’s Clayes Performing Arts Center. Kawamura is co-chair of Solutions From the Land and serves on the boards of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences’ Natural Resource Council, and the Western Growers Association.
Environmental journalist Marla Cone, senior editor/environment at National Geographic and author of “Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic” — a finalist for the National Academies’ Communication Award, is to deliver the closing keynote from 4:15- 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in the Meng Concert Hall. During her 30 years in journalism, Cone was senior environmental writer with the Los Angeles Times, editor-in-chief of Environmental Health News and has written for Scientific American.
“The sharing of best practices helps us get closer to finding solutions for climate change-related problems and through those solutions show that faculty, staff and students can make a difference,” says Willem van der Pol, interim associate vice president for facilities planning and management. “Through the sharing of information, we all can make better informed decisions about our studies, our careers, our campuses.”
He added: “It is wonderful to have this conference here at Cal State Fullerton, where our focus has long been on developing and utilizing practices that are efficient and green. Such events create momentum and an excitement that drives us all to do more.”
Tours of various aspects of the CSUF campus that feature green buildings (June 28), sustainable campus housing (June 29), suastainable waste (June 28), the 26-acre Fullerton Arboretum (June 29), campus lighting at night (June 28), plus drought-tolerant landscaping and smart water meters (June 29) are scheduled at select times during the conference.
Cal State Fullerton has a 20-year history of instituting efficient, sustainable and green practices that save money and improve the campus community. Examples range from lighting upgrades to green building construction and installation of solar panels. CSUF will be among the campuses honored during the conference for energy and sustainability. The full list of honorees and their projects is available online.
In addition to CSUF speakers, presentations will be made by:
• Tyson Eckerle, deputy director of zero emission vehicle infrastructure, Governo’s Office of Business and Economic Development
• Wayne King, Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator, environmental specialist, city of Los Angeles
• Ann McCormick, founding principal of Newcomb Anderson McCormick, a San Francisco-based energy engineering and management consulting firm, and a member of the board of directors of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council
• Dale Sartor, staff scientist and engineer, Environmental Energies Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
• Glen Bennett, general manager, Aqua Cents Water Management, and president of the San Joaquin Valley chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association
• Grace Junge, energy engineering, EnerNOC Inc., a provider of cloud-based energy intelligence software
• Andrew deCoriolis, director of strategic projects and engagement, Farm Forward
• Richard Young, director of education, workforce education and training, PG&E Food Service Technology Center
Details about he conference programming are available online. On-site registration for the conference will be available. Rates noted online.
Story provided by the CSUF Public Information Office.