Butte College's 3rd Annual Sustainability Conference: It's About Schools, Energy, Economy set for Aug. 13 -14, will bring the leading experts on curriculum, energy, green facilities, jobs, training, current state and private projects and partnerships as well as state and federal funding to offer sustainability best practices.
The conference is designed for community colleges' administrators, managers, faculty, staff and students interested in an integrated approach to sustainability, adding ‘green' curriculum, sharing best practices and building ‘green' facilities. Key topics will include becoming a sustainable campus, economic opportunities for campus energy projects, energy projects such as solar PV for colleges/universities, and institutionalizing sustainability in colleges/school districts.
Keynote speakers for the conference include such notable experts as: Dr. Woodrow Clark II, author and co-editor on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the organization created by the United Nations and named co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize; Dr. Randal Beeman, Professor of History at Bakersfield College and co-author of A Green and Permanent Land: Agriculture and Ecology in the Twentieth-Century; David Thorman, State Architect for the Division of the State Architect, Department of General Services; Fred Harris, Assistant Vice-Chancellor in College Finance and Facilities Planning at California Community College Systems Office; Barbara Halsey, Executive Director on the California Workforce Investment Board; and Ken Grossman, CEO, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of the leading entrepreneurs in the world, a national leader in sustainability and an alumnus of Butte College.
During the two-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in powerful dialogs with these esteemed authorities as well as many others during interactive sessions on such topics as Managing Projects and Building Sustainable College Campuses; Economic Opportunities for Sustainable Campus Energy Projects; Looking at the Big Picture: Performing Cost / Benefit Analysis on LEED® Projects; Rebate Opportunities for Energy Projects with the CCC/IOU Partnership; Enhancing Solar Job Training and Solarizing Colleges; and many more.
Participants will also get a chance to tour the Butte College Campus and refuge which will include tours of new LEED® Gold buildings, solar arrays, creeks and ponds, and water reclamation on a 928 acre wildlife refuge. The same tour will feature the new Arts building, a state-of-the-art facility with over 41 specialized instructional spaces, winner of the UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Award for Best Design HVAC/Energy Efficiency and on track for LEED® GOLD certification; and a tour of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, one of the private-sector leaders in the sustainability movement.
The cost of the conference is $199 and discounts are available to Butte College and local educators. Exhibitor spaces are also available. To register for the Butte College Sustainability Conference, visit the registration page or call 895-9015.