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Statewide Sustainability Higher Ed Conference Explores
Future of Green Campuses

(July 31, 2008) -- The Seventh Annual CSU/UC/Community College Sustainability conference kicks off today at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with more than 1,100 participants expected to attend. The conference is the largest-ever network of colleges collaborating on one sustainability forum and runs from today through Sunday, Aug. 3.

Students, staff, faculty and administrators from throughout the state’s higher education systems will explore ways to create social, environmental, and economic sustainability on campuses statewide -- and prepare future generations for “green collar” jobs. The conference program will feature more than 75 sessions and workshops organized around 13 different subject tracks, including green building, water and landscaping, energy, transportation, food systems, waste reduction and recycling, procurement and sustainable business practices, and curriculum and research. Lieutenant Governor and CSU Trustee John Garamendi will address the conference participants on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

“The higher education institutions in California are not only places of learning but living laboratories on green technology that creates jobs and investment opportunities. Going green is expected now by the next generation of Californians at our colleges and universities,” Garamendi said. “Everything being talked about at this conference is cutting-edge, but the goal is to make it standard. Everyone wins, including students, California taxpayers, the environment and the private sector.”

Other highlights from the conference include:

  • CSU Sustainability Summit - This preconference workshop to be held Thursday evening gathers more than 130 students, faculty and staff to break down the silos between each of the university users to make sustainability a part of daily life on campuses.
  • Wheeled Migration - Cyclists from CSU Chico and Humboldt State, including Professor Mark Stemen (Chico), will be riding across California along Highway 1 toward the conference in San Luis Obispo.  The trek is part of an annual “rolling summit” that gathers cyclists from across the state.

  • 2008 Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership Best Practice Awards - A total of 26 honorees will be recognized in areas such as building retrofits and operations, green buildings, sustainable transportation and student sustainability programs.

For more details about the conference program, schedule, tours and sponsors visit http://sustainability.calpoly.edu.

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Last Update: July 31, 2008
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