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Sustainability Day

Sustainability Day is a full day of events in the Student Center Ballrooms and Seawolf Plaza. Go to for more information.

Sustainability Day Events:

Farm – to – Fork Dinner
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Kitchens

Join the University Culinary Services team for a farm to fork dinner. Locally sourced, organic and seasonal vegetables will be featured in this special menu featuring Tuscan broiled local vegetables, basil balsamic vinegar, Local garden herb  roasted rocky free range chicken, Sonoma State rosemary roasted potatoes, fresh local fish steamed with cilantro pesto garlic fried brown rice, Stir-fried local vegetables, oyster sauce and almonds Strawberries and Clover Dairy cream.
Fixed Price (all you can eat) is $11 for those not on a meal contract.
Bon Appetite!

“Climate Ready Sonoma County – Where Do You Fit In?”
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ballroom D

Hear about innovative local strategies to build our resilience in the face of climate change, and join the conversation on next steps to create positive solutions to the challenge of climate adaptation for our ecosystems and communities. Presented by the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (NBCAI), an alliance of environmental non-profits, government agencies, and local businesses working together to increase awareness of climate impacts to Sonoma County. Presenters include: Caitlin Cornwall (Biologist & Research Program Manager, Sonoma Ecology Center) Brant Arthur (Community Affairs Specialist, Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA)) Justin Witt (Environmental Planner, Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers)

“The Russian River: All Rivers – The Value of an American Watershed”
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ballroom B
The Russian River: All Rivers preview

This film examines how the Sonoma County’s Russian River has been used, and what that mean for future residents. This film was produced, written and directed by residents of Sonoma County who appreciate the value of our natural resources. The filmmakers will be present for a Q & A immediately following the screening. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Bike to SSU Day!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Person Theater Lawn

Show your support for Sustainability Day by pedaling to campus! Then swing by the energizer station for some coffee and snacks. Bring your reusable coffee mug!

Ghost Cat My World: Drawings by Michelle Friend
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Schulz Library Gallery

The Ghost Cat Exhibit will be shown in the Schulz Library Gallery. Images of these wild cats will help connect you to their plight in a crowded world.

Renewables-Made in Germany Exhibit
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Grand Ballroom

This exhibit will move to International Hall on campus and be on display there from October 22 through November 20, 2015. The goal of the technology exhibition “Renewables – Made in Germany” is to draw worldwide attention to the possible applications of renewable energies. At the fore of the exhibition is an overview of renewable energies technology with a special focus on the strengths of German suppliers and systems solutions. The exhibition presents the advantages of various technologies, explains their functions, indicates various possible applications and documents the specific expertise of German companies. 26 charts, which are updated yearly, are available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Welcome to Sustainability Day
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
9:00 am - 9:15 am
Grand Ballroom

Provost Andrew Rogerson Welcomes to Sonoma State University’s 2nd annual Sustainability Day.

“From Words to Action: Applying Sustainability Principles in Our Community”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Grand Ballroom

Sonoma State faculty and students work with a variety of community partners on crucial sustainability efforts. This panel explores how this work happens, whether via direct service, service-learning courses, internships, community-based participatory research or other engaged pedagogies for the common good. You will hear from some of these collaborative partners about the history of the partnership; ways they currently work with current and former SSU faculty and students; recommendations to other community organizations who want to develop or deepen relationships with SSU; and how students and faculty can get involved. Speakers on this panel are: Merith Weisman- Moderator, Center for Community Engagement, Nick Caston – Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Talia Eisen — Sonoma Ecology Center, Keenen Foster – Sonoma County Water Agency, Suzi Grady – Petaluma Bounty, Claudia Luke — SSU Institute for Environmental Inquiry, Oren Wool – Sustainable North Bay.

“Why I Love My Job and How I Got It: Alumni & Sustainability”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Grand Ballroom

Hear from a panel of sustainability professionals from varying graduating classes on why they love their job and how they got it. Meet influential SSU Alumni who currently work in sustainability fields in a forum setting where you can ask questions. Speakers on the panel are: Christine Kuehn – Program Coordinator, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Rebecca Simonson – Senior Power Analyst, Sonoma Clean Power, Sabrina Sihakom – Sustainability Coordinator, Jackson Family Wines, Allison Jenks – Farmster & Sustainability Coordinator at Oliver’s Market, Kara Kelly –  SSU Sustainability Day Coordinator & Center for Sustainable Communities, Paul Draper- Moderator, SSU Director of Sustainability.

“Our Campus as a Living Lab for Sustainability”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Ballroom D

Caroline Christian, Daniel Soto, and Craig Dawson will discuss classes that will be using the campus as a laboratory for sustainable practices. These classes are part of a CSU-wide effort to have students conduct experiments that improve the sustainable practices of our college campuses. This presentation and discussion will cover two classes that will be using the campus as a laboratory for sustainable practices. These courses have been made possible by the Campus as a Living Lab (CALLS) grant from the California State University system. These classes are part of a CSU-wide effort to have students conduct experiments that improve the sustainable practices of our college campuses. Caroline Christian is designing a class that will allow students to develop a restoration program for Copeland Creek that will protect biodiversity while allowing human interaction with the waterway. Students will learn scientific research methods, field sampling methodology, data analysis and presentation, and grant writing. Daniel Soto is designing a class where students will measure, present, and hopefully influence energy use in a campus dorm. Using electricity monitoring tools in the dorms, students will analyze data, create visualizations, and communicate their results to dorm residents to reduce unnecessary energy use. Craig Dawson is the principal contact from the Sonoma State University facilities team. Craig will be working to provide access to the campus infrastructure for student interactions by coordinating the installation of energy monitoring systems in campus dorms. Faculty interested in developing their own CALLS courses should attend.  CALLS courses are supported by significant grant funding from the CSU.

Sustainability Mid-Day Fair & Coffee Break
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seawolf Plaza

Join Campus Life Programming, JUMP, Student Government, Campus Rec, and Residential Life for games and prizes! There will be FREE COFFEE for people who bring their reusable coffee cups! Campus Life Programming, Campus Rec, Join Us Making Progress, Center for Community Engagement, and Student Government will have interactive information sharing opportunities with chances to win prizes.
10 Tips Towards Sustainability - a poster presentation brought to you by CCE and Student Government.
Check your Dollar - a conscious consumerism game brought to you by Campus Rec.
BYOWaterBottle - a reusable water bottle decorating activity brought to you by Campus Life Programming.
Money shot - a recyclable material, basketball game brought to you by JUMP.
What's in your body? - a spelling bee for chemicals in common use products brought to you by Campus Life Programming.
These will all be featured at the Sustainability Day Fair from 5-7pm as well!

“Farmster: Powering People, Place, and Practice in Local Food”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
11:15 am - 11:45 am
Grand Ballroom

Join recent SSU grads in investigating who it takes to grow viable regional food systems in a hotter, drier, crowded California. Who is part of the national food movement? Ever heard of a Farmster? Join the Farmster Founder Crew in investigating who it takes to grow viable regional food systems in a hotter, drier, crowded California.  Started by Sonoma State alumni, Farmster is a start-up social purpose corporation (SPC) dedicated to addressing complex issues of food security within diverse sociocultural, economic, and ecological contexts-from the farm, to the fork, and beyond. The Farmster team is: Allison Jenks, Tomio Endo, Jamal Edwards, Dustin DeMatteo.

Building Sustainable Communities
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
11:30 am - 11:50 am
Ballroom D

Tom Jacobson and Alex Hinds of the Center for Sustainable Communities at Sonoma State.

Keynote: “The Road to Montana: Climate Change and the Long Emergency”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Grand Ballroom

David Orr joins us from Oberlin College to discuss climate change and the role each of us has to play. The rising levels of CO2 and its longevity in the atmosphere means that the goal of sustainability cannot be easy or quick but a long and hazardous journey. The role of colleges and universities is critical in our eventual success because of you, the students. What should you know? How should you spend your four years at Sonoma State University? How do you join in the Great Work of our age?

“Getting to Zero”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Grand Ballroom

Geof Syphers, CEO of Sonoma Clean Power

“A Call for Action Towards Sustainability: Tearing Down Another Wall”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ives 34

Everyone is welcome–this is an ‘Open Classroom’-event to support SSU’s Sustainability Day! Presented by Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Jonas Richter, from the University of Wuppertal/Germany. This presentation (in English) is part of GER 200.

“Careers in Sustainability: Maximizing Our Youth’s Leadership Potential”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Grand Ballroom

Lucy Gugiel and Jason Carter from Community Action Partnerships of Sonoma County

“Cultivating the Future: Sustainability at Jackson Family Wines”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Ballroom

SSU alumna Sabrina Sihakom will discuss sustainability and innovation at Jackson Family Wines a family owned Sonoma County winery, where she is sustainability coordinator, focusing on how businesses can impact the shaping of a more sustainable world.

Keynote: “Changing the National Conversation on Climate Change”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Grand Ballroom

Political action and youth involvement can have strong, positive impacts on changing the way we talk about climate change…and for shaping local, state and national policy.  Come hear how SSU students can be proactive toward a sustainable future.


Earlier Event: October 17
Scene It Movie Night feat. Trainwreck
Later Event: October 21
Back to the Future Trilogy