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2016 Workshops

Pre-Conference & Post-Conference Workshops

The CCU Cooperative Minor in Sustainability (Invitation only)

Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion C
Free to invited attendees

This workshop is by invitation only and is open to California community college and CSU faculty representatives. The goal of the workshop is to consider the curriculum and oversight structures for a potential minor in sustainability.  This minor in sustainability is to be offered utilizing expertise and curriculum from multiple campuses throughout the state.  It is envisioned that community college campuses will also be involved, so a sampling of community college faculty will also participate.   Please contact James Postma ( or Elke Schreiner ( ) directly if you have not received an invitation and would like to attend.

Sustainability Officers’ Workshop (Invitation Only)

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion A
$58 Registration Fee

In this highly interactive workshop, sustainability officers will have the opportunity to connect with their colleagues across the state. Through several different activities, participants will be exposed to the breadth of knowledge and experience collectively housed in the room, dive deep into specific topics of interest, have the opportunity to give and receive advice, and brainstorm strategic solutions to institutional barriers. Participants vote on topics of interest ahead of time.

University of California Global Food/Carbon Neutrality Initiatives Fellows Symposium (Invitation-Only)

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion C
Free to Invited Attendees

The Symposium will convene undergraduate and graduate Fellows of two major Presidential initiatives at the University of California where student engagement is key.

The UC Global Food Initiative addresses the critical issue of how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025, with 44 Fellows engaged in projects such as urban agriculture, sustainable campus landscapes, and biological pest control.

The UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative is responding to the growing environmental crisis by committing to the goal of emitting net zero greenhouse gases by 2025, with 39 Fellows engaged in projects that include research aimed at scientific advances, policy analysis, and communications.

Striving for Zero Waste at Colleges and Universities

Monday, June 27th, 2016
FM-A Conference Room (#120), Facilities Management, T-2000
$40 Registration Fee

Organized jointly by the California Collegiate Recycling Council (CCRC) and the Zero Waste College and University Technical Committee (ZWCUTC) of the US Zero Waste Business Council, this workshop will showcase Zero Waste practices from different entities and provide an opportunity for interaction among individuals with different backgrounds, knowledge, and experience in practices and topics relating to Zero Waste. Come join us to hear presentations given by individuals who are highly involved in waste reduction and Zero Waste.

Finding Synergy: Connecting the Work of Diversity & Sustainability

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion A
$55 Registration Fee

University Diversity Offices and Sustainability Offices both hold imperative roles for building campus community and supporting student success. While the roles of these offices may be considered separate, identifying and addressing their interconnections is crucial to educate the campus about the link between diversity and equity with environmental systems. How can Diversity Offices and Sustainability Offices collaborate to provide mutual support? Join this workshop to build an understanding of the synergies between these two important issues, how people holding diversity or sustainability positions can work together, and leave with practical tools to make connections and build common language. This session is focused on campus Diversity Officers and Sustainability Officers, but is open to all. A survey and readings will be sent out to participants prior to the workshop.

CSU Living Lab Workshop (Invitation Only)

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Holiday Inn, Fullerton
Free to invited attendees

Student Convergence

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
 9:15am – 2:30pm
 Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion C
$30 Registration Fee (includes lunch)

The student convergence is a half day event that will be highlighting new student campaigns, upcoming projects, and skill-sharing workshops. Students will have a chance to network, discuss, and cross silos with other student leaders looking to better their campuses and communities from California Community Colleges, California State Universities, Universities of California, and Private campuses throughout the state. This workshop includes a lunch.  Please eat breakfast before arriving.

Joint UC/CSU Energy Manager’s Meeting (Invitation Only)

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion A (includes breakfast and lunch)

This is a free workshop, however please note the restrictions on attendance in the description below:
The Joint UC/CSU Energy Manager’s Meeting is an in-depth workshop for Energy Managers of Colleges and Universities in California. The focus will be an interactive session for participants to share best practices, lessons learned and practical advice, followed by breakout sessions on topics of interest. Agenda items also include the state of the current UC/CSU/IOU Partnership Program and Program updates.

This event is only open to utility representatives and people who fill the role of Energy Manager (or the equivalent) for a college or university campus, unless specifically/personally invited as a speaker by UCOP or the CSU Chancellor’s Office.  This event is open to UC, CSU, CCC, and private college Energy Managers

Zero Net Energy & the School Community for Administrators & Stakeholders

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Golleher Alumni House

Free registration at the New Buildings Institute Website (includes continental breakfast)

Join us to learn how California’s K-12 schools and community colleges can achieve zero net energy (ZNE) performance through whole-building retrofits. This three-hour workshop invites administrators, business officers, designers and key school community audiences to learn about the benefits and value of ZNE K-12 schools and community colleges. The interactive session will help build knowledge about the costs and savings associated with ZNE and low energy projects, help participants understand how to access Prop 39 funds to help upgrade a property’s energy performance, and address strategies to achieve successful ZNE project financing, planning, design, construction and operations.  The workshop is part of an investor-owned utility (IOU) pilot program aimed at leveraging Proposition 39 dollars to test how some of the state’s existing K-12 and community college buildings can be transformed into ZNE facilities. (2 AIA CEUs)

Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Scorecard Training Course

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
CSU Fullerton Student Housing, Pine 140

See USZWBC website for course fees (includes lunch)

Learn how you can meet your waste reduction goals while creating value through Zero Waste by attending this training based on the comprehensive U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) Zero Waste Facility Certification program. This training is intended for those interested in pursuing the professional Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Certification; however, enrollment is open to anyone interested in learning more about the USZWBC Zero Waste Facility Certification and how to better understand the Scorecard Certification System.

The 6-hour course will provide students with an overview of the USZWBC Zero Waste Facility Scorecard Certification System. The course will outline the history of USZWBC, the definition of Zero Waste, what are considered to be Zero Waste policies and programs, and provide a detailed explanation of the Scorecard Certification System, including sample case studies that demonstrate how to achieve credits for each category within the Scorecard. The Training also will provide educational resources and tools to help facilities get started (or complete) their efforts to pursue Zero Waste.

Register at USZWBC website up until the day of the course. Early bird rates end 6/17/16.

Hands-On Waste Audit

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
 Meet at Titan Exercise Sports Field
$5 Registration Fee (no meals included)

Learn how to perform a waste audit through a hands-on training as we sort through the compost, landfill, and recycling wastes from the conference.  This is a valuable skill for anyone interested in careers in environmental consulting or sustainability.   Please come in clothes that are comfortable and that you don’t mind getting dirty.  Only closed-toed shoes and long pants are allowed.  Light long sleeve shirts are recommended.  This workshop will include hands-on waste sorting.

CHESC Pre-Conference Workshops