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Save the Date!  June 18th-22nd California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

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Save the Date! June 18th–22nd, 2012 University of California, Davis

Registration is now open for the Eleventh Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), June 18 - 22, 2012, hosted by the University of California, Davis! This unique event is jointly organized by independent/private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California, to create the opportunity for dialogue across institutions.The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. This unique event is jointly organized by independent/private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California creating the opportunity for dialogue across institutions. The University of California, Davis, in partnership with the statewide steering committee, has introduced a systems-thinking approach to this year’s conference, challenging potential speakers to find ways to engage stakeholders across multiple divisions.  Each session will be a “pairing” between two or more diverse topic areas.  This year for the first time UCSF’s Sustainability Manager Gail Lee is co-chairing a healthcare track starting with a pre-conference workshop on Jun 18 and a full day healthcare track on June 19 which has been opened up to all California hospitals. Through this topic area, CHESC aims to present waste diversion, toxics reduction, sustainable food, and behavior change case studies relevant to hospitals, medical centers, hospitals,  nursing programs, and student health facilities. Other examples of sessions this year will include: *  Creative Composting: Renewable Energy through Anaerobic Digestion (a pairing between the Energy, and Waste Reduction and Recycling topic areas) *  Community connections through urban agriculture (a pairing between the Food Systems, Social Equity, and Currriculum topic areas) *  Towards a Systems Approach to Dining Facilities and Efficiency in Design (a pairing between Green Building New Construction and Renovations, and Food Systems) *  Budgeting to institutionalize energy efficiency and conservation (a pairing between the Institutionalizing Sustainability, and Energy topic areas) *  Water efficiency opportunities in campus central plants (a pairing between Water and Landscaping, and Energy) For the first time, UC Davis will host the conference. UC Davis is a recognized leader in campus sustainability practices, sustainability research, and environmental education, as demonstrated in recent World University Rankings (11), Sierra Magazine Cool School Top Ten (8), Sustainable Endowment Institute rating (A-), and Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch (1), among others.  The city of Davis is equally sustainability-minded and active in greenhouse gas reduction programs, bicycle commuting programs, and innovative housing developments, including co-housing and several types of cooperatives. The city and campus are lovely places to visit, with a lively downtown, many parks and a beautiful campus Arboretum, which has a number of eco-friendly landscapes and research programs aimed at helping commercial nurseries and regional residents transition their landscapes and gardens to ecologically friendly plants and irrigation practices.  In addition, 2012 will be the first year that the conference has been in Northern California since 2005. For more information, click here.