Sierra College Sustainability Forum Series



Hello Everyone,

The spring semester has started for Sierra College and so I wanted to announce the dates/speakers for the Sierra College Sustainability Forum as well as mention some events that may be of interest to you.

First we are happy to have three forums this semester, all forums will start at 5:30PM and will be located in the Fireside Room in the student center on the Rocklin Campus.

February 19thGrid Alternativeswill be coming to speak, they are a great organization that does charitable home solar installations, sort of a solar version of habitat for humanity.  In April, they will be doing a build in Nevada County and Sierra College will be helping to provide them with enough volunteers to make that two-day event a success, so come out and see what they are about and find out about the April Event.

March 19thBernadette Del Chiarofrom the Environmental California will be coming to talk about her organization, her background and experience in California’s Alternative Energy sector and the City of Sacramento’s ban the plastic bag campaign and we’ll be discussion whether people feel a similar discussion should begin on campus concerning plastic water bottles.

April 16thSustainable Business Panel.  Sara Keyes from UNFI will be presenting along with several other business representatives on their efforts to meet the triple bottom line.  We also tentative have a representative from the Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) attending, their organization provides resources to business owners on how to be more sustainable.

Last but not least, the Sierra College Sustainability effort is increasing its reach.  We love doing the forums and talking about sustainability but we’re also interested in not just talking about, but helping people DO sustainability.  As such we are planning to start teaching sustainablity related courses through our Community Education program at the college.  The first two courses in our new Sustainable Living Series are listed below and you can register for them by going to the main site at  Sign up soon these classes will fill quickly, if you have any questions please contact me.

Sustainable Living Series: Home Solar Basics  


Class Description

Learn the basics of home solar, how it works and whether or not it would be a good thing for your home. We’ll discuss energy efficiency, solar system sizing, costs and what questions you should ask before doing a solar installation. Additionally, we’ll provide you resources to help in your decision making process. Finally, during lunch we’ll be doing an optional information session and optional tour of the Sierra College solar arrays.


Class ID:45426

Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm; 1 session starting March 16, 2013, ending March 16, 2013


Instructor:Michael Dela Pena & Michael Kane

Location: Rocklin Campus, Rm. I-1

Sustainable Living Series: Local Foods & Nutrition


Class Description

Learn how buying and eating local food can improve your life. Find out about the nutritional benefits of eating healthy local food, get some new recipes and learn how to eat with the seasons. We’ll also provide you with information on the local food movements, local farmer’s markets and together we will prepare and eat a lunch using only local foods. Materials: $5 at class.


Class ID:45496

Saturday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; 1 session starting April 13, 2013, ending April 13, 2013

Tuition:$48.00Materials Cost:$5.00

Instructor:Joanne Neft & Clair Dendinger

Location: Rocklin Campus, Rm. F-11

Thanks for your time and support, we look forward to seeing you at the first event in February!

Michael A Kane

Associate Dean,Sciences & Mathematics - (916) 660-7902

President, Community College Sustainability Collaborative

DirectoR, Sierra College Energy Technology Program

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