Fall 2012 Convergence: The Three Pillars of Sustainability

The Fall 2012 Convergence is just around the corner! This weekend we will be making CSSC history: this is the first time a convergence has ever been hosted at a community college. The team at Butte has cooked up an incredible, jam-packed, inspiring weekend for you all, so if you haven’t registered yet – get on it! A message from our Convergence Coordinators, with lots of important details: 


We hope you are all excited for the CSSC’s fall convergence held from November 9th-11th at Butte Community College. We have prepared an incredible weekend complete with inspirational keynote speakers Chief Caleen Sisk-Franco, Anne Symens-Bucher, Adelaja Simon, Victor Menotti, Kirsten Schwind, and a variety of student-led workshops, some large-scale interactive workshops, local entertainment, and a super delicious menu of local vegetarian meals. The theme of this fall convergence will be to focus on the interconnectedness of the three pillars of sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental Justice. Get excited to learn, get inspired, have fun, and meet some new sustainabilibuddies!

Still haven’t registered? Click here to register to attend!

Registration is open to all students regardless of involvement with CSSC.

Please note that while registration closes on November 7th online (25$), on site registration is available throughout the convergence (30$). We encourage everyone to register online ahead of time when possible. Also, registration is free for all Butte students!

The convergence provides a chance to network with and bond with allies from across California, working in diverse areas of sustainability. This convergence is provided at the low cost of $25 per student! This includes two nights of camping, and a full day of student led workshops on diverse topics highlighting interconnectedness of ecolgy, equity, and economy.

Keynote Speakers!

Caleen Sisk-Franco

     We are honored to present our keynote speaker Caleen Sisk-Franco, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu (Indigenous People of the McCloud River south of Mt. Shasta, California).  Caleen is an internationally known speaker on traditional tribal and spiritual issues, having spoken on diverse topics such as spiritual medicine ways, the spirit of water, global climate change, sacred sites protection, and the responsibility of tribal people to honor their tribal life way. Click here to learn more: http://www.winnememwintu.us/caleen-sisk/

Anne Symens-Bucher, Adelaja Simon  

     There will be an all day workshop hosted during Friday prior to check-in at Butte College’s Chico campus for those of you who arrive early! Anne has traveled extensively with Joanna Macy, participated in dozens of Macy’s workshops and is herself a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects. Adelaja stopped cooperating with business school to become a permaculturist. Annie and Adelaja will be hosting a Workshop from 9am to 5pm on Nov 9th at the Butte College Chico Center. [2320 Forest avenue, Chico, Ca room 146] Register by emailing holtma@butte.edu or call 1 530 895 2428.

Daniel Dancer: Art For the Sky

Art for the sky will create 70+ foot tall picture of a fractal snowflake made out of 300 student leaders (you) on Saturday. These enchanting creations are a whole-body way of stimulating our imagination to see the elusive “big picture” and help us understand our interconnection with one another and all life. With hundreds of people at a time collaborating in the creation of something beautiful, each living painting is a blessing and a promise to better care for our world and one another. Click here to learn more about the artist: Daniel Dancer: Art For the Sky

 Kirsten Schwind

Kirsten Schwind, is Co-founder and Program Director of Bay Localize, a nonprofit building an equitable and resilience Bay Area. Kirsten is deeply involved in local energy policy and co-founded the Local Clean Energy Alliance, the Bay Area’s largest clean energy advocacy alliance. Kirsten also worked for several years in Latin America in human rights and the environment, and is fluent in Spanish.       

Dwayne Edwards

Meet our Cultural Affairs Director here at Butte College! All too often though, people think straight to environmentalism without knowing the immense implications society and the economy have on creating a sustainable world. Dwayne lives to resolve that myth.

Victor Menotti

Author Victor has written and spoken extensively about the impact of globalization on ecosystems, and he has helped build internatial networks among the traditional farming, forest, fishing, and indigenous communities whose survival depends on them.


Program of Events

To see the fun that is in store for y’all click here.


Talent Show Saturday

     We will be hosting our Talent Show extravaganza Saturday night.

You are encouraged to bring whatever props or costume you need to perform. Please bring your special talent that you have been working on in the mirror for the last 5 years. You know the one we are talking about.

Bring your Costume, prize for best costume. We can provide Amplification, Microphones, and hook ups to play Mp3 Devices. Be sure to bring whatever you need to perform your special talent!


Drinking/Drugs: This is an alcohol and drug free Convergence. Use of alcohol or drugs may result in you being asked to leave the campground immediately.


We will provide good local food throughout the event! We encourage you to eat before arrival, and to bring your own personal snacks for the weekend.

Light snacks Friday

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday

Breakfast on Sunday

*Please bring your own Mess Kit (plate, bowl, cup, cloth napkin, utensils) as these will not be provided!

Food Donation

Convergences are well known for their outstanding meals, we will be providing 4 freshly prepared vegan meals throughout the convergence. In order to feed everyone we are going to need a lot of donation. That means that everyone attending needs to try and bring a food item. To find out what supplies we need, how much, and how you can help please click this link to our Food Donation Document.


Important Information & Supplies List

·      Tent

·      Sleeping bag or warm blanket

·      Sleeping Pad/Yoga mat

·      Flashlight or Headlamp

·      Folding Chair

·      Warm Clothing/Change of clothes

·      Toiletries (Toothpaste, toothbrush, whatever you need to feel fresh)

·      Water Bottle

·      Rain Jacket or Umbrella

·      Mess Kit (plate, bowl, cup, cloth napkin, utensils)

·      Notebook and writing utensil for note taking, sketching, journaling, etc.


Housing at the Convergence

The Bridges family has generously donated their property and are allowing the CSSC Convergence to use this land as our camping and dining location! The private property is located at 255 Shippee Rd Oroville, CA 95965, 5 miles from Butte Campus. Upon arrival we will have you sign a Waiver of Liability, from there you will be free to set up your camping accommodations and begin meeting all the wonderful folks. There will be light snacks available Friday evening, and we encourage you to eat before arriving, and to also bring some extra food for you and your friends to snack on throughout the weekend. Please see the list of supplies to bring, to ensure the most comfortable camping experience possible.

Parking: We will ask that everyone park between the cones in the designated area. If it is raining, we ask that you park on the road.


Toilets/Washing Area 

There will be porta-potties on site.  There are no showers or sinks.  We will have a water and wash area set up for brushing teeth, washing hands and faces. There is also running water for drinking.

 First Aid

We will have a first aid kit on site under the large tent with basic supplies.  If you have a medical condition that may require specific care, please let us know ahead of time. To donate Supplies, which are needed, please follow the food donations link below.

Food Donation Document

 Emergency Contact

If you or someone else needs emergency help, please contact the following people on site.

Mimi Riley (530) 520-5251

Kelly Munson (207) 650-2498

Kevin Killion (530) 966-0480

Melody Leppard (530) 520 5367

Ben Johnson (530) 520 8816


Please email bcssc12@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 Thank you, we can’t wait to see your lovely smiling faces!

-The Butte College CSSC Team


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