SAVE THE DATE for FTR 2012!!  

Click here to see the videotape of the Focus the Region 2012 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  Focus the Region (see the flier)and
16th Annual Social Justice Colloquium

Time:  11:00 am - 7:00 pm
At the University Center (map)

*See Monterey Salinas Transit, bike to campus options, and other general information on our main page Focus the Region*

An annual, free, all day teach-in, looking at locally relevant issues and solutions in addressing climate change.

*Free vegetarian food*  
*Opportunities for engagement*
*Kickoff for Campus Climate Nationals*

Theme: Sustainability and Social Justice (in conjunction with International Women's Day theme of the 16th Social Justice Colloquium)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Exhibitor Hall and free vegetarian lunch (please RSVP above for lunch and consider bringing a cup, plate and utensils to reduce waste)

Featured speakers:

- 1:00 pm Opening and Welcome from CSUMB President Dianne Harrison

- 1:20 pm Graciela Tiscareno-Sato (of Gracefully Global Group, LLC) "Latinnovating: How Creative Latino Culture is Sparking the Green Economy"

- 1:55 pm Don Prescott: "Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) – Localizing Energy Purchasing to Support the Regional Economy and the Environment"

- 2:15 pm Panel: "Social impacts of a Zero Waste Goal and the role of different solid waste management practices in our society"

- 3:00 pm  Dan Fernandez: "Humanure: Hidden Treasure from Unexpected Places and Its Social Justice Implications"

- 3:30 pm Frank Bardacke: "Farm Work and Justice"

- 4:30 pm Breakout Groups
  * Diversity Days Tunnel of Oppression (UC Conference Rooms)
  * BikeShare Program with Michael Wallace (UC Living Room)
  * Effects of Pesticides on Farm Workers, with attention to women and children:
       College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science (Bldg. 46) Room102
  * Service Learning, Social Justice, and Sustainability:
       Service Learning Institute (Bldg. 45a) Room127

- 5:45 pm Movie: "A Village Called Versailles": Emmy nominated film on Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the Vietnamese communities of New Orleans (UC Living Room)

- 6:45 pm International Women’s Day Panel: Cultivating women’s rights, panel subgroups:
 * Women, Work, and Land Group (UC Living Room)
 * Women and Media Group (UC Ballroom)
 * Women and Health Group (UC Ballroom)
 * Women, Education and Culture Group (UC Ballroom)


The following exhibitors are expected at the 2012 forum:

ALBA - The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association
AMBAG Energy watch, Commute alternatives

Applied Solar Energy/SOLEX/LexSolar 
The Bike Blender Guy
Blue Dophin Alliance 
CSMC - Communities for Sustainable Monterey County
CSUMB - Otter Cycle Center
Gracefully Global Group
Hartnell College - Sustainable Construction 
KART/AITS Vanpool  
MBEVA - Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance 
MBUAPCD - Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program 
MRWPCA - Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency 
Monterey-Salinas Transit 
The Offset Project 
Pass it on Please 
United States Green Building Council

*Winona LaDuke will present “Environmental Justice from an Indigenous Perspective” on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom

Highlights from last year's event

More about Focus the Region 2011