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FOCUS THE NATION 2009: Building a Sustainable Economy has a new website www.focusthenationslo.com.

 

 

 

 

For any questions email: focusthenationslo@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures of the event!

 

 

Student Essays in Response to Focus the Nation at Cal Poly

 

Cal Poly's Focus the Nation in the national news! Click Here

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Welcome to Cal Poly Focus the Nation!
 
On January 31st, 2008 Cal Poly will participate in the largest teach-in in America's history, Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America. This will be one of more than 1450 such events taking place at college campuses all over the country involving thousands of presenters and millions of students.
 
This day-long teach-in will be featuring presentations and panel discussions from a wide range of perspectives on climate change solutions including physics, biology, architecture, engineering, agriculture, business, economics, psychology and religious studies. The event will conclude with a non-partisan examination of the 2008 Presidential candidates' plans for solutions to climate change as well as students engaging with local, state, and federal representatives. Keynote speakers to include Congresswoman Lois Capps (via live webcast) and State Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee.

 

All events are open to the public free of charge!
 
In addition to these presentations, regularly scheduled classes will be incorporating assignments, lectures and discussions of climate change and global warming solutions from the perspectives of their particular disciplines.  Suggested curricular resources for instructors are provided here.
 
Official support of Cal Poly's Focus the Nation has been voiced by:
 

  • The President and Provost's Office [view resolution]
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Business
  • College of Science and Math

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Monday, Jan 28th- Environmental Poetry Slam at 8pm in Chumash Auditorium! Sacramento based Noah Supanova Hayes will be the featured Slam poet. In addition there will be an open mic session for students to participate.

Tuesday, Jan 29th- Movie showing: Weather We Change in Bldg 3-213 (business silo) @ 8pm.  A skiing adventure documentary that follows athletes who have taken a pledge to follow in the footsteps of pro skier Alison Gannett in search of a greener ski bum lifestyle. Stunning footage of the Swiss Alps, California, Washington, and an educational journey come together in an unforgettable film that shows how global warming is an issue that skiers cannot afford ignore. Click here for the trailer.

Wednesday, Jan 30th- Live web cast: The 2% Solution in the PAC Pavillion (behind Phillips Hall) @ 5pm.  Join Stanford University climate scientist, Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins , green jobs pioneer Van Jones, actor Edward Norton, and youth climate leaders, for a discussion of global warming solutions. Come watch the web cast LIVE with over other 1000 universities across the country. After the web cast, find out how to volunteer on Jan 31st.

 

 

Focus News:

 

 

* Focus the Nation to host a Green Job Fair and Trade Show in UU220 on January 31st from 11-2pm. Bring your resume and talk to various green companies about jobs and internships in green architecture, alternative energy, sustainability engineering, as well as various non-profits. Click here for more info.

 

* Focus the Nation and Campus Dining partner to sell a special "Focus Lunch" on January 31st! The healthy, local, compostable box lunch will be for sale at various campus dining locations on Thursday.

 

*Focus the Nation partners with the Central Coast Clean Air Coalition (C5) to host an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Show on Mott Lawn from 10am - 2pm on January 31st. For a list of attending vehicles click here.

 

* Focus the Nation to host a Local Government Round-table during the "Strengthening the Political Will for Investment in Climate Change Solutions" event at 7pm in Chumash Aud. on Jan. 31st. Larry Allen, the Executive Director of Air Pollution Control District, will moderate a discussion among County Supervisors Jerry Lenthall & Jim Patterson, Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham, SLO City Councilwoman Christine Mulholland, as well as County Supervisor candidates Adam Hill (District 3) and Debbie Arnold (District 5) about local solutions to climate change.

 

* Blue Turtle Seduction to play at UU hour on January 31st! In addition they will be bringing their biodiesel tour bus and doing an educational workshop on biodiesel. For more info click here

 

* Focus the Nation Sustainability Art Exhibit in the UU Epicenter until Feb 1st.  For more information click here.

 

* On January 31st Cal Poly Facilites Services will "Power-down" for Focus the Nation. Roughly 500kW (the equivalent of 400-500 homes!) will be shed from all campus facilities to signify the effect our energy consumption has on global climate change.

 

* CLIF Bar CEO and Cal Poly Alumnus Gary Erickson have become national sponsors of Focus the Nation. To support the efforts of Focus the Nation CLIF Bar is donating special edition Focus the Nation CLIF Bars to Cal Poly. The first 40 attendees to each presentation in Chumash Auditorium will receive a free nutritious treat!

 

* 150 Cal Poly faculty commit to Focus the Nation! For a current list of committed faculty click here.



Focus the Nation is being sponsored by the Empower Poly Coalition, the student coalition of sustainability related clubs and organizations on campus.

 

empowerpoly.calpoly.edu

empowerpolycoalition@gmail.com

Comments (5)

Anonymous said

at 8:34 pm on Apr 27, 2007

I left the home page the way it came so everyone could watch the little helper videos they give us. Play around with it if you want but it looks really simple.

Anonymous said

at 3:20 pm on Jul 5, 2007

Feel free to make whatever you like. The whole structure is set up specifically so anyone can change things or add pages to let the others know what they are working on.

Anonymous said

at 4:45 am on Jul 7, 2007

I was thinking if we could arrange to set up a TV or big screen, for example at the UU (outside), with a series of short films for during the day on Jan 31... When students walk by, they can stop and watch some short films, and thereby catch their attention. It would be awesome if we could get our hands on some of the short films now showing on liveearth.msn.com from the concerts!

Anonymous said

at 12:51 pm on Jul 11, 2007

Hey, here is a link to all the short films from live earth film project:
http://liveearth.msn.com/green/liveearthfilmproject

Anonymous said

at 2:25 pm on Jul 11, 2007

Test your knowledge with a quiz!

http://edugreen.teri.res.in/explore/quiz/quiz.htm

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