A Green Event Occuring April 20-21, 2017 at West Valley College


The West Valley College sustainability Committee is hosting the 5th Annual Earth Stewardship Symposium. This year’s theme is the oceans of the world and the topics covered include the effects of plastics and pollution, aquaculture and fisheries, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves. The two-day event begins Thursday, April 20 at 3 p.m. and continues on Friday, April 21, starting at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center Baltic Room.

The symposium is produced by the WVC Sustainability Committee and sponsored by a grant from the West Valley-Mission Community College District Land Corporation.
The event is free to the public with free parking in parking lot 5. For more information, please visit westvalley.edu/earth-symposium or call 408.741.2011.

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The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking in Lot 5.
If you have any questions, please contact Brenda B. Rogers, Tel. (408) 741-2011.


BIOS Of The Presenters

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang collaborate in an ongoing project to collect plastic that is washing ashore on Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Since 1999 they have focused their attention on just 1000 meters of tide line on a single beach. Their artwork has been featured in over 70 exhibitions in galleries and museums; educational and science centers including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Windows, the United Nations World Environment Day, the Cummings Gallery at Stanford University, and the University of San Francisco. Their work was recently exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences, Sausalito's Marine Mammal Center, The Oakland Museum, Hong Kong's Ocean Film Festival. Their artwork is widely collected nationally and internationally and has been on display at the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Cavallo Point Lodge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area has fine art prints of their work in each of its 155 rooms. The California Coastal Commission commissioned advertising images seen in posters and on placards and bus signage. They were cited as co-authors in a report from the University of Tokyo about concentrations of pollutants in plastic pellets published in the 2009 Marine Pollution Bulletin. TV segments have included appearances on the PBS Newshour, The Travel Channel, Wowow Tokyo and The Today Show. 10 short videos have been produced highlighting their artwork. In talks on the project they have appeared at the Newseum in Washington, DC, The Dallas Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Oakland Museum, Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and California College of the Arts in SF. Their project has been supported by the Feigenbaum Nii Foundation, the Arts and Healing Network and the Open Circle Foundation.
Dr. Halley E. Froehlich is a Postdoctoral Scholar for the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, involved with the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group evaluating sustainable open-ocean aquaculture around the globe. Halley received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington and B.Sc. in Animal Biology in 2009 from the University of California, Davis. Halley is also a proud graduate and transfer student from West Valley College. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she took an interdisciplinary approach studying the effects of human and natural-based low oxygen disturbances (i.e., hypoxia) on marine species and fisheries. A key facet of Dr. Froehlich’s graduate and postdoctoral research is linking important ecological questions with conservation and management objectives.

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Scientific American, Dwell Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. His book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was released in the United States and UK in June 2014.

nestor picDEEP was a BBC Book of the Week, a Finalist for the PEN American Center Best Sports Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, BuzzFeed 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014, ArtForum Top 10 Book of 2014, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, Scientific American Recommended Read, Christian Science Monitor Editor’s Pick, and more. The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean's depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves. DEEP has been translated into German, Chinese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and more. The audiobook, read by Nestor, was released by Audible in June 2016.

Nestor has appeared on more than 40 national radio and television shows ― including ABC’s Nightline, CBS Morning News, and dozens of NPR programs.

On April 16, 2016, The New York Times and Sundance Institute debuted “The Click Effect,” a Virtual Reality short documentary by Nestor and Sandy Smolan. The film, based on a chapter in DEEP, was the first VR short film shot in live action underwater with freediving. “The Click Effect” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at Tribeca Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, and more.

Nestor's longform piece for the boutique electronic publishing house, The Atavist, was released in December 2012. The story, Half Safe: A Story of Love, Obsession, and History's Most Insane Around-the-world Adventure documents Ben Carlin's arduous decade-long, around-the-world journey on land and by sea in the same vehicle.

An inveterate adventurer, Nestor joined a doomed surfing expedition to Norway and Russia for Outside Magazine in 2009, in which he and his team became the first to ride the breaks of the Arctic Circle. He has travelled extensively in Central America and the South Pacific, and lived for a short time with Vanuatuan yam farmers who worshipped the US Army. At home in San Francisco, Nestor lives in a house he rebuilt himself, runs his 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300D on used cooking oil, and occasionally risks his life picking up laundry in his Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar, the first-ever American-made production electric vehicle, which is for sale.

Stiv Wilson brings over a decade of experience in grassroots advocacy, systems innovation, and campaign strategy to The Story of Stuff Project. His role at The Story of Stuff  Project is to design, stiv wilson picexecute, and lead community-sourced campaigns to measurable conservation victories. Stiv is a waste and plastic pollution expert who frequently asked to speak on Solutions to the vexing inefficiencies in the materials economy all over the world. He’s created and led several campaigns to victory: from plastic bags bans, to plastic microbeads, to plastic water bottles at the state, national and international level. He’s sailed over 35,000 nautical miles to four of the five oceanic ‘garbage patches,’ documenting and communicating maritime plastic pollution firsthand. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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