Annual FOCUS event returns Feb. 12

California State University, Monterey Bay will host FOCUS, the university’s annual look at sustainability issues, on Feb. 12.

The seventh annual free event presents speakers and discussion groups that address the topic, “Sustainability and a Sense of Place.”

All events will take place in the University Center on Sixth Avenue at B Street. CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa will open the program with brief remarks at 1 p.m.

The day’s highlights include:

• At 1:25 p.m., Professor of archaeology Ruben Mendoza will talk on “The Archaeology of Sustainability.”

• At 1:45 p.m., Landwatch Executive Director Amy White will speak on “Creating a Sense of Place: Using Policy to Build Thriving Communities.”

• At 2:25 p.m., Author and activist Bill McKibben will speak by video on “Reflections on the Beauty and Importance of Our Place Along Monterey Bay.”

• At 2:40 p.m., CSUMB Watershed Institute co-director Laura Lee Lienk will talk on “Dirt – Place – Service . . . You Make the Connection!”

A speakers panel will follow at 3:05 and breakout sessions will get under way at 3:45. Those topics:

• Green Building on the Central Coast – How Far Have We Come and What are the Opportunities?
• Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed
• CSUMB graduates and current students who are making their way to place-relevant sustainable careers.

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