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  • 1. Environmental Studies:A Transformative ExperienceMichael Simpson, ChairEnvironmental Studies Department
  • 2. Environmental Studies: 3 Degree ProgramsMS ES MS RMC PhD ESConservationBiologySustainable Development &Climate ChangeScience teacherCertificationAdvocacy for Social Justiceand SustainabilityEnvironmentalEducationSelf DesignedStudies1 Integrated Faculty
  • 3. The Department of Environmental Studieseducates:visionary, pragmatic leadersin a collaborative interdisciplinary settingthat is founded on academic excellence andthe principles of environmental justice andsustainability.Environmental StudiesMission Statement
  • 4. Environmental StudiesA trans-disciplinary department
  • 5. Principles of SustainabilityPolitical Economy and SustainabilityEnergy and Materials SustainabilityReal World SustainabilitySustainable LeadershipHistory & Practice of Educating for SustainabilityConservation, Ecology & Sustainability of the Sonoran DesertBuilding Sustainable OrganizationsCommunity/School Sustainable Food SystemsSustainability in the Land of the MayaCitizen Participation and Sustainable Communities
  • 6. C0evolution and self organizationComplex SystemsEntropy and limitsReinforcing feedback
  • 7. Building Sustainable OrganizationsSurveys the landscape of sustainability theory andliterature and how this can apply to organizationalfunctions…private sector, governments and NGOs.
  • 8. Building Sustainable Organizations…explores the questions:• What are the different lens ofSustainability withinorganization?• How do you evaluate anorganization’s sustainability?• Are there models that can beapplied?• Do sustainable organizationsfocus on outcomes orprocess?• How does one externallyassess sustainability claims
  • 9. Foundation courses (4)Internship (2)Methods/skills courses (5)Concentration courses (2)Capstone (1)(thesis, project, collaborative capstone)A Curriculum To Build Knowledge and SkillsLearning byDoing andServing
  • 10. Learning By Doing
  • 11. Advocating for Social Justice
  • 12. Tom WesselsMitch ThomashowAlesia MaltzJoy AckermanResilienceSignificance of ScaleSurplus and ScarcityRisk
  • 13. Community GardensInitiative
  • 14. Center for Tropical Ecologyand Conservation
  • 15. Monadnock Ecological Researchand Education Project
  • 16. Climate ChangeAdaptation InitiativeMinneapolis, MN: Vulnerability AssessmentRecentconditions WithpopulationgrowthAnd moreextremerainfallSunapee Adaptation Plan
  • 17. Building Resilience ThroughCommunity-Based Stakeholder Capacity Building
  • 18. The best way to predictthe future is….to invent it.
  • 19. Research TeamJames Gruber, Antioch University New EnglandRobert Roseen, UNH Stormwater Center LathamStack, Syntectic, LLCThomas Crosslin, Climate Techniques, LLCRobert Wood, Lake Sunapee Protective AssociationJoel Smith, Stratus ConsultingColin Lawson, Antioch University New EnglandMichael SimpsonAntioch University New EnglandWater from the Hills:Adapting to land use and climate change
  • 20. Some Indicators Innovative program delivery model servicing approximately1,000 FTE students annually using 85,000 square feet 56% reduction in electricity usage over past six FYs 350% increase in composting 81% reduction in printed pages in Computer ResourceRoom Robust Responsible Purchasing Policy & practices First graduate department of environmental studies in thecountry First graduate program in the country that explicitly linkssustainability and education Green MBA program ranked in top 5 nationally by NetImpact Thousands of students and alumni engaged in championingAUNE’s mission
  • 21. Progress to date: Established a campus-wide Student Government to enable students to have aregular voice in the governing process of the school Established a President’s Council that brings together representation from theinstitution’s constituencies to serve as a forum for generating recommendationsconcerning governance issues Established a senior-level administrator position to lead our SSJ initiatives Transitioned to 100% recycled paper for copiers/printers & restroom products Switched to non-toxic, Green Seal-certified cleaning products Installed restroom light sensors Installed low-tech Please Flip Me Off light switch signs Removed energy-sucking vending machines Re-launched our Green Bikes program & built a solar-lighted bike shelter Installed demonstration sites for rain garden and pervious pavement, designed toreduce stormwater run-off and sand/salt usage for snow/ice removal. Created organic campus vegetable/herb garden to provide food for AUNE café &Keene Community Kitchen. Added edible plants to campus landscaping. Conduct Carbon Counts: You Can Too education and outreach campaign thatincludes a regular home-grown speakers’ series and Green Guru initiative Upgraded our solid waste recovery systems & conducted waste audit
  • 22. Educating for SustainabilityProgram for Working TeachersE F S ACR O S S T H E CU R R I CU L U M AT AL L G R AD E L E V E L S
  • 23. Hybrid Delivery ModelsOnline courses spring and fallIntegrating Environment, Economy, and EquityCurriculum Design for Educating forSustainabilityConnecting Communities
  • 24. Msters in Urban SustainabilityTraining Sustainability Practitionershttp://www.antiochla.edu/academics/ma-urban-sustainability/
  • 25.  Two-year program 36 units Low-residency: two residencies per semester Residencies: classes, fieldtrips, speakers
  • 26. Fieldwork Ecovillage Farmers Market City of Santa Monica EmpowHer Heal the Bay Los Angeles Food Policy Council And many, many more fieldwork sites!
  • 27. Capstone Projects Sustainability Plan for a Hotel An Undergraduate Course Curriculum on theRole of Graffiti in the City Survey of the Carbon Footprint of FarmersMarkets in the City Transforming an Alley into a CommunityAsset And many others!
  • 28.  “Serving as the Fellow for the Congressional Progressive Caucus wasthe kind of opportunity that comes along only once in a lifetime.Thanks to the comprehensive education and practical experience Igained at AUNE and the CPC Fellowship, my professional path as aprogressive advocate and organizer is well underway and I can proudlysay that I wake up every day with the tools that I need to be the changethat I want to see in the world.” —Wendy Stott, 2010 CPC Fellow