Environmental Studies:A Transformative ExperienceMichael Simpson, ChairEnvironmental Studies Department
Environmental Studies: 3 Degree ProgramsMS ES MS RMC PhD ESConservationBiologySustainable Development &Climate ChangeScience teacherCertificationAdvocacy for Social Justiceand SustainabilityEnvironmentalEducationSelf DesignedStudies1 Integrated Faculty
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
Environmental StudiesA trans-disciplinary department
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
C0evolution and self organizationComplex SystemsEntropy and limitsReinforcing feedback
Building Sustainable OrganizationsSurveys the landscape of sustainability theory andliterature and how this can apply to organizationalfunctions…private sector, governments and NGOs.
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
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
Building Resilience ThroughCommunity-Based Stakeholder Capacity Building
The best way to predictthe future is….to invent it.
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
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
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
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
Hybrid Delivery ModelsOnline courses spring and fallIntegrating Environment, Economy, and EquityCurriculum Design for Educating forSustainabilityConnecting Communities
Msters in Urban SustainabilityTraining Sustainability Practitionershttp://www.antiochla.edu/academics/ma-urban-sustainability/
Two-year program 36 units Low-residency: two residencies per semester Residencies: classes, fieldtrips, speakers
Fieldwork Ecovillage Farmers Market City of Santa Monica EmpowHer Heal the Bay Los Angeles Food Policy Council And many, many more fieldwork sites!
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!
“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