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Nancy Lee Wood GCC 2018

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Presentation at the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on October 4, 2018

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Nancy Lee Wood GCC 2018

  1. 1. EDUCATING FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D. MA Green Careers Conference – October 4, 2018 Westborough, MA
  2. 2. Bristol Community College Massachusetts Campuses Fall River – Main Campus New Bedford Attleboro Taunton eLearning Students enrolled in credit programs: 7,637 Academic Programs: 150
  3. 3. BRISTOL Community College Sustainability Studies Program Degree and Certificate
  4. 4. PROGRAM RATIONALE • Nearly all areas of life are or will be affected by the ecological events of climate change, resource depletions, and species extinctions. • A program of study that focuses on a fundamental understanding of today’s socio-ecological crises, challenges and opportunities should be implemented at every college and university. • Students will need this knowledge, regardless of their career choices, in their home, professional, community, and civic lives.
  5. 5. Four Interrelated Realities Climate Change - Global Warming Finite Resource Depletions End of Economic Growth Transition from Globalization to Relocalization
  6. 6. Three Guiding Prerequisites toward a Sustainable - Resilient Future 1. Humankind must consciously re-enter the space of nature, reorganizing and actualizing ways of living that coincide with the bio-physical constraints of Earth’s systems. 2. A Paradigm Shift characterized by regenerative land management, renewable energy, and localized economic activity is inevitable. 3. Transformation must be equitable, just, and democratic.
  7. 7. Structure of Sustainability Studies Degree Program Credits Degree: Liberal Arts/Sustainability Studies 60-64 • General Education Courses (e.g. History, Math, Lab Science) • 9 Core Courses 7 Newly Developed Courses 2 Previously Existing Courses • Track Courses / 8 Choices - 3 Courses per Track Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Health and Health Sciences, Hospitality, Ocean Science, Sustainable Agriculture, Water and Water Management
  8. 8. Sustainability Studies Degree Program Core Courses • *Sustainability and Humankind’s Dilemma: Life on a Tough New Planet • *Resilient Sustainability: Preparing for the Future • *Sustainability from Different Perspectives – 12 Faculty • *Science versus Pseudo-Science • Ecoliteracy, Education and Society • *Sustainability, Human Rights and Climate Justice • *Sustainable Economics: The Rise of the New Economy • Environmental Sociology: Ecology and the Built Environment • *Civic Engagement: Sustainability Capstone Project • *Newly developed courses specifically designed for the Sustainability Studies Degree Program • Additional Required Courses: Digital Photography, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Composition I: Writing
  9. 9. Sustainability Studies Certificate • Sustainability and Humankind’s Dilemma: Life on a Tough New Planet 3 • Resilient Sustainability: Preparing for the Future 3 • Sustainability from Different Perspectives – 12 Faculty 3 • Science versus Pseudo-Science 3 • Ecoliteracy, Education and Society 3 • Sustainable Economics: The Rise of the New Economy 3 ELECTIVE - CHOOSE ONE Sustainability, Human Rights, and Climate Justice 3 Environmental Sociology: Ecology and the Built Environment • Additional Courses: Digital Photography (1); Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3); Composition I: Writing (3) Total Credits. 28
  10. 10. Additional Required Courses: Preparing Students to Communicate • ART 151 Digital Photography • COM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking • ENG 101 Composition I: Writing
  11. 11. SUS 101 Sustainability and Humankind’s Dilemma: Life on a Tough New Planet Focus: Sustainability Crises Confronting Humankind: Climate Change / Global Warming Resource Depletions / Fossil Fuels, Rare Earth Metals, Minerals, Potable Water, Arable Land Species Extinctions Unsustainability of Continued Growth Economy Potential of Societal and Civilizational Collapse
  12. 12. SUS 101 Sustainability and Humankind’s Dilemma: Life on a Tough New Planet Areas Covered: Socio-economic structural conditions driving ecological overshoot Evidence and impacts: climate change, resource depletions, and extinctions Globalization, uneven international development, poverty Ecological stresses: deforestation, droughts, soil erosion, sea level rise, wildfires, potable water, agriculture-food security Environmental conflicts: wars, failing states and terrorism Environmental refugees Systems analysis of societal complexity and systemic breakdown
  13. 13. SUS 102 Resilient Sustainability: Preparing for the Future Focus: Existing and Emerging Adaptation Strategies Areas Covered: Regenerative land management – agriculture, grasslands, reforestation Harnessing renewable energy Relocalization and the New Urbanism Bioregionalism and the future of the nation-state Population stabilization and poverty eradication Conservation and curtailment strategies
  14. 14. SUS 104 Sustainability from Different Perspectives – 12 Faculty Focus: Ecological crises and responses - 12 disciplinal perspectives. Areas Covered: Agriculture History Business-Hospitality Literature Criminal Justice Physics Culinary Arts Psychology Engineering-Water Science-Oceanography Health Sciences Sociology
  15. 15. SUS 201 Sustainability, Human Rights, and Climate Justice Focus: Ecological crises and disproportionate burdens experienced by the world’s poorest populations. Areas Covered: Causes and consequences of uneven socio-economic development Climate-driven threats/impacts to food and water security Climate-driven threats/impacts to built-environment Stressed livelihoods and income generation – gender inequity Health, diseases and pandemics Involuntary displacement and migration Socio-political destabilization, conflicts and terrorism
  16. 16. SUS 203 Sustainable Economics: The Rise of the New Economy Focus: Limits to economic growth and globalization Areas Covered: Bio-physical constraints on economy: limits to and end of economic growth Impacts on human populations: economic and financial stresses – gig economy Emerging economic transformations: Steady state, gift and shared economies Relocalization of labor: agriculture, manufacturing, services Cooperatives: worker-owned production; housing co-ops; energy co-ops Local - regional currencies Alternative finance and banking systems Community “Participatory Budgeting” Guaranteed income
  17. 17. SCI 110 Science vs Pseudo-Science Focus: Learning tools to critically evaluate science in the news Areas Covered: Learning how science is done: The peer review process Common experimental designs Importance of sample size Interpreting graphs and statistics Role of the media in conveying science
  18. 18. HUM 150 Ecoliteracy, Education and Society Focus: Educational theory and practice - 21st Century ecological challenges Areas Covered: Practical/theoretical venues for sustainability experiences Multiple educational perspectives to literacy and learning Crucial inter-relationship of all life and all living things Sustainable sensibilities of learning, knowledge, and society
  19. 19. SOC 253 Environmental Sociology: Ecology and the Built Environment Focus: Survey of contemporary environmental and social science theory, research and data analysis Areas Covered: Social construction of reality Public policy formation and its impacts Role of corporate and social media Environmental justice issues Environmental social movements Creative responses to environmental crises
  20. 20. SUS 204 Civic Engagement: Sustainability Capstone Project Focus: Civic Engagement Capstone Project Purpose: Designed to apply sustainability knowledge and skills to a real-world situation in the field Chosen by the student in collaboration with capstone advisor and relevant agency Six-hours per week minimum at chosen site One-hour weekly meeting with capstone advisor Culminates in PPT and written presentation – advisor and agency
  21. 21. Tracks and Courses Education Language, Education and Literacy Philosophy of Education Diversity and Multicultural Education Engineering Introduction to Sustainable Green Technologies Introduction to Environment Energy Efficiency and Conservation Measures
  22. 22. Tracks and Courses Environmental Studies Introduction to Sustainable Green Energy Technologies Introduction to Environment Water Supply and Hydrology Health and Health Sciences Physiology and Wellness Introduction to Nutrition Personal and Community Health
  23. 23. Tracks and Courses Hospitality Introduction to Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Hospitality Sales and Customer Service Hotel and Motel Management Operations Ocean Science Principles of Ecology Coastal Science Introduction to Oceanography
  24. 24. Tracks and Courses Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture I Sustainable Agriculture II Food, Famine and Farming in the Global Village Water and Water Management Introduction to Environment Waste Water Technology I Water Supply and Hydrology
  25. 25. After BRISTOL Community College….. Employment Sectors Public and Private Sectors Governmental and Non-governmental Agencies Profit and Non-profit Organizations
  26. 26. Agencies of Employment Business and Industry Community Planning Boards Environmental Action Organizations Hospital and Nursing Home Operations Municipal-State Offices – Sustainability Departments Restaurant and Hospitality Services School Departments and Districts Social and Human Service Agencies
  27. 27. Types of Employment Environmental Education Specialists Environmental Responsibility Analysts Media Specialists – Print Media, TV, Photo-Journalism Parks and Recreation Planners Recycling Directors and Waste Reduction Managers Resource Management Specialists Sustainability Consultants Sustainability Coordinators Sustainability Educators Sustainability School Program Directors
  28. 28. Education Continued at Four-Year Institutions Business and Marketing Engineering - Civil, Electrical, Mechanical Environmental Studies Health Sciences Hospitality Communication Studies Social Work Sustainable Agriculture Teacher Training
  29. 29. Problems and Challenges • Attracting students to the program – targeting receptive audiences • Tendency is a somewhat older and experienced population • Getting the college’s Communications Office on board • Advisement office – getting advisers to understand the program • Enrollment – registration issues • Working with colleagues to promote the program • Elimination of SUS prerequisites to encourage entry at any point • Countering siloed education • Cross-listings of courses
  30. 30. Everything that needs to be done is doable, but only if we change our thinking and behaviors to coincide with nature… …..and do so quickly.
  31. 31. THANK YOU!
  32. 32. CONTACT INFORMATION Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D. BRISTOL Community College Institute for Sustainability and Post-Carbon Education 777 Elsbree Street, E112 Fall River, MA 02720 NancyLee.Wood@bristolcc.edu Tel: 774-357-2043

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