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  • California Green Academies

    1. 1. California Green Academies Robert D. Cormia Foothill College
    2. 2. Imagine Our World: 500 Years From Now • What does our world look like? • How do we live, work, and conduct ourselves? • A world of peace? Or conflict? • What problems did we solve? • How did we get there?
    3. 3. Civilization 2.0 How do we live? What do we do? Is the planet healthy – or in peril?
    4. 4. Visioning a Green World • A green civilization • New models of living • New models of learning • Everyone will be onboard • Responsible world citizens
    5. 5. Green Collar Economy • Van Jones – Green Jobs Guru • Two problems – one solution • New models of living • Engagement with the earth • Sustainable economic models
    6. 6. What is Green? • Green is an arc between the environmental movement and sustainability • Less environmental impact • Healing the planet • Living a cleaner life • Building sustainable systems
    7. 7. Green Collar Academies • Initially focused on green jobs • Understanding natural systems • Building sustainable communities • Integrating living / collaboration skills • Sustainable Living Outcomes (SLOs) – Living green is not a cliché – It is a new way of being!
    8. 8. Green Collar Academy
    9. 9. Linked Learning Outcomes (LLOs) • Each unit builds on reflection • GED – Green Economy Dissertation • Integrating green skills / sustainable living • Programmatic (over arching) outcomes • Developing responsible world citizens
    10. 10. Green Thinking • Purpose • Impact • Systems / cycles • Biomimicry • Equity
    11. 11. Green Building • 90 million homes • Complete renovation • LEED / Title 24 • Lower energy • Lower water • Built into the environment
    12. 12. Renewable Energy
    13. 13. Civic Engagement • How does a city work? • Local civil governance • Advocacy & process • Building consensus • Cultural competency
    14. 14. Understanding Systems • Nature as a system • Food as a system • Your body as a system • Earth as a system • Living within as system
    15. 15. Ecosystem Services • Clean air • Abundant water • Food webs • Soil systems • Oceans
    16. 16. Agriculture and Land Use
    17. 17. Personal Sustainability • Nutrition &health • Personal relationships • Social networks • Conflict resolution • Chemicals have consequences!
    18. 18. Sociograms
    19. 19. Investing in Yourself • Healthy choices • Relationships • Education / growth • Career / work • Self esteem
    20. 20. Chemicals Have Consequences • Drugs • Tobacco • Alcohol • Toxins • Waste
    21. 21. Conflict Resolution? This was preventable – it didn’t need to happen. Where was the dialog?
    22. 22. Collaboration – a Basic Human Skill
    23. 23. Healing the Planet • Climate • Pollution • Oceans • Forests • Biodiversity
    24. 24. The Role of the Trades The trades are the muscle of the emerging green economy
    25. 25. Green Collar Muscle • Green building • Energy efficiency • Renewable energy • Transmission lines • Materials / recycling • Habitat restoration
    26. 26. Materials / Recycling • Remanufacturing • Demanufacturing • Materials recycling • Repair and rebirth
    27. 27. A Double GED – GED 2 • General Education Degree (GED) • Green Economy Dissertation (GED2) • Reflective linking of all learning experiences
    28. 28. Civilization 2.0 • A world in balance • A planet in harmony • Global collaboration • How did we get there? • What do humans do?
    29. 29. Sustainable Core Values Environment 1. Ecosystem services – Eco-economy and valuing ecosystem services 2. Concept of limits – linear / exponential rates of extraction in a finite world. Peak Everything. 3. IPAT (Gapminder) – impacts from population, affluence (consumption) and technology 4. Waste = food and ‘cradle to cradle’ manufacturing / remanufacturing and recycling 5. Biomimicry – learning from nature – and employing ‘natural’ (biogenic) solutions 6. Diversity – how it works in nature – how it works in society – specialization of skills (economic) Social 7. Social equity – healthy societies / social systems – foundation of sustainable societies 8. Environmental justice (more complex subset of industry, and social systems, class issues) 9. Cultural sustainability – awareness of cultural identity and cultural values, language, art 10. Personal sustainability – health, personal relationships, foundation for lifelong learning 11. Intergenerational impacts (economics and environmental – debt and resource depletion) 12. Civic engagement (interaction of individual and society) – healthy societies / social systems 13. Ethics (doing what’s right when no one is looking) 14. Conflict resolution (at all levels – personal / interpersonal / organizational / political) Economic 15. Sustainable development – building new innovation economies not tied to consumption 16. Built to last – design, build, and maintain for the long haul 17. Collaboration vs. individualism (as an ethic vs. individual wealth) 18. Collaborative value creation (personal, social and economic models) – Wikinomics 19. Value vs. wealth (new economic models and metrics) 20. Social production / Social capital (adding to information, knowledge and culture)
    30. 30. Wrenching on Humanity http://www.valuenewsnetwork.com/davos-2015-a-pivotal-decade.html
    31. 31. Building a Better World It’s time that we got serious about working together to build a better world
    32. 32. Spaceship Earth • This is our only ride • No real ‘2nd chance’ • Ecosystem services • Redefining the mission – • - 500 year plan? • Sustainable Values
    33. 33. A Second Chance • Green academies are a fresh approach to build the world we’d like to see in 500 years • We start with the most underserved • Basic skills for working and living • Program includes Linked Learning Outcomes (LLOs) – reflective / synthesis • Sustainable Living Outcomes (SLOs) Middle College might be the best place to launch a Green Academy!

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