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Upcoming SCC Webinars

Monday, October 30 at 2PM Eastern

“Sustainable Design”

Jason Kliwinski
NJIT & Rowan University

Many Universities and Colleges offer classes, minors, majors and even masters in sustainability today. Often these programs are housed under the Environmental Science or other established academic science majors. When thinking about sustainability, we know the built environment has the single largest impact. It consumes over 70% of all electricity, emits 40% of all greenhouse gases, is responsible for 45% of all waste going to landfills, and consumes 12-15% of all potable water. Students in a sustainability program need to understand this impact and ways they can help reduce it in their own lives and work. The challenge in teaching this is that many of the programs in sustainability are not at places where there is a design or construction program and often students as well as faculty have no or very little backround in actual sustainable building design, construction or operations. During this course, we will seek to provide an overview of what makes a building green, resources to assist in developing and teaching content, discuss the triple bottom line of green buildings, and answer any questions or challenges you may have to the best of our ability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of the built environment
  • Define what makes a build green
  • Discuss the triple bottom line of green buildings
  • Identify available resources and tools for teaching about a green built environment

Jason Kliwinski is Founder and Principal of his own architectural firm, Designs for Life, serving commercial, retail, hospitality, higher education and K-12 clients with offices in Pennsylvania, Central New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan serving the Tri-State area. Today Jason focuses on three main areas: green architecture, consulting and educational training.  He is adjunct faculty at NJIT and Rowan University.  In 2012 Jason was named a LEED Fellow by the US Green Building Council, one less than 400 in the world, which is the highest professional accreditation through peer review of an applicant’s work. Jason co-founded the Green Building Center in 2010 to focus on providing owners, developers, property managers, and real estate professionals a convenient ‘one-stop’ location that brings green consulting, design, construction, products, alternate financing and education together under one roof using a unique integrative project delivery (IPD) approach. Jason is a passionate educator with a vision of creating a culture of sustainability. He has developed curriculum for K-12, higher education and professional development levels on a range of topics since 2006. His curriculum is based in large part on his hand-on work in the green building market that includes carbon neutrality and net zero energy master planning & design, integration of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency, use of healthy and environmentally responsible products, water conservation, and improved occupant comfort and performance.

Pre-register here.

Wednesday, November 1 at 1PM Eastern

“Sustainability Guidebook for Community Colleges”

Krista Hiser
University of Hawaii

This webinar will describe the particular challenges and opportunities of teaching sustainability at community colleges.  SCC advisory board member Krista Hiser will present a sneak preview of the forthcoming Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations, followed by Q&A with Bob Franco, president-elect of the Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE) and Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of the National Council for Science & the Environment (NCSE).  Takeways will include online resources, support, and an understanding of the role of community colleges in sustainability.

Krista Hiser currently serves as the sustainability curriculum coordinator for the ten campuses of the University of Hawaii system. Previously, as the Faculty Outreach Coordinator at Kapi’olani Community College, Krista facilitated the connections between faculty, and Service-Learners and community partners. She organized events such as Service-Learning Faculty Field Trips, Sustainability Institutes, and Faculty Institutes and she was a main contributor during assessments. Her passion for sustainability, service, and education was described as “the perfect ingredient” for the Kapi’olani program.  Krista was awarded a Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching by University of Hawaii, recognizing faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students. “Teaching students to make wise choices, supporting this development with unconditional love, and building on a sound theory of learning, Hiser uses multiple strategies to promote and assess student learning.

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Wednesday, November 8 at 2PM Eastern

“Character-based Education”

Edward Quevedo
Foresight+Innovation Lab

This webinar will engage attendees on three essential elements of intersectionality in Sustainability Education: citizenship and sustainable development, character development in young learners, and the future of a sustainable society.  We will discuss and ideate relative to an established character-based learning model for secondary school and undergraduate application, assessment of learning tools for this model, and context related to ecosystems vibrancy, citizenship and leadership, and finding one’s calling in the work world. Attendees will come away with practical techniques for applying these modalities in their own institutes of learning and applied research.

Ed Quevedo directs the Regenerative Design Program within The Foresight+Innovation Lab, a collaborative advisory and creative agency composed of educators, policy innovators, social entrepreneurs, sustainability practitioners, and non-profit leaders working together to build the New Regenerative Economy (NRE). The New Regenerative Economy (NRE) is a fundamental reframing of the conventional consumer economy, grounded on integrity, sufficiency, social justice, and ecological regeneration, rather than consumption, exploitation, and the destruction of ecosystems in the relentless pursuit of profit.  As a senior creative and trusted advisor, he has worked internationally and domestically guiding and advising some of the world’s most iconic and highly regarded companies, philanthropies, institutions of higher learning, and civil society organizations.  Prior to launching the Lab with his fellow Agents in early 2017, he served as a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, where he directed their program in Regenerative Future Economies, and contributed to the Institute’s Peace and Social Justice Lab. Ed has led practice groups in Strategy, Foresight and Innovation, Environmental Law, and Sustainable Development at some of the most respected law firms and creative agencies in North America and around the world, including Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP of San Francisco, WSP Environment & Energy of London, UK, and Reos Partners of Oxford, UK and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ed has also enjoyed an extensive history of service in higher education. From 2013 to 2016, Ed was Faculty in Sustainable Enterprise at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business & Public Policy at Mills College, and Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Mills College Center for Socially Responsible Business. Ed also served was on the Faculty at Presidio Graduate School, where he held the chair as Dean of the Faculty. From 2003 through 2010, he was faculty within the Green MBA® Program of the School of Business and Leadership at Dominican University of California. Ed holds the A.B. in Philosophy from UCLA, and the Juris Doctor from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and the Boalt Hall Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. He makes his home in Northern California, where he continues to learn from his children and the local communities he is privileged to serve.

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Recent SCC Webinars

Monday, October 23 at 2PM Eastern“Sustainability Science”

Vanessa Levesque
University of New Hampshire
Thad Miller
Arizona State University

Vanessa Levesque and Thad Miller headlined SCC’s first webinar focusing on sustainability science.  Thad led off with a presentation introducing how he and other leaders in the field conceptualize sustainability science, as he details in his book Reconstructing Sustainability Science.  Attendees learned about the origins of sustainability science, how the space has evolved, and the extent to which it can distinguished from other perspectives on sustainability.Vanessa then presented a case study of how some guiding concepts of sustainability science have informed a mid-level Sustainability Methods class at UNH.   She talked about which guiding concepts she chose to focus on, how she uses those concepts to structure the content of the course, her struggles in finding undergraduate-level resources focused on those topics, and how she is having her students create a Sustainability Methods Reader as part of an open pedagogy approach to develop the resources needed to teach these topics.

Vanessa Levesque is the Assistant Director and Lecturer for the Sustainability Dual Major at University of New Hampshire-Durham. Dr. Levesque received her PhD in Ecology and Environmental Studies from the University of Maine as a research fellow with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Her teaching and research integrates knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines, with a particular interest in sustainability science and collaborative governance. Dr. Levesque holds an MS in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont and a BA in Ecology and Evolution from Dartmouth College.

Thad Miller is an assistant professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University. His research explores how sustainability is interpreted, contested, materialized and settled in science and technology policy and infrastructure design. He is on the Executive Management Team for the National Science Foundation-funded Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, and co-PI of the NSF-funded STIR Cities project. His recent book, Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and Action for a Sustainable Future, part of the Earthscan Routledge Science in Society Series, examines how scientists can navigate epistemic and normative tensions to link knowledge to social action.

Video recording for October 23 webinar available here.

Wednesday, October 25 at 2PM Eastern

“Sustainability Competencies”

Peter Buckland
Penn State University

Elyzabeth Engle
Penn State University

Peter Buckland has written in TheField Guide to Teaching Sustainability that  “[t]oday, ‘wicked problems’ like anthropogenic climate change challenge educational leaders to develop their ecological literacy and sustainability competencies.”  In a series of posts, Peter has examined multiple literacies in general; ecological literacy and sustainability competencies in more detail; and a call for integrating ecological literacy as a moral literacy and sustainability competencies into educational leadership culture.  In this webinar, Peter introduced the basics of sustainability competencies to the SCC audience, drawing upon his own research and thought leadership, as well as the workshops on sustainability competencies he has led with colleagues at the Penn State Sustainability Institute.

Peter Buckland works on academic and outreach programming at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute and is affiliate faculty in Educational Theory and Policy. He curates The Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability, coordinates special programs and presentations for sustainability, and teaches courses in sustainability, education, and leadership. Peter has communicated widely on sustainability, environmental issues, education, and music in popular and peer-reviewed press, including The International Journal of Ethics Education, The Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Practice, Reviews of the National Center for Science Education, International Journal of Illich Studies, the Yale Cultural Cognition Project, and the Rock Ethics Institute’s “Ask an Ethicist.”  Currently, Peter is working on a number of sustainability-related projects. These include ongoing blogging and development of The Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability as well as work on climate change communication and education, sustainability education praxis, and ecofeminist care ethics for teaching sustainability problem-posing.

Elyzabeth’s (Elly) main areas of interest include the critical analysis of sustainable development outcomes and environmental justice implications of community food system initiatives. Using a mixed methods research design, Elly’s current research employs a Food-Energy-Water Nexus approach to explore the stakeholders, processes, and outcomes of rural community-based gardening programs taking place across the coal-impacted region of Central Appalachia. Elly’s applied research approach is informed by the scholarship and practice of community engagement, which in turn supports a critical pedagogical approach to teaching about sustainability and society-nature relationships.  On this webinar, Elly discussed a recently published (with Penn State Sustainability Institute colleagues) research-based framework for understanding key competencies for sustainability, forthcoming from The International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability.

Video recording for October 25 webinar available here.

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