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Clean Energy Connections - November 2, 2011

2011 Clean Energy Connections

Plan to attend this premier cleantech networking and
business development event…Building on Success.

REGISTER TODAY! Early Registration Ends on Oct 25

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Education for sustainability; a holistic philosophy

Education for Sustainability

...will require the integration of thinking and feeling, mind and body, science and spirit, knowledge and values, head and heart.

wicked sustainableMy last blog announcing a new certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming at the University of Massachusetts resulted in lots of inquiries.  While most were about specific courses and requirements, some asked about the pedagogy and underlying philosophy of our new program.  This blog attempts to describe the thinking that went into development of the certificate program as well as our undergraduate Sustainable Food and Farming major.  I hope it is also relevant to the many new degree programs, courses and curricula emerging around the world focused on education for sustainability.

Should sustainability be part of a public education?

The next generation of students graduating from public universities will be faced with an unprecedented challenge to redesign nearly every major natural resource based system on the planet.  These women and men will inherit systems of industrial and technological growth that are simultaneously destroying or depleting much of nature and endangering human and non-human species, while offering the highest standard of living and rate of consumption ever known.  These modern systems of industrial and technological development must be re-imagined and re-created in ways that no longer rely on non-renewable resources, use natural resources at non-sustainable rates, or cause harm to people or the natural world.

read on about educting for sustainability in higher education
UMass Amherst Earns AASHE Gold Rating

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating SystemTM (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community.

STARS is designed to:
*    Provide a frame- work for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
*    Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
*    Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
*    Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
*    Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.

The assessment is completed every 3 years and the most recent report was submitted in early August. UMass Amherst is proud to be recognized as an AASHE Gold rated Institution. To view the UMass report, click here.

Recycling Rally for Textiles, Confidential Papers, and Electronics

Recycling Rally for Textiles, Confidential Papers, and Electronics

The Northampton Department of Public Works is sponsoring a recycling event on Saturday October 15th, in cooperation with the Salvation Army, Pro-Shred and JFK Middle School PTO. The event will be held at the JFK Middle School from 9 to noon.

details about what to do with your recycling here
Creating Greenfield’s Future: Our Food, Economy, and Community

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, Nov 5

Register Today and Save!


$25 Early Registration fee until Oct 14

$10 Scholarships (Students and others)

Includes lunch & Free child care


Creating Greenfield’s Future

Our Food, Economy, and Community


Sat, Nov 5, 8:30am-4:30pm

Greenfield Community College, Main Campus

more details on this Green event
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