The ability to prolong the longevity of smaller colleges will be severely tested in the coming years. Their academic leaders will need to better articulate the value of this institutional diversity, and explore creative ways of facilitating interdependence among institutions and practical opportunities for collaboration, experimentation, alliances, resource-sharing, and outsourcing.
Whatever kind of institution you work in (whether in higher education, nonprofit, the public sector or other), how do YOU facilitate collaboration, experimentation, and resource-sharing?
Do you see the current and coming shifts in higher education as an "either-or" situation (as in "endangered or sustainable")? Can the selective pressures being felt at colleges and universities lead to a more sustainability-oriented …
How can New Hampshire — the state ranked by Wall Street Journal as the wealthiest (based on 2010 Census data indicating the lowest poverty rate and highest median income) be so gripped by the problem of food insecurity?People who don’t know day-to-day whether they will be able to put food on the table number in the thousands in our state — an estimated 12 percent of our population, according to the Kids Count Data Center. That means that more than one in 10 Granite Staters, including families with children, struggle every day for basic necessities such as food. Food insecurity is an accelerating crisis nationwide, even in “wealthy” states like New Hampshire.
The issue of food insecurity can be complex, but essentially refers to members of a household who do not have adequate access to food for economic reasons. Someone who, despite working at a full-time job or combination of part-time jobs, must choose between paying the rent or mo…
On behalf of
The Sustainability Center, Student Involvement, and community partners, a special invitation: Many of our
students come from food insecure families and communities. Some of them are
thinking about careers in politics, business, human services and education,
where they can be powerful forces for change. All of them have the potential to
be touched by this film. Talk about "an education that matters." Following the
film, there will be a panel discussion, moderated by Senator Molly
Kelly, where participants will see examples of the work that's being done
locally on the related problems of hunger, food insecurity, obesity, and
poverty. There will be opportunities to take meaningful action in our own
community, and perhaps continue the discussion back on our campus. The event is
FREE, and includes a live musical performance, reception &
refreshments. Suggested admission is a donation of fresh or canned food
for local charity. Click HERE to
register for the even…
Anyone who appreciates seeing good news in the media (as I do) will appreciate this, especially if you care about people and farms in the Monadnock Region. Check out this week's Keene Sentinel article about the Community Kitchen's new gleaning program. Sarah Harpster, the program coordinator, is a great example of leadership on the way to a more resilient community.
Monday, August 19, 2013 (6:30pm-8:30pm) Roberto Perez: Talk about Cuba’s Struggle & Progress in Sustainable Agriculture
Location: Keene Public Library
Roberto Perez, a Cuban permaculturist and environmental educator for the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, will speak on Monday, August 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Keene Public Library. The public is warmly welcome to this free event. It is presented by Antioch University New England and the Keene Community Garden Connections.
In case you missed it, this op-ed by Antioch University New England's Michael Simpson and Abi Abrash-Walton (Keene Sentinel, July 15, 2013) is an excellent piece that captures the urgency of New England's shifting weather patterns and implications, not only for ecosystems but businesses, government and communities - as well as opportunities for action. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I love good questions, and Michael and Abby present a really great one for us think about:
"How can communities become “climate ready” by assessing vulnerabilities, reducing risks and enhancing resilience?"
To this end, Michael and Abby are heading up an amazing team of sustainability and resilience leaders to present the LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference in May 2014.
I'm excited about the Educators' Summit, of course, and about the extraordinary combination of leadership represented by the Educators' Summit Advisory Committee (which …
Those at the March forum responded overwhelmingly that more officials, lawmakers and representatives need to be at the table in order to grow a vibrant, safe and efficient local food system that: enhances the health of our community is profitable for farmers and producers is accessible to all community members conserves natural resources is sustained by strong leadership and commitment in the Monadnock Region learn what an Agricultural Commission is, and how to start one if it is right for your town support established Agricultural Commissions identify and advocate for State policy in support of our local food system identify and advocate for National policy in support of our local food system
Therefore, this forum addresses the policy-focused goal of our region's Strategic Plan.
Meet State Representatives, national advocates, local leaders and Agricultural Commission …
This week, after noticing MOOCs (massive open online courses) featured in consecutive editions of the Chronicle of Higher Education, my curiosity about them has been rekindled. A couple of tech-savvy friends of mine discovered M.I.T.'s MOOCs a few years ago (though I don't remember them being called that at the time). Actual, full-fledged M.I.T. courses, offered to anyone, anywhere, for nothing? "Cool!" I thought. And that is where my consideration of MOOCs ended. It was too good to be true, right? MOOCs were "teaser" courses - higher ed "light," not to be taken seriously by potential employers. Trial versions of real courses, perhaps, to get geeks like me hooked on a subject and sell them on a full-scale degree (with accompanying full-scale tuition).
MOOCs crossed my radar screen again at the 2012 AASHE Conference & Expo, where Hunter Lovins delivered a rousing (if somewhat controversial) keynote on "Saving our Economic Ass". In exp…
The Green Mountain College board of trustees approved divestment from 200 publicly-traded companies which hold most of the world’s known coal, oil and gas reserves at its May 10 meeting. The decision aligns the college with its strategic plan "Sustainability2020,” which commits GMC to socially responsible investments. Following the decision, the college administration will work with its investment advisors to implement the plan.
"We see this as another step in an ongoing effort to connect our investment decisions with our ideals,” said Paul Fonteyn, president of Green Mountain College. "Investing endowment funds on the basis of social, economic and environmental criteria is one of the ways Green Mountain College expresses its values."
GMC has long been committed to reducing its own consumption of fossil fuels on campus. The College built a $5.8 million dollar biomass plant in 2011 which successfully …
To learn how to live in a post-petroleum world, recall the pre-petroleum world where blacksmiths made everything: tools, nails, hinges, lamps, hooks, gates, and railings. Wheels, even! With a barrel and some fire, a blacksmith could turn rusted car panels into cookware. Think of all the scrap metal we’ll have when the oil’s all gone.
2. KNOT TYING
Find a shoelace and a copy of The Shipping News. Knots can weave rugs, fashion snowshoes, repair almost anything. A diamond hitch holds a load on a mule or a sled. A bowline to cinch a tarp, a Prusik to climb a tree. While fighting a forest fire, a friend once fixed a shovel with parachute cord, half-hitches, and pine pitch. And when the …
Calling all “Transition & Community Resilience” activists in the northeast! Transition Towns, environmental justice groups, local green economy groups… Let’s gather together for inspiration, celebration, story sharing and skills building. Invite your friends on Facebook
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SPEAKERS: Frances Moore Lappe, Judy Wicks, Steve Chase, Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Claire Wheeler and many more.
PLENARY: “Transition to a New Economy” Plenary Session (Friday morning 6/7 at 8:30 am): “Transitioning to a New Economy,” with Gus Speth, Tina Clarke and Chuck Collins
It seems clear that the America inhabited by our grandchildren will look different from the America of today. We need to address what aspects of our current lifestyle are important enough to keep and pass down, and what we could choose to do without. It is time to ask: How can we best meet our needs today without hampering our ability to meet those needs tomorrow?
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