Innovative Practices for Sustainability Education

Building Drawdown Research Experiences: Informing Action, Developing Leaders

Flash Talk

Addressing climate change with a systems approach begins with helping people practice systems thinking. We describe how Drawdown Research Experiences give emerging climate leaders the chance to contribute to research that advances climate solutions implementation and practice systems thinking.

Presenters

Gabrielle Batzko, NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

Christopher Contos, NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

Dharma Santos, NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

Kirsten Taylor, Coordinator for NCSE Drawdown USA Scholars, Drawdown USA Research Association and NCSE

James Sanders, NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

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Can Recycling Education Programs Promote Recycling Rates in the U.S.?

Poster

It is known that recycling education has positive effects on recycling behaviors, thereby increasing recycling rates. Using the US EPA's Environmental Education Grants database, this study empirically tests the relationship between publicly funded recycling projects and the U.S. recycling rates.

Presenters

Younsung Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, George Mason University

Aashna Sawhney, Student, Duke University

Chan-ho Oh, Student, Langley High School

Tarun Sivanandan, Student, Oakton High School

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Exploring Agrophotovoltaics in Guatemala to Foster Positive Change

Poster

Agricultural schools in Guatemala are responding to challenges in the sector (e.g., migration, food insecurity, climate change, poverty, etc.). Agrophotovoltaics combine solar photovoltaics with agriculture and may be an approach to enhance the sector and respond to other emerging rural challenges.

Presenters

John Ignosh, M.S., Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech

Mario Buch, M.S., Section Chief of Research Department, Escuela Nacional Central de Agricultura (ENCA) Guatemala

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Getting Out of Hot Water: Moving STEM Education Ideas to Actions

Poster

STEM education can be a catalyst for improving student understanding of global environmental change. Enhancing environmental science coursework with information literacy, project-based learning, and campus-wide events such as recruitment and training workshops has increased students’ success and an overall interest in climate.

Presenters

Pamela Fletcher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Broward College

Michael Timm, Environmental Education Regional Partner

Jon Groover, Senior Coordinator, Tigertail Lake Center

Michelle Almonte, Senior Specialist Curriculum Support, Broward College

William Mach, Environmental Science Student, Broward College

Elena Lazovaskaia-Hall, STEM Librarian, Broward College

Derek Beaudoin, Instructional Technologist, Broward College

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Brittany Valera, Lead Coordinator Career Center, Broward College

Emily Surmont, Alumnus of the Broward College Environmental Science Programs, Broward College

It Is Out of Sight, but Can No Longer Be Out of Mind

Poster

The shortage of operators in the water industry led Bristol Community College to apply for a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Grant for the New England Water Treatment Training (NEWTT) Project. With the awarded funds the college created the hands-on Blue Center for Water Technologies and two training certificates.

Presenters

Robert S. Rak, M.S., Professor of Environmental Technology, Bristol Community College

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Key Competencies in Sustainability – Areas of Convergence and Next Steps

Panel Session

A key question for employers, students, educators, and administrators is what competencies sustainability programs develop in students. We present results from research addressing this question: convergence on key competencies in sustainability and its implication for curriculum design and careers.

Presenters

Christopher Boone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University

Katja Brundiers, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University

Session Organized by Katja Brundiers, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University

Matthias Barth, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures Arizona State University, Professor, Institute for Integrated Research, Leuphana University

Session Moderated by Rod Parnell, Ph.D., Professor Earth Sci & Environ Sustainability, Northern Arizona University

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Learning From Living Labs: Regenerative Social-Ecological Research and Teaching

Panel Session

“Living Laboratories” offer unique ways to research, teach and support regenerative social-ecological systems through interdisciplinary, placed-based experiential learning and action. Our session will highlight the last two years of “living lab” work by our four institutions in partnership with nonprofits, businesses and tribal governments around the Lake Superior watershed.

Presenters

Charles Levkoe, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University

Nairne Cameron, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Geography, Algoma University

Randel Hanson, Ph.D, Co-Director of Eco-Entrepreneurship, Lake Superior Community College

Session Moderated and Organized by Kathryn Milun, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Legal Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Duluth

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Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula in Higher Education

Panel Session

The National Academies issued a consensus study report with recommendations to strengthen sustainability programs and curricula in higher education. Participants will learn about the recommendations and how they can be applied at their own institutions to advance sustainability education.

Presenters

Anne Kapuscinski, Director of the Coastal Science and Policy Program, University of California Santa Cruz

Garrick Louis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Systems and Information Engineering Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Session Moderated by Erin Bromaghim, Director, Olympic and Paralympic Development and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Fellow on the Sustainable Development Goals, City of Los Angeles

Christopher Boone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Lida Beninson, Ph.D., Study Director, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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The Rationale for Economic Literacy in Sustainability Education

Flash Talk

Our economy has fostered the perception that accumulation is happiness. Our behavior is affected by our economy and in turn impacts our global environment. Economic literacy allows for intervention and substitution of more sustainable options that may better align with overall life quality.

Presenters

Madhavi Venkatesan, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Economics, Northeastern University

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