Paper Title

Sustainability Literacy and Intersectionality

Location

Room 217, West Center

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

Keywords

sustainability; economic vitality; ecological integrity; and social welfare

Abstract

Sustainability must not be thought of as an independent discipline but as a methodology for all disciplines to incorporate systems thinking with place based learning. Surveys asking about how people define sustainability often indicate that people’s ideas about sustainability are limited to environmental concerns. This misunderstanding appears to limit people’s ability to analyze how human systems have compromised ecological services as well as social inequalities. Compromises to natural and human systems require an approach that considers the complexities of contemporary society in order to develop solutions that limit negative outcomes. This workshop will provide a clear definition of sustainability and provide resources that can be used by educators to expand a student’s ability to understand how human and natural systems interact while exploring solutions that simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social welfare within each his or her area of study.

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Apr 2nd, 3:30 PM Apr 2nd, 4:45 PM

Sustainability Literacy and Intersectionality

Room 217, West Center

Sustainability must not be thought of as an independent discipline but as a methodology for all disciplines to incorporate systems thinking with place based learning. Surveys asking about how people define sustainability often indicate that people’s ideas about sustainability are limited to environmental concerns. This misunderstanding appears to limit people’s ability to analyze how human systems have compromised ecological services as well as social inequalities. Compromises to natural and human systems require an approach that considers the complexities of contemporary society in order to develop solutions that limit negative outcomes. This workshop will provide a clear definition of sustainability and provide resources that can be used by educators to expand a student’s ability to understand how human and natural systems interact while exploring solutions that simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social welfare within each his or her area of study.