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The Paris Agreement Signing Statements and the Possibility of Greenwashing and Manufactured Consent

Posted by on June 9, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

“They believe that edification is more important than veracity. They believe it profoundly, violently, relentlessly. They preen themselves upon it. To patriotism, as they define it from day to day, all other considerations must yield. That is their pride. And yet what is this but one more among myriad examples of the doctrine that the end justifies the means? A more insidiously misleading rule of conduct was, I believe, never devised among men.” Walter Lippman on the newspapers, Liberty and the News — The Harvard Business Review...

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What does the ecological crisis call for from educational leaders? Part III

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

“A keystone species is a species that exerts an impact on its community that is both strong and disproportionate to its abundance.” ~ The Encyclopedia of Earth Today “wicked” and “super wicked problems” like anthropogenic climate change challenge educational leaders to develop their ecological literacy and sustainability competencies. From elementary schools to Research I universities, champions are pushing for fundamental changes. For sustainability, this has meant engaging in a broad swath of literacies. In this series of posts...

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What does the ecological crisis call for from educational leaders? Part II

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

“A keystone species is a species that exerts an impact on its community that is both strong and disproportionate to its abundance.” ~ The Encyclopedia of Earth Today “wicked” and “super wicked problems” like anthropogenic climate change challenge educational leaders to develop their ecological literacy and sustainability competencies. From elementary schools to Research I universities, champions are pushing for fundamental changes. For sustainability, this has meant engaging in a broad swath of literacies. In this series of posts...

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What does the ecological crisis call for from educational leaders? Part I

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

“A keystone species is a species that exerts an impact on its community that is both strong and disproportionate to its abundance.” ~ The Encyclopedia of Earth Today “wicked” and “super wicked problems” like anthropogenic climate change challenges educational leaders to develop their ecological literacy and sustainability competencies. From elementary schools to Research I universities, champions are pushing for fundamental changes. For sustainability, this has meant engaging in a broad swath of literacies. In this series of posts...

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Living in the Age of Consequences

Posted by on April 11, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Tonight, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with other partners will be hosting a free screening of The Age of Consequences. “The Age of Consequences” investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather and sea-level rise function as “accelerants of instability” and...

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A reflection on David Orr’s critique of “technological sustainability”

Posted by on January 17, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

At Penn State, we define sustainability as “the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations.” As many authors, practitioners, and critics note, the term remains blurry. Said another way, any “discussion of sustainability which refers to definitions is pointless without an understanding of how the definitions operationalized.” What are we pointing it at? Since we often orient sustainability toward technologies and technocratic...

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We are supporting the development of integrative studies in general education (for sustainability)

Posted by on January 17, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Penn State’s Sustainability Institute is pleased to be collaborating with the Penn State Office for General Education on the Seed Grant initiative for faculty interested in developing a new Integrative Studies General Education course. Integrative Studies courses were not previously designated nor required; therefore the University is preparing the way for their development and incorporation into the curriculum. The Office of the Provost has provided over $400,000 for their development. PSU’s Sustainability Institute is one of thirteen...

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Reflections on the Marrakech climate negotiations in light of the American election

Posted by on December 12, 2016 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

This piece was written by Don Brown, Scholar in Residence and Professor at Widener University Commonwealth Law School. He was formerly on the Penn State faculty in Science, Technology and Society department and the Law School, has attended global climate negotiations, worked in the Clinton administration, held posts as an environmental lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and was the founder of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium. One of the foremost thinkers on the ethical implications of climate change and climate policy who...

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What’s on the agenda for the Marrakech climate talks?

Posted by on November 18, 2016 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

People across the world are focusing their eyes on Marrakech, Morocco for the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP), the first major climate negotiation after last year’s  Paris Agreement when the world agreed to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. This post comes from Meg Boyle, a Ph.D. candidate in Penn State’s Geography program who has attended most of the last decade’s COP meetings. Boyle’s teaching, research, and service interests span questions of international climate governance, sustainable development,...

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The climate justice divide in film

Posted by on November 1, 2016 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Earlier this semester, Penn State’s Institute for Arts and the Humanities (IAH) hosted a Climate Change and Climate Justice Film Festival in State College’s State Theatre. “Climate change is not just a matter of CO2 in the atmosphere, of melting glaciers, flooded coastal plains, and rising global temperatures,” they wrote. “It is all that, and much more– but it is also a matter of justice. There are people involved: how can we grapple with the fact that the people least responsible for carbon emissions are often the most...

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Climate change and climate justice films for sustainability education

Posted by on October 3, 2016 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

On September 24th, Penn State’s Institute for Arts and the Humanities (IAH) hosted a Climate Change and Climate Justice Film Festival in State College’s State Theatre. “Climate change is not just a matter of CO2 in the atmosphere, of melting glaciers, flooded coastal plains, and rising global temperatures,” they wrote. “It is all that, and much more– but it is also a matter of justice. There are people involved: how can we grapple with the fact that the people least responsible for carbon emissions are often the most vulnerable to...

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What do we mean by sustainability much less education for sustainability?

Posted by on September 19, 2016 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

“Sustainability is a complex concept, perhaps even an entire way of thinking.” ~James Elder and Georges Dyer, Education for Sustainability Blueprint * Sustainability pervades a lot of our talk these days. Last year, 192 nations in the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (at right). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the World Bank and Ceres, Unilever and Patagonia and Pope Francis have all called on major sociocultural, civic, policy, financial and technological transformations toward...

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