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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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What does the ecological crisis call for from educational leaders?

Posted by on April 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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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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“What is a queer response to climate change?” An interview with Peterson Toscano

Posted by on September 13, 2016 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

What is a queer response to climate change? Here we enter into a conversation with Peterson Toscano, a queer Quaker comedian, actor, and host of both Citizen’s Climate Radio and former writer and performer of Climate Stew. He will be performing his show, “Everything is Connected” on Tuesday September 20th at 7 pm in the Freeman Auditorium at Penn State’s University Park campus. Learn more at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute calendar. In “Everything is Connected,” Toscano humorously explores the...

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Exploring the patterns of the flow of light: An interview with Jeffrey Brownson

Posted by on July 9, 2016 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

In this interview with Dr. Jeffrey Brownson, we explore solar ecology, a “systems-based exploration of patterns of the flows of light from the sun within the dynamic context of the place where live and act out our lives.” With solar photovoltaic technology taking off and the present and looming challenges from anthropogenic climate change Brownson wants people to learn or rediscover a solar vernacular to empower themselves and their communities. We discuss solar ecology, solar vernacular,  the dangers of “big energy” getting into...

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Collaborative Climate Education, Student Voices, and State Policy: Reflections on Power Dialog 2016

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

This post comes from Eban Goodstein of Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy (CEP). It was originally posted on Bard’s CEP blog here. You can read previous entries featuring Goodstein and the Power Dialog through this backtrack. The week of April 4th, 2016, over a thousand of students from more than fifty colleges and universities in twenty state capitals participated in Power Dialog forums with state officials and other experts. The focus: state policy efforts to cut global warming pollution, and support the US commitment...

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