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by Stephen Muzzy, Program Manager, Second Nature

Stephen MuzzyOn April 23, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) hosted their second annual Sustainability Summit: A Climate Change on Campus. I, along with Ashka Naik, Program Manager for Advancing Green Building and Ilana Schonenfeld, Program Associate – Strategic Initiatives traveled to Worcester, MA to hear from campus executives, faculty, and staff on how they are supporting sustainability efforts at their institutions and beyond.

NEBHE put together a chock full program that included keynotes, concurrent and plenary sessions. Our Second Nature contingent divvied up the day – what follows are the highlights of a very exciting event that demonstrates higher educations leadership to provide the knowledge, skills, and critical mass to transform society to a sustainable future.

The Economic Dynamics of Sustainability on Campus

This session offered examples and data on the financial costs in capital improvements and the operational savings incurred with long term planning. Two excellent examples come from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Maine. Robert A. Weygand, Vice President, Administration & Finance shared that the University of Rhode Island in 2050 will have average annual costs of $7.5 million and annual savings of $18.7 million while reducing MTCO2e 50% below 2005 levels. (Full Presentation)

Greg Havens, Principal, Sasaki Associates discussed the University of Maine’s master plan and how it provides a framework for integrated sustainability strategies. This presentation shared a variety of integrated strategies that fall under the following sustainability metrics in the areas of habitat, water, access/mobility, and energy & emissions. (Full Presentation)

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Kenneth Hill, Academic Dean of the College of the Atlantic facilitated this session. He took us through the many effective projects, such as the three-day think-tank Delta Project, that the College of Atlantic is undertaking to teach their students about sustainability principles through curricular and co-curricular activities and coursework.  Peter Papesch, Chair of Sustainability Education Committee, Boston Society of Architects, Michele Wakin, Co-coordinator Center for Sustainability, Bridgewater State College and David Levy, Chair, Department of Management and Marketing and Professor of Management, University of Massachusetts Boston, were the panelists for this session.  They discussed various strategies that are currently being implemented by institutions of higher education to holistically educate students about sustainability. The experts also discussed the importance of bridging the inside-the-classroom education with the real-world problem solving in the process.

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by Josh Viertel, President, Slow Food USA®
(This article appears in the April, 2010 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

The ACUPCCWe are what we eat. Human beings are made of food. Yet we rarely stop to appreciate where our food comes from, how it was grown or why we’re putting it into our bodies. And if we do ask those questions, we often find it difficult to figure out how our food choices affect our health, our impact on those who grow our food, our environment and how much we enjoy our daily lives.

But there’s a movement afoot to change all of that. There’s a vision being formed of a world where everyone has healthy food and every farm is a healthy business. Slow Food USA is a non-profit organization working within that movement. We help everyday people connect with each other and use the power of their community to create a healthier local food system.

You can join the movement by becoming a member of Slow Food USA. Our network has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the country, organized into 225 volunteer-led chapters. Together, those chapters are working to transform food and farm policy, industry practices and consumer demand to ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.

This is a big task, obviously. Success is going to take passion, dedication and collaboration on the part of millions of citizens who all believe in change. And many of the citizens leading the way – no surprise – are college students.

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