Defining Sustainability

Spring Quarter 2004 –Tuesday nights 6:00 – 10:00 PM 

Faculty:  Steve Hulbert (360) 754-3900, and Robert Cole 867-6377

This program will explore issues of sustainability currently being considered by a variety of groups in Washington State. Through a number of guest speakers, visionaries and business professionals, students will be exposed to decision-makers that are currently designing components of sustainability in our community and state. Students can expect to learn about many of community processes already in place, and to learn to connect their own present and future practices with ongoing communitysustainability efforts. On-line texts to be used include: Education for a Sustainable Future: A Paradigm of Hope, and Education for Sustainability: An Agenda for Action. In addition to seminar discussions and workshops, this class will sponsor a public lecture series that includes eight leaders in currently working with sustainability in different arenas. The guest speakers will be:

Week #2 – “Defining Sustainability – Keith Wheeler: Is the Executive Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future, was the first Executive Director of Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN), Senior Policy Advisor to General Motors on Sustainability, North American Chairman for the ICUN Commission on Education and Communication, serves on several Boards of Directors and recently published a book entitled Education for a Sustainable Future: A Paradigm of Hope.

Week #3 – “Shaping Our Future” – Jack Byrne: Is the Projects Director at the Center for a Sustainable Future, currently managing a five-year U.S. Department of Education Project (Education for a Sustainable Future), he was the founder and Executive Director of River Watch Network and serves on several Boards of Directors.

Week #4 – “Local Sustainability – Olympia/Thurston County” - Nina Carter: Is currently Policy Director of the Audubon Washington, served as program manager for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and Office of Marine Safety and elected member of the Olympia City Council and served for six years.

Week #5 – “Seven Generations” – Billy Frank: Is the Chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, lifelong activist and leader on tribal, fisheries and sustainability issues who promotes negotiation rather than litigation, true humanitarian and has received many national and international awards for his work and leadership.

Week#6 – “State Government and Sustainability” – Lynn Helbrecht: Holds the position of Sustainability Coordinator in Governor Locke’s Policy office, she promotes the adoption of sustainable practices throughout state agencies, she serves as the coordinator of the Governors Sustainability Washington Advisory Panel and previously worked as pollution prevention policy development at Dept. of Ecology.

Week#7 – “Education” – Dr. Bradley Smith: Is the Dean of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, was the first Director of the Office of Environmental Education for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, currently serves on several Boards and sits on the Dept. of Energy Advisory Board, GM Environmental Policy Board and is well known author in environmental education.  

Week#8 - “Corporate Sustainability” – Tim Nuse: Coordinator of the Corporate Social Responsibility team for the Starbucks Corporation, his programs include measuring and reducing Starbucks environmental footprint, the annual Starbucks publication “Corporate Social Responsibility Report,” greenhouse gas emissions inventory and the implementation of the preferred supplier program.

Week#9 – “NGO / Financing Sustainability” – Nancy McKay: Manages the design, implementation and evaluation of the environmental sustainability program for the Russell Family Foundation, is the former chair of the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team and has thirty years experience working on issues including water quality, land use, energy conservation, mental health and education.

Week#10 - "Finding the Balance" - Paul Steucke: Is the senior advisor of Fort Lewis military base operations on the enviornment and sustainability.   

This course was designed for students, teachers and staff at Nuestros Valores Charter School in Albuquerque, New Mexico who participated in the Shaping Our Future project with the Foundation For Our Future.
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