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Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network

The Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network provides inclusive educational opportunities for the Miami Dade College community to explore global citizenship, ecological sustainability, and civic engagement, through understanding planetary challenges and limits and by developing values, skills, and behaviors that promote prosperity and communities of well-being.

  Earth Ethics Institute  Professional Development for MDC Faculty and Staff

Food, Ethics and Sustainability – Part 1
A Five-Part Lunch and Learn Series

Awarding 12 hours of Professional Development

This workshop focuses on food production and sustainability. The global food web has become increasingly more complicated with the industrialization and globalization of our world. Participants will build upon exploration of their own relationship with food to delve deeper into the interconnections between food, politics, health, environment, ethics and justice.
Kendall Campus, Five Wednesdays Beginning January 24, 2018

To Register, class # EEI1012-2
Facilitated by
Netiva Kolitz

GSELS Learning Network: Transforming Paradigm
Offering 6 hours Professional Development Credit 

This workshop offers an overview of Earth Ethics Institute’s Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network.  Participants learn about development and operations of GSELS. GSELS faculty learn how to broaden their GSELS-designated courses to include additional GSELS course criteria, as well as  best practices of faculty learning communities. Participants explore Sustainable Education, a concept created by Stephen Sterling and described as “a change of educational culture, one which develops and embodies the theory and practice of sustainability in a way which is critically aware.  Contrast will be made of mechanistic versus ecological worldviews, and a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to education will be endorsed.  

Friday, February 23, 2018 at NorthCampus  Room 1256
To Regster, class # EEI1010-3
Friday, March 16, 2018 at Kendall Campus   Room K-422
To Regster, class # EEI1010-4

Oleta River State Park
Awarding 4 hours of Professional Development -
Saturday, February 3, 2018   9 am - 1 pm
The immersion will cover the natural and cultural history 
of the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System. Oleta River State Park is a 1,043 acre natural and recreational area surrounded largely by high density residential and commercial developmental.  Park administrators have developed alliances with a range of compatible user groups.  
To Register, class # EEI1003-2

Frost Science Museum and Sustaianble Design
Awarding 4 hours of Professional Development -(in approval process)
Friday, March 9, 2018
The need for sustainable design and resilient infrastructure is becoming more and more apparent in this era of increasing threats due to climate change. Miami is widely recognized to be one of the most vulnerable areas of the United States to sea level rise. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum was designed with this in mind, and serves as a model of practical applications of sustainable design.

To Register, class # EEI1020-1



Plants and Indoor Air Quality
Find out how plants help keep office air healthy
15 plants have been identified as great air purifiers

Projects like installing new carpet and painting walls can release chemicals that pollute indoor air. These are called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), they’re chemicals used to manufacture and maintain building materials, interior furnishing, cleaning products and personal care products.

Luckily, some houseplants moonlight as efficient purifiers. For the best results, put as many plants as you can care for in the rooms you use most.


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