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SPRING 2018 (2183)
IDS 1153 - Earth Literacy and Sustainability I-
Inter-disciplinary Course

Awarding 3 College Credits, transferable, part of the 24 hour elective block.

Course Specifics and Competencies

Students, interested in earning 3 undergraduate elective credits while learning about the Universe, Earth
and your place in it?
Earth Literacy and Sustainability 1 offers students an opportunity to explore the interrelationship between biodiversity and ecosystems, climate and energy, food systems, and culture systems and
current issues in Earth ethics.

Lectures, Presentations, Projects, Guest Presenters Field Experiences! Explore individual responsibility in contributing to a sustainable world.

Spring 2018 (2183) , IDS 1153 will be offered at Kendall campus:
Kendall -Blended- (and on-line)
Class # 6327
Tuesday/Thursday from 12:40 - 1:55 pm

EEI Upcoming Events for Faculty and Students

FitNation Exhibit 
August 11 through December 11, 2017
Kendall Campus, Building R – Second and Third Floors

The FitNation Exhibit for Miami-Dade County brings together 15 award-winning projects, all of which encourage physical activity and well-being. The 28-piece exhibit presents projects that exemplify architectural means, policy-driven and grassroots action, conceptual frameworks, and simple improvements which contribute to a healthier lifestyle for individuals and communities.

For more information, contact Netiva Kolitz:


Welcome Back Coffee -  EEI/iCED FACULTY:

Kendall’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED) and EEI invite you to join us for an informal Welcome Back cup of coffee and light refreshments on Wed., September 6 from 8:30 until 10:30 am, just outside of the iCED office (room 8201).  All service-learning and GSELS faculty members are welcome to attend - RSVP is not necessary. To promote sustainability on campus, we encourage you to bring your own coffee mug. We hope to see you there!

GSELS Health and Sustainability Showcases
Collaboration with Kendall Campus Learning Resources
Kendall Campus

Monday, Oct. 23, 10-10:50 am and 11-11:50 am
Biology Complex (Bldg. 3), Ground Floor
Tue., Oct. 24, 9:50-11:05 am – Biology Complex (Bldg. 3), Ground Floor
Thur., Oct. 26, 9:50-11:05 am – Biology Complex (Bldg. 3), Ground Floor
Wed., Nov. 8, 8-8:50 am and 11-11:50 am – Bldg. 2 Breezeway
Thu., Nov. 9, 8:30-9:30 am and 2-3 pm

Biology Complex (Bldg. 3), Ground Floor

Join us as students in Dr. Alfonso Pino's GSELS-designated Anatomy classes and Professor Rosa Polanco’s GSELS-designated Nutrition classes present their Service Learning Activity Projects that provide information about various health topics, including how they relate to global sustainability.

GSELS Projects Showcase
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
11 am – 1 pm
Kendall Campus, Building 2 Breezeway

Join us in learning about the topics and issues that students have explored through their Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) classes.

For more information, contact Netiva Kolitz:



Trees As Cosmic Antennas: Learning from Nasirun and Prophet Moses
Co-presented by Deering Estate, MDC Kendall Campus, and EEI
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Kendall Campus, Room M113      12 Noon - 12:50 pm 

Martinus Dwi Marianto who is a professor at ISI (the Indonesian Art Institute of Yogyakarta) and author of Art & Life Force in a Quantum Perspective, observes that many people do not appreciate trees or see them as commodities. Marianto draws great inspiration from the artist Nasirun, who vies trees as cosmic antennae, and the Prophet Moses of the bible.

For more information, contact Lyle Culver,



Join the 
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.

 EEI Professional Development for MDC Faculty and Staff

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

Kendall Campus, Five Wednesdays:

October 4, 2017, 12-1 pm, R-404          
October 18, 2017, 12-1 pm, K-422         
November 1, 2017, 12-1 pm, K-422      
November 15, 2017, 12-1 pm, K-422
November 29, 2017, 12-1:30 pm, K422       

Facilitated by EEI Staff – Netiva Kolitz, EEI Program Professional
 To Register, class #EEI1012-1

Earth Charter Reflections
Awarding 3.5 hours of Professional Development
Friday, October 13, 2017       Wolfson Campus, Rm 3410-5
1:30 - 5 pm

In this workshop, participants will explore the meaning and intent of the Earth Charter and consider its significance from an inter-disciplinary perspective.  A panel of renowned subject-area specialists will lead the discussion of how the Earth Charter can guide the development of new curriculum, and how familiarity with this document helps prepare students for success as global citizens.
To Register, class #EEI1013-1

Virginia Key Beach Park: A Sense of Place
Awarding 3 Hours of Professional Development

Saturday, October 14, 2017    9 am - 12 Noon  Virginia Key
This Immersion provides an overview of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Participants in this Immersion will tour this important ecologically rich site and gain an understanding of its importance to Miami as a barrier island with unique and valuable ecosystems and as a gathering place with a priceless cultural and historical legacy. 

To Register, class #




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 Programs for Faculty and Staff - Ongoing


Participate in the Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)

Sustainability Education Professional Development Opportunities

Sustainability and Earth Literacy Professional Development Workshops

Graduate Courses in Collaboration with EEI

EEI and Florida International University (FIU)

Outdoor Immersions Awarding Professional Development

Sustainability in the Curriculum                      

Immersions for Your Classes

Sustainability Learning Lunches
Hialeah         IAC           Kendall         North         Wolfson


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Join the Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)
Learning Network

Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Field Experience

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Earth Literacy and Sustainability I -new course

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