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Co-Curricular Learning Academies (COLA) Workshops

North Campus, Room 1306 
Fridays: Sept. 1, 8, and 15   10:00 - 10:50 AM
To complete the COLA module, students will participate in five 1-hour workshops that feature social change strategies based on the Transformative Action Institute curriculum (TAI), and will include three workshops in collaboration with the GSELS learning network.

Sept. 1st: Situations and Global Challenges through Systems Thinking

Sept. 8th: The Earth Charter: The Ethical Framework for a Sustainable Global Society

Sept. 15th: Guiding Philosophy of a 21st Century Global Citizen

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The Alpha Singing Bowl Demonstration

North Campus, Rm 2147 

Sept. 21, 2017, 9:50 – 11:30 AM

The Alpha Room is a combination of therapist Zayra Morales investigative journalism and healing therapy skills. This presentation features a short film documentary and live sound performance with tuned crystal bowls demonstrating how noise pollution is affecting peoples’ lives and how sound therapy brings a sense of relief and restorative inner peace—creating the foundations of societal resiliency and sustainability.


For more information, contact Stephen Nesvacil at 305.237.1338

EEI and iCED Welcome Back Coffee

North Campus, MJ Taylor Lounge

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Join EEI and iCED for coffee, networking and a brief information session about how to get involved in Academic Service-Learning, the Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Learning Network (GSELS) for professional development, and other exciting opportunities and initiatives this year.

Deadline to RSVP: Sept 11

Contact Stephen Nesvacil, or Rebecca Pelham



The Honors College Colloquia

Health & Sustainability: Urban Green Works
Roger Horne

North Campus, Rm 2158

October 5, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

With Urban GreenWorks, Roger Horne, MPA, has been the driving force behind their Community Food Security Initiative, bringing the first Urban Farm model to Liberty City, a USDA identified “food desert”. He also helped to establish the first Farmers Market in Liberty City & Opalocka.


For more information, contact Stephen Nesvacil at 305.237.1338



Urban Health Symposium 
Keynote by Frances Moore Lappé (Thursday, Oct 12)

North Campus
Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 11 – Oct. 12, 2017


Wednesday, Oct. 11th     Room MJ Taylor Lounge
10:00-10:50 AM            Dr. Maribeth Gidley from NOAA

11:00-11:50 Am            Asha Loring of Health in the Hood


Thursday, Oct. 12th         Room 2151
11:15 - 12:30 PM          Frances Moore Lappé - Keynote

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the three-million copy, 1971 Diet for a Small Planet that The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History describes as “one of the most influential political tracts of the times." She is the co-founder of three national organizations that explore the roots of hunger, poverty and environmental crises, as well as solutions now emerging worldwide through what she calls Living Democracy. Her most recent books include Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection For the America We want; EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want; and World Hunger: 10 Myths.

 In 1975, with Joseph Collins she launched the California-based Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) to educate Americans about the causes of world hunger. 

In 2002, Lappé and her daughter Anna established the Small Planet Institute based in Cambridge, Massachusetts a collaborative network for research and popular education to bring democracy to life. With her daughter, she is also co-founder of the Small Planet Fund,channeling resources to democratic social movements worldwide.
Contact Stephen Nesvacil  305.237.1338

Solar United Neighbors
Solar Coop Information Session


North Campus, Rm 2151 

Oct. 18, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM


Solar United Neighbors of Florida expands access to solar electricity by educating Floridians about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.

For more information, contact Stephen Nesvacil at

In partnership with Dream In Green
North Campus, MJ Taylor Lounge 

November 8, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 PM in Room 2151
Participants will learn how to implement money-saving water and energy conservation behaviors at home that foster long-term sustainability. Participants will receive a free toolkit valued at $75. Limited space. 
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Be Here: Northern Hearts Around the Lake 

Gather Together, Focus on Breath, Be Mindful and Notice

North Campus Lake, Northeast Corner (Intersection of Buildings 1 and 3)

Every Monday 10:00 AM

Be Here: Northern Hearts around the Lake is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to gather for a few minutes in quiet reflection and guided mindfulness. Together we let go of perceived stress, planning for future events, and the grit of daily living to relax, focus on the breath, let go of any distractions and perceived stressful thoughts to engage mindfully on the inherent beauty of North Campus and interconnectedness of all life.
For more information: Contact Stephan Nesvacil at

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 Earth Ethics Institute Workshops and Professional Development for MDC Faculty and Staff

Health: Connecting People Place and Planet
A Four-Part Lunch and Learn Series
Awarding 12 hours of Professional Development
This workshop consists of four sessions, each is focused on the interconnection of human health with environmental and community health. Examine the roots of Western medicine and how it has evolved in an industrial society and explore health as a dynamic relationship between humans and the environments in which they live.
(This is part one of a two-part workshop series.)
Wednesdays, North Campus, Room 1256 Conference Room
October 4, 2017,    12-1 pm    and           
October 18,  November 1, November 15, 2017     12 Noon - 1:30 pm
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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. 

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

Sustainability Education Professional Development Opportunities

Sustainability and Earth Literacy Professional Development Workshops

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EEI and Florida International University (FIU)

Outdoor Immersions Awarding Professional Development

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Immersions for Your Classes

Sustainability Learning Lunches
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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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