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About Earth Ethics Institute 

 


Earth Ethics Institute emerged as a program of the Environmental Demonstration Center, a unique project housed on the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. The Environmental Demonstration Center, conceived in 1976 by Dr. McGregor Smith, prospered and housed several programs: an Owner-Builder Center; a Landscape Center; a Tropical Lifestyle Center; and a Nature Center. Over time, Dr. Smith and colleagues Dr. Norma Watkins and Dr. Tim McGuirl recognized a need in higher education for an additional program which would offer credit and non-credit courses in something which they titled Earth Literacy.  The Environmental Ethics Institute (EEI) embraced that opportunity in 1988. In 1992, after Hurricane Andrew, the Environmental Demonstration Center continued as the Environmental Center and independently of the Center, the Environmental Ethics Institute, became a college-wide academic initiative with a mission of infusing Earth Literacy in all academics and operations of the college. Recognizing that Earth Literacy is more than environmental awareness, the name of the institute was re-named the Earth Ethics institute in 2002.

Since its inception, EEI has been a catalyst for introducing administrators, faculty, staff and students at Miami Dade College to the new way of thinking called "Earth Literacy."  Grounded in the profound implications of the story of the evolution of our 14-billion-year-old universe and the developmental process out of which the Earth and all life emerges, Earth Literacy fosters respect for Earth and life in all its diversity.

Earth Ethics Institute provides resources, workshops, and programs for the Miami Dade College community that encourage the integration of the knowledge, values and skills needed for a sustainable way of life into all practices and disciplines.

EEI fosters an awareness of global interdependence,  ecological integrity through biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life.

History of the Earth Ethics Institute         Detailed EEI Timeline          Words from the Director         Staff         Council
 

 

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Earth Ethics Institute • An Earth Literacy Resource Center Serving MDC Administrators, Faculty, Staff,  and Students, as well as the South Florida Community
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