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147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability
by Brian Dunbar William M Timpson (Author)

All who work with sustainability issues realize that it is a community project. We must decide collectively about the earth and its future. As a community — be it a geographic, social, academic, or professional community — we need to know where to begin, how to collaboratively work, and where to find resources.

Most of us belong to communities that are concerned about sustainability issues, but do not have that as their primary mandate, such as a business, a history class, or a civic group. These groups have a tremendous opportunity to incorporate sustainability awareness into their activities. And this volume will help find those opportunities and make the best use of group resources.


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Boldly Sustainable

Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change
by Peter Bardaglio;Andrea Putman (Author), Anthony Cortese (Foreword)

Boldly Sustainable offers a strong and urgent challenge to higher education institutions to rethink what they teach, how they teach, how they conduct themselves, and how they relate to the larger community to ensure that they are contributing to a more healthy, just, and sustainable society. It also provides an up-to-date and hopeful picture of the explosive interest in, and the kinds of innovation for, sustainability in every aspect of higher education that are occurring on hundreds of campuses around the country. The important examples and stories cover a wide range of commitments, programs, and actions that are raising the sustainability bar on college campuses. In its easily accessible style, Boldly Sustainable gives the reader a good sense of the contribution that higher education can make in leading society on a more sustainable path and opens up the possibility of rapid progress that can be made by collaboration among senior administrators, faculty, operation staff, and students. --Anthony Cortese, President, Second Nature

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Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century, The

by Environmental Careers Organization (Author)

Chapters examine the entire spectrum of career fields, with each chapter providing an "at a glance" summary of the field; discussion of history and background along with current issues and trends; examination of specific career opportunities and the educational requirements for each; salary ranges by type of employer, level of experience, and responsibility; and an extensive list of resources for further information. Fields profiled include: planning, education and communications, energy management and conservation, fisheries and wildlife management, forestry, land and water conservation, and others.

Written at a broad introductory level, The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century provides an informative and inspirational starting place from which to learn more about specific fields. For recent college graduates, students, volunteers, librarians, career counselors, or anyone interested in working to protect the environment, it is an essential reference.

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The Courage to Teach
Exploring the Inner Landscape of A Teacher's Life
By Parker J. Palmer

Teachers choose their vocation for reasons of the heart, because they care deeply about their students and about their subject. But the demands of teaching cause too many educators to lose heart. Is it possible to take heart in teaching once more so that we can continue to do what good teachers always do -- give heart to our students?

In The Courage to Teach , Parker Palmer takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with their vocation and their students -- and recovering their passion for one of the most difficult and important of human endeavors.


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Earth in Mind
On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
by David W. Orr (Author)

In Earth in Mind, noted environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that:

  • alienates us from life in the name of human domination

  • causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are

  • overemphasizes success and careers

  • separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical

  • deadens the sense of wonder for the created world


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Ecological Literacy
Educating our Children for a Sustainable World (The Bioneers Series)
by Michael K. Stone (Editor), Zenobia Barlow (Editor)

From Booklist
Sustainability is increasingly becoming a buzzword, popping up in advertising campaigns and political promises. This welcome volume, collected by the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, offers authoritative definitions of what sustainable living means and progressive theories for achieving it, beginning with the education of the young. The diverse selections, organized into loose thematic sections such as "Vision," are contributed by well-known leaders on the subject. Chef Alice Waters, who began a successful school-garden program, outlines the differences between fast-food and slow-food values, while educator Maurice Holt calls for a return to "the slow school," in which students are encouraged to think, feel, and understand concepts, not just memorize them. Pamela Michael, founder of River of Words, a unique nonprofit that encourages the integration of art and science in the classroom, contributes a stirring piece entitled "Helping Children Fall in Love with the Earth." Inspired, substantive, and visionary, these selections will help concerned readers focus their own discussions about sustainability and suggest new ways to implement its values in their own communities. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Ecological Literacy

Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World
By David Orr

"David Orr's Ecological Literacy outlines brillianly and succinctly the changes that must occur in our educational systems if we are to avoid ecological disasters."


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Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making

By Sam Kaner

This book provides the tools to put democratic values into practice in groups and organizations. Designed to help groups increase participation and collaboration, promote mutual understanding, honor diversity, and make effective, inclusive, participatory decisions, it is loaded with graphics, guidelines and hand outs, and presents more than 200 valuable tools and skills. It is perfect for managers, participants, seasoned practitioners, and students of working group dynamics.


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Global Sociology

Introducing Five Contemporary Societies
by Linda Schneider (Author), Arnold Silverman (Author)

An effective supplement to any standard sociology text, this broad and comprehensive sociological description of five diverse contemporary societies with wide geographic distribution - Japan, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, and the Bushmen of Namibia - is organized around basic sociological topics: culture, social structure, group life, socialization, deviance, social institutions, social stratification, and social change. Fictional vignettes of individuals in each country help students experience first-person viewpoints on life in five very different societies. By comparing other societies with their own, students read about the range of social variation, learn what makes their own society distinctive, and gain a unique and fascinating vantage point on what sociology offers in a world of rapid social change. The fifth edition has been fully updated to reflect recent economic and political changes. New and updated data is included in each chapter. Current concerns such as crime, drug trafficking, ethnic diversity, gender, income inequality, political Islam and social change in traditional societies are addressed throughout the book. The impact of and response to global economic changes is a continuing theme in every chapter.


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Greening the College Curriculum
A Guide to Environmental Teaching in the Liberal Arts
Edited by Jonathan Collett and Stephen Karakashian

Greening the College Curriculum provides the tools college and university faculty need to meet personal and institutional goals for integrating environmental issues into the curriculum. Leading educators from a wide range of fields, including anthropology, biology, economics, geography, history, literature, journalism, philosophy, political science, and religion, describe their experience introducing environmental issues into their teaching.

  • a rationale for including material on the environment in the teaching of the basic concepts of each discipline

  • guidelines for constructing a unit or a full course at the introductory level that makes use of environmental subjects

  • sample plans for upper-level courses

  • a compendium of annotated resources, both print and nonprint

Contributors to the volume include David Orr, David G. Campbell, Lisa Naughton, Emily Young, John Opie, Holmes Rolston III, Michael E. Kraft, Steven Rockefeller, and others

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Last Child in the Woods
Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv (Author)

From Publishers Weekly
Today's kids are increasingly disconnected from the natural world, says child advocacy expert Louv (Childhood's Future; Fatherlove; etc.), even as research shows that "thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can... be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorder and other maladies." Instead of passing summer months hiking, swimming and telling stories around the campfire, children these days are more likely to attend computer camps or weight-loss camps: as a result, Louv says, they've come to think of nature as more of an abstraction than a reality. Indeed, a 2002 British study reported that eight-year-olds could identify Pokémon characters far more easily than they could name "otter, beetle, and oak tree." Gathering thoughts from parents, teachers, researchers, environmentalists and other concerned parties, Louv argues for a return to an awareness of and appreciation for the natural world. Not only can nature teach kids science and nurture their creativity, he says, nature needs its children: where else will its future stewards come from? Louv's book is a call to action, full of warnings—but also full of ideas for change. Agent, James Levine. (May 20)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Learning & Engagement Guide
The Sustainable World Sourcebook
by Sustainable World Coalition (Author), Vinit Allen (Introduction), Paul Hawken (Foreword)

As we come to understand the urgency of our multiple global crises, we become motivated to get involved, to make use of our collective wisdom and our capacity to work for solutions in community.

The Sustainable World SourceBook is designed to support readers in finding pathways for effective individual and group action. It cuts through the glut of information, providing a clear, concise overview of the most important issues and aspects of sustainability that everyone needs to know. And it's packed with successful models and inspiring examples. This richly illustrated, beautifully designed, full-color manual addresses:

-Environmental issues and their impacts, along with a prescription for rapid, large-scale change
-Energy resources, peak oil, conservation, and emerging technologies
-The global financial crisis, economic transition, green jobs, and sustainable business
-Poverty, health, education, food security, and social justice
-Local, sustainable communities and engaged citizens
-Green lifestyle choices

Featuring a foreword written by renowned environmentalist and best-selling author Paul Hawken, the Sustainable World SourceBook will appeal to anyone seeking an understanding of a broad range of sustainability issues. Focused on solutions and actions, it is the essential guidebook for every concerned citizen.

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Look to the Mountain:
An Ecology of Indigenous Education
by Gregory Cajete

"...a new, creative and sophisticated effort to build intellectual bridges between two entirely different systems of knowing the world... the first major work by an American Indian scholar to systematically work through the tangent points that exist between Indian and non-Indian understandings of education."

- Vine Deloria, Jr., Author, God is Red



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Planet U
Sustaining the World, Reinventing the University
by Michael M'Gonigle (Author), Justine Starke (Author)

Planet U places the university at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Questioning the university's ability to equip society to deal with today's serious challenges such as economic growth, democratic citizenship and planetary survival, it calls for a new social movement to take a lead in reforming the university - the world's largest industry.

The book reviews the university's 900-year history from medieval religious philosopher, to Renaissance nation-builder, to its modern function as training grounds for the world's managerial class and the world's largest industry. It examines diverse campus initiatives across North America and Europe and their traditional concerns of green buildings, renewable energy and transportation demand management. But it also demonstrates the promise for social and ecological progress open to the "planetary university" once the university takes its place seriously and discovers its new mission: to create diverse models of local and global innovation centered around tough new questions about what universities - and their societies - can achieve:

  • How might the university help move us to a post-automobile, energy-saving society?

  • How might universities help refashion the city to be sustainable?

  • How might universities be governed for sustainability?


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Sustainable Education:
Perspective And Practice across Higher Education
by Stephen Sterling, Paula Jones, and David Selby

How do we equip learners with the values, knowledge, skills, and motivation to help achieve economic, social and ecological well-being? How can universities make a major contribution towards a more sustainable future? Amid rising expectations on HE from professional associations, funders, policy makers, and undergraduates, and increasing interest amongst academics and senior management, a growing number of higher education institutions are taking the lead in embracing sustainability. This response does not only include greening the campus but also transforming curricula and teaching and learning.

This book explains why this is necessary and – crucially – how to do it. Bringing together the experience of the HEFCE funded Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) at the University of Plymouth and the Higher Education Academy's Education for Sustainable Development Project, the book distills out the curriculum contributions of a wide range of disciplinary areas to sustainability. The first part of the book provides background on the current status of sustainability within higher education, including chapters discussing interdisciplinarity, international perspectives and pedagogy. The second part features 13 chapter case studies from teachers and lecturers in diverse disciplines, describing what has worked, how and why - and what hasn't. Whilst the book is organised by traditional disciplines, the authors and editors emphasise transferable lessons and interdisciplinarity so that readers can learn from examples outside their own area to embed sustainability within their own curricula and teaching. Subject areas covered include: geography, environmental and Earth Sciences, nursing/health, law, dance, drama, music, engineering, media and cultural studies, art and design, theology, social work, economics, languages, education, business and built environment.


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Sustainable Education
Re-visioning Learning and Change
by Stephen Sterling

Whilst 'environmental education', and more recently 'education for sustainable development' are important trends, they are not sufficient to reorient and transform education as a whole - and yet time is short to realize such change. The Briefing critiques the prevailing managerial and mechanistic paradigm in education, and argues that an ecological view of educational theory, practice and policy is necessary to assist the sustainability transition. The Briefing then shows how 'sustainable education' - a systemic change of educational culture towards the realization of human potential and the interdependence of social, economic and ecological wellbeing - can lead to transformative learning.

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Sustainable Learning Community, The
One University's Journey to the Future
by John D. Aber, Tom Kelly, Bruce L. Mallory

University communities have the potential to serve as models in the development and application of sustainability principles and practices, not only by what they teach and study, but also how they operate facilities and engage with off-campus partners. With the oldest endowed, campus-wide Sustainability Program in the country, established in 1997, the University of New Hampshire has become a leading institution in advancing integrated approaches to the development of a campus culture of sustainability. The UNH experience in pursuing a Sustainable Learning Community provides a unique window into the process of developing this new and integrated approach to teaching, learning, research, engagement and operations that will be of value to other institutions as they develop efforts to enhance the quality of campus life while reducing their environmental footprint.

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Teaching Virtues
Building Character Across the Curriculum
by Don Trent Jacobs (Author)

Here's how to teach character education in a way that will encourage your students' health and happiness at the same time as improving their learning experience. Teaching Virtues explains the current reality facing teachers--too much inspiration and not enough implementation--and responds with specific psychological and pedagogical strategies. Based upon the universal virtues present in the holistic American Indian view of ethics, the methods in this book enable educators to unify character and curriculum. A more ethical and more educated student is the result.

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Young People, Education, and Sustainable Development: Exploring Principles, Perspectives, and Praxis
Edited by Peter Blaze Corcoran and Philip M. Osano (Authors)

Young people have an enormous stake in the present and future state of Earth. Almost half of the human population is under the age of 25. If young people's resources of energy, time, and knowledge are misdirected towards violence, terrorism, socially-isolating technologies, and unsustainable consumption, civilization risks destabilization. Yet, there is a powerful opportunity for society if young people can participate positively in all aspects of sustainable development. In order to do so, young people need education, political support, resources, skills, and hope.

This volume offers a global perspective on education initiatives by and for young people that promote a transition to sustainability. It includes 38 essays co-authored by 68 contributors from 25 nations, representing a diversity of geography, gender, and generation.

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