Motivations for Sustainability

06/10/2013 § 4 Comments

By Nikki Wooten, Compost Initiative Intern

As a new cohort of IUOS Interns, the sixteen of us delved into A Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russell Sanders. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009. Author of countless books and essays, Sanders is recipient of many awards for his work. Read his bio here.  For our final discussion of the book, we were lucky enough to be joined by Sanders himself.Image

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Unplug and Unwind

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Mary Roper, Green Purchasing Intern                                                                                                                                                                               Today marked the final day for discussing Scott Russell Sander’s work A Conservationist Manifesto. I began reading this work with an open mind, and I finished it with a changed one. Now, that is not to say that I have completely altered bad habits; if this could be done within the mere three weeks my classmates and I spent reading one book, our world would not be faced with the environmental issues it  faces today. What this does mean, however, is that I can feel my thought process begin to shift towards a more conservationist mindset. One aspect of this mindset, stillness, was addressed today by the author himself.

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An Open Mind

06/10/2013 § 2 Comments

By: Jessica Stavole, Energy and Built Environment Working Group Project Intern

I used to wish that time would stop, that it would stand still long enough for me to develop and see all of my ideas come to fruition through my actions.  Yet, the other day, I came across a grandfather clock that had the Latin words “Tempus fugit” inscribed above it.  Translated to mean “time flees”, that grandfather clock reminded me of our vulnerability as individuals and how surprising and unexpected some events in our lives can be.  Every day, it seems as if I encounter a new person, a new experience, a change or an idea, leading me to believe that there is much to be learned and even more to accomplish.


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Developing a Coherent Program Framework for Sustainability Education

06/10/2013 § 1 Comment

Asmalina Saleh, Peer Educator Program Intern

The Peer Educator Program is an educational initiative targeted to improve sustainability Imageliteracy among students, faculty and staff on IU campus. The first core workshop being developed is centered on the relationship between consumption and waste reduction. One of the most compelling projects that feature this topic is the Story of Stuff. This project began as a simple examination of where everyday human ‘stuff’ comes from and has since then provided a wide range of educational resources for anyone interested in exploring our relationship with material objects.

There is no doubt that these educational resources can promote awareness of sustainability issues. However, given that the overall goal of the program is to transform practices, it is necessary to utilize a comprehensive framework that can meet its goals of transforming practices at the personal as well as institutional or societal level. There are several frameworks that have been successful in fostering sustainable practices such as the Community Based Social Marketing. The newly developed Peer Educator Program however leverages a broader social theory – Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) which draws on the works of Engeström (1987); Leont’ev (1974); and Vygotsky (1978).

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