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Accelerating Change through the President’s Sustainability Research Program
August 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
This webinar describes the President’s Sustainability Research Fellowship (PSRF) model, an innovative program at Swarthmore College that matches motivated students with staff and faculty mentors to research, develop, and implement strategic projects in a year-long academic course and associated internship. Students learn project management, independent research, and theories of change-making. Staff and faculty serve as mentors and project board members and actively engage with projects across the campus. By using the campus as a living laboratory, the PSRF program has elevated the level of engagement across campus and is consistently recognized by senior leaders as a signature campus program. Under Swarthmore’s Ecosphere Governance structure, the PSRF program works in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability, the Green Advisors (student educators), the Sustainability Advocates (faculty and staff educators), and a number of other groups to strategically develop and implement projects designed to create accelerated change. In this webinar, you will learn about the structure of the PSRF program, how the program operates within the greater campus Ecosphere Governance structure, and the steps you can take to establish a similar program of systematic change that expands the capacity to get things done while training the next generation of leaders on your campus.
Aurora Winslade, Director of Sustainability, Swarthmore College
Aurora has fifteen years of experience in sustainability in higher education. She has a special interest in supporting professional development for sustainability staff, bringing a focus on using group process design and facilitation tools to engage communities in institutional transformation efforts. She co-created AASHE’s first sustainability officers retreat in 2011 and has led statewide and national workshops in California, Hawaii, and Taiwan. Aurora currently serves as the Director of Sustainability for Swarthmore College. Previously she founded new sustainability programs at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Hawaii. She also has experience as the Market Transformation Manager for Hawaii Energy, the statewide energy efficiency program, for which she was awarded the National Rising Star of Energy Efficiency Award in 2015 from the Alliance to Save Energy. Aurora sits on the AASHE Advisory Council and is a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action and the Environmental Leadership Program. She has a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Bridget Scott, Office of Sustainability Intern
Bridget is a senior at Swarthmore College with majors in Biology, Educational Studies, and a minor in Environmental Studies. In the inaugural year of the PSRF program, Bridget served as a fellow working on a planning and assessment project through which she helped to complete Swarthmore’s STARS report. Currently, she works as an intern in the Office of Sustainability, acting as a teaching assistant within the PSRF program. Additionally, she interns in the Center for Innovation and Leadership and is active in the campus athletic sustainability student group, Garnet Go Green.
Carr Everbach, Professor of Engineering, Swarthmore College
Prof. E. Carr Everbach has been teaching at Swarthmore College since 1990 in broad areas of Engineering, and was a co-founder of the Environmental Studies program in 1992. Carr and students built on College property the first strawbale house East of the Mississippi and North of the Mason-Dixon line that stood from 1994-1998 when it was disassembled and recycled. Carr was the co-chair of the Green Team that pioneered the LEED-certified Science Center in 2004, and was a founder of the Macalester-Pomona-Swarthmore Consortium that sends students to the University of Cape Town each year to study human-environment interactions. Carr co-chaired the Sustainability Committee from 2007-12, has served on the EcoSphere Executive Committee, and currently co-teaches the Presidential Sustainability Research Fellows course. He is interested in finding ways for people to live well without harming the world for those who come after.