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Webinar: Teaching Local Sustainability Online
June 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
While online learning may conjure up images of isolated students alone at their computers, this medium also provides ways to help people become locally engaged in the creation of sustainable, resilient communities. Building on the bioregional approach to distance learning pioneered at Green Mountain College, this webinar explores how online students enrolled in Prescott College’s graduate programs apply locally what they learn about land-use planning, economic development, energy production, food systems, and social justice–while also developing skills in leadership, group organization, and conflict resolution. This model provides opportunities for students to learn from each other in locally specific ways that are discouraged by traditional residential forms of instruction.
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This webinar is part of a series of webinars on sustainability in the curriculum put on by SCC and AASHE.
Laird Christensen, Director, Green Mountain Center for Sustainability, Prescott College
Drawing on a diverse range of training and experience, both academic and hands-on, Laird Christensen brings an applied bioregional perspective to his role as Director of the graduate program in Resilient and Sustainable Communities at Prescott College. Prior to coming to Prescott, Laird developed a similar MS program at Green Mountain College, and also served as the founding director of GMC’s Environmental Studies graduate program. In both capacities, Laird worked with other faculty to build programs that provide students with unprecedented interdisciplinary breadth while also taking advantage of the online format to encourage students to develop knowledge about their own bioregions and specific interests.