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Spring 2012 Schedule
Sustainable Communities Initiative

SCI at RIC Speaker Series

Critical Issues in Sustainability
Location: Clarke Science, Room 128
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Please note: All speaker series events are free and open to the public. Selected speaker series events will be recorded and available for online viewing.

February 16 Just Sustainabilities: Re-imagining (E)quality, Living Within Limits
Speaker: Julian Agyeman

Julian Agyeman is Professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Boston-Medford, USA. He is co-originator of the concept of 'just sustainabilities,' the integration of social/spatial justice and sustainability, defined as "the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems".

Website: Outside Linkhttp://sites.tufts.edu/julianagyeman/
March 1 Humans and Nature

Speaker:
Karl Jacoby, Professor of History, Brown University
March 1 Where the Wild Things Are: Living With a New Top Predator in Your Backyard

Speaker:
Numi Mitchell, Lead Scientist and Project Director for the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study, The Conservation Agency
March 22 Sustainable Food Systems

Speakers:
Kathryn Teigen De Master, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Brown University
Maia Bailey, Assistant Professor of Biology, Providence College
Jeffrey O'Hara, Agricultural Economist, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Katherine Brown, Executive Director, Southside Community Land Trust
April 5 Sustainable Cities

Speaker: Joan Fitzgerald, Director of the Law and Public Policy Program, Northeastern University
April 12 Climate Change

Speakers:
Jennie Stephens, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University (watch video)
Timmons Roberts, Director of the Brown University Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies (watch video)
Pamela Rubinoff, Coastal Management Extension Specialist, Rhode Island Sea Grant (watch video Windows | Mac)
April 19 Earth Day and US Environmental History

Speaker: Tom Jundt, Visiting Lecturer in American Studies, Brown University
April 26 (postponed) Biodiversity: Global Trends and Local Transformations

Speakers:
Peter Paton, Professor of Wildlife Ecology, University of Rhode Island
David W. Gregg, Executive Director, The Rhode Island Natural History Survey
May 3 Ethics of Sustainability

Speaker: Jim Merkel, Director of the Global Living Project
Please note: All speaker series events are free and open to the public. Selected speaker series events will be recorded and available for online viewing. Please visit this page again for online viewing instructions.

SCI at RIC Community Courses

CONT 380C-80: SCI Community Enrichment Program
Course Call #: 22142
Fee: $150
Instructor: Jed Greenberg
Mode of Instruction: Hybrid (some in person local community meetings required)
Dates: February 16 – May 10, 2012
Credit: 4.5 CEU (45 contact hours; online and in person)

This hybrid (online and in person) course is perfect for those who want to acquire a foundation of knowledge in sustainability while meeting peers with similar interests and concerns. Students will learn from some of the region's leading sustainability thought leaders and be encouraged to contribute to the development of the SCI Sustainable Communities Index. The Index is a participatory research tool being developed to help community residents evaluate the sustainability performance of their own towns and cities.

Many of the online lectures used in this course will be recordings of presentations delivered during the Critical Issues in Sustainability Speaker Series. This is the ideal offering for anyone who enjoys being a part of a welcoming learning community.


CONT 480C-80: SCI Community Leaders Program
Course Call #: 22143
Fee: $150
Instructor: Jed Greenberg
Mode of Instruction: Hybrid (some in person local community meetings required)
Dates: February 16 – May 10, 2012
Credit: 4.5 CEU (45 contact hours; online and in person)

This hybrid (online and in person) course will provide participants with an introduction to sustainability while preparing students to become SCI Community Leader Facilitators (CLFs). Successful students will gain core competencies in the fundamentals of sustainability and be prepared to lead Sustainability Learning Circles with the support of SCI in their own communities.

Students will also be encouraged to contribute to the development of the SCI Sustainable Communities Index. The Index is a participatory research tool being developed to help community residents evaluate the sustainability performance of their own towns and cities. Many of the online lectures used in this course will be recordings of presentations delivered during the Critical Issues in Sustainability Speaker Series.

This course is perfect for those who are interested in having an impact in their community and maintaining close ties with SCI.

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