Show: Sustainable Today

Episode: 1004-Education Show


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Total Episode Runtime (hh:mm:ss): 00:58:30

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Episode Description:

How do we educate the population about the importance of sustainability and sustainable practices, lifestyles and mindsets. This show looks a Portland State University which has an extensive program to integrate sustainability into all its course work. Then we check out elementary and pre-school programs that are moving the next generation in the right direction. Below is a synopsis of the show's contents.

NEWS: The average wedding costs $27,000. By doing it eco friendly style you save the environment and money too. Wedding dresses made of cotton or hemp, organic flowers, potted plant centerpieces, soy candles and local food. ... The Green Gadgets Conference in New York City teaches about advances in packaging.... The top eco destinations are Japan, Lebanon and Equador. Unexpected but enlightening experiences can help reduce your carbon footprint while learning what others have done to be sustainable. .... A school in the UK has incorporated all available sustainable systems including using the parking lot to heat the school.

INTERVIEW Part 1. Darrell Brown and David Santen talk about Portland State University’s efforts to not only teach but to demonstrate sustainability in it’s day to day operations. A $25 million grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation has made it possible to implement sustainability into all its courses and departments. An interdisciplinary graduate certificate in sustainability is one program enhanced by the funding. PSU has long been engaged in sustainable education and the funds being applied are seen as a recognition of those efforts. The Career Services program has been enhanced to identify and direct students to emerging and existing green jobs and internships. The goal is not to steer students into green jobs to be to enable them to bring social and environmental values into all the things they do.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Springwater Environmental Science Charter School is a new way to instill sustainable values into the curriculum of elementary education. Students look at environmental science through the lens of the community. The kids bring their own lunches, emphasis on healthy food, and clean up afterward, emphasis on recycling. There is a large volunteer program to get parents involved in their children’s education. Outdoor activities abound with access to a 500 acre nature preserve adjacent to the school.

INTERVIEW Part 2 introduces Noelle Studer-Spevak and Heather Spalding to tell us about the day to day operations and sustainable features that have been installed and promoted on the Portland State campus. Business practices and standard operating procedures are re-built around what is sustainable including carbon neutrality. LEED certified buildings and on-site storm water treatment systems are discussed. The University also operates a learning garden. The Ecowiki website helps improve communication and coordinate sustainability classes and activities. The “Take back the Tap” campaign is an example of reducing plastic water bottles and getting water filtration re-fill stations installed.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Private education ala the Waldorf System is profiled. The Apple Blossom Nursery provides the example for pre-school education Waldorf style.
Carrie Riley, the schools director, sings songs and tells stories to inspire positive attitudes toward the environment and other people. Children are allowed to “experiment” with nature. Animals like rabbits and chickens are teaching tools. Diverse cultures and the seasons are also part of the curriculum.

CALL TO ACTION: Engage the system to affect change from within. Incorporate sustainability principles to all activities and disciplines. Get involved with others who are supporting sustainability.

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