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Title: Environmental Stewardship: Not Just for Scientists


1
Environmental StewardshipNot Just for Scientists
  • Presented by
  • Judi OToole
  • Featuring
  • Robyn OKane Olga Calderon

2
Introduction
  • Environmentalism and Stewardship are commonly
    thought of as scientific ideas
  • Limits potential for spread of environmental
    awareness
  • Fixing the ecological crisis must be a
    collaborative effort

3
Introduction
  • Teaching in a college arena is an effective way
    of learning
  • Particularly new and challenging ideas
  • Open discussions, questions and debates
  • Critical Thinking

4
Why should we teach students about the
Environment?
  • It is important that community members learn and
    understand the consequences of their actions
    relative to the environment
  • It is up to the student to filter their knowledge
    and teach others about what they can do to curb
    ecologically disruptive habits

5
Why should we teach students about the
Environment?
  • A commonplace where we all live and jointly
    depend on for every aspect of life
  • Garrett Hardins Tragedy of the Commons the
    allocation of resources
  • Knowledge of the changing environment opens the
    door for a lot of job opportunities

6
Why should we teach students about the
Environment?
  • Direct Connection
  • Energy bills
  • Rising gas costs
  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Aesthetic value of a neighborhood
  • Indirect Connection
  • Deforestation
  • Erosion
  • Increased storm ferocity
  • Spread of disease
  • Loss of species diversity
  • Water shortage

7
Breaking it Down
  • By definition, ecology is the scientific study
    of the distribution and abundance of living
    organisms and how the distribution and abundance
    are affected by interactions between the
    organisms and their environment.
  • Applicable to every aspect of life
  • Interdisciplinary

8
How do I incorporate an environmental element
into my course curriculum?
  • Environmental studies can be implemented in a
    multitude of ways
  • In-class discussions, homework, projects, tests,
    papers, lab experiments
  • Goal Reduction in our ecological footprint
  • Creativity and open-mindedness are key

9
Example 1 Chemistry
  • Use micro-scale experiments
  • Neutralize chemical waste to decrease the amount
    of hazardous waste generated
  • Benefits the school, instructor, technicians,
    students, and the environment

10
Example 2 Mathematics
  • Offer problems in the following areas that
    correlate with the environment
  • Problem Solving
  • Statistics
  • Logic
  • Proofs
  • Graphing
  • Modeling

11
Example 3 English
  • Papers allow you to be creative and implement an
    ecological component in or out of the classroom
  • Select environmental-themed literature applicable
    to your topic for class assignments
  • Open-class discussions

12
Example 4 Social Studies/ History/ Politics
  • Form class debates and discussions relative to
    ecology
  • The history of the Earth
  • Environmental law and the establishment of
    regulatory agencies and legislation to enforce
    them

13
Example 5 Engineering
  • Teach students about technological innovations in
    environmental planning
  • Army Corps of Engineers levee-building, dam
    creation, land hazard assessments, etc.
  • Mechanical engineering eco-friendly cars

14
Example 6 Construction/ Contracting Trades
  • Initiatives in building code development,
  • The use of more sustainable materials
  • Electrical work innovations in energy saving
    methods
  • Other areas Asbestos lead abatement, plumbing,
    roadways, landscaping, HVAC, building operations,
    maintenance, etc.

15
Example 7 Communications
  • In order to do communications work, you must be
    attuned to your surroundings
  • Encourage students to communicate complex topics
    and ideas
  • Open debates, mock interviews, PR work
    surrounding ecological issues

16
Example 8 Computer Programming/ Design
  • Graphics/ web page design designing an
    eco-friendly webpage
  • Energy-saving tips
  • Learn to use online environmental resources
  • Industrial Design create/ modify everyday items
    in an ecological way cars, houses, appliances,
    etc.

17
Example 9 Business Management
  • Teach students how to integrate business with
    environmental ethics
  • Corporate responsibility tied to social
    responsibility
  • Sustainable development in business

18
Example 10 Food Service
  • Gradual shift from Industrial agriculture?
    Ecological agriculture
  • Organic produce Whole foods markets
  • Sustainable farming practices
  • Teach students about a greener food service
    career

19
Example 11 Nutrition Fitness
  • Knowledge about the ecology of fitness and
    nutrition creates job opportunities
  • Adjusting diet and exercise regimes to climatic
    changes
  • Ecological approach to nutrition
  • Naturalistic approach to exercise

20
Example 12 Performing Arts
  • Stronger focus on the environment in modern art,
    music and theatre
  • Holistic and global themes very common
  • Encourage students to portray the ecological
    crisis through art, dance, music, acting

21
Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Earth Day Celebration, April 2007
  • Environmental Club
  • Inaugural meeting scheduled for Wednesday,
    September 19th at 430 (location TBA)
  • Environmental Health Safety Office
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • NYC Parks Recreation
  • Go Green Initiative

22
Earth Day 2007 At LaGuardia!
23
Conclusions
  • Why is it important to incorporate the
    environment into our class curriculum?
  • Mutualism you are affected by the environment
    in the same way that you affect the environment
    around you
  • Education is the key to prolonging our existence
    on Earth
  • Awareness is a priority

24
Conclusions
  • We must teach students that ecology and the
    environment touches every aspect of their lives
  • Being a steward of your environment means taking
    responsibility for your actions
  • Doing what is necessary for future generations to
    survive and thrive

25
Conclusions
  • We abuse land because we regard it as a
  • commodity belonging to us.  When we see
  • land as a community to which we belong, we
  • may begin to use it with love and respect.
  • Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

26
The End... Thank you!
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