"Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons" is the theme of the second biennial conference hosted by Seattle U's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. August 7-9, 2016. This conference brings together faculty, researchers, businesses, and community members around key ideas and developments in environmental justice and sustainability. Further information here.
"Beyond the Campus" is the theme of the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), October 9-12 in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will focus on meeting sustainability challenges in collaboration with sectors outside academia. Further information here.
Our second statewide Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference will be hosted by Gonzaga University February 16-17, 2017. Watch this website for further details.
Recent Curriculum for the Bioregion Conferences
Inquiring into an Ethic of Place - January 30, 2016
This gathering, held at the Tacoma Campus of The Evergreen State College, continued our inquiry into ways that our students are considering and connecting to place in our classes. Our participants explored the question, "How might investigating values and ways of life of our bioregion, our home place, enhance our learning and teaching about sustainability as we take up the environmental and social issues facing humanity in the 21st century?" Gratitude to Evergreen Tacoma for hosting this conference! Conference agenda for "Inquiring into an Ethic of Place"
Fostering an Ethic of Place - February 7, 2015
“Fostering an Ethic of Place” built on ten years of Curriculum for the Bioregion work situating sustainability studies in the places we actually inhabit. With keynote talks and eight concurrent sessions, the conference explored how we are all "placed" in distinctive ways, and how place matters and relationships matter in those places. This gathering was a launch-point for continuing work with "fostering an ethic of place" and its role in shaping healthy communities and ecosystems. Gratitude to University of Puget Sound's Sound Policy Institute for hosting the conference! Here are some resources from the day.
Community-Based Research (Lin Nelson)
Resources for Place-Based Research and Learning (Lin Nelson)
Place Based Learning Approaches (Lin Nelson)
Example: Olympia Walking Tour (Lin Nelson and Zoltan Grossman)
Conservation & Restoration Ecology Exchange (Sean Watts)
Assignments that Deepen Place-Based Learning (Karen Harding and Jean MacGregor)
Links to Web-based Resources Mentioned in Conference Sessions:
Waterlines Project (Cynthia Updegrave and Roger Fernandes)
Seattle University’s Youth Initiative (Kent Koth)
Enduring Legacies Native Cases - Teaching Cases Collection (Barbara Leigh Smith and Michelle Aguilar-Wells)
Sustainability "Big Ideas" - a website created by Rob Turner (UW Bothell) of the work of the Curriculum for the Bioregion "Sustainability Courses Faculty Learning Community.
Sustainability and Contemplative Practice - November 14-16, 2014
This weekend gathering of the "Sustainability and Contemplative Practice Faculty Learning Community" at The Whidbey Institute supported educators engaged in teaching for a sustainable future and also interested in using pedagogies of reflection and contemplation to deepen and strengthen that teaching. This growing faculty learning community has been meeting since 2009 and continues to stay in touch via a listserv. The meeting's agenda and concurrent sessions.