"The Economics of Happiness" - February 27-March 1, 2015 in Portland
Organized by "Local Futures -- the International Society for Ecology and Culture," this international gathering will explore ways to create a better future: more resilient communities, healthier ecosystems, and equitable economies. More information here.
"Cultural and Ecological Restoration in the Pacific Northwest" - April 24-25, 2015 in Olympia
is the theme of the upcoming meeting of the Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, April 24-25, 2015 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
More information here.
"Confronting Borders and Boundaries" - Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) - June 24-27 in San Diego
The 2015 Conference will be held June 24-27, 2015 at University of California San Diego. The conference theme will showcase AESS's interdisciplinary strengths with respect to transboundary pollution, environmental equity and representation, international connections and collaborations, and teaching across disciplines. More information here.
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Biennial Conference - June 23-27, 2015 at University of Idaho
This year’s conference theme is Notes from the Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture, and Justice. More information here.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Meeting (AASHE) - October 25-28, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN
AASHE's annual meeting brings together faculty, students, staff, administrative leaders, and community partners from throughout North America and beyond to share and explore leading-edge ways that higher education is embracing sustainability. The proposal submission deadline is February 23rd. More information here.
Recent Curriculum for the Bioregion Conferences
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.