WHERE THE RESEARCH DOLLARS WILL BE
 

Judith Bostock, Assistant Manager
Science, Technology & Business Develop.
SOE Savannah River Operations Office 

 Gary Tabor, Executive Director
 Center for Conservation Medicine
 Tufts University
 
Those interested in trends in research funding heard from Dr. Judith Bostock, Assistant Manager for Science, Technology and Business Development at the Department of Energy Savannah River Operations Office.  Dr. Gary Tabor, Executive Director of the Center for Conservation Medicine at Tufts University and a consultant to several foundations, spoke on the same topic from the perspective of private foundations.  Both offered encouragement for multi-disciplinary work such as that contemplated by the Sustainable Universities Initiative. 

INCORPORATING SUSTAINABILITY IN THE CLASSROOM


 
                     Jeff Arpan, Director 
                     Masters in International Business Program 
                    USC School of Business
Jeff Arpan moderated and participated in  a panel of faculty members who are already including principles of sustainability in their courses.  In addition to Dr. Arpan, Director of USC's Masters in International Business Program, panelists included Brenda VanderMey, of Clemson's Department of Sociology, Gisela Bosch, of the University of Florida, and David Taylor,  Converse College English Department.  Rick Bunch, of the World Resources Institute's BELL program, provided information on recent studies related to incorporation of sustainability into national business curricula. 

 
Steps to "green" the international business curriculum: 


  • half day overview
  • half day symposium with business leaders
  • full day field trip to two industries
  • group research project
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    "We decided to use the infusion method, to take an existing course...business ethics and leadership...and add environmental considerations to it.  We were working toward three sequential goals:  increased awareness that business has an effect on the environment; increased understanding of the nature of the impact; and competency, leading to action."   "It's about competition.  It's about opportunity...too often, we think about environmental considerations as market destroyers, but that's not entirely true." 
                   Rick Bunch, World Resources Inst.
                   BELL Program

     
                Gisella Bosch
                Center for Construction and Environment
                University of Florida
    Gisella Bosch described efforts to "green"  the University of Florida, which now has a "greening UF Council."  Interested individuals can track new developments through the Council's website (see Links section on the Sustainable University Initiative Home Page.)  The School of Building Construction in the College of Architecture has been especially active, but Gisella noted that "we are trying to stimulate action in every other college." 

     
    Things every professor in the School of Building Construction should know: 
      • ASTM is producing Green Building Standards
      • The US Green Building Council is the major US force in greening the build environment
      • New Urbanism and Sustainable Architecture are rapidly increasing in influence
      • Healthy interior environments are critical
      • LEED:  US Green Building Rating System
      • Waste = Inefficiency = Lost$
      • Center website:  www.bcn.ufl.edu/sustainable
     

     
    Brenda VanderMey combines sociology with service learning and horticulture to teach many life lessons.  She is also the coordinator of  Landscapes for Learning, a multi-faceted entity that promotes environmental education and stewardship, strengthens communities and provides service learning opportunities through the creation and celebration of learning landscapes. 

    "I cannot teach environmental stewardship. Teaching in the classroom is nothing but preaching.  The best way we can get at this is to find mechanisms for students to engage in stewardship and instill it in others." 

                       Brenda VanderMey
                       Clemson University Dept. of Sociology

     
                        David Taylor
                        Converse College English Dept.
    "Regardless of what course I'm teaching, I ask students to help me conserve resources and be conscious of our behaviors.  I ask that they recycle and use email for handouts and syllabi as often as possible."   Dr. Taylor described "writing across the curriculum" as a mechanism for integrating disciplines.  "English profs stay in their towers, other disciplines stay in their towers, and we don't feel comfortable with each other's material."  One way of dealing with the problem is to team teach; Dr. Taylor described his efforts to involve a microbiologist in his writing courses as a way to integrate disciplines and spark creative efforts.
    "(Through writing across the curriculum) students realize that the environment isn't just something you walk by, but something to interact with and interact with in different ways-- through poetry, creative writing, science, art."  Describing his course "Writing in Place: Widening Circles of Community" Dr. Taylor noted that "students, through writing stories and essays about where they are, learned to care about it

     
    "Our students don't think of where we are as where they live."
    David Taylor, Converse College
     
            DON'T SETTLE FOR WUSSIE GOALS
     
    Bad weather  prevented our scheduled closing speaker, Walter Bickford of Malden Mills, from leaving Massachusetts.  John Warren graciously agreed to abbreviate his planned presentation to the operations breakout session and to deliver the closing luncheon address instead.  The result was entertaining and inspirational.  Mr. Warren's slides can be viewed at his web site: http://www.p2.pnl.gov:2080/DFE/warren.html 

    "I think teaching is a powerful profession. ....be exciting...otherwise, don't teach; do research." 

                John Warren
                        Pacific Northwest Labs

     
    "People in the environmental community tend to have wussie goals.  ‘Let's see if we can reduce our emissions by 50%.'   What if Dean Smith (NC basketball coach) said ‘Let's go out and win half our games.'  Do you think we'd think of him the same way we do now?  Of course not!  Don't settle for wussie goals.  Develop compelling goals that capture the imagination.  Don't do your project like it's 1985...it's 1998...2000!" 

     
    "Some time you're going to meet someone, see, hear, read or experience something that changes your life.  That's what your project is all about.  Remember that a lot of people are going to be affected by what you do."
     
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