Sustainability on College Campuses Focus of Lecture

The Associate Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley will host Mitchell Thomashow to discuss how college campuses offer an ideal setting for exploring and practicing sustainability. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at Clarkson University's Student Center.

From 2006-2011, Thomashow was the president of Unity College in Maine and integrated concepts of ecology, sustainability, natural history, wellness, participatory governance, and community service into all aspects of college and community life. Previously from 1976-2006, He was the chair of the environmental studies program at Antioch University New England. He is also the founder of Whole Terrain, an environmental literary publication, originating at Antioch University New England, and Hawk and Handsaw, a journal of creative sustainability, published at Unity College. His new book, The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus (The MIT Press) provides a framework for advancing sustainable living and teaching in a variety of campus environments.

Thomashow will outline a comprehensive strategy for campus sustainability that connects all aspects of campus life. Themes will include how to use sustainability as the basis of institutional turnaround and branding, using organizational leadership as the basis for planning and change, and the profound ethical questions that drive sustainability thinking. He will connect sustainability to global environmental change, natural history, place-based learning, educational philosophy, and human flourishing. Connecting his experiences to broader concerns, Thomashow will link the campus to the planet, reminding the audience that local efforts, taken together, can have a global impact.

For more information, contact Associated Colleges at 315-267-3331.