What is Sustain Champlain?

Sustain Champlain is a campus-wide initiative strives to infuse sustainability concepts and practices across Champlain College by coordinating and promoting best practices within four areas: our institution, academics, operations, and culture.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Education for Sustainability

Recently, the President of Bennington College, Elizabeth Coleman gave an address at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference on February 25, 2011. According to a colleague of mine, Wynn Calder, "It is a scathing critique of higher education's failure, in general, to address the challenges we face. It is also a powerful endorsement of education for sustainability, though she never uses that word. More admirably, much of what she recommends she is earnestly trying to put into practice at Bennington." The speech is available online at http://www.nais.org/files/ac/2011/11AC_ElizabethColemanSpeech.pdf. So how are we doing at Champlain? Our official college values include: Distinctive Excellence * Sustainability * Innovation * Human Touch * Global Engagement * Diversity and Inclusion Are we seeing this is our curriculum? Outside of the classroom? In our policies and practices? What do YOU think?

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