AASHE’s Academic Commons contains curriculum materials from across disciplines organized by type (lesson plans, syllabi, lab assignments, etc.), discipline, and tag. Search for an idea or find out how you can add you own! Also curriculum case studies are available to provide insight into the work of faculty who are teaching sustainability.
Donna Seaman has produced a list of titles and summaries that focus in some way on sustainability – well work checking out!
- The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse. By David Owen. Riverhead, paper, $14 (9781594485619). Owen, brisk, funny, and forthright, dispels environmental misperceptions to enable us to proceed toward sustainability on firmer ground.
- Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone. By George Black. St. Martin’s, $35 (9780312383190). Black’s account of the ordeals and discoveries of nineteenth-century explorers in Yellowstone, and how the region became America’s first national park, is both hair-raising and elucidating.
- Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami. By Gretel Ehrlich. Pantheon, $25 (9780307907318). Ehrlich’s sensitive chronicle of her time in Japan after the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami subtly raises questions about culture, nature, global warming, and nuclear power.
- Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. By Kristen Iversen. Crown, $25 (9780307955630). Iversen grew up in Colorado near Rocky Flats, a criminally mismanaged federal nuclear-weapon factory, and tells the full story of how it poisoned the land and its people.
- Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future. By Climate Central. Pantheon, $22.95 (9780307907301). Climate Central, a nonpartisan collective of ecological experts, does a masterful job of clarifying all aspects of climate change, separating indisputable scientific evidence from myth and denial.
- The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth. By Fred Pearce. Beacon, $27.95 (9780807003244). Pearce exposes enormous land grabs by foreigners in Africa, Asia, Indonesia, the Ukraine, and South America, stealthy acquisitions that involve crimes against humanity and environmental destruction.
- On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson. By William Souder. Crown, $30 (9780307462206). Souder brings a fresh and delving perspective to scientist, writer, and environmentalist Carson’s trailblazing achievements, hard-won artistry, and heroic sacrifices.
- “A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. By Peter J. Hatch. Yale, $35 (9780300171143). Hatch’s elegantly illustrated homage to Jefferson’s horticultural genius establishes the great statesman as the forefather of modern organic and sustainable garden movements.
- Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places. By Andrew Blackwell. Rodale, $25.99 (9781605294452). Blackwell chronicles his visits to “the world’s most polluted places” in this witty yet alarming work of adventurous global environmental investigation.
- When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice. By Terry Tempest Williams. Farrar/Sarah Crichton, $24 (9780374288976). Williams reflects on her family’s suffering and revelations as atomic-bomb-test “downwinders” in a transcendent tribute to wilderness and women’s lives, nature and culture, place and sense of self.
Please join us for the 3rd Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians: Social Entrepreneurship in Action May 16-17, 2013 on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro but also sponsored by sponsored by the libraries of Wake Forest University and UNCG.
An exciting lineup of keynote speakers including Brian Matthews (The Ubiquitous Librarian), Michael Porter (Library Renewal) and Mandy Henk (The People’s Library from Occupy Wall Street) along with dynamic presenters who will share the ways in which a wide variety of librarians engage in social entrepreneurship to promote social change in their communities and beyond. Visit us on Facebook!
This conference will provide a forum to:
- Share and celebrate the social entrepreneurial accomplishments of librarians and information professionals
- Inspire each other to innovate and promote change
- Create a community to promote entrepreneurial practices .
Register with the Early Bird rate of $110 through March 15, and save $20.
After March 15, $130.
questions? I’m on the planning team so you can email me directly!
Is there hold back about pushing your campus to avoid fossil fuel companies might bring down monies brought to campus? Interesting article from Jan. 29th Chronicle of Higher Education “Divesting From Fossil-Fuel Companies Is Unlikely to Harm Endowments, Report Says” A study by the Aperio group states that “divesting from fossil-fuel companies does not necessarily add value to a portfolio, it does not subtract value from it either. ” Also the article notes that about 200 colleges have student groups pushing for their schools to divest in fossil fuel companies. Check out the Filthy 15 for key companies to avoid especially coal-burning power. (hmm hard for us here in southeast with states that are sadly not on board with alternatives right now, and think fracking is only other answer)
If you are an ALA member the Social Responsibilities Round Table has been trying to push an ALA resolution on Divestment of Holding in Fossil Fuel Companies as a social responsibility for the ALA. At midwinter last month, the resolution was not passed since it first needs to go through the Budget and Review Committee (BARC) for study of possible financial impact on ALA but stay tuned by joining in SRRT or viewing their mailing list archives for information.
Free webcast offered by the Blended Librairan Online Community called “Reaching Sustainability with Online Library Instruction: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” on February 21st, 2013 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET. Presenter is Heidi Steiner, Head of Digital and Distance Education Services and Assistant Professor at the Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University. Sign up now!
Sustainability is not just about fuel efficient cars, composting and ethically sourced food. The concept is also readily applicable to library instruction programs, many of which are on unsustainable paths. Incorporating more online instruction holds great promise, but does not have to mean expensive tutorial creation software and web conferencing suites, expansive embedded librarian initiatives, or burnt out teaching librarians at mid-semester. This webcast will provide practical tips and resources for creative, cost-effective and sustainable online library instruction using the cycle of reduce, reuse, and recycle.
A great piece on NPR recently on How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank where a partnership between the Basalt Public Library (CO) and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute have created this wonderful seed bank.
There are a few other seed bank libraries as well: A past blog post from July 2010 on Richmond (CA) seed lending library. Rebecca has a blog – www.richmondgrows.org – on creating your own seed lending library and San Fran now has two branches lending seeds!
Other libraries like Fairfield Woods Branch have a seed to seed series; Alameda Free Library also offers similar service; and East Palo Alto Seed Library has started a seed lending library partnership with Collective Roots.
If you know of more libraries with seed lending services or banks, please comment or email me!