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April 20, 2011
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Professors offer cross-curricular sustainability workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Environmental stewardship, alternative energy and sustainable practice are major themes in Slippery Rock University’s strategic plan “Reaching for 2025 and Beyond.”  To assist their colleagues in developing strategies for more fully engaging students in sustainability, Langdon Smith and Julie Snow, professors in the department of geography, geology and the environment, will offer a May 5 “Sustainability Across the Curriculum Teaching Workshop.”
      The workshop is open to all SRU faculty members but targets faculty in liberal studies. A sustainable dinner is optional.
       “One of the goals of the University is to provide lifelong learning skills, so giving our students a background in sustainability issues such as social justice, economic issues and community planning will help them as they get older,” Snow said.
      The workshop will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. at SRU’s Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainability Education and Research. Graduate students in the sustainability program will cook a meal using organic, locally grown products.
      Snow said they would present ways for adding sustainability components to existing courses, especially those in liberal studies. The workshop will include tours of the Macoskey Center by director Thomas Reynolds. Professors will also have the time to collaborate with other faculty members to develop specific projects and assignments for classes.
       Snow said sustainability is so broad that ample opportunities exist for professors to discuss concepts in liberal arts classes.
      “You can discuss sustainability in almost every single class,” she said. “You can make connections with the environment, the economy, with readings in literature, even in religious studies,” she said.
      Smith and Snow obtained a Green Fund Grant to attend a similar workshop at Emory University and want to share techniques they learned there with colleagues.
       The registration deadline is April 29. Contact Smith at 724.738.2389 or Snow at 724.738.2503 to register.

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