Many thanks to the supporters, students, faculty, and staff that made Academic Year 2014-2015 a year of successful activity at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. This is a brief summary of our accomplishments this year on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University and in the wider world.
Thank you again to our supporters and stakeholders at Florida Gulf Coast University, in the Western Everglades and Barrier Islands of Southwest Florida, and in the wider community of scholars. We look forward to Peter Blaze Corcoran's return to FGCU and the re-opening the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education in August 2015 at the start of Academic Year 2015-2016.
UNEP has also worked with the IOC to develop an “Agenda 21” for the Olympic Movement based on environmental sustainability guidelines created by delegates at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development....
Living a sustainable lifestyle requires dedication and passion. Anyone who makes sustainability a priority has their own particular reasons for doing so—some live sustainably to help protect the environment and limit our reliance on precious natural resources, and others do so to help build a better future for generations to come.
The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education works towards realizing the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future for Earth through scholarship, education, and action. But it can’t realize this dream alone. “The little Center that could,” as it is affectionately referred to by Center Board Members, relies on donations to help fund its vision and work. Those who choose to support the Center should know that their donations go directly into inventive, impactful programs.
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017 the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education gathered friends and supporters together for an evening to celebrate retiring FGCU president, Wilson G. Bradshaw. Sanibel residents Virginia and Ed Stringer hosted the gathering as Bradshaw’s friends and long-time colleagues from his former years as president of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Virginia gave remarks and thanks. Noted Center attendees include Board members John D. McCabe and June LaCombe. Susan Stuart was also present as chair of the Center host committee, which helps organize beloved community programs such as the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Series.
The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education works toward realizing the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future for Earth through scholarship, education, and action. Bradshaw’s commitment to environmental sustainability and diversity as pillars of the FGCU mission has helped that dream become even more realistic. Fun was had and funds were raised while guests “toasted his leadership and the environmental legacy he leaves the community,” said Center Director Peter Blaze Corcoran. What better way to honor Bradshaw’s ten-year history at FGCU?
Back home on Sanibel and Captiva, the Center is likely best known for its signature Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Series. When asked why it matters to support the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, local Host Committee Chair Susan Stuart expressed that “It matters, of course, to island residents because of the Rachel Carson lectures. We get to hear—live and in person—authors, poets, scholars and even politicians who share what they are doing to praise and preserve our environment. These lectures are the Center's gift to us—open to all and offered at no charge. But beyond that, the Center—which is self-supporting and unique among Universities—helps fund environmental research projects both here at home and internationally. It is a treasure!"
The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education is pleased to announce that our very own Terry Tempest Williams will be presenting the 2017 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture. The 2017 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture will include a Campus Lecture at Florida Gulf Coast University and a Sanibel Island Lecture.
Through these reasons, water has impacted the ways we use the land to obtain said water.
Environmental Sustainability Project: "Water Sustainability"
By Riley Keegan
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The Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue is an annual event sponsored by the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. The signature series focuses on education for a sustainable future, including fostering student’s roles as stewards of their natural, cultural, and political environments. The Dialogue is intended to spark student action and stimulate environmental discourse among FGCU and Southwest Florida communities. Faculty members are encouraged to invite students to attend as the event is organized by students, for students. The event is, as always, open to the general public, including conservation organizations, citizen advocates, and the scientific community.
Contributions to the Center can also help spread sustainability education to an international audience, which is becoming ever more important. In the words of Center Director Peter Blaze Corcoran, “Scholarship is increasingly international; that is to say, that the audience for research is worldwide. The Center has been a global leader in educational research related to sustainability.” It reaffirmed this leadership through the Dutch government-funded publication of a new book, Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education, which came out several weeks ago. Co-edited by Center Director Peter Blaze Corcoran, it is the last volume in a United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development series.