Interdisciplinary and International Studies
Sustainability Growing in Visibility
The College's sustainability initiative (see "Our Visionary College," ICQ 2004/2) has been building steam and generating wide interest off campus. It was featured in a special report on the region's economy that aired on the Binghamton-area PBS channel. The show noted the College's plans to integrate sustainability into both the curriculum and the new facility for the School of Business, and discussed IC's relationship with EcoVillage at Ithaca.
And under the auspices of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, the College hired an environmental attorney and program manager as a visiting scholar. Edward Quevedo, director of environmental management and sustainability programs for the worldwide firm WSP Environmental, was named by Provost Peter Bardaglio to a two-year term. He is advising the College on developing and implementing its sustainability initiative, give classroom presentations, and work with faculty on introducing sustainability issues into the curriculum.
Before his appointment as a visiting scholar, Quevedo had served as a consultant to the College. In fall 2003 he gave a presentation on regional sustainability models; it was attended by about 40 community, government, and business leaders. The interest generated by this meeting helped to energize a regional initiative called Sustainable Tompkins, which is being fueled by grassroots participation from a diverse group of individuals working on issues such as green building, regional planning for sustainable land use, transforming the regional transportation system, and keeping the community healthy. Many IC faculty, staff, and students are involved with this exciting project.