Ithaca College Hosts Workshop On Sustainability Education

ITHACA, NY — Educators interested in learning more about how to incorporate concepts of sustainability into their teaching will gather at Ithaca College May 26–28 for the annual Finger Lakes Project (FLP) Workshop. The featured speakers will be Nikki Henderson, executive director of People’s Grocery in West Oakland, California, and Sandra Steingraber, author of “Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment.”

The FLP is a community of educators dedicated to integrating sustainability concepts into diverse disciplines and all aspects of education. The workshop provides opportunities for participants to learn about and experience examples of teaching sustainability in varied settings and disciplines, and to meet and make connections with others who have similar interests.

Titled “Food Justice and Sustainability,” Henderson’s talk will draw upon her work with People’s Grocery, an organization whose mission is to build a local food system that improves the health and economy of the West Oakland community. She previously worked with Slow Food USA in Brooklyn, New York, and with Green for All. She has spent the past two years developing the Real Food Alliance, a national student coalition.

Steingraber’s keynote talk is titled “Human Rights and Sustainability Education.” An expert on the environmental causes of cancer, she has served since 2003 as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in Ithaca College’s Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. Originally published in 1997, “Living Downstream” was recently adapted into a film documenting Steingraber’s travels across North America as she works to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. The film will be screened at the workshop.

The workshop will include lectures and activities on the following topics:

  • Defining Sustainability
  • Exploring Connections between Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Teaching about Connections: Systems Thinking and Sustainability
  • Just Food Systems for the 21st Century
  • Collaborative Approaches to Service Learning

Participants will also have an opportunity to take a tour of Ithaca College’s sustainability projects, a tour of EcoVillage at Ithaca and a tour highlighting the social-ecological history of the Ithaca community.

For more information, visit /fingerlakes_project/FLP2010/ or contact Susan Swensen, associate professor of biology and coordinator of the workshop, at

Originally published in News Releases: Ithaca College Hosts Workshop On Sustainability Education.

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