Ithaca College To Host Workshop For Sustainability Educators

ITHACA, NY — Educators interested in learning more about how to integrate concepts of sustainability into their teaching and other educational activities will gather at Ithaca College May 20–22 for the annual Finger Lakes Project (FLP) Workshop. The FLP is a community of educators dedicated to integrating sustainability concepts into diverse disciplines and all aspects of education.

“The workshop is aimed at educators from K-12 to college who are interested in learning more about sustainability, course design, and experiential and cross-disciplinary learning,” said Susan Swensen, associate professor of biology and coordinator of this year’s Finger Lakes Project Workshop. “It provides a valuable opportunity to discuss ideas, participate in hands-on activities and hear from other faculty about how they have incorporated sustainability into their own teaching and how their students responded.”

The theme of this year’s workshop is “sustainability and culture,” with lectures and learning sessions on the following topics:

  • Eco and activist art
  • Ethnomusicology and culture
  • Food culture and sustainability
  • International education for sustainability
  • Sustainability education for K–12
  • Course design and assessment

The keynote speaker is Tong Soon Lee, associate professor of musicology/ethnomusicology at Emory University, who will present “Music, Soundscape and Cultural Sustainability.” Lee’s research focuses on Southeast and East Asian music, with particular interests in Singapore and the musical practices of diasporic Asian communities.

The workshop will include a walking tour of the college, highlighting the two new LEED certified buildings, trayless dining and compostable dinnerware options in dining services, recycling and composting operations, residence hall programs for lighting and behavioral changes, building energy conservation efforts, Ithaca Carshare and campus Smart Cars, among other campus sustainability efforts. The workshop will also offer a tour of EcoVillage, Ithaca College’s partner in sustainability education.

Funding for the workshop was provided, in part, by the Commit-to-Change grant awarded to the Ithaca College Environmental Studies Program by the HSBC in the Community (USA) Inc. Foundation.

For more information, visit /fingerlakes_project/workshop/ or contact Susan Swensen at

Originally published in News Releases: Ithaca College To Host Workshop For Sustainability Educators.

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