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Ithaca College Hosts Workshop for Sustainability Educators

ITHACA, NY — College educators interested in exploring how to design courses and provide learning opportunities incorporating sustainability will be attending the annual Finger Lakes Project Workshop at Ithaca College, May 25–27. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Sustainability as a Transformative Learning Experience.”

“The theme explores the ways in which educators can deliver transformative learning experiences to their students in the context of sustainability education,” said Susan Swensen, associate professor of biology and coordinator of the workshop. “By transformative, we mean experiences that open up new ways of thinking or seeing that cause people to make different choices, or change their actions and behaviors.”
Aimed at college-level faculty, staff and students who are interested in sustainability education, the workshop provides opportunities to meet and make connections with others who have similar interests. It will feature lectures and activities on the following topics:

• Defining Sustainability
• Psychology of Sustainability
• Transformative Education
• International Perspectives on Sustainability Education
• Moving from Knowledge to Action

The keynote speakers will be musician and teacher Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Ithaca College professor of strategic communication Gordon Rowland. Reuning-Hummel combines her passions for music, learning, communication and change management into educational designs for classrooms, businesses, individuals and families. Rowland’s research focuses on the nature of powerful learning experiences, design processes, social systems design and design education.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take a sustainability tour of Ithaca College — including its LEED Platinum buildings, trayless dining and compostable dinnerware options in dining services, recycling and composting operations, and residence hall programs for lighting and behavioral changes — and tour EcoVillage, a nearby sustainable living community.

The Finger Lakes Project is a community of educators dedicated to developing the theory and application of integrating sustainability concepts into diverse disciplines and all aspects of education.

For more information, visit or contact Susan Swensen at