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Ithaca College Workshop to Explore 'The Psychology of Sustainability'

ITHACA, NY — Educators interested in exploring human behavior in the context of sustainability action and education will be attending the annual Finger Lakes Project Workshop at Ithaca College, May 24–25. The theme of this year’s workshop is “The Psychology of Sustainability.”

Geared toward college-level faculty, staff and students who are interested in sustainability education, the workshop provides opportunities to meet and make connections with others with similar interests. It will include lectures and activities on the following topics:

  • Defining Sustainability
  • How Do Administrators Support Sustainability?
  • Incorporating Sustainability into Courses
  • Behavior Change for Sustainability

The keynote speakers will be Ithaca College assistant professor of psychology Kathryn Caldwell and St. Bonaventure University associate professor of psychology Darryl Mayeaux.

Caldwell integrates issues of sustainability into her teaching, challenging students to consider what motivates conservation behavior, how the natural world impacts wellbeing and the impact of vocational and lifestyle choices on the community and environment. Mayeaux teaches a course on Sustainable Behavior: Diet and Health that brings together an understanding of what humans evolved to eat; how our natural preferences can be exploited by manufacturers; how economic forces helped shape aspects of our food system; and how that system is undermining the productivity of ecosystems as well as our cognitive and mental health.

The Finger Lakes Project is a community of educators that provides resources and training for educational professionals to encourage and support their efforts to integrate concepts of sustainability into their educational activities.

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