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CNY Community Discusses Bridging Education for Sustainability
November 28, 2010
On November 13th GreeningUSA hosted over 50 educators from throughout Central New York to begin thinking strategically about education for sustainability in the region. Educators from schools districts, community based organizations, nature centers, universities, not-for-profit organizations, green businesses and more gathered Saturday morning at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. The event kicked off with a brief introduction to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and a breakout session focused on how our numerous high quality institutions, organizations and schools can create strategies to bridge education for sustainability in Central New York. Each breakout group included very diverse stakeholders and a variety of recommendations about how to move forward. Several consistent themes also emerged in the breakout sessions:

1) Identify targeted audiences and organize appropriate educational approaches and resources (i.e. formal education K-12, businesses, municipalities, colleges, community-based groups etc.)

2) Collaborate to make these resources available and to facilitate integration into current education opportunities

3) Continue to meet

4) Come up with long term plan for this group (5-10-12 year plan) with benchmarks and metrics to measure success

Many concrete actions steps also came out of the brain storming session including:

1) Create task forces for targeted audiences

2) Host an annual summit

3) Create modes of communication for stakeholders [database, listserve, web, linkedin, etc]

4) Collaborate with school district(s) and group of experts to put together a pilot of a local curriculum module (for example climate change) that incorporates education for sustainability

The later half of the morning was spent with a relay of three minute presentations from educators involved in various aspects of sustainability. Presenters shared there activities on community wide sustainability maps, green school report cards, media-literacy based sustainability curricula, grass roots outreach on green infrastructure, social and environmental justice, nature education and much, much more. Following each presentation, participants each filled out comments, questions and ideas on a sticky note that was shared with each presenter.

Great momentum was gained through this gathering and GreeningUSA invites all attendees and others to join us as we explore our next steps.

Please contact if you are interested in helping out.

Three minute presenters

Gay Nicholson
President, Sustainable Tompkins

Carissa Matthews
Outreach Program Manager, Syracuse Center of Excellence

Patty Weisse
Executive Director, Baltimore Woods Nature Center

Scott R Seymour
Director of Recycling Operations, CXtec
315-476-300 ext. 2114

Lionel Logan
President, Partnership for Onondaga Creek

Dale Sherman
NYSWDA Development Specialist New York State Weatherization Directors Association

President Tools for Energy Education

Al McMahon
NYSWDA Trainer New York State Weatherization Directors Association

Sox Sperry
Curriculum Writer, Project Look Sharp

Greg Michel
Sustainability Academy Chair, GreeningUSA

Bill Ottman
Science and Technology Coordinator, Green Syracuse City School District

Rachel May
Coordinator of Sustainability Education, Syracuse University

Jim Daloisio

Lindsay Speer
Syracuse Peace Council
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation

Hanah Ehrenreich
CNY Works Green Job Training

Resources Resources mentioned or handed out during event: (please let us know if we are missing your materials) Materials from Attendees • Syracuse City School District: Green SCSD Flyer • Sierra Club Biodiversity and Vegetarian Outreach Committee: Animals and Global Warming, Give a Wolf a Break • Baltimore Woods’ Nature in the City Brochure • OCRRA School Recycling Web Pages • Project Look Sharp Related Websites • GreeningUSA • United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development • The US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development • Vermont Education for Sustainability Studies • Study: American’s Knowledge of Climate Change

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