The University of Massachusetts Amherst proudly announces the Permaculture Your Campus Conference held at the UMass Amherst campus June 20-22, 2012 with special keynote speaker Frances Moore Lappé, author of 18 books, including the 3-million copy Diet for a Small Planet.
At the international Permaculture Your Campus Conference, directors of the award-winning UMass Permaculture Initiative will give an introduction to permaculture in a campus setting and share the value that it has created for the University of Massachusetts system and local community. Participants will learn how to develop a successful permaculture initiative for their campus and will leave with their own individualized action plan for their own campus permaculture initiative.
The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is pleased to host the 6th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit, which will take place Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, 2012 in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The Summit is a unique opportunity to learn from the leaders and innovators in Biomimicry Education from youth, university and non-formal education institutions. Plenary sessions and interactive workshops provide outstanding opportunities to learn, engage, connect, and get re-inspired to bring biomimicry more deeply into your teaching. Oregon K-12 Teachers may receive certificates for up to 20 PDUs.
Exciting News: Richard Louv will be giving an Opening Address on Thursday night to kick off the Summit!
University professors… K-12 classroom teachers… Curriculum developers… STEM educators of all types… Science Museum program leaders… School administrators… Undergraduate and graduate students… Anyone who has an interest in the potential of biomimicry to engage students, cross disciplinary boundaries, and change the world. See their flyer and visit their website.
Everyone wants renewable energy and to reduce carbon emissions, but historically a number of factors have kept organizations from building their own wind farms or solar fields. High upfront costs, technical expertise and long term price volatility just to name have kept companies, schools and governments from more readily adopting large scale renewables.
All that is changing, with new market tools helping solve those problems and expand renewable energy. Power Purchase Agreements are fast becoming the preferred method for securing renewable power while limiting upfront costs and risks.
During the webinar we will hear from two very different organizations who are both utilizing PPAs to maximize green power purchasing.
Join Sam Arons, Energy Program Manager from Google Inc., who is responsible for overseeing the PPA program and coordinating deals, and
Chris O’Brien, Director of Sustainability at American University where they recently finished a large solar PPA project.
The fifth annual ACPA Institute on Sustainability will again bring together students, staff and faculty from colleges and universities across the country who are committed to sustainability. Now, more than ever, it is essential to implement sustainable practices that save money and reduce a campus’ carbon footprint. This Institute will provide participants with tools necessary to help each campus become more sustainable.
The goal of the Institute is to provide individuals and institutional teams with a plethora of knowledge about sustainability so that they can return to their campuses prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable policies and practices and the education of campus community members. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from some of the leading sustainability scholars and practitioners; explore promising practices from campuses across the country; and develop a framework and actionable goals that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution.
The ACPA Institute on Sustainability will seek to create education and awareness for sustainability’s triple bottom line and may include sessions that discuss the following:
Green Building and Renovation
Integrating Sustainability into the Fabric of Campus
Assessing Student Learning
Sustainability and Student Activism
Sustainability in the Academy
See http://www2.myacpa.org/professional-development/2091 for more information
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