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[Sep. 8th, 2009|09:59 pm]
I'm facilitating Education For Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) at UC Berkeley this semester. Here is our


"Sustainability is meeting our own needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, particularly with regard to use and waste of natural resources. Sustainable practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are used." -University of California Regents

The Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) is a collaborative interdisciplinary course intended to realize a sustainable community within the University of California, where it started, and beyond. It was envisioned by the California Student Sustainability Coalition in 2003, and implemented at several UC campuses shortly thereafter. UC Berkeley’s Fall 2009 ESLP course takes an integrative approach to learning. The course hosts renowned authors, educators, and thinkers from diverse fields of knowledge and backgrounds. A hands-on approach is emphasized through Participatory Action Research Team (PART) projects, in which students initiate projects or involve themselves in on-going community projects with focuses such as public transportation awareness, sustainable food systems, energy consumption and reduction, waste reduction and prevention (e.g. e-waste recycling education), environmental education, and green building/design. The course intends to empower students to reflect upon, explore, share, and implement principles of sustainability, and to use sustainability as a tool to analyze and change the world in which we live.

Mission Statement:
ESLP is a course that enables and empowers students by creating a weekly forum for the discussion of topics in sustainability that are both current and relevant to modern society. The course intends to present multiple perspectives on sustainability by juxtaposing broader worldwide problems and methods with more local communal ones. ESLP hopes to give students a more complex understanding of sustainability by using systems of thinking to emphasize the relationships and connections between the economy, our society (race, class, societal structure), our minds, and the overall connection to the environment. ESLP hopes to accomplish these things while also creating a fun and relaxing atmosphere, hopefully creating a friendly community and support system for our students in the often stressful and alienating academic environment that is UC Berkeley.

Objectives: By the end of the course, each student will have:
a. Developed their own multifaceted definition of sustainability through weekly readings, goals, lectures and discussions
b. An understanding of global and local systems, as well as the interdependent relationships and connections between them.
c. Gained awareness of the effects and impacts of current lifestyles in relation to finite resources and the environment
d. Foster an atmosphere of tolerance, collaboration, fun, and mutual respect within the classroom that is proclaimed to be the GUILT TRIP FREE ZONE!
Additionally, students who engage in Action Research Team Projects will have:
e. Applied principles of sustainability to daily life at UC Berkeley
f. Facilitated communication and collaboration among members of the campus community
g. Envisioned, initiated, and enacted local and global change

Course Logistics: ESPM 98/198
Course Control Number(s): TBA in lecture
Time: Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Room: TBA

Course Facilitators
Kaija Ollikainen – kaija@berkeley.edu
Honnie Hay – hhay@berkeley.edu
Ann Bush - annbush@berkeley.edu

Principal Faculty Sponsor:
Kevin L. O’Hara
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Office: 207 Mulford Hall
Phone: 510-642-2127
Email: ohara@nature.berkeley.edu

Course Options and Grading
1. OPTION A – Seminar; 2 units,
Students must attend every lecture, and write a one-page reflection on each reading or a homework assignment to be submitted at the beginning of the following lecture.
Attendance – 50%
Final Paper – 25%
2. OPTION B – Seminar + Participatory Action Research Team; 3 units,
In addition to the requirements for OPTION A students must attend all PART meetings, complete PART related supplemental reading, submit all PART assignments (including final report), and prepare a final presentation. Criteria for each project may vary.
Attendance – 25%
Semi-Monthly Meetings with ESLP Course Facilitators— 25%
Final Presentation—25%
Final Paper—25%
Participatory Action Research Teams and Facilitators
--Will be discussed in class

Further Grading Information: Students will only be allowed 2 absences and 2/10 missed homeworks. Make up assignments will be provided through reflections on movies, events, readings, etc. Angelo Reserve Trip makes up for 2 absences or 2 homeworks or 1 of each. Jokes and a sense of humor count as extra credit as well. Guilt trips and preaching will be mercilessly penalized.

Lecture Topics and Speakers
9/10 Introductions: Getting to Know You!
9/17 Story of Stuff: Media, Consumerism, Waste, and Recycling, Reuse notebook-making activity
9/24 Energy and Resources / Curitiba / City Planning
10/1 Carbon Sequestration and Global Warming (PG&E Climate Smart)
10/8 Environmental Justice
10/15 Grass Roots Organizing (Marcelo Garzo – People’s Grocery, etc.)
10/22 Food Politics, Vegetarianism, Factory Farms, and the Seafood Industry (Chris, the Avocado guy)
10/23-25 Angelo Reserve Field Trip!
10/29 Spiritual/Personal Sustainability and Yoga (Yehoshua Shy Sayar – 7th Heaven Yoga/Upeksha Yoga)
11/5 Flexible scheduling day J
11/12 Alternative Medicine / Medicinal Herb Walk / Laughter Yoga? (Adam Sellar)
11/19 Sustaining Culture / The Prison System (West Hays, Alayna Johnson – Teach In Prison DeCal)
11/26 Permaculture and Sustainable Food Systems / Tour of Student Organic Garden (Brittany Bush – Ann’s awesome sister, Isaiah Saxon – Encyclopedia Pictura)
12/ 3 Final PART project presentations and potluck (Yay food!)

I'm facilitating with Ann and Kaija! And you know, they ruuuule. You should take this class if you go to Berkeley. Or tell your friend to take it if they go to Berkeley. YEAH!


[User Picture]From: lil_ekko
2009-09-12 04:18 am (UTC)
I want to take your decal.
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