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Ecovillages as Campuses for Sustainability Education

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Uploaded on Feb 22, 2012

Ecovillages as Campuses for Sustainability Education

Daniel Greenberg, Ph.D.
Founder and Director of Living Routes
Amherst, Mass.
New World Agriculture and Ecology Group at Cornell
February 15, 2012

Daniel Greenberg, Ph.D. is Founder and Director of Living Routes, which partners with UMass Amherst to offer study abroad programs based in "ecovillages" around the world. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, Daniel is now focused on building bridges between academia and sustainable communities. He has taught Sustainable Living at UMass Amherst, co-founded the Green Passport, and chaired Task Forces for NAFSA and The Forum on Education Abroad.

Ecovillages are communities striving to live well and lightly together. From appropriate technologies to holistic health; from sustainable agriculture to group facilitation, ecovillages are integrating solutions within human-scale communities and creating new cultures and "stories" in which we can live well - and lightly. While not utopias, they are developing real-world models of sustainable development that make ideal "campuses" where students can learn about sustainability while striving to live it.

This talk will provide an introduction to the growing ecovillage movement worldwide (e.g., Findhorn, Scotland; Auroville, India; Sirius, MA), the possibilities and challenges of using these communities as contexts for education and social change, and the work of Living Routes, an educational non-profit which partners with UMass-Amherst to offer study abroad programs based in ecovillages worldwide.

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