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Roundtable Webinar Series

SHES Roundtable Webinar Series Part 1

Background of the Roundtable and SHES Foundations

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific

This webinar is Part 1 of 3 in the Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) Roundtable webinar series

Presenters on behalf of the SHES Roundtable:

Michael A. Reiter

Bethune-Cookman University

Richard Smardon
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Michael-L.-Humphreys

Michael L. Humphreys, PhD
Bethune-Cookman University

The Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) Roundtable, which first met in 2009, represents an ongoing effort by academics, program directors, administrators, environmental agency personnel, and practitioners to produce a living set of consensus-based recommendations concerning the pedagogical and administrative aspects of interdisciplinary and higher-order sustainability education. The Roundtable’s vision is the emergence of societies that facilitate, enhance, and sustain indefinitely in that facilitated or enhanced state the well-being of human individuals, their communities, and their environments, while its pedagogical goal is to empower learners to contribute to the realization of that vision.

Part I of this three-part series focuses on the background of the SHES Roundtable including the forces that brought it together and informed its work, and the fundamentals of the SHES view of the academic field including the SHES vision, mission, and goal. This webinar will also introduce the important principles of the SHES approach, including systems thinking, social learning (including ethics and stakeholder values), supradisciplinarity, and complexity. This webinar will set the foundation for the upcoming webinars on SHES Pedagogical Approach and Examples (in February) and Administration and Evaluation of SHES Programs (in March).

Michael A. Reiter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrated Environmental Science at Bethune-Cookman University. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Muskingum College in Ohio, an M.S. in Biology from Kent State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. His primary research is in integrated ecosystem management, focusing on the development and application of interdisciplinary stakeholder-based methods for addressing wicked environmental problems from a systems perspective. Dr. Reiter is also a principal developer of Combined Ecological-Societal Systems Modeling and the Integrated Assessment and Ecosystem Management Protocol, a combination that meets the need for a truly integrated ecosystem management method. He is a past President and Counselor for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, Associate Editor for the international journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, and a founding Co-Chair of the Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems Roundtable, a growing effort to establish proposals for the design and development of interdisciplinary and higher-order environmental courses and programs in higher education. Dr. Reiter has been a PI or Co-PI for over $27 million in funded individual and consortium grants from sources including NOAA, USDA, the DuPont Foundation, and Carnegie-Mellon, has over 50 refereed publications in several different fields of study, has received multiple university and national awards for his teaching and research, and has been invited to numerous countries to present his work (including an opening parallel workshop of the UN Rio+20 summit in Brazil). His goal is to emphasize the importance of making scientifically informed, broadly based decisions concerning present and future environmental sustainability concerns, and to help ensure that such broadly trained individuals exist in the near future.

Richard Smardon is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environmental Studies at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has edited/written six books: The Future of Wetlands; Assessing Visual-Cultural Values (1983); Foundations for Visual Project Analysis (1986); and The Legal Landscape: Guidelines for Environmental and Aesthetic Protection (1993), Sustaining the World’s Wetlands (2009), and The Renewable Energy Landscape with Routledge Taylor and Francis in 2017. He is co-author with three others of Revitalizing Urban Waterway Communities: Streams of Environmental Justice published in 2018 by Earthscan/ Routledge and a seventh book Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems published by CRC/Routledge. He was appointed by the Governor of New York to the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council in 1989 and is now chairing the council. He has serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Journal of Sustainability Research, Urban Planning and Water. His major areas of expertise include landscape assessment and management, wetland assessment and mitigation, environmental management/citizen participation, law and aesthetics, ecotourism and heritage resource management, and energy sustainability planning implementation.

Michael L. Humphreys is Associate Professor of Ethics in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Bethune-Cookman University. He holds the Ph.D. with distinction in social and environmental ethics from Drew University in Madison, NJ, the Masters in Divinity also from Drew University, and a B.S. in physical science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. His primary academic interests include restorative justice and ecological sustainability. Dr. Humphreys has been teaching at the college/university level for over seventeen years. Prior to his work in higher education, he completed commissioned service in the U. S. Coast Guard in various assignments including Clean Water Act enforcement, fisheries enforcement, enforcement of international pollution protocols, search and rescue, public outreach/education and contingency planning. More specifically, while stationed in Portland, Maine, as a Port Contingency Planner and later as Chief, Port Operations, he worked with academics, other regulators, environmental activist groups, concerned citizens and industry representatives on cooperative preparedness and prevention initiatives in coastal and environmentally sensitive regions of Maine and New Hampshire.

Video recording available at:

https://youtu.be/nSEKMFxWcY8

SHES Roundtable Webinar Series Part 2

SHES Pedagogical Approach and Examples

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

This webinar is Part 2 of 3 in the Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) Roundtable webinar series

Presenters on behalf of the SHES Roundtable:

Paul A. Barresi
Southern New Hampshire University

Kimberly D. Reiter
Stetson University

The Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) Roundtable, which first met in 2009, represents an ongoing effort by academics, program directors, administrators, environmental agency personnel, and practitioners to produce a living set of consensus-based recommendations concerning the pedagogical and administrative aspects of interdisciplinary and higher-order sustainability education. The Roundtable’s vision is the emergence of societies that facilitate, enhance, and sustain indefinitely in that facilitated or enhanced state the well-being of human individuals, their communities, and their environments, while its pedagogical goal is to empower learners to contribute to the realization of that vision.

Part II of this three-part series focuses on the pedagogy of the SHES approach to sustainability education, including the general outlines of the approach, specific pedagogical strategies that can be used to implement it in the classroom, and an example of a course that illustrates its use.

Part I of this three-part series focused on the background of the SHES Roundtable including the forces that brought it together and informed its work, and the fundamentals of the SHES view of the academic field including the SHES vision, mission, and goal. The third webinar in March will cover the Administration and Evaluation of SHES Programs.

Paul Baressi is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Law in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. He also holds a part-time appointment as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sun Yat-sen University School of Law in Guangzhou, China, where he was a Fulbright Lecturer in Law in spring 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where he majored in Natural Resources; a Juris Doctor With Highest Honors from the George Washington University National Law Center; a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from Boston University, where he was a Presidential University Graduate Fellow. Professor Barresi’s research focuses on how legal, political, and other institutions and cultures shape environmental law and its effectiveness as a strategy for building sustainable societies, using China, India, Russia, and the United States as illustrative examples. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited dozens of book chapters, peer-reviewed journal and law review articles, books, and other publications. Most recently, Professor Barresi has served as co-editor of and as author or co-author of several chapters in Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice. He currently also is co-editing and contributing to a book of papers in collection by non-Chinese scholars of relevance to China’s efforts to build an “ecological civilization” (shengtai wenming) to be published in China in 2019.

Kimberly D. Reiter is Associate Professor of History at Stetson University in DeLand, FL. Her scholarship focuses on the historiography of Romanization in the differing perceptions of “Romanization” as a measurement of Roman involvement and agency, with special attention to Romans in Britain. A scholar of early England, she is very active in student field projects, and has directed the Stetson Field Course on the Early English landscape since 1998 as well as the Stetson Rome Spring Break. She has received the President’s Award for innovation and collaboration from the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) for her work with the UK field course. Dr. Reiter has had extensive experience designing and teaching courses in environmental history and environmental issues and has presented and published papers on the teaching of environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. She is active in writing in environmental education, supradisciplinary approaches, and public history approaches in state parks. Her most recent work involved a discussion of teaching Stonehenge as a case study in supradisciplinary environmental issues.

Video recording available at:

https://youtu.be/vqCF_bSkGe0

SHES Roundtable Webinar Series Part 3

Administration and Assessment of SHES-style Programs

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

This webinar is Part 3 in the Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) Roundtable webinar series

Presenters on behalf of the SHES Roundtable:

Michael A. Reiter

Bethune-Cookman University

Richard Smardon
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Stephen-S.-Mulkey

Stephen S. Mulkey

President Emeritus, Unity College

The Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) Roundtable, which first met in 2009, represents an ongoing effort by academics, program directors, administrators, environmental agency personnel, and practitioners to produce a living set of consensus-based recommendations concerning the pedagogical and administrative aspects of interdisciplinary and higher-order sustainability education. The Roundtable’s vision is the emergence of societies that facilitate, enhance, and sustain indefinitely in that facilitated or enhanced state the well-being of human individuals, their communities, and their environments, while its pedagogical goal is to empower learners to contribute to the realization of that vision.

This webinar is Part III of this three-part series and will focus on the administration and assessment of SHES-style programs, including support for SHES faculty and curricula, possible designs for SHES-style programs, institutional support and recognition for SHES faculty and programs, and assessment strategies applicable to interdisciplinary and higher-order SHES programs. The seminar will present administrative examples as well as suggestions for moving existing programs toward designs supportive of a SHES-style approach to sustainability education.

Part I of this series in January focused on the background of the SHES Roundtable including the forces that brought it together and informed its work, and the fundamentals of the SHES view of the academic field including the SHES vision, mission, and goal. The video recording is available here.

Part II in February focused on the pedagogy of the SHES approach to sustainability education, including the general outlines of the approach, specific pedagogical strategies that can be used to implement it in the classroom, and an example of a course that illustrates its use. The video recording is available here.

Michael A. Reiter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrated Environmental Science at Bethune-Cookman University. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Muskingum College in Ohio, an M.S. in Biology from Kent State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. His primary research is in integrated ecosystem management, focusing on the development and application of interdisciplinary stakeholder-based methods for addressing wicked environmental problems from a systems perspective. Dr. Reiter is also a principal developer of Combined Ecological-Societal Systems Modeling and the Integrated Assessment and Ecosystem Management Protocol, a combination that meets the need for a truly integrated ecosystem management method. He is a past President and Counselor for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, Associate Editor for the international journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, and a founding Co-Chair of the Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems Roundtable, a growing effort to establish proposals for the design and development of interdisciplinary and higher-order environmental courses and programs in higher education. Dr. Reiter has been a PI or Co-PI for over $27 million in funded individual and consortium grants from sources including NOAA, USDA, the DuPont Foundation, and Carnegie-Mellon, has over 50 refereed publications in several different fields of study, has received multiple university and national awards for his teaching and research, and has been invited to numerous countries to present his work (including an opening parallel workshop of the UN Rio+20 summit in Brazil). His goal is to emphasize the importance of making scientifically informed, broadly based decisions concerning present and future environmental sustainability concerns, and to help ensure that such broadly trained individuals exist in the near future.

Richard Smardon is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environmental Studies at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has edited/written six books: The Future of Wetlands; Assessing Visual-Cultural Values (1983); Foundations for Visual Project Analysis (1986); and The Legal Landscape: Guidelines for Environmental and Aesthetic Protection (1993), Sustaining the World’s Wetlands (2009), and The Renewable Energy Landscape with Routledge Taylor and Francis in 2017. He is co-author with three others of Revitalizing Urban Waterway Communities: Streams of Environmental Justice published in 2018 by Earthscan/ Routledge and a seventh book Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems published by CRC/Routledge. He was appointed by the Governor of New York to the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council in 1989 and is now chairing the council. He has serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Journal of Sustainability Research, Urban Planning and Water. His major areas of expertise include landscape assessment and management, wetland assessment and mitigation, environmental management/citizen participation, law and aesthetics, ecotourism and heritage resource management, and energy sustainability planning implementation.

Stephen S. Mulkey is an environmental scientist dedicated to developing undergraduate and graduate programming to build society’s capacity for environmental mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. Mulkey was the president of Unity College in Unity, Maine from 2011 through 2015. His leadership and forward-looking vision resulted in Unity College being the first college in the U.S. to divest its endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies, and the first college in the U.S. to adopt sustainability science as the framework for all academic programming. During and after earning his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, he spent over twenty years as a forest ecologist affiliated with the Smithsonian. Mulkey has served as tenured faculty at three research intensive public universities and as a program officer at the National Science Foundation.

Video available at:

https://youtu.be/u8xa-lMrOa0

SCC International Perspectives Webinar Series

Kim Smith 

kimsmithKim Smith

Portland Community College

This SCC webinar series, hosted by Kim Smith of Portland Community College, each month presents “international perspectives” on sustainability in higher education from thought leaders based at universities and other institutions outside of North America.

Jonathan-GoslingJonathan Gosling Won-Jung-ByunWon Jung Byun Leanne-DenbyLeanne Denby

Confirmed schedule for International Perspectives webinar series:

Monday, March 19 – Jonathan Gosling (UK)  Video recording is available at: https://youtu.be/-N7iSZvInp4

Monday, April 9 – Won Jung Byun (UNESCO, formerly Tongyeong Education Foundation for Sustainable Development, South Korea) Video recording is available at: https://youtu.be/Uj9fuf9hcps

Wednesday, April 25 – Leanne Denby (Macquarie University, Australia)

Monday, May 14 — Rob O’Donoghue (Rhodes University, South Africa) & Unnikrishnan Payyappalli (United Nations University, Japan

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