Colorado Mountain College
In this webinar, Tina Evans offers an overview of an upper-division course in sustainable economics for Sustainability Studies majors. As an interdisciplinary course rooted in biophysical economics, the course helps students develop broad conceptual understanding of current local/global economic systems, the monetary system, and mainstream economic thought and practice. Students learn how and why mainstream neoclassical economics is inconsistent with known science and incompatible with sustainability. This session also provides an example of a course simulation project in which students design a community-based complementary currency that could serve as a leverage point for increasing local economic sustainability and resiliency. The content and processes of this course are especially relevant to understanding and addressing the current economic crisis.
Dr. Tina Lynn Evans is a Professor of Sustainability Studies at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) where she teaches in the Bachelor of Arts program in that field. She is also the author of Occupy Education: Living and Learning Sustainability (2012, Peter Lang). Dr. Evans has led and participated in extensive course and program development efforts in environmental and sustainability studies for more than 15 years. She focuses much of her teaching on sustainability theory and practice, socio-cultural aspects of sustainability, sustainable economics, energy issues in society, permaculture design, and career development in sustainability. Her recent publications focus on sustainability competencies and pedagogies, sustainable leadership, hope and agency in sustainability education, and transdisciplinary theory and practice. Evans was awarded the 2017 Campus Sustainability Research Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for her article “Finding Heart: Generating and Maintaining Hope and Agency through Sustainability Education” (Journal of Sustainability Education, November 2017). That same year, she was also named college-wide faculty of the year at Colorado Mountain College. Evans also serves as the lead designer and implementer of the Bear Park Permaculture Center at the Steamboat Springs campus of CMC. Bear Park is a two-thirds acre site that serves as a living laboratory for permaculture, sustainability studies, environmental science, culinary arts, art, and other academic programs.
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