Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability
Stanford University, CA
May 23-25, 2012
Note: this workshop has already taken place. Read the workshop synthesis for a summary of key ideas and see the workshop outcomes for materials developed in association with the workshop. Workshop presentations and summaries of discussions are available on the program page; participants' essays and program descriptions are available via the participants page.
Building a sustainable future encompasses many challenges related to energy, natural resources, and the environment. Programs that integrate geoscience in learning about the issues we face in living sustainably on the planet have an important role to play in educating citizens who are prepared to tackle these challenges. This workshop brought together program leaders from across the disciplines to share challenges and successful strategies for integrating sustainability perspectives and the geosciences. We encouraged applicants from the geosciences as well as other natural and social sciences, humanities, and engineering.
The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to learn from one another about the strengths, opportunities and challenges provided by a range of program models. We worked together to brainstorm new opportunities and goals for such programs looking explicitly at career trajectories envisioned for the next decades.
This workshop was open to 30 people (by application) and there was no charge to attend. Workshop stipends were available to help defray travel expenses in cases of financial need. Accepted participants were expected to contribute materials to a new web-based collection devoted to the interdisciplinary teaching of sustainability.
Read the workshop overview for details about the workshop goals, schedule, expectations for participants, and how to apply.
David Blockstein, Senior Scientist and Director of Education, National Council for Science and the Environment
Timothy Bralower, Department of Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University
Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
Pamela Matson, Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University
Steve Graham, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University
Richard Nevle, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University
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