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Water and Food Sustainability

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Thursday, March 2nd
9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Wednesday, February 15th

10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: Chris Sinton (Ithaca College), Cynthia Hewitt (Morehouse College), and Mark Sweeney (University of South Dakota)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.

Summary

Water and food are critical to human life, but the quality and supply of these substances is not consistent throughout the world. Guiding students through activities that focus on agriculture, water resources, river systems and food access can help them see where their lives intersect local or national/global issues of water and food sustainability. This webinar will highlight teaching strategies and examples using data-driven teaching activities and place-based learning to help students analyze data and give them relevant issues to anchor their knowledge. Chris Sinton, InTeGrate module co-author, will discuss examples of how to get students to work with large datasets and consider regional issues related to crop and irrigation patterns from the "Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability" module. Cynthia Hewitt, co-author of the "Food as the Foundation of Healthy Communities" module will focus on food access as a starting point to build interdisciplinary awareness of the nexus of food with energy and water systems in sustainable communities. She will also discuss innovative collective learning to introduce systems thinking at the intersection of social science and science-based inquiry. Mark Sweeney, co-leader of the University of South Dakota Implementation program "Sustainable Rivers", will share how place-based learning related to river processes can be infused across the liberal arts curriculum. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences regarding water and food sustainability.

Goals

At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • examples of how to get students to work with large datasets to extract and analyze data related to national/global issues
  • strategies and steps to incorporate place-based learning that can be applied to local issues
  • approaches to building interdisciplinary awareness of food access in sustainable communities
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials
  • new colleagues engaged in this work

Logistics

Time - 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
Duration
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration is now closed.

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden (rmcfadden@carleton.edu) if you have any questions about this event.

Presenters

Chirs Sinton, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Ithaca College

Cynthia Hewitt, Sociology, Morehouse College

Mark Sweeney, Earth Sciences, University of South Dakota

Program

ITG webinar Water Food 2_15_17 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 15.8MB Feb15 17)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability module – Chris Sinton

  • Using data-driven activities to allow students to find, collect, and analyze data
  • Analyzing data from 6 states to discuss crop and irrigation patterns
  • Providing students an opportunity to learn about issues in regions different from their own

3) Sustainable Rivers, University of South Dakota Implementation Program – Mark Sweeney

  • Using place-based learning, focused on the Missouri River, to increase interest of students
  • Incorporating InTeGrate materials into courses across the liberal arts curriculum
  • Using data-rich activities to discuss river processes and address local issues

4) Food as the Foundation of Healthy Communities module – Cynthia Hewitt

  • Food access to build interdisciplinary awareness of the nexus of food with energy and water systems in sustainable communities
  • Innovative collective learning to introduce systems thinking at the intersection of social science and science-based inquiry
  • Module is designed by a team in the Southeast, home to many historically black colleges and universities, and assists students from rural/small town settings, as well as urban inner-city setting, to understand the challenges and opportunities for sustainable food access

5) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: How do you plan to (or currently) incorporate place-based learning or addressing national issues in your teaching?

6) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about water and food sustainability, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

7) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

8) Webinar Evaluation

Resources

Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 593.4MB Feb15 17).

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