Online Resources for Greening the Curriculum at NMSU

whole earth summit poster

The Whole Earth Summit airs March 11-13. Free registration is now available online at www.WholeEarthSummit.org. Participants will have access to conversations with all 42 presenters–some of the world’s leading change-makers who will be sharing their stories, strategies and visions for a whole earth. Sodexo and The Ohio State University huddle to tackle stadium waste Print

Ohio State University tackle stadium waste Check out what might be possible for NMSU to do with Sodexo’s help

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offerings in Sustainability:

Visit http://www.mooc-list.com/tags/sustainability for courses in sustainable product development, sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, and sustainable health. For example How Green is that Product? https://www.coursera.org/course/introtolca In this course you will learn the basics of the life-cycle assessment (LCA) method for holistic environmental analysis of products, technologies, and systems. LCA sheds light on the environmental implications of the consumption and behavioral choices we all make on a daily basis. Life Cycle Assessment by Eric Masanet from Northwestern University will be offered free of charge to everyone on the Coursera platform. OR YouTube The Age of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey Sacks, Columbia University Discussion of impact of global economy on the planet. What do we want out of our economy?

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Click Tree for YouTube of HOW GREEN IS THAT PRODUCT


About the Course

Paper or plastic? Hybrid or conventional vehicles? Which is better for the environment? To answer these questions, one must take a holistic systems view using a quantitative approach known as life cycle assessment. http://www.mooc-list.com/tags/climate-change, has six courses, including the following: The World Bank’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change will be launched next month on January 27, 2014. Climate change is a threat to food supply, economic sustainability, etc. 95% of the warming of the planet is due to human patterns of production and consumption. This course presents the most recent scientific evidence as well as some of the opportunities for urgent action on climate change. It also covers the latest knowledge and information based on cutting-edge research. It is being offered in two tracks: (1) General Public; and (2) Policy Makers and Practitioners. The course runs for 4 weeks, and is free of charge. You have access to the material for approximately 6 months after the course ends. Sign up for the first delivery of the course at https://www.coursera.org/#course/warmerworld.

Here are the steps for registration:

  1. Go to https://www.coursera.org/course/warmerworld
  2. Click on the “Learn for free” button
  3. Fill in account information (name, e-mail, password) if you are not yet registered.

Suggested Readings

World Bank, 2012, Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C World Must Be Avoided
World Bank, 2012, Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C World Must Be Avoided, Executive Summary in EnglishSpanishFrenchGermanArabic or Portuguese
World Bank, 2013, Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience
Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, Summary for Policymakers

This is also an opportunity for us at NMSU- as climate change practitioners – to let our family and friends know what we are doing and help them become champions of climate change knowledge. Climate change affects us all, so please feel free to share the registration link as widely as possible in your networks .

More Resources

View YouTube on World Bank’s video on climate change. How to make low emissions at NMSU a reality, and affect NMSU footprint for generations to come. See Feb. 13 2013 Climate Action Task Force slides e.g. Facilitators of task force are Business College students Dixie Richards and Victoria Matus (it is their service learning project for MGT 448 Small Business Consulting).

NMSU climate footprint

carbon footprint units at NMSU

Take online survey of what your department (unit, division, etc.) can do to reduce Carbon Footprint @ NMSU.

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Turn Green Degrees into Sustainable Careers!

With environmental issues gaining traction in the social consciousness, green careers are constantly growing in both popularity and availability. In turn, colleges and universities are offering more degrees which lead to green jobs.

View comprehensive guide to environmentally-friendly degrees and careers here!

If you want to participate in making history, contact the Greening the Curriculum Coordinator, David Boje, dboje@nmsu.edu