Introduction to Individual Sustainability
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Introduction to Individual Sustainability

Developing a personal response to climate change and related environmental, social, and economic issues
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • 1) Explain why this is the decade of urgency, and what are the range of topics that must be considered; 2) Describe why they are important to the success of the transformation to a sustainable world; and 3) Say why models and scale are important.
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  • You should have some interest in sustainability, climate change, protecting the environment, or another aspect of ecology. The course assignments will be easier to complete if you have access to a printer.

Are you interested in learning how to live more sustainably, but don’t know where to start? This course introduces the range of sustainability topics that can be considered at the individual scale. It explains why there is a sense of urgency to sustainability transformation, the depth to which we must change, and what the student can do to get started. This is the first in a series. It will form the foundation for subsequent courses and provide a source of inspiration as you make this journey.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about sustainability. This can be a beginning student or someone that wants to expand their existing knowledge.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
One: Introduction to Sustainability
4 Lectures 28:32

Topics to Consider in Sustainability

In Section 1 Lecture 3 the topics we need to consider in our daily sustainable lives are introduced. This is a starting point for the creation of your own individual sustainability model. Having a sustainability model of your own is an important thing. You’ll want to keep it visible.
Begin a Sustainability Model
1 question
The Role of the Individual
3 Lectures 16:54
Why are You Important?

Where can we go for Sources of Inspiration?

How can You Make a Difference?

What is your neighborhood? Just the houses that are next to yours? Or any place that you might walk to? What if it became too much of an effort to leave your neighborhood? What if a tornado or earthquake isolated you in your neighborhood? This exercise asks you to map your neighborhood.
Where is your neighborhood?
1 question
Importance of Having a Vision
3 Lectures 26:43
What is Backcasting?

What is a Sustainability Model?

Scale in Sustainability

There are two exercises for this section. In the first, you'll project a 50% increase in density in your neighborhood. In the second, you'll experiment with backcasting.
Population Growth and Housing and Backcasting
2 questions
3 Lectures 10:22
Where Can You Go Next?

What is the First Thing You Can Do?

Recommended Books and Two Routes to Sustainability

Environmentalist Bill McKibben urges us to "bake cookies and take them to your neighbors." What he's getting at is the need to rebuild local relationships through which sustainability can be achieved. This exercise stimulates that kind of thinking.
Meeting the Neighbors
1 question
About the Instructor
Laurie Saunders
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Laurie is the owner of Square Root Press, which publishes Linda Pope’s books and related content and maintains the Sustainability Avatar website and social media. She is the producer of Introduction to Individual Sustainability and manages all the ‘behind the scenes’ work for the course. Her background is in education, training and business management, with an Ed.M. in Organizational Development and an M.B.A. in Finance.

Linda Pope
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Linda C. Pope has been teaching sustainability, environmental science, and other life sciences at the college level since 1997. She has also taught special programs in science since 2008 for preschool through fifth grade. She completed her undergraduate degree at Goddard College in Vermont. She has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and a Masters in Science (Plant Physiological Ecology) from the University of Maryland. She has begun a Ph.D. program in Sustainability Education at Prescott College in Arizona. She developed an Individual Sustainability course for Portland Community College, in Portland, Oregon. She has lived all over the United States, as well as in England, France, and Algeria. These varied experiences provide a strong base from which to consider sustainability concerns.