7 October 2013
Students looking at the course catalogue for spring may have noticed that the description for ENVS 200 (Environmental Analysis & Action, required in order to minor in Env. Studies) is pretty vague. Provided below is a more specific description.
ENVS 200 this year will be less about a specific topic and more about building a set of skills for synthesizing and then communicating information about environmental issues. The broad umbrella of the course will be “how do we communicate environmental issues to the general public.” Students in the course will form core interest groups (either oriented around shared topical interests, or shared disciplines) and work all semester long on synthesizing information from a variety of disciplines (including at least two divisions of academia) on a topic of their choice and then learning how to communicate that information through a variety of means: interactive webpages, small group discussions, and TED-style formal presentations.
The class will be much more of a skill-building class than a more traditional, content-driven class. If you’re really looking to “learn about” some particular topic area from the professor, there won’t be much of that. But what you do get are a lot of really valuable skill-building, particularly in the area of public presentation; a deep knowledge of the particular topic that you choose to focus on; a close working relationship with a subgroup of other students in the class; and class sessions oriented around active engagement instead of passive learning.
Course readings will include excerpts from:
· Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture
· Michael Alley, The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid
· Jeremey Donovan, How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations
· Susan Jacobson, Communication Skills for Conservation Professionals
· The visionary information-display guru Edward Tufte
The class is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:20. There is a prerequisite of having had at least one ENVS-counted course in the social sciences/humanities, and one in the natural sciences. In special circumstances Professor Mariola is open to considering an exception to this prerequisite, but you will have to make a good case.
28 August 2013
Members of the College of Wooster community are invited to attend:
FRACKING, AN ASSAULT ON THE WEB OF LIFE
Ron Prosek, convener of FACT: Faith Communities Together For Frack Awareness will discuss the threats being posed to natural systems by fracking and how this involves the exploitation of impoverished communities and individuals and a disregard for the safety of workers. He will explore the role of faith communities in responding to these challenges and present information on an emerging new paradigm of renewable green energy.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm @ The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County, 3186 Burbank Road, Wooster, Ohio, 330-262-9194
20 February 2013:
The College has just released an new release pertaining to the banning the sale of plastic water bottles on campus.
16 January 2013:
Food Weigh In Session I -
Our total edible food waste collected at dinner on 15 January weighed 185 pounds.
Our total dinner attendance last night was 1,441 people.
Therefore, the average amount of edible food waste per person equals 2 ounces.