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In Focus Sustainability eNewsletter
Monthly eNewsletter - September, 2012
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Welcome to the Year of Sustainability | In Focus

The 2012-13 In Focus theme on Sustainability offers the opportunity both to introduce sustainable concepts and practices to the Moravian College community and to pool our expertise and our resources to mobilize and begin addressing one of the most pressing challenges of our times. In the most general terms, that challenge involves finding ways to reshape our ways of thinking and doing as individuals, organizations, and a society to assure that the diverse community of life not only survives but flourishes indefinitely into the future. In order to preserve ecological integrity, ensure availability of essential natural resources, address social and environmental injustices, and promote a deeper connection to place, we need to search for alternatives in business, lifestyles, energy, and resource consumption.  Such alternatives will likely affect all areas of life from science to law, from economics to education, from culture to agriculture, from religion to politics. Crucial to this transformation is an appreciation of the scope of the problem and a commitment to use our talents to do something significant about it.

Moravian College as a liberal arts institution is well suited to provide both the context within which faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends can develop this broad understanding, as well as to provide opportunities for practical "hands on" experience in changing the direction in which we are headed.  We hope that :

1) the variety of topics and types of programming will stimulate healthy debate and discussion;

2) the resources being made available in a variety of disciplines will assist faculty and students in their roles as teachers, learners, and scholars; and

3) updates in the form of news releases, results of recent studies, and reflections by leading political and environmental leaders will confirm the immediacy and timeliness of what we are trying to accomplish under the umbrella of Sustainability.   

We welcome your ideas and critique throughout the year.

Don St. John
Diane Husic
Co-directors of the Sustainability Center of Investigation

Fall Convocation 2012 Featuring Winona LaDuke

Fall Convocation will be held Thursday, September 13, as the campus community gathers to celebrate the start of a new academic year and begin a year of thematic programming around sustainability. The Convocation prelude, followed by the faculty and staff processional will begin at 10 a.m. in Johnston Hall The formal program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Winona LaDukeInternationally acclaimed author, orator, and activist, Winona LaDuke will present the Cohen keynote address “Building a Green Economy: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future” at the opening Fall Convocation.

LaDuke is well known for her work on sustainable development, climate change and environmental justice in Native America. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and the ways of Native communities.

She is founder and co-director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for Native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.

After LaDuke’s speech, an all-campus lunch will be served in the Pavilion and Marketplace. In keeping with the theme of sustainability, campus food service will provide biodegradable plates, cups, utensils and even trash bags. Food waste will be composted through a collaborative program with Rodale Press.

Other planned events with Winona LaDuke include:

• Faculty Lunch with Ms. LaDuke (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
• Student discussion with Ms. LaDuke (2:30 – 3:45 p.m.)
• Fireside Chat with Ms. LaDuke (7:00 p.m., HUB)

Also, the Comenius Center Graduate Symposium and Community Panel, "The Business Case for Sustainability," with Winona LaDuke, will be held Wednesday, September 12, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building.

An Art Auction to Honor the Earth

Honor the EarthMoravian students, faculty members, and staff are asked to donate photos, drawings, paintings, and other works for an art auction to benefit Honor the Earth, an organization that works to create energy justice, provides grants to build green economies on tribal lands, and supports youth initiatives for Native Americans.

The Art Auction will be held from September 10 to 26 in the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery in the Haupert Union Building.

The art department and art student Kelly Weaver ’13 will develop an exhibit and auction to coordinate with LaDuke’s visit and this year’s IN FOCUS theme.“We thought it would be fitting for the money raised through the auction to go to Honor the Earth,” says Weaver. “Our goal through this exhibit is to introduce people to Ms. LaDuke, her culture, and her organization.”

Artwork is being collected Friday, September 7 through Monday, September 10 at 4 p.m. Artwork can be in any medium and should be dropped off at the HUB. For question, email Kelly Weaver at

Community Service Opportunities

Students should contact Community Service to get involved in volunteer work in the community. Opportunities for students to volunteer at a food pantry, homeless shelter, local schools, and other community organizations are organized through the Center for Leadership and Service. To learn more, click here.

Service Trips

Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to participate in service trips focused on sustainability throughout the year. These trips are sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Service. Click here for a full listing of trips

Comenius Hall at Moravian College

Centers for Investigation

Faculty, students, and campus community members are invited to share what they are doing in their classes, for scholarship, for service-learning, etc. related to sustainability.The Sustainability COI is developing a more extensive Blackboard site of resources to be launched in September for which we will welcome suggestions from the campus community.


Sustainable Tribal Economies:  A Guide to Restoring Energy and Food Sovereignty in Native America (Honor the Earth)

World Future Council Global Policy Action Plan 24 tipping-point policies to preserve a habitable planet

Education for Sustainable Development Higher
Ed Sustainability Initiative

Echoes of Silent Spring
online exhibit and book – commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Carson’s book:

The Fracking of Rachel Carson
by Sandra Steingraber, published online by Orion Magazine

Leopold’s “The Land Ethic”

The Aldo Leopold Foundation Archive

Sustainability Events | September

Organization/Community Fair
Thursday, September 6
4-6 p.m., outside theHUB

Hydrogen Bus from Air Products (info)
Thursday, September 6; 4-6 p.m.
(rain date 9/13/12) Outside Reeves Library
About the hydrogen bus

Sustainability Art Auction (info)
September 10 – 26, HUB
See the story (left)

Comenius Center Graduate Symposium (info)
and Community Panel with Winona LaDuke
"The Business Case for Sustainability"
Wednesday, September 12, 7:15 p.m., HUB

Environmental Film Series: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time:
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m., UBC Room.

Campus brown bag lunch discussion
Thursday, September 27, 11:45 a.m., UBC room.
The 50th anniversary of Silent Spring: a reflection on how the book and the author have impacted us, our teaching, and our scholarship.

Migration Fest at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center (the public is welcome; see schedule of events)
September 29-30

Planning an event related to sustainability?
Use the online form on the College website and help us help promote your event.

Visiting Moravian
Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Tom Dubreuil by email:, or by phone 610 625-7051.
Sustainability eNewsletter

Sustainability Center of Investigation:
Don St. John
, Co-director
Professor Emeritus of Religion

Diane Husic, Co-director
Chair and Professor of Biological Sciences

Office of Public Relations:
Michael Wilson
Director of Public Relations and Marketing

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