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
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.
Internationally 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
Moravian 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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