Fourth Annual Sustainability Symposium at Prescott College


With internationally-known keynote speakers and renowned sustainability experts, each May the Prescott College Ph.D. program in Sustainability Education hosts a symposium centered on the theme of sustainability and its connection with education throughout our society.  Prescott College is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Sustainability Education Symposium to be held May 17-20, 2012 at the College’s Prescott, Arizona campus. This year the Master of Arts students and faculty will also be present, with the inclusion of master’s thesis presentations on a variety of topics.

Thursday, May 17, Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, the Director of Second Nature’s Presidential Fellows Program, will offer a keynote address at 7:30 p.m. titled “The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus,” in the Prescott College Crossroads Center Community Room.  Dr. Thomashow will also offer a workshop Friday, May 18 on the topic of Sustainability Leadership.   

Saturday, May 19, Bryant Terry, chef, food justice activist, and critically acclaimed author will present his keynote address at 5:30 p.m. in the Crossroads Center Community Room.

Prescott College faculty, graduate students, and other noted experts will present across the four days of the Symposium, Thursday May 17 through Sunday May 20, on themes such as sustainability and the commons, social justice issues in sustainability, educational reform and innovation, impacts of climate change, agriculture and food resources, water and the Southwest, the psychology of sustainability, and education as a path for creating cultures of change.

Sponsored by Prescott College, the Symposium is free of charge and open to the public.  You can find the complete Ph.D. Symposium and Master of Arts Colloquium schedules here: 

PhD Colloquium and Symposium Schedule:
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About Dr. Mitchell Thomashow
Dr. Mitchell Thomashow devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking, and organizational excellence. He is author of two books that have significantly influenced the field of environmental studies education: Bringing the Biosphere Home and Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist. In August 2011 Thomashow became Director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program. This program is designed to assist the executive leadership of colleges and universities in promoting a comprehensive sustainability agenda on their campuses. From 2006-2011 Thomashow was the president of Unity College in Maine. With his management team, he integrated concepts of ecology, sustainability, natural history, wellness, participatory governance, and community service into all aspects of college and community life. Previously, from 1976-2006, Thomashow was the Chair of the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England where he founded an interdisciplinary environmental studies doctoral program.

About Bryant Terry
Bryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and author of two critically acclaimed books: Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (called “ingenious” by New York Times).  For the past decade he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system. Bryant has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections of poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. He has made appearances on The Martha Stewart Show and Emeril Green, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Oprah, Vegetarian Times, and Yoga Journal.

Previous Symposium Keynote Speakers
Jaimie Cloud, Founder and President of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability in Education
Andres Edwards, Sustainability consultant, educator, entrepreneur, and award-winning author
Ron Goode, Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe
Dr. Sandy Grande, Associate professor and Chair of the Education Department at Connecticut College
Dr. Devon Peña, Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington
Gibrán Rivera, Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change

About Prescott College
Prescott College is the leading provider of blended limited-residency undergraduate and graduate programs in areas of Sustainability Studies and Ph.D. programs in Sustainability Education.  Our limited-residency programs are designed for learners seeking an alternative to the constraints of one-size-fits-all courses and classrooms.

Prescott College’s Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) – a project of the Ph.D. program – serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts.

Prescott College also offers a resident undergraduate program at its main campus in Prescott, Arizona. All programs emphasize student-directed, experience-based learning-by-doing, environmental and cultural responsibility, and social justice. More information is on the web at

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