Sustainable Community Development Lecture Series titled "Our Built
Environment" at The Cracker Factory in Geneva, January 30, 2012.
From left to right: Dennis Andrejko, Joel Helfrich, Jeffrey Blankenship,
Dirk Schneider, Chris Resig, and Adam Maurer.
In response to both intense student interest and growing public recognition of the need for communities to address a myriad of economic and ecological challenges, the FLI and HWS are developing a set of programs and opportunities to better prepare students for careers in economic development, new urbanism, and stewardship of the natural environment. Specifically, the FLI is working with faculty and staff as well as community and business leaders to design and implement a program for undergraduates to complement their academic work in Environmental Studies, Architectural Studies, Economics, Public Policy and/or Urban Studies, and other areas. The ultimate goal is to better educate and prepare our undergraduates for the multiple directions to which their baccalaureate degree may lead, while making them more aware of their role as citizens and members of a community.
In Spring ’12, the Colleges offered its first course of the Sustainable Community Development program, Environmental Studies 101: Sustainable Communities. Expertise came from around campus, locally, regionally, and nationally. Here on campus, a steering committee comprised of professors from the departments of Economics, Geoscience, Environmental Studies, Biology, Architecture, among others, continue to provide guidance for the program.
ENV101: Sustainable Communities course surveys and introduces students to the concept of sustainable development as applied to real world communities. It not only focuses on the United Nation’s three “interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars” of sustainable development—economic development, social development, and environmental protection—but also touches on intertwined subjects such as culture, education, public policy, landscape design, architecture, ecology, urban planning, and historic preservation. Rochester, Geneva, and other local communities in the Finger Lakes area serve as case studies to discern how cities and towns are working to become more sustainable; students learn about various opportunities to become civically engaged and involved within these communities.
Sustainable Community Development Lecture Series titled "Science
and Technology's Role in Sustainability," March 12, 2012, in the
Geneva Room on the HWS campus. Presenting: Ryan Fitzgerald,
e2e Materials. Sitting: Michael Coia, Seneca BioEnergy.
Five evening lectures have been held throughout Spring ’12, covering the following topics:
These lectures aim to introduce students and the public to the most innovative, intriguing, inspirational, and informative projects that have been initiated in the Finger Lakes region and surrounding area.
Several of these lectures have been held at The Cracker Factory in Geneva, NY. This unique building embodies many concepts important to the SCD program including historic preservation, material reuse, business development, entrepreneurism, architectural design, and community engagement. In addition, the lecture series has partnered with non-profits Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center (GNRC) and 3Stories to better involve community members in these events and build relationships with community groups.