April 21, 2009: This months Provisions session was all about “going green.” Presenters included Andrea Kohl, Assistant Professor of Art, David Morrow, Assistant Professor of English, and Paul Benzing, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science.
Andrea Kohl began the session by talking about teaching sustainable graphic design. By bringing her own ethics and artwork into the classroom, Kohl encourages students to think outside of the box. When it comes to sustainability Kohl talks about how students have a fear of that work, and because of this Kohl incorporates defining sustainability as well as applying it to the classroom. Examples of this include the re-use of materials, paper choice, reduction of ink, and how to incorporate organic techniques in student designs. Kohl also discussed the book “Cradle to Cradle” which is a text printed on plastic and introduces a new approach to design. A link to this text can be found below. Next was David Morrow who focused on the rise of sustainability and how important a minor in environmental sustainability can be at Saint Rose. Morrow suggested a program such as this would prepare students to be involved in the fundamental rethinking of our relationship to production and consumption. Morrow spoke about the environmental and ethical components in sustainability and how institutional support is needed to make this as effective as possible. Finally, Paul Benzing spoke about the recent decline of a environmental major at Saint Rose and questions that need to be answered before a program such as this can be re-introduced. Benzing focused on the importance of getting students to see different disciplines from different perspectives through environmental studies and sustainability.
The session concluded with an open discussion on how to better link a new minor to other existing majors at the college, what the difference between sustainability and environmental studies are, how to link academics with extracurricular activities, and Saint Roses’ green dorm on campus next Fall.
Below you will find materials in which each presenter shared during the session, as well as links to other helpful and informative resources.
“Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things” by William McDonough & Michael Braungart