Welcome to the blog for Michelle Merrill’s Anthropology 19G class, Surviving the Future: The (Re)Emergence of Sustainable Cultures for Spring 2011. Please go to WordPress.com and create a login and password for yourself so you can more easily join the discussion (Anthr19G students only, please; no need to set up your own blog). Once you are logged on, please reply with a comment to this post as a way to introduce yourself to the class.

Note: don’t worry if your first post doesn’t appear right away – it is on hold until I get a chance to approve it. If you choose a login/user name that isn’t going to be easy for me to identify from the roll sheet, please add your name to your first post or send me an email so I can approve your comments and give you credit for your work.

To learn more about the class, don’t forget to look at the syllabus. We are meeting every other week this term, so in places where the instructions say “weekly,” you should interpret that as “before each class meeting.”  I am updating the topics to what we discussed in class on February 14th.  Our next class meeting is February 28th.  By then, you should have posted something in your topic, and completed the first assigned reading to discuss with your book group.  Email me if you need a reminder about what you signed up to do.

Also, there were a few students who were in class and wanted to add, but did not get an add code from me at the end of class (whoops).  Come by my office hours this week or email me and I can give you one (for this “late start” class, you can use an add code to add up until Feb. 25th).

Thanks, and see you on the 28th!

-Michelle

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It’s Earth Week at Cabrillo, April 19-23!

Join us in celebrating our planet and our lovely campus home.
We are launching the ‘GreenSteps’ campaign to help make sure that Cabrillo is here for the benefit of our great great grandchildren.
Visit your friends from class and other engaged students at the Sustainability Council table in the main Quad.

Check out our new website! http://www.CabrilloGreenSteps.org
Enter the “Guess Cabrillo’s Energy Bill” Contest to Win Great Prizes:

  • $50 EcoGoods Gift Certificates
  • $25 New Leaf Gift Certificate
  • $25 Whole Foods Gift Certificate
  • Organic Cotton EcoGoods Tote Bags
  • & Dozens More Prizes to be Raffled & Awarded on Earth Day!

Find out about the Earth Week events campus groups are holding this week.
Take the “GreenSteps’ Pledge & Enter Cabrillo Contests

Here’s a brief summary of what the Energy Academy is all about:

Who: Cabrillo College students at the start of their college careers or high school seniors who will be attending Cabrillo College in the Fall. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.

What: An intensive month-long laboratory experience involving the principles of electricity, sustainability, solar energy,  and a community service project.

Where: Cabrillo College, Aptos Campus

When: July 26th through August 20th, 4 hours a day — 8:30 a.m.-12:30p.m.

Selection criteria: Student commitment is very important.  We are seeking to interest students in a science or math major who are not already decided on that direction, but who are interested in the topic of sustainable energy.

Benefits: Fun projects, important current topics, students get to experience some of the satisfactions in a science-based career, enthusiastic and talented staff, transfer counselors available, each student selected for the program will receive a $1000 stipend.

Deadline: all applications must be postmarked or received by email or fax by May 24nd.

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If you think that you (or a friend) can benefit from participating in this program, please contact Luis Sonsino. Applications are also available soon on the program website, which is http://www.cabrillosteep.org <http://www.cabrillosteep.org>

The 4th Annual Cabrillo College Social Justice Conference: Imagining Change/Shaping the Future is April 30th (6-9pm, Watsonville Ctr) and May 1st (8:30am-4pm, Aptos Campus).  See socialjusticecabrillo.org for more info.

Student speakers are invited to submit proposals at socialjusticecabrillo.org by March 31st.  I will be helping to organize a session on environmental justice topics – please consider presenting there (perhaps just a redux of your topic presentation for the class).  Contact me for more info.

Ryan Kaplan, one of the real student leaders promoting sustainability at Cabrillo College, has given us permission to post a research paper he wrote for his Spring 2010 English 2 class (Elissa Wagner’s section on Environmental Ethics).  It discusses the potential of a Sustainability Office on campus at Cabrillo College, including background on Cabrillo sustainability efforts to date.  An excellent presentation of details and a very convincing case for the benefits of this approach.

Find the file on the Cabrillo College Sustainability Alliance – WiserEarth site at http://www.wiserearth.org/file/view/003aeb1269a015af163dea9b02c887c3

If you would like to get some extra units for working with Karen Groppi and Michelle Merrill on the Cabrillo Sustainability Assessment, you can register for 1, 2 or 3 units of CWEE99G . There is a link off http://www.cabrillo.edu/~kgroppi/SustainableCabrillo/CWEE99G.html that will take you to the CWEE site and give you info about getting started with the class. You may choose the area you wish to work in and design your project. As part of the class you will design learner outcomes and meet with Michelle or Karen each week to review progress on your project.

If you are not interested in units then joining the task force would be the thing to do; we can let you know when the next meeting is. The task force is assessing green house emissions related to a wide range of activities on campus including; water, waste, energy, transportation, food etc.

You can find a little more info here:
http://www.cabrillo.edu/~kgroppi/SustainableCabrillo/assess.html
If you are interested in the class you can still sign up by contacting Michelle Merrill and Leslie Read (CWEE coordinator).