This Monday, April 25th, is the last meeting of this too-short class!  Be sure to arrive on-time at 6:00 sharp (don’t leave your teammates hangin’).

Most of the class time will be devoted to topic team presentations, plus some time to complete evaluations for yourself, your book group-mates, your topic team-mates, and the class overall (Thinking in Systems readers will especially appreciate the importance of such feedback in keeping the system healthy).

By the time class starts, you should have posted at least five items to your topic page (since class started).  You are also expected to have finished your book reading and post your second/final book homework before the start of class.  I am expected to get the grades finished a couple of days after the class ends, so there isn’t much time to get these in late – be sure to let me know if I should be expecting any late work from you (and yes, there are points off for late submissions).

One remaining extra credit opportunity for this class – come do a repeat of your topic presentation (all, part or something else – individually or as a team) in my Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities panel during the Social Justice Conference at Cabrillo on Saturday April 30th  8:30am to 3:30pm.  You will need to confirm your intention to do this – send me an email with your plan. Such presentations are also great additions to your resume/transfer application! The Social Justice Conference is an excellent (free) annual event; please consider attending even if you don’t want to present.

Thanks for all your efforts, and see you soon!

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

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>

I’m delighted to be able to offer this class again in Spring 2010 (managed to get at least one unit this year, despite the budget cuts at Cabrillo). Join us as we explore tools and ideas for creating sustainable lifestyles, businesses, communities and cultures.  Together, we move beyond doom-and-gloom to learn and create sustainability solutions that will transform the way the world works. In this fun, cooperative class, you will join a topic team and a book group that suits your interests.

Meets 6 Monday Evenings, 6:00PM-8:35PM (2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5)

Register at Cabrillo College: Section # 66527, 1 Unit, Instructor:  Michelle Merrill,  Room 431

New books for this year:  Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future (ed. by Melissa K. Nelson)  and Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows, plus Blessed Unrest, Cradle to Cradle, Deep Economy, The Real Wealth of Nations and WorldChanging.

I plan to shift the emphasis of the class to focus more on the topics and less on writing book responses, so look for those assignments to change for February 2010.

Interested?  Have more questions? Contact Me

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).