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Lipscomb “State of Sustainability” Mini-Summit: April 13, 2016

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Just as the New Year is a time for personal reflection and fresh resolve, so it is for the profession of sustainability. On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Institute for Sustainable Practice and Lipscomb University will host a mini-summit entitled: The State of Sustainability: The Future of Earth Care Professions.  Registration details, prominent speakers, and local leaders participating will be announced next month. In the last two years, two new professional societies have emerged in...

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Christmas Reflections from the ISP Academic Director

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Christmas Reflections by Emily Stutzman-Jones Institute for Sustainable Practice Academic Director The end of the year is prime time for reflection. I’m doing some of that in conjunction with end-of-the-semester exam review. This semester, I’m teaching a freshman level Environmental Biology class. This is a general education class, so it’s full of students majoring in business, music, social work, art, and others. I’ve had fun going back to the basics with this group of students. In reviewing...

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Christmas Reflections

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The Christmas season reminds me of both small and timeless gifts. The greatest gift I received over the past eight years has been the blessing and privilege of mentoring students and being a witness to their almost magical growth and transformation. Normally, I observe this in smaller, fast moving increments during one of our infamous, 30-day compressed graduate courses. Often, I see enormous student maturation over months of multiple courses. This Fall however, I watched student transformations...

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Sustainability May Depend on Ants and Us

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13. Recently, I happened across an airing of the PBS special “Of Ants and Men” narrated by Dr. E.O. Wilson ( http://www.pbs.org/program/eo-wilson/ ). To me, Dr. Wilson epitomizes faith, hope, and love in our shared interests for sustainability. In this amazing documentary, Dr. Wilson narrates a lifetime of biology exploration, research and personal perseverance over early criticism...

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Learning from and for Our Community's Sustainability

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Learning from and for Our Community’s Sustainability This Fall, the Institute for Sustainable Practice is taking our classroom into our community and again inviting the community and its concerns into our classrooms and academic discussions. Professor Emily Stutzman Jones' Freshman Environmental Biology class is working with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment and refugee middle schoolers. Her students will engage children that are new to our culture to help them learn about and better adapt...

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