Free talk on elements of a sustainable culture

Mitchell Thomashow, teacher, author, executive consultant, and former chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England from 1976 to 2006, will speak at an Environmental Studies colloquium on Feb. 7.

The talk, free and open to the public, will be held at 11:30 a.m. in E101 at Antioch University New England. Thomashow’s topic is “The 9 Elements of a Sustainable Culture.”

As director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows program, Thomashow helps colleges and universities to promote comprehensive sustainability agenda on their campuses. He has written two books: Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist, and Bringing the Biosphere Home.

When Thomashow was chair of the AUNE Environmental Studies department, he founded its interdisciplinary doctoral program and developed engaging master’s programs geared to working adults. He also founded Whole Terrain, AUNE’s journal of reflective practice.

Thomashow served as president of Unity College in Maine from 2006 to 2011, where he integrated ecology, sustainability, natural history, wellness, participatory governance, and community service into college and community life. He also founded Hawk and Handsaw, a journal of creative sustainability.

He serves on the boards of Orion magazine and the Coalition on Environmental and Jewish Life. He is a founding organizer of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and is a consultant to the Sustainable Endowments Institute and its new Billion Dollar Green Challenge program.

For more information about the colloquium, contact Joy Ackerman, or call 603-283-2345.

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