Prescott College Online M.S. in Resilient and Sustainable Communities

Prescott College Online M.S. in Resilient and Sustainable Communities Celebrating the MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities, both at Green Mountain College and Prescott College! For more than a generation now, scientists, activists, and informed citizens have understood the need to help advanced societies make the transition to something more sustainable--to live within the means of the planet.

More recently, attempts to limit our environmental impacts have become urgent, framed as an attempt to hold off the consequences of anthropogenic climate change. While sustainability is still an essential goal to strive for, it's no longer enough to hope that more sustainable practices will allow us to escape the impacts of climate change. We're already experiencing those impacts, so now we need t

More recently, attempts to limit our environmental impacts have become urgent, framed as an attempt to hold off the consequences of anthropogenic climate change. While sustainability is still an essential goal to strive for, it's no longer enough to hope that more sustainable practices will allow us to escape the impacts of climate change. We're already experiencing those impacts, so now we need t

“Black, Latinx, and Asian communities are three times less likely to live near parks and open spaces as White communitie...
07/17/2021
Cities Use Public Transit to Make Nature More Accessible

“Black, Latinx, and Asian communities are three times less likely to live near parks and open spaces as White communities,” says Jackie Ostfeld, director of the Sierra Club’s Outdoors For All campaign. “It’s an environmental injustice that there are so many people who don’t have access to parks and green spaces.”

Seattle is one of several major cities implementing a “transit to trails” program to help more people access local wilderness.

07/12/2021

An important opportunity in Yavapai County to work as a Community Organizer with the Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance (NAZCCA):

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This is a seriously demanding job which requires your passion and deep concern about slowing climate change. You are expected to have a combination of skills, from managerial to data entry to working with people. Your goal will be to help educate and engage the community around climate change mitigation and support local volunteers and leaders. You will initially work side by side with current leaders, then take the lead. Your area of focus is strictly Northern Arizona, specifically around Yavapai county but not Sedona. You should reside in Yavapai county. Your pay will be on a service basis, with your service time of 40 hours a week on average, with approximately 7 weeks vacation, paid as for services not performed. You are expected to have prior experience and understood goals of community organizing. We are a 501c3 organization, non electoral and non partisan political. Please submit a cover letter, job resume and 2 references. Search out Nazcca.org to see all we do. A great group.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $30,000.00 - $36,000.00 per year

Benefits:

Flexible schedule
Paid time off
Schedule:

Monday to Friday
Weekend availability

PLEASE go to this link - Indeed. And next to "What" - type in Community Organizer" and "Where" - type in Prescott AZ. Fill in the required information. You can also upload your cover letter, resume and references on that Indeed website.

Welcome to that moment in history when the consequences of our behaviors become undeniable, but when the new path forwar...
07/12/2021
Our climate change turning point is right here, right now | Rebecca Solnit

Welcome to that moment in history when the consequences of our behaviors become undeniable, but when the new path forward is still obscured by a narrow focus on how our own lives are inconvenienced or disrupted by these changes.

"The rise in public engagement with the climate crisis is harder to measure. It’s definitely growing, both as an increasingly powerful movement and as a matter of individual consciousness. Yet something about the scale and danger of the crisis still seems to challenge human psychology. Along with the fossil fuel industry, our own habits of mind are something we must overcome."

People are dying. Aquatic animals are baking in their shells. Fruit is being cooked on the tree. It’s time to act

A short but very useful video illustration of a widespread problem.
07/10/2021
Extreme heat is worse in redlined neighborhoods

A short but very useful video illustration of a widespread problem.

As you move through a city, you probably notice summer heat can be a lot worse depending on which neighborhood you’re in. This isn't a coincidence.Says study...

There's the language we use to dig deeper into our critical analysis of the culture that shapes us. And then there's the...
07/05/2021
Opinion | The Seven Deadly Sins of Politi-Speak

There's the language we use to dig deeper into our critical analysis of the culture that shapes us. And then there's the language that we can use to communicate with those who feel threatened by such analysis. It helps to know the difference.

If we want to bridge political divides, we can start by being mindful of the words we use.

Are ADUs permitted in your community? Should they be?
07/02/2021

Are ADUs permitted in your community? Should they be?

One of our current students has just completed a capstone on a another version of this approach.
06/29/2021

One of our current students has just completed a capstone on a another version of this approach.

Ready for a different perspective, just in time for fire season?“Thinned forests often burn more intensely in wildland f...
06/28/2021
Rethinking wildfires at the start of a potentially devastating fire season | Food and Environment Reporting Network

Ready for a different perspective, just in time for fire season?

“Thinned forests often burn more intensely in wildland fires . . . because thinning reduces the windbreak effect of denser forests, allowing winds to sweep through more rapidly, while also reducing the shade of the forest canopy and creating hotter and drier conditions.”

https://thefern.org/ag_insider/rethinking-wildfires-at-the-start-of-a-potentially-devastating-fire-season/?fbclid=IwAR3BTaMUqd0yq-CNIsgmhRzQ_ydU9av5ptSGSpe6g6ly8MjsjPfYDGFmqlE

California experienced more wildfire last year than any previous year on record, but the severe drought currently strangling nearly three-quarters of the American West threatens to make the 2021 fire…

"But what if, instead, a post-peak-oil lifestyle was something we aspired to? It’s a radical idea that involves reimagin...
06/27/2021
An Aspirational Vision of Life After Fossil Fuels

"But what if, instead, a post-peak-oil lifestyle was something we aspired to? It’s a radical idea that involves reimagining existing societal structures and what constitutes progress."

Building sustainable communities is the antidote to fear of a changing climate.

06/15/2021
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

We hope you can join us next Monday for our Professionalization Panel--an opportunity to meet and speak with alumni about the work they have been doing since graduating with MS degrees from Prescott College and Green Mountain College.

You’ll have the chance to ask them about their work and how their graduate studies and/or degrees helped them in their current careers in Environmental Studies or Resilient and Sustainable Communities. Hosted by Lori Curtis, Capstone Coordinator at Prescott College.

Monday, June 21, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time
https://prescottcollege.zoom.us/j/93712510259


Panel members:

Sarah Bowman
Natural Resource Specialist
Gallatin Conservation District

Sara Duginske
Director of Certification and Accreditation
Certified Fundraising Executives International

Barbara Fraser
Freelance Journalist, Lima, Peru
Climate Editor, National Catholic Reporter

Amy Huser
Sustainability Director and Outdoor Education Director
Camp Friedenswald

Ciara Stehley
Sustainability Program Assistant/Pantry Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh

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In case you haven't seen the U.S. Climate Report for May....
06/12/2021

In case you haven't seen the U.S. Climate Report for May....

ICYMI, we released the U.S. Climate Report for May. And also the U.S. Drought Report for the week. Guess what! We’re not going to tell you what happened. http://bit.ly/USClimate202105 and https://bit.ly/2U0UFhP

Human land-management techniques go back a long, long time: "By converting the natural seasonal rhythm of wildfire into ...
06/11/2021
How Early Humans Shaped the World With Fire

Human land-management techniques go back a long, long time: "By converting the natural seasonal rhythm of wildfire into something more controlled, people can encourage specific areas of vegetation to grow at different stages. This 'pyrodiversity' establishes miniature habitat patches and diversifies opportunities for foraging, kind of like increasing product selection at a supermarket."

An archaeological project in Malawi shows how nearly 100,000 years ago, humans used fire to create wide-scale, permanent transformations of the natural environment. It's time to abandon the idea of "pristine nature."

Sounds like a great model to consider in our own community planning processes!
06/03/2021
Tampa, Florida, creates resilience plan to prepare for next crisis

Sounds like a great model to consider in our own community planning processes!

The road map, which officials say is the first to be released during or after the coronavirus pandemic, calls for more affordable housing and broadband access in addition to climate-ready infrastructure.

Wow, a Chief Heat Officer! Miami-Dade continues to lead the way in municipal innovations.
05/14/2021

Wow, a Chief Heat Officer! Miami-Dade continues to lead the way in municipal innovations.

Miami-Dade County's record-breaking temperatures in recent years have prompted the appointment of its first "chief heat officer," Jane Gilbert. She's putting together an expert task force to address the problem and provide heat relief to residents.

In her words: "We don’t want to just contribute more greenhouse gases to solve this problem, but we do want to look at how do we build more efficient buildings and get low-cost AC to those people: https://wapo.st/2RgNpNC via Washington Post

05/09/2021

How wonderful to see so many students from our graduate program receive their degrees at today's Commencement Ceremony! Between the MA and MS in Environmental Studies and the MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities, we honored 32 new graduates today. Congratulations to all of you! We know you'll make a difference.

Robin's work is consistently a favorite reading from Ecology, Culture, and Community!"Kimmerer often says that, although...
04/24/2021
Why is the world so beautiful? An Indigenous botanist on the spirit of life in everything | CBC Radio

Robin's work is consistently a favorite reading from Ecology, Culture, and Community!

"Kimmerer often says that, although she is a plant biologist, she cannot hear the phrase 'natural resources' without feeling profoundly uneasy. And she has an idea for a potential replacement: Earthly Gifts."

Robin Wall Kimmerer is an acclaimed botanist who blends her scientific studies with her Indigenous upbringing . She says there is much to be learned about how to interact respectfully with the earth, from the behaviour of plants.

This sounds like a great fit for some of our graduates!https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty/jobs/3034493/cl...
04/16/2021
Climate Equity & Community Partnerships Program Manager

This sounds like a great fit for some of our graduates!

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty/jobs/3034493/climate-equity-community-partnerships-program-manager

Introduction:The challenges of confronting and preparing for climate change demand an inclusive, integrated, community wide response that goes far beyond what King County government alone can accomplish. King County's 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) outlines County commitments to further e...

Timeline Photos
04/13/2021

Timeline Photos

We want to Celebrate Kimi Waite, one of our Ph.D. students, who was chosen as one of 20 Fellows in Yale Center for Climate Change Communication Public Voice Fellowship.

This Fellowship is part of The OpEd Project’s national Public Voices initiative to change who writes history. It is part of YPCCC’s work to diversify and amplify the voices behind climate change action.

As an institution, we are so proud and excited to see what blossoms from this amazing opportunity!

to read the full article click here:
http://ow.ly/8CWB50EnKKZ

We're excited to offer our grad students one GIS course this Summer--and another this Fall!
04/13/2021
Did you know? There are More GIS Jobs than People to Fill Them

We're excited to offer our grad students one GIS course this Summer--and another this Fall!

You may have never considered a major in geography until you take a course in UMW’s Geography department. Dr. Jackie Gallagher shows just how lucrative the U...

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It’s no longer particularly radical to promote sustainability, seeking to live within the means of the planet. But while sustainability is still an essential goal to strive for, it's no longer enough to hope that such adjustments will allow us to escape the impacts of the climate crisis. We're already experiencing those impacts, so now we need to begin the necessary work of creating communities that are resilient enough to adapt to current disruptions and evolve to meet the challenges ahead. Beginning at Green Mountain College in 2015, and moving to Prescott College in 2019, the online M.S. in Resilient and Sustainable Communities is designed to prepare individuals for the important work at hand: evaluating, planning, and assessing our practices in order to ensure that our communities are meeting the challenges at hand, whether environmental, political, or social.

Rooted in our bioregional approach to distance education, this degree provides students with the skills to conduct in-depth interdisciplinary investigations into essential questions about how their own communities might evolve in an age of accelerated climate change. They study the places they live through a variety of lenses: natural history, climate change projections, energy production and distribution, food systems, and patterns of inequality in access to services and resources. They learn skills of group facilitation, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation and assessment.

We’re here to prepare people to make a difference in the world, one community at a time. If you know someone who might be interested, please help us connect with them!


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Bioregionalism mention in an NH podcast! Worth the listen.
I'm so glad you are there, Laird!
As the MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities has found a new home at Prescott College, we hope to continue to serve a community function for all those who had a connection to the program at Green Mountain College. We're so fortunate to be able to carry this important program forward!
I visited my friend David in Connecticut a couple of weekends ago. Unbeknownst to me, he had arranged a surprise visit to a local organic farm for the following day. I was touched by his thoughtfulness — he knew visiting farm-to-table farms was something I loved! We had an amazing time. I wrote up the experience into a blog post — I hope you enjoy it!