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Climbing PoeTree

MDC North Campus, Rm 5127 (Black Box Theater)
Friday, March 23, 11:00-11:50 AM
In conjunction with Spring into Sustainability Symposium, we are thrilled to present Climbing PoeTree at Miami Dade College for an interactive workshop presentation combining performance, story-telling, slide-shows, and video to illuminate the powerful symbiosis between art and activism.
For more information, contact Stephen Nesvacil at


Spring into Sustainability Symposium and Festival 

In collaboration with Institute for Civic Engagement and Sustainability

North Campus, Building 4 Breezeway and

Green Urban Living Center (Building 300)

March 26 - March 29, 2018

Monday        10:00 AM – 3:00 PM:   Class Project Showcase

Tuesday        10:00 AM – 3:00 PM   Special Presentations

Weds             10:00 AM – 3:00 PM:   All-Day Festival with a Vendor Fair

Full Schedule Here

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In collaboration with Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy

MDC North Campus, Park Area and Building 4 Breezeway

Wednesday, March 28, 11:30-1:30 PM

In conjunction with the Spring into Sustainability Symposium, we are excited to once again present Sustainapalooza festival for arts, culture, food, tabling by community partners, student clubs and organizations, and GSEL class projects. Student-lead Sustainapalooza is a celebration to welcome spring into our awareness of our connections to Earth. Come to the park area adjacent to Building Four Breezeway to experience the myriads of activities regarding how we are bringing sustainability and resiliency into the conversation at North Campus.

For more information, contact Stephen Nesvacil at


Dan Kipnis 
Climate Change and the Oceans
North Campus, Room 2158

Wednesday, February 14, 2018      10 AM - 11:30 am

 Former charter captain, commercial fisherman and an ardent fisheries conservationist,  Kipnis has been presenting his compelling and enlightening programs on Global Warming, highlighting the detrimental effect  the world’s continued fossil fuel use is having on our oceans and polar regions.  Captain Kipnis has served on many committees and boards related to the environment and conservation.

Watch for Details!
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Co-Curricular Learning Academies (COLA) Workshops

North Campus, Room 1301 
Mondays: Jan. 22, Jan. 29th, Feb. 5:

 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
To complete the COLA module, students will participate in five 1-hour workshops that feature social change strategies based on the Transformative Action Institute curriculum (TAI), and will include three workshops in collaboration with the GSELS learning network.

Jan. 22: Situations and Global Challenges through Systems Thinking

Jan. 29: Guiding Philosophy of a 21st Century Global Citizen

Feb 5: The Earth Charter: The Ethical Framework for a Sustainable Global Society

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Vegan Potluck Lunch

MDC North Campus, Quiet Dining Room
Second Wednesday of every month

Join the Yes! Club, NAMI, Sociology Club, Abilities Unlimited, Vegan Club, Voice of the Voiceless, GSELS professors and staff, and others interested in sustainability at North Campus, to a vegan potluck and get together! We are inviting people to bring their favorite vegan dish to share; also, the Canteen provides a prepared vegan entre for purchase through the cafeteria as well. Come for the food, stay for making  community!
For more information, contact Stephen Nesvacil at


Be Here: Northern Hearts Around the Lake 

Gather Together, Focus on Breath, Be Mindful and Notice

North Campus Lake, Northeast Corner (Intersection of Buildings 1 and 3)Monday Mornings, 10 am

Be Here: Northern Hearts around the Lake is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to gather for a few minutes in quiet reflection and guided mindfulness. Together we let go of perceived stress, planning for future events, and the grit of daily living to relax, focus on the breath, let go of any distractions and perceived stressful thoughts to engage mindfully on the inherent beauty of North Campus and interconnectedness of all life.
For more information: Contact Stephan Nesvacil at


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Faculty Advisor - Tiina Lombard

 Earth Ethics Institute Workshops and Professional Development for MDC Faculty and Staff

Health: Connecting People Place and Planet-Part 2
A Four-Part Lunch and Learn Series (Part 1 is a Pre-requisite)
Awarding 12 hours of Professional Development
This workshop focuses on the interconnection of human health with environmental and community health. Participants will become aware of the environmental health concerns that exist within our communities and how community planning and design affect human and ecological health. The link between industrial consumer culture and human and community health will be explored as well as the relationship between consumption levels and human well-being. Explore the impact of consumption on planetary waste and those impacts on community health. Broaden your thinking about health to include the ecological realities in which we live exploring how our human health and well-being is ultimately dependent on the health of the planet.

North Campus - Begins Wednesday,
February 7, 2018

2/7/2018; 2/21/2018; 3/7/2018; 3/21/2018
Facilitated by Stephen Nesvacil 
To Register, class  EEI1015-4



GSELS Learning Network: Transforming Paradigm
Offering 6 hours Professional Development Credit 

This workshop offers an overview of Earth Ethics Institute’s Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network.  Participants learn about development and operations of GSELS. GSELS faculty learn how to broaden their GSELS-designated courses to include additional GSELS course criteria, as well as  best practices of faculty learning communities. Participants explore Sustainable Education, a concept created by Stephen Sterling and described as “a change of educational culture, one which develops and embodies the theory and practice of sustainability in a way which is critically aware.  Contrast will be made of mechanistic versus ecological worldviews, and a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to education will be endorsed.  

Friday, February 23, 2018 at NorthCampus  Room 1256
To Regster, class # EEI1010-3


Oleta River State Park
Awarding 4 Hours of Professional Development

The immersion will cover the natural and cultural history of the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System. The Oleta River area supports abundant marine life, diverse bird populations and some of the most impressively large mangrove trees in South Florida. Upland and shoreline habitats will be explored on foot and the ecological role of the mangrove forests will be highlighted.

Saturday, February 3, 2018    9 am - 1 pm 
Oleta River State Park

To Register, class # EEI1003-2


Frost Science Museum and Sustaianble Design
Awarding 4 hours of Professional Development -(in approval process)
Friday, March 9, 2018
The need for sustainable design and resilient infrastructure is becoming more and more apparent in this era of increasing threats due to climate change. Miami is widely recognized to be one of the most vulnerable areas of the United States to sea level rise. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum was designed with this in mind, and serves as a model of practical applications of sustainable design.

To Register, class # EEI1020-1

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Participate in the Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)

Sustainability Education Professional Development Opportunities

Sustainability and Earth Literacy Professional Development Workshops

Graduate Courses in Collaboration with EEI

EEI and Florida International University (FIU)

Outdoor Immersions Awarding Professional Development

Sustainability in the Curriculum                      

Immersions for Your Classes

Sustainability Learning Lunches
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Join the Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)

Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Field Experience

Programs and Resources for students

Earth Literacy and Sustainability I -new course

YES club

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Plants and Indoor Air Quality
Find out how plants help keep office air healthy
15 plants have been identified as great air purifiers

Projects like installing new carpet and painting walls can release chemicals that pollute indoor air. These are called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), they’re chemicals used to manufacture and maintain building materials, interior furnishing, cleaning products and personal care products.

Luckily, some houseplants moonlight as efficient purifiers. For the best results, put as many plants as you can care for in the rooms you use most.


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