Sustainability discussion courses
We offer five sustainability discussion courses.
These courses are completely FREE and open to all MSU students, faculty, and staff.
The course workbooks were developed by the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) to facilitate discussion about sustainability topics. The goal is to increase sustainability awareness, education, and action in our daily lives.
Discussion takes place in 6 to 8 sessions approximately 1 hour in length with a recommended 8 to 12 participants. The workbooks provide all resources you need to effectively lead a discussion. Thus, both beginners and experts can take the courses and volunteer to lead discussion.
The courses could be completed by a variety of different types of groups including, but not limited to, student organizations, faculty and staff groups, students seeing extra-credit opportunities, Green Teams, and Residence Life initiatives such as Living Learning Communities. This is a great opportunity to learn more about sustainability and connect with like-minded individuals.
Course workbooks are housed in the Library and can only be checked out by individuals participating a discussion group. If you are interested in forming or participating in a discussion group, please fill out the form below. Be sure to follow us on social media for updates! A few copies of each book are on course reserve, which allows professors to utilize them as part of their course content.
We are currently offering five different discussion courses for you to choose from (descriptions are taken from the NWEI website):
"Voluntary Simplicity helps participants examine how modern society can interfere with caring for the planet. Together, you explore how consumption patterns have an impact on you and your relationships, as well as the environment. Discover ways to slow down and live simply."
Choices for Sustainable Living
"The term 'sustainability' is used so freely, it’s difficult to understand what it can mean. At its essence, sustainability embodies hope for a healthy, just and bright future for us all. Choices for Sustainable Living provides participants a powerful opportunity to explore sustainability more deeply and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal and global perspectives. Choices for Sustainable Living helps you discover new ways of living and together, make change more possible and powerful."
Menu for the Future
"Over the last century, the way we grow, harvest, transport, and consume food has changed significantly. It’s easy to overlook the impact this process has on our environment. Menu for the Future helps you explore the connection between food and sustainability. Participants learn more about the many cultural, social, and ecological implications of what we eat and discuss the importance of our eating habits. Together, you discover food choices that are good for you and the health of our environment."
Sustainable Systems at Work
"When it comes to advancing sustainability initiatives at work, many businesses and organizations face a similar implementation challenge: engaging employees. Sustainable Systems at Work helps participants explore the role of sustainability in the workplace and learn more about the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. A stronger culture of sustainability is often achieved, along with greater alignment between employee actions and organizational objectives. Together, you create actionable plans for advancing your organization’s sustainability goals."
A World of Health
"A World of Health helps participants explore the connections between the health of our communities and the health of our planet. You also learn about the limitations of the current medical model and the places where our personal health intersects with the environment—from our food and homes, to our communities and society. Together, you discover actions that promote good health and in turn, promote a healthier environment."