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Continuing Education

When Is Enough, Enough? Consumerism and Waste

Date: 5:00pm - 8:00pm PDT September 27, 2012 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

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How much is enough?  In this workshop, readings and discussion will center on aspects of our consumer lifestyle and on understanding its genesis and effects.

We will examine both the personal and social obstacles to lessening our collective footprint as well as become aware of choices that can help steer us toward sustainable consumption.

Students will be asked to implement a lifestyle change of their own choice in relation to consumerism and/or waste and to report on the experience. Teachers will be given curriculum on simple living for use in their classroom.

Credit Option: This workshop is part of the “Sustainability Series”. Each workshop in the Sustainability Series can be taken individually or in sequence, with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit after completing all 5 in the series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series. 

Instructor: Amy Minato, M.A.

About the Instructor

Amy Minato’s undergraduate degree in English Education, naturalist educator experience with Nearby Nature and current position working with youth as a writer through Literary Arts and Wordstock, prepare her for assisting students develop and facilitate effective curricula for youth. Amy has a graduate degree in Environmental Studies and is the author of Siesta Lane, a book on the practice of sustainable living. Amy teaches “Promoting Sustainable Living” at Portland State University. Students in the course work in local schools to develop and pilot sustainability curriculum for youth. She is also an adjunct instructor at Blue Mountain Community College, the University of Oregon, Eastern Oregon University and Washington State University. In addition, she teaches creative writing workshops through Fishtrap, Breitenbush, Sitka Center, Opal Creek as well as independently run workshops. 

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