Dr. Kevin Danaher discusses his upcoming projects and vision for a more sustainable business model and world with See Jane Do’s Elisa Parker in the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Media Lounge.
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Green Festival speaker Zoe Weil and the Institute for Humane Education offer graduate and online courses to create a more just, sustainable and humane world
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SURRY, ME — August 4, 2011 For people who want to learn about meaningful, empowering, and relevant issues that connect to their daily lives and are passionate about exploring solutions to our global challenges, the Institute for Humane Education offers a variety of online courses and graduate programs:
“A Better World, A Meaningful Life” is a monthly online course for activists and concerned citizens. It provides participants with tools for action and change-making and teaches about the interconnection between human rights, environmental sustainability and animal protection in creating a better world. Classes start Sept. 2, Oct. 3, and Nov. 4. For info: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/better_world_meaningful_life
“Teaching for a Positive Future” is a six-week online course for teachers and educators who want tools and resources to help inspire their students to become leaders and change-makers for a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable world. The Fall class starts Oct. 17. For more info: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/teaching_for_a_positive_future
“Raising a Humane Child” is a six-week online course for parents who want tools and resources to help their children to become conscientious, compassionate citizens of the world. Classes start Sept. 12 and Nov 7. For more info: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/raising_a_humane_child
The Institute for Humane Education in affiliation with Valparaiso University also offers five accredited graduate programs in humane education – with degrees for teachers, activists and concerned citizens including M.Ed., M.A., M.A. in Liberal Studies, M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Humane Education. For more info: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/graduateprograms
The Institute for Humane Education is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to fostering peace, sustainability and compassion through humane education. Humane education approaches human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection as interconnected and integral dimensions of a healthy, just society. Headquartered in Surry, Maine, the Institute for Humane Education has been training humane educators and promoting humane education since 1996. The Institute for Humane Education offers online programs, workshops and institutes, a certificate in humane education, and a dynamic resource-filled website: www.HumaneEducation.org.
About the Institute for Humane Education
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to creating a humane world through humane education.
About Zoe Weil
Zoe Weil is the president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE)www.HumaneEducation.org, which is dedicated to educating people to becomechangemakers in creating a healthy, humane, and just world for all. With the goalto inspire a society of solutionaries, IHE offers graduate programs, online courses,workshops, and resources that advance comprehensive humane education worldwide.
Humane education addresses the interconnected issues of human rights, environmentalpreservation, and animal protection. IHE’s M.Ed., M.A. and graduate certificate inhumane education, offered through an affiliation with Valparaiso University, are the onlyprograms of their kind. Zoe is the author of Nautilus Silver Medal winner Most Good,Least Harm; Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times; ThePower and Promise of Humane Education, and Moonbeam gold medal winner Claudeand Medea, about 12-year-old activists.
“Reporting from Dearborn, MI, I was pleasantly surprised by Ford’s “safety technology” demonstration – a ride in a kitted out Ford Explorer to demonstrate various ways new cars will avoid collisions. After the demonstration, which turned out to be fascinating, it struck me that public safety is an obvious aspect of sustainability – not to mention common-sense business. Keeping people safe matters.
Let’s start with the basics:
Ford has had something called “adaptive cruise control” for a couple years now (PDF here). It’s a simple radar on the front of your car which determines whether a distant vehicle in front of you is travelling a slower rate of speed. As you get close to it, your car automatically adjusts its cruise control to a slower rate to avoid a rear end collision. It will automatically increase your speed if the other car moves out of the way or speeds up.
More exciting, however was a system called the “Blind Spot Information System” and a host of ways cars will “talk” to each other to communicate their positions and speed – avoiding more complex collisions hundreds of yards in advance. Take a look at this:”
Ford’s Safety Technology Tells a Sustainability Story via Nick Aster – Triple Pundit
“It was just a few years ago that Ford, along with the rest of Detroit’s auto manufacturers, found themselves sidelined for ignoring fuel efficiency. How times have changed. These days, Ford likes to stress that theyoffer 12 vehicles which achieve best-in-class fuel economy across various market segments, and sell four vehicles that get in excess of 40 mpg. Yesterday, Jim Farley, Group Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service at Ford Motor Company announced their future vehicle electrification plans will continue to deliver on their so called “green-pillar” commitment, further enhancing consumer choice of fuel efficient vehicles.”
Ford Announces Extension to Range of Electrified Vehicles via Phil Covington – Triple Pundit
“Cities are now home to a majority of the world’s population and are on the front line in the battle against climate change. While action at the federal level in the U.S. has been painfully slow, cities in the U.S. are starting to lead by example at a local level. Cities must take an active role in helping their constituents (starting with themselves of course) to mitigate their impact on climate change as well as begin investing in appropriateclimate change adaptation solutions.
I felt that it was time to do some analysis on U.S. Cities which are positioning themselves to be leaders in climate capitalism. I have used proxies and a methodology for ranking the largest cities in the U.S. based on a range of factors including political commitment (as measured by number of commitments the city has made with the U.S. Mayors, Carbon War Room Cities Challenge, Clinton 40, and ICLEI membership), green buildings (LEED buildings per capita), university leadership (AASHE membership/capita), transit access and use (range of metrics on heavy and light rail usage per capita), clean tech investment (venture funds based in city with clean tech investments in 2010) and energy and GHG emissions (from a range of sources)*.”
“Last week, I was fortunate to meet with two of the people driving Los Angeles’ transition to plug-inelectric vehicles (PEVs). Beth Jines, the Director of Sustainability for the City of Los Angeles, and Sarah Potts, City Director of Los Angeles for the Clinton Climate Initiative, are working together to navigate thecomplex issues of vehicle electrification and getting support from consumers and the private sector. They discussed how and why L.A. will be a leader in PEV adoption.”