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Michael Russell

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A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.


A Call to Sustainability

Learn About Local Issues

I will find out what local sustainability issues are most urgent in my region, including both social and environmental justice concerns.


A Call to Sustainability

Research Local Organizations

I will learn what local organizations are working on sustainability issues and how I can get involved.


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    Michael Russell 6/13/2018 2:13 PM
    Hello! I'm sorry I haven't been active in the class the past two weeks. On the 31st my wife and I significantly increased our family's ecological footprint by welcoming our second child to the world. Things have been a little silly since then. 

    I'm especially disappointed to have missed today's discussion, since sustainable transportation--especially cycling infrastructure--is a passion of mine. I liked the short piece by Hachadourian. It's interesting how this is almost always a discussion centered on cities, while suburban drivers with longer commutes would also benefit from more sustainable transportation options. Protected bike lanes may be minimal in urban areas, but they are practically non-existent outside of them. At least in my limited experience. 

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    Michael Russell 5/16/2018 4:21 AM
    What do you hope to gain from this course? Name at least one goal each for something you want to learn, a behavior you want to change to be more sustainable, and something you can contribute to your group.

    I am a professor at a small college in northwest NJ. My background is in environmental economics and sustainability pedagogy, but I am transitioning into more of a sustainability generalist role. I'm interested in learning how NWEI approaches sustainability. 

    I'd like to learn some techniques I can share with my students. I would like to change my behavior so that I am more aware of what I am consuming--so that I can make better choices. I would like to contribute to my group by listening and participating in group discussions in a thoughtful manner. 

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      Michael Russell 5/30/2018 8:59 AM
      Hi, Evelyn, I will be teaching an intro course and an ecological economics course in the fall. In the spring, I plan on teaching an environmental reporting course. 

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      Evelyn (lyn) Swett 5/21/2018 1:08 PM
      Michael - - What are some of the classes you teach? It does feel as if one has to tackle sustainability as a generalist as the issues at hand are so widespread and complex. It's impossible to isolate any one issue from any other. 

    • Thanks so much Michael. I hope this is useful for you an gives you a tastes of our work and how we approach sustainability education. We are so glad to have you as a part of this course!