Sustainability-related Events

Summer Quarter, graduate-level elective!

The Value of Natural Capital

Co-taught by Evergreen’s Director of Sustainability and staff from Earth Economics, this course will focus primarily on using Ecosystem Service Valuation (ESV) in informing decision makers of alternative approaches to the multiple pressing and widespread environmental issues. The class is a facilitated learning experience using Evergreen’s Olympia campus as an applied case study to learn the theory, methodologies, and practice of ecosystems services and accounting for natural capital along with their applications in public policy. The students will apply lessons learned in class by scoping and building the foundations of a complete economic assessment of Evergreen’s 1,008 acre Olympia campus during the course. Guest lecturers from Earth Economics will work closely with the class to develop a deep understanding of this innovative economic perspective that provides a critical connection between standard cost/benefit analyses and the unaccounted impacts upon our environment.

See the catalog listing HERE, and watch for updates on our Blog.

Fall Quarter, Graduate Elective

Organizational Sustainability in Theory and Practice

Communities and organizations have substantial environmental and social impacts at both local and global scales. How do we evaluate the positive and negative values of those impacts? How do we define and assess organizational practices and associated impacts? What should we be measuring and tracking? And how do we use assessments to stimulate and guide positive organizational change?

To understand the theoretical and practical dimensions of these questions, this class will explore a variety of assessment tools designed for corporations and other organizations, communities, and colleges/universities. Students will develop a broad understanding of organizational sustainability and assessment tools, and a deeper understanding of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) developed by AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Higher Education. (Evergreen faculty and staff, along with MES students, helped develop the pilot version of STARS.) Class work will include planning for and beginning the data collection for Evergreen’s first AASHE STARS assessment of organizational sustainability since 2011. Students will have the opportunity to continue this work in subsequent quarters through internships.

See the catalog listing HERE.