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Friday, March 27, 2015

Blackboard Jungle Symposium Learning Day

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Center
Description: Reservation and fee required.

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Field Naturalist & Ecological Planning Field Walk

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Depart from Jeffords Hall Lobby
Description: Eagles and Waterfowl with Bryan Pfeiffer

To reserve a spot contact Shelby at

Depart from Jeffords Hall lobby.

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Gund Tea: Stuart Hart

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute Conference Room
Description: Gund Institute Conference Room (Johnson House - 617 Main St).

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Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Diversity Conference with Speaker Devon Harris

Day Event Description: The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center presents The 2015 Diversity Conference at Hilton Hotel Burlington. Info: 802-657-4219. Featured speaker Devon Harris, Olympic star and founding member of the Jamaican Bobsled Team. Register at

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The Nile Project: Live Music and Discussion

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: L/L Fireplace Lounge
Description: Live Music and Discussion with The Nile Project

L/L Fireplace Lounge

"Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, The Nile Poject brings together artists from 11 countries to raise awareness about cultural and environmental challenges facing the Nile River."

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RSENR Masters Thesis Seminar & Defense: Kathleen Bamford

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 311
Description: The Role of Motivation and Curriculum in Shaping Pro-Sustainable Attitudes and Behaviors in Students

By Kathleen Bamford

Seminar: 1:00 Aiken 311
Defense: 2:00 Aiken 311

Thomas Hudspeth, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Thomas Macias, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Chair
Adrian Ivakhiv, Professor, RSENR
Leon Walls, Assistant Professor, Education

Determining patterns in pro-sustainable attitudes and behaviors, and revealing motivations behind these behaviors have important implications for the future of sustainability education. The primary objective of this study is to discover the relationships between educational experience and its impact on sustainability attitudes and behaviors in elementary school students. A secondary objective is to determine the motivation behind pro-sustainability behaviors and to establish the role this plays in educational programs. Ninety seven students (63 from a school with sustainability based curriculum, Barnes, and 34 from a general curriculum school, CP Smith) in grades 3-5 completed a 20 question survey which measured sustainability attitudes and behaviors. On every indicator, students who were involved in a sustainability education program scored higher. The highest and lowest indicators for attitude and behavior were the same for both schools. Barnes students produced notably more statistically significant correlations between attitude and behavior indicators than CP Smith students. Questionnaires were completed by the five teachers of the Barnes Sustainability Academy students who completed the survey. Regarding curriculum, the majority felt that cross curricular sustainability was important, with social justice being an important curricular focus as well as community, environmental preservation, and problem solving. Teachers also felt that providing the students sustainability knowledge led to attitude change, which in turn served as a motivator toward behavior change. Future sustainability education focus on social justice issues and experiential learning experienced with strong role models will be beneficial to developing future generations with strong sustainability attitudes, behaviors and motivation.

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RSENR Seminar: Stephanie Seguino

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Gender and Cooperative Behavior
Stephanie Seguino
Department of Economics
University of Vermont

Aiken 102

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

9th Annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

Day Event Description: Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT

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