“advancing curriculum and faculty development
sustainability in higher education”


The Green New Deal
as a Teachable Moment

SCC Webinar

Thursday, October 31, 2019
3:00 PM Eastern/Noon Pacific

What's the Deal with the Green New Deal?"

A Guide for Faculty

Jeremy Symons
Symons Public Affairs

Mark Trexler
The Climatographers

This webinar is intended to provide faculty with a better understanding of the context for Green New Deal resolution introduced in Congress by presenting an "inside the beltway" perspective on its genesis and potential impact.  Jeremy Symons will provide an overview of the Green New Deal resolution and the key players.  He will offer a snapshot of the state of play on the Hill in both the House and the Senate, as well as in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential election.  Earlier this year, Jeremy moderated a briefing to Congressional staff in which he, Ira Feldman and Alan Horowitz linked the content of the Green New Deal proposal to the sustainability policy discussion in the US.  See Ira's op-ed in The Hill as background. 

Building on Jeremy's remarks, Mark Trexler will focus on the identification of resources for faculty on the Green New Deal and sustainability via The Climate Web (tm) platform.   Mark has been inventorying and organizing climate change education materials on the web.  The Climate Web (tm) is the product of >20,000 hours of crowd-sourcing and curating knowledge from thousands of experts to support understanding of and responding to climate change. It is a collective climate change intelligence. From the listings for hundreds of relevant websites, organizations, and resources, and links to online courses, videos and text modules, Mark will guide attendees to those resources most relevant to the Green New Deal without having to reinvent the pedagogical wheel.  He will show how teachers can actually get desktop access to these resources for much easier and customizable knowledge work and delivery.

Jeremy Symons is a writer, strategist, and consultant on the environment and politics.  As the Principal of Symons Public Affairs, he works with clients to deliver high-impact, pragmatic solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.  He is a frequent advocate in the media for environmental progress and have debated issues across a wide variety of news programming, such as The O’Reilly Factor and News Hour.  Previously, as Vice President of Political Affairs at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Jeremy led teams that successfully advanced policy solutions to protect public health and the environment from global climate change, air pollution and other threats. Prior to joining EDF in 2013, he served as Deputy Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, as part of the Senate Democrats’ leadership team on a range of environmental issues and nominations.  At National Wildlife Federation, he was Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education.  Early in his career, Jeremy worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Jeremy serves on the Advisory Board of Zoetic Global, which brings renewable energy to communities in Africa and he has served on the Board of Directors of the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation and as co-chair of the Board of the US Climate Action Network.  He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University.  Jeremy applies his 20+ years' experience in energy and environmental policy, government affairs, media communications and executive non-profit management to protect a healthy, livable planet for future generations.

Dr. Mark Trexler has more than 30 years of regulatory and energy policy experience, and has advised clients around the world on climate change risk and risk management for more than 25 years. Mark joined the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC in 1988, where he worked on the first carbon offset project, the CARE Agroforestry Project in Guatemala. He founded Trexler Climate + Energy Services (TC+ES) in 1991, working extensively with electric sector and other energy clients, as well as with governmental and NGO clients, on risk mitigation and adaptation strategies, including the development of a wide range of climate change decision-support tools such as carbon market models and carbon offset quality scoring systems. Mark directed EcoSecurities’ Global Consulting Services Group from 2007-2009 after EcoSecurities acquired TC+ES, and was Director of Climate Risk for the global risk management firm of Det Norske Veritas from 2009-2012. He is widely published on business risk management topics surrounding climate change, including in the design and deployment of carbon markets. Mark has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and holds graduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.


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Reminder: Next Stop Spokane

SCC at the 2019 AASHE Conference
in Spokane, October 27-30
SCC has had a presence at the last five AASHE Conferences and we will be there again this year in Spokane.  AASHE has granted SCC an agenda slot on Tuesday the 29th at 12:45 PM for an SCC meet-up.  Please join us in Room 102C to network with other SCC participants and learn more about our upcoming plans.  And we are always looking for folks interested in presenting a webinar or leading an online short course cohort for SCC.  Bring your best ideas and let's discuss!

We recognize that at every AASHE conference there are always conflicting sessions and tough choices, so if you cannot join us for the SCC meet-up, please contact SCC Managing Director Ira Feldman <>
 in advance to schedule a time to connect over the three days (Sunday, Monday or Tuesday) in Spokane.
We have scrutinized the full conference agenda to identify those sessions likely to be of interest to faculty and relevant to curriculum.  See our last SCC newsletter or the SCC website for SCC's guide to curriculum-oriented sessions at the 2019 AASHE conference.


Proposals due October 30


Sustainability Literacy:

Faculty, Staff, and Students as Agents of Change

Charleston, SC, February 12-13, 2020

The Symposium is being organised by the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR), the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP), the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC), and the College of Charleston (CofC), South Carolina, with support from CofC’s Sustainability Literacy Institute. 
The call for participation in this symposium has been extended to October 30th
The aims of the Symposium are as follows:

i. to provide teaching, research and sustainability staff at universities with an opportunity to display and present their works on sustainability literacy (i.e., curriculum innovation, empirical work, activities, case studies and practical projects)

ii. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in applying sustainability literacy, especially successful initiatives and good practice

iii. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore the possibilities for further cooperation.

The Symposium will also focus on the means to integrate, promote or otherwise catalyze efforts to implement the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further details about the Sustainability Literacy Symposium at the College of Charleston are available at:

How to submit an abstract
An abstract should be up to 200 words, it should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results.  General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided.  The full contact details about the author(s) need to be provided.  Abstracts should be written in the third person and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Please see the conference website for a sample abstract. Abstracts should be sent to: Dr. Mihaela Sima, Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme at <>.  Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive further details about how to submit their full papers, and further logistical information. 

Co-organizers of the event
Prof. Walter Leal, European School of Sustainability Science, Germany

Dr. Todd LeVasseur, College of Charleston

Ira Feldman, Sustainability Curriculum Consortium


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• Pedagogy: Innovative approaches for ESD educators
• Substantive Content: Building capacity and sharing resorces on both fundamental topics and emerging trends
• Leadership: Understanding the significance of leadership in the ESD context

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