Taking sustainability to the next level

January 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm 1 comment

If you want to learn how to take sustainable living to the next level, Central Carolina Community College has an evening course for you in Pittsboro beginning Feb. 3 called “Introduction to Sustainable Communities.” Taught by sustainable policy advisor Jeffrey Starkweather, the course runs for 11 Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Is your community economically, environmentally and socially sustainable? What about your business? Your lifestyle? Why do politicians and citizens disagree about climate change? What exactly is a sustainable community or sustainability? How can you implement sustainability strategies in your local community or business? These are the type of questions you will be challenged to critically explore in both breadth and detail over 11 Wednesday evenings.

You will learn how to take the “long view” in exploring these and other fundamental and practical questions on the following topics: water quantity and quality, sustainable values, land use and smart growth, transportation, climate control and air quality, affordable housing, sustainable agriculture, waste reduction and recycling, sewer, energy efficiency and alternative energy, economic development, citizen engagement, and environmental justice.

There will also be an opportunity for a hands-on experience working on one of these topics in your community.

The course is taught by an experienced sustainable community public policy advisor, advocate, and community organizer Jeffrey Starkweather. Jeffrey is a retired attorney and award-winning former community newspaper editor. He is Co-Chair of the Chatham Green Economy Task Force and on the County Economic Development Corporation board. He also serves on the sustainable agriculture and arts/tourism industrial cluster committees, the Housing Advisory Board, and the Triangle South Work Force Development Board, and is the legal/policy advisor to the Green Building Task Force (soon to be converted to the Green Building and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board).

If you have questions about the class, contact Jeffrey at 919-417-0969 or jeffreystarkweather@earthlink.net.

To register see details below:

Course #: C-1931; Start • End Date: 02/03/10 • 04/14/10; Day: W Time: 6:00P – 9:00P Cost: $120.00; Course Location: CCCC Pittsboro Campus, Building 1, Room 229. Registration: In person at the Pittsboro campus or call-in registration to 919-542-6495, ext. 223, which requires payment with VISA or MasterCard. Students should be registered by 5 p.m. Feb. 3.

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  • 1. Back to school « sustainable grub  |  January 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    […] Introduction to Sustainable Communities (Wednesdays Feb. 3-April 14): Knowledge and tools for living more sustainably, lowering your carbon footprint, and applying policies and practices to businesses large and small. […]


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