Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Summer class digs into sustainability


Mark Davies
United Methodist college students have an innovative class option this summer through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and partners Oklahoma City University, Professor Mark Davies, and the Oklahoma Conference.
In Vermont in June, students will spend two weeks learning how to advance sustainability causes, using the best practices of Boston University and Green Mountain College.
Rev. Dr. Davies believes the institute “will provide students from across the United States and around the world an intensive and practical course addressing the pressing ecological challenges we are facing today, with an eye to developing systemic approaches for building more sustainable communities.”
He has been key in arranging the class and will lead. At OCU he is professor of social and ecological ethics.
GBHEM is launching the Regional Hub for Leadership, Education, and Development (LEaD) for North America.This is one of its first initiatives.
The Summer Sustainability Institute 2018 is for undergraduates of UM-related colleges and universities.
Dates are June 3-17 Theme: “Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities.”
The class will focus on environmental and social responsibility initiatives that could improve the bioregions specific to each student’s home area. Using examples of initiatives in Boston and Vermont, the young adults will explore ways they can design sustainability programs in their own regions.
A deposit of $500 is due April 1. Learn more about the new course and how to register: http://bit.ly/2nTKGqR.
For questions about the course, email Davies at mdavies@okcu.edu. For more information on GBHEM and United Methodist education resources, go to www.gbhem.org.
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