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Green Action: Creating Sustainable Communities - Mar 2010

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Green Action: Creating Sustainable Communities - Mar 2010

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How sustainable is your community? How sustainable does it have the potential to be?

This course is going to get at the principles and practices that are making communities everywhere more sustainable. Sustainability is guiding and empowering communities to develop and evolve in ways that are more just, transparent, healthier and more environmentally responsible.

Many communities, such as Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, are, in fact, defining their identities by how sustainable they are today, and aspire to be. Green is good!  But what exactly is this new green—sustainability—and how do you harness it to improve the quality of (all) life where you live?

This course has two main objectives: 1) To examine and understand sustainability as a visioning and organizing principle for communities.  2) To apply this knowledge toward developing the beginnings of a sustainability plan for our own communities (defined at whatever scale you wish: neighborhood, group, work, school, city, town, region).

Learning exercises in this course will build toward these plans. We’ll work collaboratively and individually and the final project can be in whatever communications medium you prefer: written, graphic, video, audio, digital, a mix. We, ourselves, will come together as a community virtually. A course wiki, video conferencing and other digital means will connect and engage us.

Areas of sustainability we will cover are: Foundations and Origins; Grassroots and Government; Greening of Business; Education; Your Community; Greenwashing and Other Perils.


About the course

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Atishi Marlena
Mon, 2010-02-22 05:01

How does one join up for this course?

- Atishi

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John Kinch
Mon, 2010-03-01 19:24

please register on the site and then under "my actions" sign up for the course. glad to have you join.

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Registration Request

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Prashant Serai
Fri, 2010-02-26 01:46

Dear Sir,
I am a student of VES Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, and have just begun on the cause of making college campuses sustainable.

I would like to know if I can attend this course.

Please contact me on

Expressing interest to atteng the courses

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Yosef Zegeye
Tue, 2010-03-02 17:00

Currently I am pusuing my thesis for my Master of Social Work at Addis Ababa University. I am very much interested to attend courses related to community. "Creating Sustainable Communities" is thus suitable and consider me as an applicant.


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Yolanda Botha
Wed, 2010-03-03 13:28

I see a huge need for educating and informing people about sustainability, and would like to play a more active role in doing so.

why I'm applying

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Evgenia Davydova
Sat, 2010-03-06 00:07

I'm living in Sweden and studying issues related with sustainable development. The main point of my interests is the intersection of SD and public policy issues. That's why your course is extremely interesting for me.
Best regards,
Evgenia Davydova

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Mritunjay Kumar
Sun, 2010-03-07 03:07

Today, in this era of machines n comfort the mother nature has been neglected totally. It's high time we think of some steps to ameliorate the condition n I think Sustainability is one area where we need to focus. In such a direction, the initiative of "GREEN ACTION" would be of great help as it would act as torchbearer in future. I would be very happy to get enrolled for this course.

hi intresting good for humanbeing course

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dr rizwan ghasura
Sun, 2010-03-14 09:13

hi i am dr rizwan ghasura. i am vet consultant. i am very interesting and i will be join this course. this course is helpfully in my community in better living and human rights. “culture” is not necessary for the survival of the human species, notions of culture and cultural identities are present in almost every human society on earth. As the world moves closer together through increased globalization, migration, and technological advancement human beings are beginning to question the role (and reach) of culture within all aspects of human existence.


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vineet kumar singh
Sun, 2010-03-14 15:12

believe in sustainability

I know I am a little late for

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Sonam Kulkarni
Sun, 2010-03-14 18:45

I know I am a little late for joining this course... but I just came across it on the net.

I am a working professional and I really believe in sustainability.
I believe that the future is linked with sustainability... I believe that every community should take appropriate steps to create green communities at the right time and I want an opportunity to turn my society sustainable.. for which I need to be equipped with proper knowledge so that I can take the right steps.

I hope you allow me to participate in this course.

Interest in Sustainability

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Janet Chandler
Mon, 2010-03-15 01:25

I believe sustainable approaches to living are the greatest hope for continuing to build high quality of life for all. In particular, I am interested in learning how I can contribute to discussion and action in my local community toward greater sustainability, especially in the areas of food and transportation.

I'm a junior at Michigan

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Sam Plotkin
Mon, 2010-03-15 04:33

I'm a junior at Michigan State University.

I'm working towards a majoring Social Relations and Policy, as well as two specializations: Science,Technology, Environment, and Public Policy; Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

I'm particularly interested in agriculture as well as community food systems and their sustainable development and maintenance. I also have extensive coursework in environmental philosophy and sustainable natural resource management.

It's great to be working and learning with such a diverse groups of individuals!

eager to join

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praveen gattim
Sun, 2010-03-21 06:49

I dream to innovate i.e helpful for society,to create sustainable environment.if a government is being failed due to corruption its only due to lack of transpiracy.we need a society that is filled with transpiracy in every case.

way to go

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marwan al-sibai
Sun, 2010-04-18 23:01

I have benefited greatly from these lessons and actually i see myself making a lot of progress in the field of distance education.

Interesting course would join

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Sat, 2010-07-17 18:37

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