By David J. Smith, December 9, 2015

The Institute for Public Service at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA will host a 3-day seminar for community college faculty focusing on global climate issues April 21-23, 2016.   Titled “Global Climate Change and Environmental Challenges: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges” the program is designed to support teaching and learning in 2-year colleges.    Faculty from all disciplines are invited to attend the conference, not just those teaching environmental issues.

The recent Paris climate talks remind us of the pressing need to consider imgresissues of climate change in the classroom.   As institutions enrolling over 40% of U.S. undergraduates, community college have an important obligation to prepare Americans to face important challenges of the future including those related to the climate.

The Institute for Public Service has sponsored other highly successful programs on global peacebuilding (October 2014, 2015) and global health (April 2015) that have attracted nearly 100 faculty from community colleges around the U.S.

The program will consist of two days of classroom activities and presentations (Thursday, April 21 and Saturday, April 23) and one day (Friday, April 22: Earth Day) of visiting agencies and organizations in DC that deal with environmental related issues.  Topics to be covered include current issues facing the U.S. and the planet, the relationship between environmental issues and conflict, and pedagogical approaches to teaching about climate change. An agenda will be posted in mid-January at the registration site.   Registration is now open and will close March 4, 2016.  The registration fee is $225.00. For questions, contact Linda Campos at lcampos@nvcc.edu.