Climate Convening Set Tuesday

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May 10, 2024 - 01:41 PM

Mt. San Antonio College, in partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, is hosting a convening on Tuesday to explore how higher education can collectively address climate change with a focus on equity and justice.

The daylong event, “Equity-Driven Climate Action: Higher Education Leading the Way,” begins with an optional tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary followed by interactive workshops and discussions about innovative strategies and best practices for integrating equity into climate action initiatives on campuses. 

Mt. SAC President/CEO Dr. Martha Garcia will open the event with a panel discussion with California Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Sonya Christian and Dr. Jeffrey Clary, Senior Director, Center for Climate Futures, Foundation for California Community Colleges.

Breakout sessions will focus on climatizing three areas: the physical campus, curriculum and institution.Groups of students shovel dirt around a new tree

In the “Climatizing Our Institution: Climate Action at the Institutional Level” session, attendees will explore strategies for integrating climate and sustainability principles into campus planning, with a focus on ensuring environmental justice in all aspects of the physical campus. Participants are invited to join and delve into how thoughtful design and infrastructure choices can promote equity, resilience, and sustainability within their campus communities.

In the “Climatizing Our Curriculum: Pathways for Students” session, attendees will learn about effective methods to infuse climate and sustainability education into curricula, providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue pathways leading to higher education or careers in climate action and sustainability.

The “Climatizing Our Campus: Weaving Environmental Justice into the Physical Campus” session will delve into strategies for integrating climate and sustainability principles into the fabric of higher education institutions, emphasizing the importance of upholding environmental justice at every level.

Following these sessions, students Logan Wells, a member of the EAGLE Club member and Associated Students senator, and Maya Soto, a sustainability intern, will share their insights and experiences in driving climate action on campus. 

The event is free. To register, click here