"Sustainability: What's all the hype?" A League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County, Washington presentation featuring Special Guest Speaker: Brad Tuininga.
As we witness increasing demand on nonrenewable energy resources, a ballooning population, increased demand on natural resources, an economic recession that is the worst in nearly a century, and the continued growth in disparity between rich and poor (nations), the health and well-being of future generations will depend on our ability to envision alternatives that will support our communities, economies and environment into the future.
When the concept of sustainability arrived on the scene in the late 80's and early 90's, it quickly became a buzzword that has been difficult to define ever since. This presentation will look at the various iterations of sustainability and what it means to different stakeholders. We will do this through the lens of the three pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, and society), and then look more closely at three potential threats to sustainability. The group will be asked engage in reflection and group discussion surrounding this topic as well as a reading from Natural Capitalism.
Brad Tuininga earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on Sustainability and a Masters in Environmental Education from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. During his graduate program, Brad worked closely with Huxley College and North Cascades Institute (NCI) to further refine the graduate residency offered jointly through NCI and Huxley. After graduating he went on to co-found and launch the Alliance for Wilderness Education and Stewardship, a nonprofit organization working to leverage stakeholder resources to conserve and protect federally designated wilderness lands. More recently, Brad helped develop the Sustainable Energy Certificate now offered at Bellingham Technical College. As part of this effort, he developed the curriculum for Sustainability Fundamentals, which serves as an introduction to sustainability at BTC; he also teaches this class for the college. By day, Brad is the Development Director for Bellingham Technical College Foundation.
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