Beyond "green": Digging In to the true potential of sustainability

October 10, 2016

Kimberly Byrd has a long history of work in environmental education and interest in collaborative problem-solving. She began her career introducing cultural change in an institutional setting as Northwestern University’s first Recycling Coordinator, and later developed this work with government partnerships at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2004, studying cultural worldviews and the policies of Minnesota wolf management. She has taught both lecture-based and experiential learning courses on sustainability, environmental ethics, ecological integrity, resilience theory, adaptive management, environmental psychology, social movement history, and transformational learning at the University of Minnesota, The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, and Hamline University.

Often, when people think of “sustainability,” they see a limited view of what the idea really has to offer.   To most people when they’re asking, “Is it sustainable?” They’re really asking, “Is it green?” But the true potential of sustainability offers something far greater. Kimberly will be “Digging In” on what is True sustainability is. How it involves ethical decision-making and asks questions about who we are as people, and what we want from our relationship with nature and each other.