Week 1: June 18 - 23

Week 1 includes one track from the listing below. Regardless the chosen track, all participants will be attending a group leadership session on Sunday (Jun 18, 3-6 p.m.) followed by a welcome reception (6-7:30 p.m.). For the remainder of the week (M-F), participants will attend their chosen track (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), while also having opportunities to interact with all attendees during various breaks, lunches and the combined 1.5-day group field trip to Central Oregon.


Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources

Christine Olsen discusses Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources Play

SNR 520: Sustainable Natural Resources will be taught by Christine Olsen.

Instructor: Christine Olsen

Using readings, personal experiences and class discussions, students explore five principles of socially sustainable natural resource management and review the role they play in creating natural resource-based sustainable communities.  This track includes an additional ½ day local field trip component; details forthcoming.

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(SNR 520 / 3 credits)

This track may be an ideal fit for someone interested in the social aspects and community components within the fields of climate change, engineering, environmental policy, fisheries and wildlife management, forestry, GIS, professional sciences, public health/policy, recreation management, sustainable natural resources and water conflict management, to name a few. If you are considering this track for credit, please speak with your advisor(s) for more details about how this track fits into your academic plan in support of your graduate degree, certificate or Ph.D. program.


Sustainability Planning and Assessment

Ann Scheerer discusses Sustainability Assessment Play

SUS 514/599: Sustainability Assessment will be taught by Ann Scheerer.

Instructor: Ann Scheerer

This track explores theories and applications of sustainability planning and assessment techniques and methods as it's applied to the environment across many disciplines. This course prepares participants to engage in sustainability planning and assessment in their specific area of work – from business to agricultural to natural resources and more. Over five days, participants in SUS 514/599 will engage in hands-on learning by applying a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach to conduct a triple bottom line analysis of Cameron Winery, an organic and sustainable winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Participants will explore the environmental, social and economic aspects of running this business and look to answer imperative questions like, “How do they survive as a small craft winery?” and “What are the tradeoffs to be considered when making sustainable business decisions?

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(SUS 514 (599) / 4 credits)

This course is essential for participants who would like to create sustainable change in their specific world of work. It may be an ideal fit for someone interested in sustainable planning and assessment within the fields of business, agriculture, conflict/resource management, fisheries and wildlife, forestry, horticulture, natural resources, public health/policy, professional sciences and sustainability, to name a few. If you are considering this track for credit, please speak with your advisor(s) for more details about how this track fits into your academic plan in support of your graduate degree, certificate or Ph.D. program.


Water Conflict Management and Transformation

Aaron Wolf discusses Water Conflict Management Play

WRP 521: Water Conflict Management will be co-taught by Aaron Wolf and Lynette De Silva.

Instructors: Aaron Wolf / Lynette de Silva

How can we move debates about water resource issues beyond entrenched positions? What are some less confrontational approaches that bring conflicting interests and institutions together to craft workable solutions that build community rather than disrupt it?

The complexity of 21st century water demands calls for new strategies that foster long-term stewardship among people, their communities and the environment. 

This track offers an opportunity for water resource professionals and graduate students to learn about current and leading-edge ways to work effectively in contentious water situations. It explores conflict tolerance, prevention, management and transformation through collaborative structures, as well as models of negotiation and dialogue.

This track emphasizes experiential learning and offers a place to practice new skills that are applicable in a variety of real-life situations.

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(WRP 521 / 3 credits)

This track may be an ideal fit for someone interested in water conflict within the fields of business, agriculture, climate change, engineering, environmental policy, public health/policy, sustainability, natural resources and water policy/resources, to name a few. If you are considering this track for credit, please speak with your advisor(s) for more details about how this track fits into your academic plan in support of your graduate degree, certificate or Ph.D. program.


 

Environmental Politics and Policy

Ed Weber discusses Environmental and Natural Resources Politics & Policy Play

PS 575: Environmental Politics and Policy will be taught by Ed Weber.

Instructor: Ed Weber

Please note: This course has been canceled for 2017 due to an unexpected scheduling conflict.

Do climate change, intractable urban smog and endangered species signify a march toward ecological disaster? Is the challenge of using and sustaining the capacity of the environment to generate a continuous flow of natural resources and services becoming even more difficult? Or, are we instead racing forward to a new age of environmental and natural resource optimism where "cheaper and smarter" policies and marketing mechanisms, as well as decentralized, participated decision-making venues, rule the day?

This course is grounded in the idea that effective leadership for natural resource policy requires that individuals leading organizations, conducting scientific research, facilitating decision processes and running projects/programs are conversant with the policies, political debates and values, ideas and developments associated with their particular field endeavor. This course brings current leaders and scientists up to date and prepares future leaders for success, by engaging the critical questions, ideas, policies and issues in the field of natural resources.

By the end of this course, students will have a critical appreciation for the changing state of affairs in natural resources governance, the new governance institutions employ to manage the natural environment and key debates in this particular policy arena.

(PS 575 / 4 credits)


Week 1 - Field Trip (applies to all courses above)

Included as part of the curriculum to enhance the learning outcomes, all participants will travel together for an overnight stay to experience firsthand natural resource environments and issues related to the topics covered within the three tracks (transportation and lodging included). Location: Central Oregon - near Sisters, Bend and Redmond.

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