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)

Sustainability 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 business environment across many disciplines. Practical application of globally recognized assessment protocol, including sustainability reporting (Global Reporting Initiative), foot-printing, life-cycle analysis and sustainability indicators used to conduct these analyses. Emphasis on ecological and social indicators, although economic indicators are explored.

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(SUS 514 (599) / 4 credits)

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)


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.