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Sylvania Environmental Center to host student discussions

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The Sylvania Environmental Center (CC260) is happy to invite all students to its fall term discussion groups. The center is hosting three weekly discussion groups throughout the term. At noon starting Monday, Oct. 12 (“Menu for the Future”), Tuesdays, Oct. 13 (“Healthy Children, Healthy Planet”) and Wednesdays, Oct. 14 (“Choices for Sustainable Living”). All will be held in the environmental center.

Attendees will get free discussion booklets, courtesy of the Northwest Earth Institute, which will provide a framework for the talks.

“This is a great way to become involved with the Environmental Center, and to help us learn about what is important to students and how the center can do more for the student body,” said Joshua Liebschutz, instructor leading the discussions. “If you are an instructor, please consider recommending these opportunities to your students, possibly for extra credit. Along with the discussions, we will provide related opportunities for community service.”

Discussions for each topic include:

“Menu for the Future” – To explore food systems and their impacts on culture, society and ecological systems; gain insight into agricultural and individual practices that promote personal and ecological wellbeing; and consider your role in creating or supporting sustainable food systems.

“Healthy Children, Healthy Planet” – To understand how the pervasive effects of advertising, media, and our consumer culture can influence a child’s view of the world; discover ways to create meaningful family times and healthful environments for children; and explore ways to develop a child’s connection to nature, and to foster creativity.

“Choices for Sustainable Living” – To explore the meaning of sustainability; consider the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on the earth; and learn about steps that can be taken to move toward ecologically sustainable organizations, lifestyles, and communities.

Got questions? Contact Joshua Liebschutz at

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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