Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sustainability Crash Course at Pratt March 29

canalEvery March, Pratt Institute hosts the Sustainability Crash Course, a one-day discussion of a variety of environmental talks.  This year’s Crash Course is March 29, and the Center for Sustainable Design Strategies has put up the preliminary list of presentations.  I will talk about my experiences developing field trips on toxic bodies of water (including the Gowanus Canal, seen here from the MTA’s 9th Street Station).

Registration is free.

Brief Note on the Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste

encyclopediacover-300x300I have added my introduction to the Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage to my site. (To learn about how you might read the rest of the encyclopedia, see the publisher’s site.)   Because doesn’t everyone want to learn more about our consumptive habits on Valentine’s Day?

Don’t answer that question.  Just send me a box of chocolates and I promise to treat the packaging in a responsible manner once I devour the contents.

Touring Pratt’s Landmark Power Plant

Since Pratt has an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) landmark on campus, I couldn’t resist taking my SUST 401 Power, Pollution, and Profit students on a tour of the power plant led by chief engineer Conrad Milster.  See the Critical and Visual Studies blog for context, and the pictures below to see this remarkable historical resource.

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