Talks & Lectures
6 Mar 2019
Altorfer 501 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

"Sustainability is Not a 'Thing;' it is a 'Way'"

Sustainability Seminar Series

Jill Lipoti

Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

The spring Sustainability Seminar Series continues on March 6 with the talk ""Sustainability is Not a 'Thing;' it is a 'Way'"" by Jill Lipoti of Rutgers University.

This lecture is about decision-making with the future in mind. Each of us has our own vision for how the future should look, but unless we can agree on a shared vision our efforts will be fragmented and could be counterproductive. How can we reach agreement on a shared future? How can we influence others to bend their vision to enhance ours? Do we have the maturity to change our minds? Let’s start by considering some simple decisions–how do you make those decisions? Habit? Convenience? What if you took the time to make considered decisions? Would you change your mind? Or maybe we should start by considering our values. What are some frameworks for considering our values?

"When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier" – Roy Disney

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen" – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jill Lipoti, Ph.D., is an assistant teaching professor at the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. Lipoti has contributed to the development and implementation of the academic minor in sustainability, teaching two of the required courses. The sustainability minor is the fastest growing minor at SEBS, where students enjoy the positive energy and collective ability to make a difference. Lipoti is a member of the Rutgers Sustainability Committee. She has spearheaded the RU Sustainable symposium, where students and faculty connect with the UN Sustainable Development Goals through service, education, research and the arts. She has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental science from Rutgers and received the George H. Cook Award for Distinguished Alumni from Rutgers in 2007.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.

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