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The launch of this year’s State of the World report will be hosted by Appalachian State University, a university committed to sustainability education. It will be a full day event, consisting of short punchy talks and panel discussions.

We invite other schools and universities to create connected events with a mix of local and videostreamed speakers. Below is the working symposium schedule.

April 20th, 2017 9 AM – 4PM EST

Appalachian State University


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Symposium Schedule

Morning session: EarthEd Fundamentals (9 AM – 12 PM EST)

9:05   Welcome from Appalachian State University Sustainability Director | Lee Ball Jr.

9:10   Welcome from Appalachian State University Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs | Sue Edwards

9:20   Welcome from Worldwatch Institute President Emeritus | Robert Engelman

9:30   EarthEd Fundamentals | Erik Assadourian

9:55   Ecoliteracy and Schooling for Sustainability | Michael K. Stone

10:20 Social Emotional Learning for a Challenging Future | Pamela Barker

10:40 Expanding Comprehensive Sexuality Education | Robert Engelman

11:00 Q & A panel with speakers

Lunch (12 PM – 1 PM EST)

Afternoon Session: Higher Education Reimagined (1 PM – 4 PM EST)

1:00 Appalachian State University afternoon welcome

1:05 Afternoon introduction | Erik Assadourian

1:20 Bringing the Earth Back into Economics | Josh Farley

1:40 Agricultural Education for the Twenty-First Century | Laura Lengnick

2:00 Vocational Training for an Eco-technical Transition | Nancy Lee Wood (via video)

2:10 Sustainability Education in Prisons | Joslyn Rose Trivett

2:30 Q & A panel with speakers

3:15 Panel on Sustainability Education at Appalachian State: Lee Ball Jr., Vachel Miller, and Jeff Ramsdell

4:05 Closing Remarks | Lee Ball

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Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Rogers Builders.