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



Symposium Schedule

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

9:00   Welcome from Appalachian State University | Lee Ball Jr., University Sustainability Director

9:05   Welcome from Appalachian State University Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

9:20   Welcome Worldwatch Institute | Ed Groark, Acting President, Worldwatch Institute

9:30   Video of highlights from Satellite Host Schools

9:40   EarthEd Fundamentals | Erik Assadourian

10:05 Ecoliteracy and Schooling for Sustainability | Michael K. Stone

10:25 Social Emotional Learning for a Challenging Future | Pamela Barker

10:50 Expanding Comprehensive Sexuality Education | Robert Engelman

11:35 Q & A panel with speakers

Lunch and screening of videos from satellite events (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

1:15 Higher Education for a Post-Growth Era | Michael Maniates

1:25 Bringing the Earth Back into Economics | Josh Farley

1:45 Agricultural Education for the Twenty-First Century | Laura Lengnick

2:05 Sustainability Education in Prisons | Joslyn Rose Trivett

2:35 Q & A panel with speakers

3:10 Panel on Sustainability Education at App State/UNC System (3 panelists)

4:05 Closing Remarks | Lee Ball