Green Advantage: Sustainability and Vision at Cleveland State University

 CSU BIONEERS AND BIONEERS CLEVELAND PRESENT

GREEN ADVANTAGE: SUSTAINABILITY AND VISION

 

INTERACT

• WITH COOL SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS HAPPENING ON CAMPUS

• FUN, FAST TRACK Jr. PRESENTATIONS

• CSU CAMPUS SUSTAINABLE COALITION

 

WATCH

• BIONEERS NATIONAL SPEAKERS ON THE BIG SCREEN

° GLORIA STEINEM – Women’s Leadership

° PHILLIPPE COUSTEAU – Saving our Oceans

° ANIM STEELE – The Real Food Project

° NATALIA GREENE – Rights of Nature

° DAYNA BAUMEISTER – Biomimicry

 

MEET

• INNOVATIVE LEADERS FROM NORTHEAST OHIO

° CSU ALUM ERIN HUBER OF DRINK LOCAL, DRINK TAP

° CSU ALUM Nicole McGee of Plenty Underfoot LLC

° CARLTON JACKSON OF TUNNEL VISION HOOPS

° MEMBERS FROM PACHAMAMA ALLIANCE and BIOMIMICRY

 

8:30A-5:30P CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY MAIN CLASSROOM AUDITORIUM

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 

LOCAL FOOD AND VENDORS MARKETPLACE THROUGHOUT THE DAY

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES AND INFORMATION

WWW.BIONEERCLE.WEBS.COM

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What’s this Cleveland State University and Fracking

Cleveland – The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the Ohio Shale Coalition, announces that it has engaged Cleveland State University, The Ohio State University and Marietta College to conduct a research study focused on the economic impacts and opportunities associated with the development of oil and gas resources in the Utica/Point Pleasant and Marcellus shale formations in Ohio.

The study is being funded by a broad range of industries representing a cross section of Ohio’s economy. Participating industries include, but are not limited to, oil and gas, steel, plastic, chemical, waste management, water providers, manufacturing, heavy equipment suppliers, agriculture, consultants, law firms, sportsman and conservation organizations. To date, more than 25 organizations have contributed to the funding effort.

“We have all seen how natural gas development from the Marcellus Shale has created thousands of jobs and spurred growth in Pennsylvania. Ohio has the potential to be similarly successful,” said Andrew E. Doehrel, President and CEO for the Ohio Chamber. “We need to understand better what that scope might be, and how we as a state can position ourselves to realize the most value from it.”

The scope of the study will be to gather data, including projections for drilling and production, from the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry in Ohio, and to estimate the current and prospective economic impact from this resource development. The results will be analyzed by economists and specialists and discussed in a report to be issued by the end of 2011. While the study will be principally focused on economic development potential for the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, consideration will be given to downstream sectors, such as the petrochemical industry and the potential effects shale development might have on those sectors.

The study will be led by Cleveland State University’s Center for Economic Development in collaboration with The Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics and Marietta College’s Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology.

Ned Hill, dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State, remarked that, “this Study is an important undertaking for evaluating what promises be an extraordinary economic opportunity for the state of Ohio. The impact to Ohio manufacturers alone could be significant, and we need to understand how it will impact our broader economy if we are to harness this great economic potential.”

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Questions should be directed to the principal investigators:
Andrew R. Thomas, Executive in Residence, Energy Policy Center
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Cleveland State University
Ph: 216-687-9304
email: a.r.thomas99@csuohio.edu

Iryna Lendel, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Economic Development
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Cleveland State University
Ph: 216-875-9967;
email: i.lendel@csuohio.edu

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Ecuador does it, why don’t we? Rights for Nature for Ohio

I am working on a research paper to introduce a bill into Ohio legislature that will give rights to nature similar to that in Ecuador. Following is language included in the Ecuadorian bill.

The hope with this paper is to bring attention to what global communities have done to protect their environments.  I am using the Ecuadorian bill as a template to support my position in my paper and start some grassroots action toward change.

I will weave in my paper a bit of panpsychism (Strawson) and substance monism (Spinoza) for foundation; I’m a philosophy major.  These theories say all things are one and the same thing. Translation for me is if everything is the same entity, then all things must have rights.

The proposed bill states: “Natural communities and ecosystems possess the unalienable right to exist, flourish and evolve within Ecuador. Those rights shall be self-executing, and it shall be the duty and right of all Ecuadorian governments, communities, and individuals to enforce those rights.”

Chapter: Rights for Nature

Art. 1. Nature or Pachamama, where life is reproduced and exists, has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution.

Every person, people, community or nationality, will be able to demand the recognitions of rights for nature before the public organisms. The application and interpretation of these rights will follow the related principles established in the Constitution.

Art. 2. Nature has the right to an integral restoration. This integral restoration is independent of the obligation on natural and juridical persons or the State to indemnify the people and the collectives that depend on the natural systems.

In the cases of severe or permanent environmental impact, including the ones caused by the exploitation on non renewable natural resources, the State will establish the most efficient mechanisms for the restoration, and will adopt the adequate measures to eliminate or mitigate the harmful environmental consequences.

Art. 3. The State will motivate natural and juridical persons as well as collectives to protect nature; it will promote respect towards all the elements that form an ecosystem.

Art. 4. The State will apply precaution and restriction measures in all the activities that can lead to the extinction of species, the destruction of the ecosystems or the permanent alteration of the natural cycles.

The introduction of organisms and organic and inorganic material that can alter in a definitive way the national genetic patrimony is prohibited.

Art. 5. The persons, people, communities and nationalities will have the right to benefit from the environment and form natural wealth that will allow wellbeing.

The environmental services are cannot be appropriated; its production, provision, use and exploitation, will be regulated by the State.

“Public organisms” in Article 1 means the courts and government agencies, i.e., the people of Ecuador would be able to take action to enforce nature rights if the government did not do so.

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THE HAPPY STORE

I’ve noticed there are quite a few unHappy people that interact with at grocery stores, in class, walking to and fro, restaurants, etc.  So I am proposing a  HAPPY STORE!

Patrons that enter this HAPPY STORE will quickly strip away the uglies and become a bit more chipper and lovely.

This HAPPY place will be full of delectable essences that tickle the spirit and bring joy to all that enter.

It will be open daily from 8 to 8 and admission is FREE, so are the smiles.  Stay tuned for more details.  tootles 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Law of Mother Earth and Panpsychism for NE Ohio

I am proposing to craft a Law of Mother Earth for NE Ohio in attempt at nature’s right.  Today it’s an idea, tomorrow a Law.  

The law would be similar to the one Bolivia created in their constitution.  What follows is my beginning.  Your thoughts?

To emerge or not to emerge that is the question? Galen Strawson’s position on panpsychism, compared to physicalism, is dependent upon, or not so much on, emergence.

Physicalism is this idea that everything in the universe has a physical condition.  Panpsychism, on the other hand, is the notion that all things have a mind.  Woven within both theories is a concept called emergence. Emergence or emergent properties more specifically, is this idea that simple compounds give rise to large complexes that are unlike the original, simple compounds. 

In this paper, I begin with expounding on Strawson’s panpsychism and emergence theory in relationship to physicalism’s emergence. I will  conclude with an outline of a law for northeastOhioto adopt in support of nature’s inalienable rights to flourish similar toBolivia’s Law of Mother Nature.

This paper will be composed of five parts starting with panpsychism.  The first section will be composed of a short history of panpsychism in general followed by Strawson’s take on panpsychism and emergence for Strawson.  The next section will mirror part one but on physicalism instead.  Is Strawson a physicialist will also be addressed here?

In section three, I will draw the comparisons/differences of the two emergences; Strawson versus physicalism and why it is important.

I will further explain my thoughts on Strawson’s panpsychism and emergence and the reason(s) why his position is excellent in support of a foundation for nature’s rights law.

As a conclusion, I will outline the points for a law for northeastOhiogranting all nature equal rights to humans similar to The Mother Earth Law inBolivia. In it I will include Strawson’s panpsychism and emergence.

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Cleveland State University and Bioneers Cleveland Sustainability Forum

 2- 22-2012

What is Bioneers?

Founders Kenny and Nina coined the term Bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging culture. Bioneers are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic “nature’s operating instructions” to serve human ends without harming the web of life.

 Bioneers Cleveland

Since 2007 Bioneers Cleveland has been the premiere environmental conference showcasing how nature and human ingenuity are creating solutions to restore people and the planet. It has established itself as an important part ofNortheast Ohio’s sustainability movement by educating and inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to take action to create a more sustainable region. Another unique aspect of Bioneers Cleveland is the recognition of the importance of the arts and of spirit to sustainability…

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BIONEERS & SUSTAINABILTY AT CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Cleveland State University and Bioneers Cleveland Sustainability Forum

 2- 22-2012

What is Bioneers?

Founders Kenny and Nina coined the term Bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging culture. Bioneers are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic “nature’s operating instructions” to serve human ends without harming the web of life.

 Bioneers Cleveland

Since 2007 Bioneers Cleveland has been the premiere environmental conference showcasing how nature and human ingenuity are creating solutions to restore people and the planet. It has established itself as an important part ofNortheast Ohio’s sustainability movement by educating and inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to take action to create a more sustainable region. Another unique aspect of Bioneers Cleveland is the recognition of the importance of the arts and of spirit to sustainability, both on the personal and collective levels. 

 Bioneers Cleveland and Cleveland State University 2012

A student driven, student focused Sustainability Event is happening at Cleveland State University (CSU), February 22, 2012 and you’re necessary to help host by:

  • Introducing a Bioneers International speaker videos relevant to CSU academia
  • University-wide collaboration and student recruitment
  • Identifying local sustainable vendors for marketplace and as exhibitors
  • Live art/musical entertainers throughout the day
  • Reach the goal of 300 CSU students to attend
  • Develop supplemental classroom curriculum for faculty and students
  • Possible tracks of interest to departments, colleges, faculty and students:
  • Ecoliteracy
  • Biomimcry,
  • Real Food/Urban Farming
  • Environmental Ethics/Nature Rights
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Social Justice, Philosophy, Law
  • Engineering and Ecological Design
  • Women Studies
  • Water, water, water
  • Google Earth/GIS

Collaborations already happening:

  •  Bioneers Cleveland
  • Center for Sustainable Business
  • CSU’s Office of Sustainability
  • MaxineGoodmanLevinCollegeof Urban Affairs
  • CSU Philosophy Department
  • First year Experience Program
  • Sierra Club
  • Office of the President of University
  • CSU Veterans Affairs
  • Seeking further partnerships with CSU student organization, departments, faculty and NE Ohio Communities at large:
    • Sponsorship one of the five Bioneers International plenary speaker DVD
    • Marketing and promotion for student, faculty and staff attendance
    • Volunteers for planning before and day of the event
    • Supplemental funding in-kind and otherwise, people hours, sustainable stuff and more

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