IDCE Prof Halina Brown Garners Grant for “Challenging Consumerism” Workshop

Environmental Science and Policy Professor Halina Brown and four colleagues on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) have received a $40,000 grant from the Garfield Foundation toward a third SCORAI workshop, to be held at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, March 8-10, 2012. This event is being convened in collaboration with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC and the One Earth Initiative Society.

The theme of this two-day workshop is “Challenging Consumerism: Toward Living Well Sustainably.” Its aim is to inspire both transdisciplinary academic debate and a dialogue with practitioners and policy makers. The first day of the event will be dedicated to academic papers, and the second to a multistakeholder dialogue among the academics and representatives of civil with a focus on sustainable consumption-oriented practices, local experiments, and campaigns.

SCORAI is a network of academics and practitioners working to address challenges at the intersection of material consumption, human fulfillments, lifestyle satisfaction, and technological change. It was inaugurated at an October 2009 workshop held at Clark University, and in April 2011 it held a second workshop in Princeton, New Jersey. SCORAI’s list-serve has about 400 members and is rapidly growing beyond its initial focus on North America, to include European and other global participants.

The SCORAI Executive Committee comprises: Jeffrey Barber, Integrative Strategies Forum; Halina Brown, Clark University; Maurie J. Cohen, New Jersey Institute of Technology; John Stutz, Tellus Institute; and Philip Vergragt, Tellus Institute and Clark University.

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