Posted by: Michael D. Austin | October 23, 2009

HEART of DRYNESS and COLLEGES’ GREEN REPORT CARD

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Everything environmental you do is preceded by subtle, fundamental and progressive changes in consciousness. As you tune-in to Blue Planet Almanac radio this Monday, 10-26-09 at 8:00 A.M. Pacific time, you’ll hear fascinating revelations from our two expert guests – on worldwide drought or the greening of higher education. Blue Planet Almanac will be rebroadcast at 8 P.M. Pacific that day, and also later available at HealthyLife.net’s Website as a podcast download.

In humankind’s consciousness of water scarcity or sustainable higher education, the Deepak Chopras of the world got nothin’ on James Workman or Mark Orlowski. Of course Chopra would agree. He would say what matters most is what one thinks about oneself – and Workman and Orlowski have spent countless hours on their Heart’s work. Tune-in and find out, first-hand, what both of these men are doing to change the world’s perceptions about drought, water shortages or the greening of America’s universities.

 James G. Workman's Heart of Dryness

- James G. Workman's Heart of Dryness -

Native Californian and Ivy Leaguer James Workman is adept in water management. For those of us new to the scene of humanity’s latest environmental challenge, drought is frequently cited among the factors looming largest in our Earth’s climate change. Workman has discovered hundreds of examples in his work on how to manage our water, but one of his favorites in expressing how people handle their needs involves his experiences with Africa’s Kalahari Bushmen.

Although you might think at first that the Kalahari Bushmen’s predicament about water has nothing to do with us, that would be a mistake. During trips to Africa Workman concluded that, “The Bushmen’s story could well prefigure our own.” Workman’s dharma is to show us what lessons the world needs to learn about water policy and water management from the people generally accepted as the oldest on Earth, from the cradle of our kind.

Did you know that (from Heart of Dryness):

“Today we are facing the worst hot dry era in thirty thousand years.”

“…during the last violent century the lack of clean water killed more people than all the casualties of all the wars combined. Now our military prepares for the onset of wars fought over water itself.”

Bring Water, from Steve Greenberg. See http://www.greenberg-art.com/ for more of Steve's piquant art.

From the back flap of Workman’s fabulous book, Heart of Dryness, “…he is pioneering new platforms for trading the human right to water.” Workman’s career reads like this, “…a graduate of Yale and Oxford, began his award-winning career as a journalist in Washington, D.C., writing for the New Republic, Washington Monthly, Utne Reader, Washington Business Journal and Orion, among other publications.”

 
“In the Clinton administration he served as a speechwriter and special assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, spearheading a national campaign that blew up obsolete dams to replenish dying rivers. For seven years in Africa and Asia he helped forge the landmark report of the World Commission on Dams, filed overseas dispatches on water scarcity, led documentary research safaris, lectured at universities, and advised global businesses, aid agencies and conservation organizations on water policy.”

College Sustainability Report Card's home page

College Sustainability Report Card's home page snapshot. Click their link below to reach them.

Mark Orlowski’s independent Sustainable Endowments Institute produces the unique College Sustainability Report Card on 323 bellwether institutions of higher education, which is the only comparative evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities in the United States and in Canada.

Only a few years old, the College Sustainability Report Card has garnered international attention with more than 750 stories in U.S and local media, frequently drawing attention to sustainability programs at specific schools. The New York Times the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNN Money, Forbes, PBS, and USA Today have all featured the Green Report Card.

Mark Orlowski, founder of the College Sustainability Report Card and its parent Sustainable Endowments Institute

Mark Orlowski, founder of the College Sustainability Report Card and its parent Sustainable Endowments Institute

From the the College Sustainability Report Card’s Website, “GreenReportCard.org is the first interactive website to provide in-depth sustainability profiles for hundreds of colleges in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada. Information is based on extensive research conducted for the College Sustainability Report Card.

The Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability. The aim is to provide accessible information for schools to learn from one another’s experiences, enabling them to establish more effective sustainability policies.”

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