As NWEI turns 25 years old this year, we’ve released a brand new edition of our most popular course book, Choices for Sustainable Living. This edition includes a new session on water, and has also been designed for use with an accompanying Choices for Sustainable Living online EcoChallenge. Today we’re highlighting some frequently asked questions about how this new course book differs from others, and how it works with our online EcoChallenge. For the full list of FAQs, click here.
Q. What is the Choices for Sustainable Living course book about?
Sustainability is a complex and contested concept, but at its essence represents the hope for a healthy, just and bright future for us all. We offer Choices for Sustainable Living as an opportunity to move beyond the hype to explore sustainability more deeply. The course focuses less on defining sustainability than envisioning sustainability – what would a sustainable world look like? And how can we create it together?
Q. How does the new Choices for Sustainable Living book content integrate with the online EcoChallenge?
Your discussion group will be organized as an EcoChallenge Team. Before your first session meeting, sign up for the EcoChallenge using your unique Team URL. Through the EcoChallenge platform, your discussion group team will be able to connect with each other outside of meetings and with other discussion group teams around the world. You’ll be able to learn more about how specific actions connect to the book’s session themes: water, transportation, energy, etc. You’ll explore which actions you’d like to try – and commit to those actions during the duration of your course experience. After you finish your readings for each week, course participants will be prompted by “Putting It Into Practice” boxes to choose an Action goal to complete on the online EcoChallenge
platform. These Actions are related to the content for each Session and help participants learn more, apply their learning locally, and take action toward a more sustainable way of living.
Q. What kinds of actions are considered as part of the Choices EcoChallenge?
A variety of Actions are available for each Session, including Actions that allow participants to measure their individual impact and see the collective impact of everyone doing the EcoChallenge. Actions include making more sustainable food choices, trying out alternative modes of transportation, exploring cleaner energy, improving recycling practices, and many more. The EcoChallenge platform extends your learning by better connecting you to additional resources and opportunities for action. It allows new opportunities for reflection with your peers by allowing you to share your thoughts as they arise and get feedback from your group. And EcoChallenge is proven to better incentivize your action by providing more ideas for action, more accountability to your commitments, and more support for your attempts. It will help you see the impact of your individual actions, the collective impact of your team’s actions, and the collective impact of everyone participating in the Choices for Sustainable Living EcoChallenge.
For more info, click here. We hope you’ll join us in 2018 as we launch this new program!