Citizens Academy on sustainability to return

The SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations will offer a citizens academy on sustainability starting Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Oswego State Downtown.

Meetings will run noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 6 at the downtown arm of the College Book Store, corner of West First and Bridge streets. There is an all-inclusive $25 fee for the discussion-style class and materials.

The academy is an interactive educational program that helps citizens learn what they can do to sustain a healthy, eco-friendly community. Weekly topics will include ecological principles, water and energy efficiency, sustainable communities and sustainable food and buying. The format is a book club-style discussion using a workbook for weekly conversations.

“We are very excited to offer the Citizens Academy again,” said Thad Mantaro, assistant director of the Office of Business and Community Relations. “And we’re also very excited to have a program graduate and certified permaculture expert, Valerie Dawnstar, lead the program.

“We’re hoping that community members interested in sustainability can use their lunch hour to join this informative conversation,” Mantaro said.

Those who complete the program will receive a certificate of participation and information on how to become engaged with local sustainability activities. Participants must preregister by calling OBCR at 312-3492.

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(Posted: Jan 31, 2011)

Tags: sustainability