Eco Practicum Catskills Session 2- APPLY by May 1st

Interested in learning more about energy, waste, and water? Apply to the Eco Practicum Catskills program to visit fracking wells in Pennsylvania, tour a wastewater treatment plant, and hike the Catskills reservoirs...


Summer in the Catskill Mountains
Energy, Water, and Waste Eco Practicum

Session 2: June 14th to June 28th, 2015
Program Cost: $1,600

Drilling and Drinking: Natural Resource Management in an Age of (Over)Consumption
Visit fracking wells in Pennsylvania, tour a wastewater treatment plant, and hike the pristine Catskills reservoirs that make up the largest unfiltered water system in the world.

There is no doubt that man has had a tremendous impact on the planet. From micro-plastics in the oceans now outnumbering plankton, to massive terrestrial alterations that transform the wilderness into cities, we live in a time when the way we choose to manage natural resources has significant consequences for our species, and all the species around us. What approach can we use to understand the complex systems-wide challenges we face? How can we best examine the systems we use to manage our natural resources? All too often, we misunderstand one system by examining it in a vacuum and even our mechanisms for investigating are overly specific and fragmented. Energy, water, and waste are interconnected elements that shape and are shaped by both the natural and the built environment. Approaching these topics as parts of one whole picture allows us to make connections, forge new pathways, and discover opportunities for deep collaboration. Session Two examines the impacts of various energy sources, from fossil fuels to renewables. Participants consider the implications of growing energy demand, the role of conservation, as well as the hope and hype surrounding renewable energy. Participants gain insights into multiple sides of the fracking debate, and particular attention is given to the New York City watershed, which drastically impacts the landscape and energy policy. Finally, we look at the myth of trash, considering the implications of a linear, versus a closed loop, ideology.

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