WC-7 Connecting Education to Practice and the Workforce at the Nexus


  • Christopher Dyer, Executive Director, University of New Mexico- Gallup
  • Maria Boccalandro, Sustainability Director, Cedar Valley College – DCCD

Summary: The 21st Century requires comprehensive and sustainable solutions to the integrated challenges of the food, water and energy security nexus. Population growth, climate change, and associated environmental impacts provide challenges and opportunities for educational efforts that counter entropic human behaviors with collaborative-based economic and community models. This session examines different educational response models and approaches to energy literacy and “green” food and water systems including traditional-based local and regional models of community development. Discussants provide a reflective social, business, legal, and policy-driven discussion of the complexities of human interactions and impacts on sustainable and healthy human and biophysical environments. Questions are posed on long- and short-term human impacts on environment and generated educational and workforce solutions including technology-based outreach and social engineering. ​


  • Michael Dworkin, Professor, Vermont Law School
  • Brandon Morton, Sustainability Coordinator, North Lake College, Dallas County Community College District
  • Eddy Rawlinson, Executive Dean of Math, Science and Allied Health, Cedar Valley College – DCCD
  • Greg Morris, Vice President, Academic Affairs , El Centro College, DCCD
  • Nancy Lee Wood, Post-Carbon Institute, Bristol Community College (BCC)
  • Robert Rak, Environmental Technology Coordinator, Bristol Community College (BCC)
  • Halley Aelion, Lecturer, University of Maryland
  • Rattan Lal, Professor of Soil Science, The Ohio State University*
  • Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Senior Scientist and Chair, Center for STEM Teaching and Learning, Technical Education Research Centers Climate/Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (TERC)/ (CLEAN)

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