Date Created: June 24, 2020
Date Posted: June 25, 2020
Submitted by: Tessie Devlin
Sustainability Topic: Campus Engagement
Content Type: Videos & Webinars
Office or Department: Environmental Health & Safety

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Co-hosted with the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) – a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education.

This presentation will explore the psychologies of sustainability and safety and will demonstrate how differing narratives are often describing the same action. A deeper understanding of semantics will lead audience members to see these fields as two sides of a single coin. The goal of this session is to help bridge the gap between safety and sustainability professionals and foster dialogue between these two groups. Both can learn and benefit from one another to strengthen their individual programs. This talk is an exploration between the two “languages” of these fields and aims to help audience members learn to decode and better understand one another. It will cover how the framing of narratives drives perceptions and attitudes, and how this can benefit all of us in our daily pursuits. This presentation will help EH&S professionals understand they are already sustainability champions and will help sustainability professionals better understand both the regulatory considerations of specific spaces, as well as the ‘language’ of safety professionals. This talk will provide several case studies of functional and dysfunction interactions between EH&S and sustainability groups with the goal of gaining a clearer understanding of the psychologies, languages and narratives driving each group’s point of view. Finally, this presentation will explore the highly-relevant and current topic of Social Justice and how it falls under the purview and responsibility of both professions.


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