Leonardo da Vinci to Higher Education:
Lead us on a Healthy, Just, and Sustainable Path Now
When: Wednesday, April 17 | 5-7:30 p.m.
Reception at 5 p.m., and opening remarks from President Wiewel at 6 p.m.
Where: Portland State University, Native American Student and Community Center (710 SW Jackson St.)
What would higher education look like, organize, and act if creating a healthy, just, and sustainable human society were its central purpose? What would be the advantages and opportunities for society and higher education? What kind of partnerships would be necessary with local and regional communities, the private sector and social organizations? What state, federal, and international government policies would be necessary to support this shift in society and in higher education? How can we build on and rapidly expand the current exciting higher education efforts in the next decade? Dr. Cortese will explore these questions and identify some of the short- and long-term actions that respond to Leonardo DaVinci's famous call to urgently move beyond knowing to action.
Anthony D. Cortese is a Senior Fellow of Second Nature, an organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education. He founded the organization with Secretary of State John Kerry, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and Bruce Droste, and served as president from 1993- 2012. Dr. Cortese was the organizer of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium. He was formerly the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and is a frequent consultant to higher education, industry, and non-profit organizations on institutionalization of sustainability principles and programs.