Professors Orr, Frantz, & Petersen Speak at the Climate, Mind and Behavior Symposium (videos)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

by Colin Koffel ’10

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Professor Cindy Frantz
Garrison Institute

Professors David W. Orr, Cindy Frantz, and John Petersen ’88 spoke about the Oberlin Project at the Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind and Behavior (CBM) symposium in February 2012. CBM “convenes leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of climate change and environmental advocacy, neuro-, behavioral and evolutionary economics, psychology, policy-making, social networking, investing and social media, working together on ways to shift behavior on a large enough scale to realize substantial emissions reductions.” Orr delivered a plenary on Oberlin's integrated strategies. Frantz, Petersen, and Anders Faijersson Ferguson ’75, chair of Friends of the Oberlin Project, followed with a panel on the Oberlin Project, connections to nature and social norms, bio-feedback, and climate investing.

David W. Orr

Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President on Sustainability and Environmental Affairs

Professor Orr outlines the joint partnership of Oberlin College and the City of Oberlin to create the Oberlin Project: a model of full-spectrum sustainability.

Cindy Frantz

Associate Professor of Psychology & Co-Chair of the Oberlin Project Energy Planning Committee

Professor Frantz talks about realizing the goals of the Oberlin Project, the research they’re planning to conduct to evaluate Oberlin Project initiatives, and her research with Professor Stephan Mayer on how peoples’ connectedness to nature interacts with their pro-environmental behavior.

John Petersen

Program Director and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies & Chair of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability

Professor Petersen shares how socio-feedback, like Oberlin’s Campus Resource Monitoring System, can spur changes by breaking down modern barriers that artifically disconnect people from the natural world.