June 25. What is Sustainability?

Featured Image: Le Boulevard de Montmartre, Matinée de Printemps, street view from hotel window, 1897


Here’s some follow-up info. from last class:
  • 1. Some follow-up info. from Sarah’s presentation: Sarah Neville, Sustainability Related Student Organizations, and Tour Slides. Want to talk about a couple of take aways from Sarah’s presentation: anyone want to collect all the straws we use in one week in a bag, or some variation? Want to gamify a solution to the problem of using too much water in the dorm showers?
  • 2. I will made a Google doc to share our pics and footage. Just click on the link i nthe Google invite and you’ll have full access. We can calk about attribution later. Dr. Yow is going to send us the video from the Beltline Tour and the Gravel talk, which I will upload, along with some video and images I have taken.
  • 3. Who has had WOVENText issues?
  • 4. Tomorrow we are meeting at the Comm Lab, Clough 447
  • 5. I made a mistake with Canvas, so the Caradonna reading was not accessible till early this morning. I’ll go over key details during discussion that you can return to if you choose to use Caradonna in your Poster Presentation. Actually, take a few minutes and make sure you can access the readings and the First Week Video submission page in Canvas.
  • 5. We’ll be talking about our First Week Video drafts later, but I wanted to review video submission now, so I don’t forget.

What is Sustainability?

Get into four groups and respond to the questions below:
  • 1. According to Sarah Neville, Ryan Gravel, OR Jeremey Caradonna, what is sustainability?
  • 2. What are some conditions under which the theory and practice of sustainability develops?
  • 3. Pick one image that Neville, Gravel, or Caradonna uses, which you think best conveys sustainability to audiences, share that image with me by pasting the link/image in the comments below, and be preprepared to explain why and/or how the image you chose is so successful.

Representing Sustainability

One your own, please respond to the following without stopping:
  • 1.Make a list of sustainable development projects that you could illustrate in your poster presentation (i.e low flow fixtures, tree canopy, waste infrastructure, solar power, composting, water reclamation, bikes, trains, and local food).
  • 2. Pick one project you listed and explain how that project illustrates one, or more, concepts of sustainability.
  • 3. Draw the project you chose, or one element of it, on the board.

Poster Presentation Assignment 


First Week Video Workshop

The numbers of the questions below correspond to numbers on the board.Please read through the questions below, and then take yourself and your draft to the number that corresponds to the question that best describes the biggest challenge you face in your First Week Video.Once in your groups, take turns reading/describing your Video draft and then discuss revision strategies. I will circulate from group to group and answer questions.
  • 1. Claims: Are you having trouble articulating a challenge relating to one of the modes/assignments—written, oral, visual, electronic, or nonverbal communication—that you’ll be engaging with in class projects this semester and exploring at least one portion of that challenge in depth?
  • 2. Evidence: Are you having trouble developing your claim through a specific example from your personal experience and/or explaining how you plan to meet the challenge(s) you anticipate facing?
  • 3. Organization: Are  you having trouble sustaining the claim throughout and/or transitioning from one piece of evidence to another?
  • 4. Affordances of the Medium: Are you having trouble incorporating sound or images that reinforce the main goal of the video and help audiences better understand your challenges you anticipate facing and ways you plan to meet those challenges ? 

Critical Communication

Take five minutes and think through the questions that follow. If you did not have a chance to read WOVENText, share with a neighbor who has a text and/or find the info. in your minds or on the internet:
  • 1. What are some characteristics of successful writing across modes (WOVEN)?
  • 2. What are the three “critical concepts of communication” and how do those concepts help make good writing possible?
  • 3. What is “Code Switching“, and what are common modes of address? How do these terms effect how you write an email (21)? How might What are their larger, socio-political implications?
  • 4. What is the Comm Center? (11 & 25-28)


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