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Sustainable Environment Institute

Los Angeles Community College District

Fall 2022 and SEI events and resources for the coming academic year.


This fall the SEI is offering a series of seminars and events related to the Climate Crisis and what is happening locally, regionally, and globally to confront this pivotal moment in the existence of the human species.  The next in the series is dedicated to climate anxiety and mental health. We will interview LACCD faculty and education and psychology experts on the challenges facing young people today.

SEI Update for December, 2022 is out.  Find out more about the items below in the newsletter.

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The SEI is participating in this year's PANDO Days promotion of sustainable practices in LA County.  There are 15 submitted projects this year from a range of institutions of higher education from community colleges to UC and CSUs.

Pando Days began in 2019 with the aim of focusing Southland colleges and universities on the challenge of creating a more resilient region, as articulated by the OurCounty plan for Los Angeles County.

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The SEI’s own Xiao Behlendorf has prepared a webpage via the LA Valley College library that hosts resources for faculty and students in confronting this challenge.  Beginning with a useful definition of this phenomenon, the site offers links to book titles and short reviews as well as articles. There are podcasts and videos as well as links to local environmental organizations where students can volunteer, intern, and even get paid positions.  Most importantly, the page offers several organizations that can help people facing a mental health crisis.  The tab on Climate Crisis Conversations hosts 17 of them running from 30 minutes to 1 hour. The TED talk on mental health is also very well selected. 


Recently the national availability of an emergency phone number, 988, is now national service for the most immediate help in a crisis.  The issue is also getting attention in the LACCD so that Student Health services on each campus are stepping up their capacity to help students distressed by the tsunami of bad news. The SEI will host a roundtable of sorts on November 10 as part of the Professional Development College series of Summer/Fall talks.  See other article here on the planned schedule for these talks.

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George Leddy
Beth Abels

Xiao Behlendorf

David Beaulieu

December 12, 2022

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