Friday, March 13, 2009

Section 2: Bioregional Curriculum Structure

Section 2: Bioregional Curriculum Structure
The 16-hour pilot certification would include these components, to be expanded out for a 80-100-hour structure in the future:

1.Bioregionalism: Welcome Home
This section is seen as broad-brush, seminal introductory conceptual pieces that help people “get it.”

2.Tools for Sustainable Communities
This section of the curriculum focuses on important organizing tools that the bioregional movement has found as essential for creating and sustaining groups and communities.

3.Tools for Reinhabitation
These hands-on, how-to, pragmatic skills and activities are broken into two sub-sections:
A. Your Address on Earth: Learning about, reinhabiting and restoring the local ecosystems: mapping, learning about watersheds, ecoregions, local natural seasonal cycles, migrations, activities, restoration and conservation issues, defining and deepening sense of place.

B. Relocalizing and Transitioning Our Communities Toward Sustainability: nuts and bolts activities on how to live sustainably in ways that reinforce and live within local ecological parameters. Food, energy, shelter, transportation, economic subsistence, community design, etc.


  1. From Bob R

    2. Tools--Somewhere if not here, might want to talk about tools that haven't worked, as well as ones from other efforts that might work

    3. Tools for reinhabitation It isn't clear here what under this would be covered in the 16 hour part, but each of the subtopics listed is very big. Second, there is a big gap at least from the point of view of someone who lives in a big city. That is that there are more than 100 environmental organizations and many others that deal with some of these issues in our area. What should the bioregionalist make of these? Do we invent new organizations or reform ones already here; what of national ones? Perhaps it needs to be C. Existing organizations