By Dr. Marcus Pollard, Agricultural Educator & Young Farmer Advisor with Newton College & Career Academy
Speaking from the lens of one of the agricultural education teachers at Newton College & Career Academy, we are consistently looking to connect things. We strive to connect our students with curriculum, our curriculum with industry, and our industries with students. Ultimately that’s what sustainability is, right? Connecting things with one another? Webster defines sustainable as : capable of being sustained. Well, what does Webster say about sustained? “Maintained at length without interruption or weakening."
That’s what I’m talking about. I don’t want our student’s progress to be interrupted, and I certainly don’t want it to be weakened. I want the experiences our students have to strengthen them as individuals, therefore strengthening our curriculum and local industries. Much like any type of braided wire or rope, we believe the more experiences we can connect with a student, the stronger that student becomes. Our students hopefully become more sustainable when they come through our program.
By Maurice Carter, Sustainable Newton President
It wasn't always human nature. But, for those of us born since the middle of the 20th Century, technology is our go-to answer to every problem. When you think you can invent your way out of any mess, you kick the can down the road. We tell ourselves we'll deal with it later.
Then, when we finally decide a situation like Climate Change must be addressed, it’s natural we gravitate to technical innovation to save us. There’s something sexy about gleaming solar panels, sleek wind turbines, smart buildings, and shiny, new Tesla automobiles.