The Sustainable Indiana Project is an exciting new partnership between the Anthropology Department; the Center for Appalachian Studies; and a local grassroots community organization, the Coalition for a Healthy County (CHC). Everyone is invited to the Downtown Indiana Theater at 6:00 p.m. on December 6 to watch a film on the project, share your views on sustainability, and enjoy light refreshments.
The partnership developed from the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP), which engages students and regional citizens in posing answers to the question, "How can we build a sustainable future for Appalachian communities?"
The project teaches students and communities about the work of the Appalachian Regional Commission, its strategic goals, and its state and local partners. The 2012 ATP students met with the CHC steering committee at the beginning of the Fall semester to begin a collaborative project with the goal of building a foundation of data that can lead to asset-based sustainable development in our region.
This project involved a survey of CHC individual members regarding cultural and environmental assets, perceptions of environmental risks, and priorities for working towards a sustainable future in Indiana county. The survey will help to identify specific places of concern in the the county community that may be the target for future brownfields remediation projects conducted by CHC and partner organizations.
The second aspect of the "envisioning sustainability project" involved video interviews with organizations that are members of CHC and groups they work closely with on issues of sustainability. These interviews explored their vision of sustainability in Indiana County and the efforts of their organization to achieve that vision. Nine Anthropology students presented on this research at the annual Appalachian Teaching Project Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 30–December 1.
For more information, contact Amanda Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.coalitionforahealthycounty.wordpress.com.