Complimentary Webinar

The Sustainable Lifestyle: Defined and Explained

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
10am-11am Pacific Time


This webinar will define and explain the sustainable urban lifestyle that can be achieved in the sustainable city. Cities provide the dynamic, social and ever-changing environment that people thrive on. We want to be part of the center of activity, to feel that we “belong” and yet that we are still distinctive. It is in the world’s cities that human potential can be realized—we just need to make sure we don’t destroy the planet while we explore that potential. The sustainable city involves a sustainable lifestyle and a transformation from the consumer society to something else. This webinar will discuss: the changing nature of consumption; fitness and wellness; lifelong learning; the importance of place; the changing nature of work; and the connected world culture. Consumption becomes more oriented toward services, entertainment, travel and experiences and less to possessing manufactured products. Such products become commodities in the sustainable city, providing the necessities of life, but no longer serving as self-justifying goals. Culture and values are far more powerful forces of social change and consumption patterns than regulation.

What You Will Learn:
Participants will:

  • Gain insight into reurbanization trends across the United States
  • Develop an understanding of sustainable consumption and the sustainable lifestyle
  • Learn about the causes and impacts of the sharing economy
  • Uncover the latest trends in cities around the world related to work, health, education and lifestyle
  • Learn about the social context of sustainability, and the role of culture and values

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About The Speakers

Dr. Steven Cohen is the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, and the Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management.

He is a 1970 graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York. Cohen received his B.A. in Political Science from Franklin College of Indiana (1974), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York in Buffalo (1977; 1979). In 1976-77, Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy; in 1978-79, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.

Dr. Cohen is a former policy analyst and consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has severed on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless, Board of Directors of the Willdan Group, Inc., and Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Dr. Cohen also sits on the judging committee for the Yidan Prize Foundation.

Dr. Cohen is the co-author of Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy (2015), The Responsible Contact Manager (2008), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation (2005), Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations (1998), Total Quality Management in Government (1993), and the author of Understanding Environmental Policy (2006, 2014), Sustainability Management (2011), and The Effective Public Manager (1988, now co-authored in its fifth edition). He has written numerous articles on public management, sustainability management, and environmental policy. Dr. Cohen also is a weekly contributor to The Huffington Post.


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