Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability - ALM

Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability - ALM

Marilyn Waite Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability The 22nd International Conference of Adults Learning Maths (ALM) "Opening Our Mathematical Eyes" Sunday, July 12 to Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center | 5000 Seminary Road Alexandria, Virginia 22311 The Age of Sustainability Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Sustainability Clarified Sustainability in Business SURF Framework Government Policy & Sustainability Seeing Numeracy in Sustainability Issues My Water Energy Waste Food Travel Take Action Marilyn Waite Sustainable Development Definitions Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. WCED, 1987 A creatively ambiguous phrasean intuitively attractive but slippery concept. -Mitchel, 1997

An obligation to leave behind a generalized capacity to create well-being. -Solow, 1993 Meeting the needs of all generations, present and future, while improving their well-being through social, economic, environmental, and intergenerational efforts. Waite, 2014 Marilyn Waite Sustainable Development vs. Sustainability Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Sustainable: An Adjective Sustainable Development: A Path Sustainability: An End Goal Marilyn Waite

Sustainability in Business Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Marilyn Waite SURF Framework Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Marilyn Waite SURF Supply Chain Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability (1) Raw Material (Bamboo ) (2)

Bamboo Fiber (3) Bamboo Yarn (4) Bamboo Cloth (5) Bamboo T-Shirt Marilyn Waite SURF Supply Chain Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability

How do the products in the supply chain measure when it comes to: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Water Use (Efficiency, Recycled, Rainwater) Energy Use (Efficiency, Low Carbon, Renewable) Land Use (Ecological Footprint, Soil Quality) Transportation (Distance, Pollutants, Renewable) Materials (Biodegradable, Recycled, Sustainably Harvested) Waste (Composting, Cradle-to-Cradle, Re/Up-Cycling)

Pollution (Air, Land, Water) Labor (working conditions, fair wages) Long-term Profit *Non-exhaustive list Marilyn Waite The Age of Sustainability Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (20052014) Sustainability is a political choice, not a technical one. It's not a question of whether we can be sustainable, but whether we choose to be - Gary Lawrence, Director of Seattle Planning Department, USA Sustainability is here to stay or we may not be - Niall Fitzgerald, UK CEO, Unilever This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet.

Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands - President Barack Obama (2008) Failure to reverse trends that threaten future quality of life will steeply increase the costs to society or make those trends irreversible - European Heads of State and Government, Gothenburg, 2001 Marilyn Waite Sustainability in Government Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Please click here to start video. Marilyn Waite Numeracy Concepts in Environmental

Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Sustainability The art of counting ecologically, I think, is understanding numbers relative to the things we ultimately value" in Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Issues, Robert A. Herendeen, 1998 Mathematical Structures Numbers Algorithms Ratios Shapes Functions

Data Marilyn Waite How is numeracy present in this short film? Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Please click here to start the film from the Rainforest Alliance. Marilyn Waite My Water Bill A Poll Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability What % of Earths Water is Freshwater? ( 2% | 20% | 50% ) How much water is used to make ONE newspaper? ( 7 L | 70 L | 700 L ) Do you conserve more water by taking a bath or a shower?

( bath | shower ) Marilyn Waite My Water Bill Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Participants underestimated water use by a factor of 2 on average. High numeracy scores were associated with more accurate perceptions of water use. US NAS - Perceptions of Water Use - 2013 Marilyn Waite

Water Infrastructure Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability N OM FR G KS H I N O S I BO UBL EW P A IW S u sta in a b le W a te r R e so u r ce s in th e B u ilt E n v iro n m en t

Sustainable Water Resources in the Built Environment covers elements of water engineering and policy making in the sustainable construction of buildings with a focus on case studies from Panama and Kenya. It provides comprehensive information based on case studies, experimental data, interviews, and in-depth research. The book focuses on the water aspects of sustainable construction in less economically developed environments. It covers the importance of sustainable construction in developing country contexts with particular reference to what is meant by the water and wastewater aspects of sustainable buildings, the layout, climate, and culture of sites, the water quality tests performed and results obtained, the design of rainwater harvesting systems and policy considerations. A uth o r: M a rily n W a ite The book is a useful resource for practitioners in the field working on the water aspects of sustainable construction (international aid agencies, engineering firms working in developing contexts, intergovernmental

organizations and NGOs). It is also useful as a text for water and sanitation practices in developing countries. Table of Contents Introduction, Sustainable Construction in the Developing World, Objectives and Scope, Motivation for Objectives, Roadmap; Background on Water Aspects of Sustainable Buildings, Water Quality Indicators, Rainwater Harvesting in Developing Countries, Summary/ Lessons Learned; Background on Wastewater A spects of Sustainable Buildings, Wastewater Systems Presented in Panama Case Study, Wastewater Systems Presented in Kenya Case Study, Summary/ Lessons Learned; Panama Site and Water

Management Practices, Description of Study Area and STRI Building, Potable Order online at Water and Wastewater in Bocas del Toro, Municipal Potable Water in Bocas del Toro, Water Management at STRI, Conclusion; Water Quality Testing at Panama Site, Rainwater Harvesting Water Quality Experiment, Rainwater Harvesting Experiment Results; Kenya Site and Water Management Practices; Description of Kenyan Climate and Water Resources, Description of Study Area, Water Management in Laikipia near Mpala Research Centre; Water Quality Testing at Kenya Site, Rainwater

Harvesting Water Quality Experiment, Rainwater Harvesting Experiment Results; Designing Rainwater Harvesting System in Kenya; Policy Considerations and Conclusions,Similarities and Differences between Case Studies, Feasible Low-Cost Technologies, Policies that Encourage Sustainable Building Water Practices ISB N : 9781843393238 A p ril 201 0 248 p ag es, P ap erb ack I W A M em b er s P r i c e: 6 3 .0 0 / U S $ 1 1 3 .4 0 / 8 5 .0 5 F u ll P rice:

8 4 .0 0 / U S $ 1 5 1 .2 0 / 1 1 3 .4 0 www.iwapublishing.com Further information and order form overleaf Marilyn Waite My Electricity Bill Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Participants underestimated energy use and savings by a factor of 2.8 on average. Higher numeracy scores were associated with

more accurate perceptions. US NAS - Public Perceptions of Energy Consumption and Savings - 2010 Marilyn Waite My Waste Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Imagine you are driving in your car and every mile you drive you throw a pound of trash out your window. And everyone else on the freeway in their cars and trucks is doing the exact same thing, and people driving Hummers are throwing two bags out at a time - one out the driver-side window and one out the passenger-side window. How would you feel? Not so good. Well, that is exactly what we are doing; you just can't see it. Only what we are throwing out is a pound of CO2 - that's what goes into the atmosphere on average, every mile we drive. - Chemist Nate Lewis Marilyn Waite

My Plate Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Marilyn Waite Travel Tourism Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Tourists consume double the amount of water when on vacation Travel & Tourism sector represents 5% of global carbon emissions 17 kg of carbon emitted per room day for hotel stays 3.5 kg of waste generated daily per cruise ship passenger compared to 0.8 kg normally

Marilyn Waite Take-home Message Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability For years it was easier to busy myself with metaphors of multiplication than to contemplate imminent environmental catastrophes. But over time, I have realized that I cannot be a genuine educator and also avoid the greater challenges that will confront my students in the future - MOSHE RENERT Sustainability in Numeracy Numeracy in Sustainability Smart Labels

Ecolate Marilyn Waite Thank you. Numeracy as a Prerequisite for Sustainability Contact Me: @WaiteMarilyn www.marilynwaite.com [email protected] We cannot solve environmental or societal issues without knowing the numbers Marilyn Waite Marilyn Waite

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