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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ei Expanding Horizons into Health Impact

In July Susan Grider Montgomery, Zero Waste Zones Program Director, presented and facilitated a discussion on "Going Local in Food/Energy/Health:  Methods, Measures and Strategies" at the 2011 Society for Values in Higher Education Conference hosted by Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL.    One of the conferences focus areas was Planning and Sustainability.

Founded in 1921, the SVHE maintains an important mission:

The Society for Values in Higher Education is a fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues—such as integrity, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility—facing higher education and the wider society. We believe that such values call for study, reflection, discussion, and action. We pursue these activities through publications, projects, regional gatherings, and an annual national meeting.
Jo Margaret Mano of SVHE &
Susan Montgomery
It is organizations like the SVHE that vet out the challenges facing our civilization and educate on the possibilities.  Through higher education, our future leaders benefit from the wisdom of the preceding generations while maintaining the enthusiasm necessary to create solutions for forthcoming generations.

Susan's 2011 sessions were the evolution of a 2010 competitive paper review at SVHE on sustainability.  This year's presentation and discussion on health economics and sustainability underscores the idea we must go LOCAL to go GLOBAL.  The time is now to address LOCAL HEALTH, which is focused on illness prevention and health risk reduction. Local food plays an integral roll in establishing a healthy local community.
Susan facilitating lively discussion
In November Susan deepens her health focus with a guest lecture presentation at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

It is an honor for Elemental Impact to join Susan's journey of embracing the importance of health economics and the health impact of our choices.  This fall Ei Consulting plans to announce the addition of health economics and impact to the list of offered services.  Stay tuned!

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