Through the Northern Arizona Model
Since its inception in 2000, CSE has been engaged in a number of
international conferences and field projects in developing countries to
advance grassroots innovations in sustainability.
particular, our continuing engagement in on-the-ground projects with
the Seri Indian communities of the Sonoran Desert coast in Mexico has
provided our staff and students means by which to gauge whether our
concepts and technologies can be transferred from rural Arizona
communities to developing countries.
To be sure, each locality and
culture expresses different contexts that we must carefully understand
if sustainability is to be advanced at all.
Nevertheless, it is clear that our work on Indian reservations and in
economically depressed rural towns in the West presents us with
realities far more on par with those in developing countries than what
institutes in Washington DC, San Francisco, or Phoenix typically deal
more than half the world's population will live in cities, potentially
becoming increasingly disconnected to our natural environment and less
aware of the ecosystem services that support them.
It is important that these populations have healthy models of livable
cities rather than emulating the unplanned urban sprawl of Los Angeles
and Phoenix that is so consumptive of land, water, and energy. That is
one reason the Center for Sustainable Environments has partnered so
strongly with Friends of Flagstaff's Future and the Greater Flagstaff
Economic Council -- to demonstrate means of enhancing the livability,
sustainability, and connectedness to the landscape still evident in
the greater Flagstaff area.
reach across several borders. This international extension of our
efforts reflects our core values and goals. Some of our projects
Islands in Danger of Being Loved to Death:
Documenting the flora and fauna of the Bahía de los Ángeles, a
project led by CSE's Patty West.
Desert Tortoise Research in the
land of the Comcáac
A project that has trained indigenous para-ecologists in biological monitoring
and safeguarding traditional knowledge of tortoises, sea turtles, invertebrates, and
fish in on Seri tribal lands in Sonora, Mexico.
Seri Indian Projects in
Conservation and Health
Blending time-honored indigenous knowledge
with modern sciences for a sustainable future, this project was led
by Dr. Laurie Monti with assistance from Gary Nabhan and Patty West.
Indian Sea Turtle Conservation Efforts
Win International Conservation Award
In February, 2005, the Seri project sponsored by CSE
was awarded for their
work in Sea Turtle Conservation. At the same time, they had a
traditional leatherback hatchling release ceremony, the first in
decades, to celebrate the release and safe return of hatchlings to
Gary Nabhan was the keynote speaker at the Society for the
Protection of Nature, a project
intent on "sowing the seeds of reconciliation" among Israeli and
Palestinian seed savers and farmers.
Third International Biennial Conference,
“Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities: Sustainable
June 8-11, 2004 in Monterrey, Mexico
Stalking Oregano in the Wilds of Mexico
Few American gourmands realize that most of the oregano they use to
spice up sauces, meats, salads, and vinegars – whether they be Greek
or Mexican in origin – are hand-harvested from wild habitats.