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Maharishi University of Management’s is launching the new Master’s in Sustainable Living program this fall. The program is based on Deep Sustainabilitysm, a new perspective on what it will take for human civilization to not only persist, but flourish. By learning in both the classroom and out in the field, students will gain the tools needed to lead society toward a brighter, more sustainable future. This program utilizes a “Cohort System”, where students go through a set sequence of courses together as a unit. This allows for deeper study of advanced topics and increased bonding for teamwork. Flexible scheduling allows for courses to last from a few days to six weeks or more. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge, skills, and development of consciousness they need to help design, build, and maintain sustainable communities at the local, regional, national, and global levels. They will gain a broad, high-level education they can utilize in any area of industry or community service and become qualified to join the next generation of leaders in moving our world towards a more sustainable planet. The fields of study that are covered in the MA in Sustainable Living include:
  • Advanced Ecological Design
  • Cultural Competence
  • Holistic Community Development
  • Transformative Entrepreneurship
  • Holistic Social Justice
In the first year, approximately half of the time will be spent in working with professors and experts in the classroom or on field trips. The rest of the time will be spent on semester or year-long local projects co-designed and run by students mentored by faculty and the Project Coordinator. Beginning in the second year, students will have the option to work in the field, gaining valuable knowledge and experience specific to their unique interests. They may also do research oriented work on sustainability. Fieldwork opportunities will be presented to students, or students may design their own project. All work will be guided by a mentor and students will be expected to produce a report or thesis of publishable quality. Learn more about Deep Sustainabilitysm by downloading a free "green paper" written by MUM SL faculty member Dr. David Fisher at the Master's in Sustainable Living webpage!

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Flo Bannout, manager of the Sustainable Living department's bike shop, worked with MUM Campus Security to schedule an abandoned bike pickup. With a team that consisted of Rich Dana, Flo and others they were able to pickup 53 bikes around the university's campus! The baseline criteria for choosing the bikes was based on if they had completely rusted chains and 2 flat tires. 20150325_181508The bikes will be held for 10 days. If they are not reported to Campus Security by then, Flo will begin to repair the bikes. The repaired bikes will then be redistributed to students who are in need of them.

By riding a bike instead of driving a car, you can reduce your yearly CO2 emissions by up to 20%! Go green, ride a bike. Contribute even more by building your own DIY Solar Bike Station!

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[caption id="attachment_24901" align="alignleft" width="228"] Climbing the face of the Sphinx wall[/caption] Gregor Kresal spent 30 years of his life climbing mountains until a tragic accident in 2008 in Pakistan led to the death of a teammate and the arduous rescue of another one. Even though he has given up climbing, his expeditions provide a rich source of dramatic material for his movies. “All my movies are real stories, but I like them to be told in my own unusual way,” he said. (more…)

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Following his Seed Starting workshop, Sascha Kyssa of Naturewise Academy held a workshop about starting and maintaining your own vermicompost. During an initial presentation Sascha gave a comprehensive overview of topics such as worm metrics, worm diet and worm bins. Afterward he gave a demonstration by showing the group one of his own vermicompost bins. The mix of technical knowledge and hands-on interaction made for a fun, dirty, wormy and engaging experience. Learn more about vermicomposting first-hand by enrolling in the BA in Sustainable Living at MUM.

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[caption id="attachment_24766" align="alignleft" width="219"] Example of the MUM Achievements Newsletter (click to expand)[/caption] The first batch of MUM Blogletters has been sent out to interested parties, informing them of the newest things that have been happening on our campus. (more…)

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Green Iowa Americorps is currently offering a free Coursera class on Introduction to Sustainable Development. (more…)

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Videos from the recent Vedic India conference are now being posted online. The videos document the historic 3-day International Conference to Re-establish Ideal Vedic India held in New Delhi February 20–22 that featured many top Indian and international scientists and Vedic leaders. Videos can be found on the YouTube channel, on the website, and on Facebook.

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A newly formed student club focused on the needs of veterans has been meeting twice a month and has been organizing community service projects. (more…)

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Students in the David Lynch MA in Film are gearing up to film their final projects, with some even starting production late last month. (more…)

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Students and others will be able to experience Maharishi's India, the deep ancient Vedic culture that exists today, on a forthcoming tour Jan. 11 to Feb. 16, 2016. (more…)

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