Our work is driven by our conviction that contemporary environmental challenges will be solved only through persuasive and creative communication (written, spoken, digital, and visual). In other words, rhetoric has a vital role in imagining a more sustainable future and in persuading others to work towards that future. Our major initiative is an expansive sustainability blog, SUSSingSustainability@Stanford which is a forum for sustainability-related ideas, projects, opportunities, and reflections. We’re based in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) and also supported by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Sustainable Stanford, School of Earth Sciences, and the Woods Institute for the Environment.
We are proud co-sponsors of the Art & Science of Sustainability, a colloquium that brings artists, writers, and scientists together whose work engages with sustainability. Featured participants include: Wes Jackson (President of the Land Institute and author), Scott Sanders (fiction and non-fiction writer and author of over 20 books), Krista Detor (singer and songwriter), and Mark Feldman (Director of Stanford University Sustainability Scholars). The events will include a round table discussion, performances, as well as hands-on workshops in which Stanford students will have the opportunity to work on their own ideas with each of our guests and more information can be found here. Please mark your calendars and register for the workshops here.