ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND ACTION
Environmental Advocacy is much more than simply advocating. To be effective, you must also take Action, and although "enthusiasm" goes a long way, volunteers and professionals alike need a wide range of skills in order to make a lasting impact. This includes planning successful events, running effective meetings, communicating science, writing grants, accounting & mind-numbing IRS paperwork, avoiding burn-out, and dealing with the media, volunteers, government and people who don't agree with you. It can be overwhelming even to those who know what to expect! And don't forget about the actual goal: Making a difference. This course covers the "inner workings" of environmental advocacy. We go beyond the slogans, logos, direct mail, and big events to study what's behind the nonprofit world, what it takes to succeed at the grassroots. Speakers from the Pittsburgh environmental community will share their experiences, concerns, and perspectives most weeks, and a wide range of readings and assignments are designed not only to have students take a deep look, but to experience some of this world, too.