Everyone is welcome – NWEI’s open to the public online discussion course will take place beginning May 9! –

The Northwest Earth Institute is offering an eight-session online discussion course, using our Choices for Sustainable Living coursebook. The online CSL course will be facilitated by the staff of Northwest Earth Institute.

Sustainability is a complex and somewhat contradictory concept, but at its best represents the hope for a healthy, just and bright future for us all. Choices for Sustainable Living provides participants with a powerful opportunity to explore sustainability more deeply and envision a sustainable world from individual, societal and global perspectives. We will be using the online EcoChallenge action platform to help participants discover new ways to make change more possible and powerful, both individually and together.

To register, please click on the button to the right. Further details on readings will follow upon registration. Click here to see a sample of the discussion course book that will be used for this online course.

WHEN: Starting Wednesday, May 9th through June 27th. Participants will meet weekly at 9am PST / 12pm EST for eight, interactive hour-long course sessions using the Northwest Earth Institute’s online meeting service. Participants will need to be online on a computer for the course meetings, where you will view slides accompanying our discussion.

COST: $45, which includes your required course book and access to our online Choices EcoChallenge team.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Participants will:

  • Explore various meanings and visions of sustainability.
  • Consider the ties between their own lifestyle choices and their impact on Earth.
  • Commit to actions that help create ecologically sustainable organizations, lifestyles, and communities.



As the Director of Learning, Lacy oversees the development of NWEI’s Discussion Course books, EcoChallenge, and educational materials. She also provides services and training to faculty and staff in higher education throughout North America. One of Lacy’s favorite parts of working at NWEI is inspiration—being inspired by people’s stories of action and change, and being able to develop curricula that inspire some of those actions and changes.

Before joining NWEI in 2011, Lacy worked for seven years in higher education administration, teaching and research, at Greenville College and at Portland State University. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on Leadership in Sustainability Education from Portland State University. She has been a director at the Zahniser Institute since 2010. When not at work, Lacy enjoys her weekly trivia team, epic board games, and playing with her puppy, Huey. She also loves all aspects of food, from tending her backyard garden to creating inventive recipes with whatever ingredients she has on hand.

For more information: call (503) 227-2807, or email contact@nwei.org