108A Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210
**Note to Potential Graduate Students: I am currently not taking on any new graduate students until Fall 2014.
I am studying the communication of food system sustainability by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization through multimedia. My research is focused on the the interplay of power and legitimacy in global communications entities like the UN and how existing structures may inhibit or support progress towards a more sustainable global food system. I am especially interested in the use of new and multiple forms of environmental communication including GIS mapping, info-graphics, and video.
"Many environmental writers tell us to connect. The issue is more about regrouping: reestablishing some functioning fantasy that will do for now, to preserve our sanity. Yet this is radically impossible, because of the total nature of the catastrophe and the fact that there is no script for it (we are "still here," and so on). It's like waking up: it becomes impossible to go back to sleep and dream in good faith. The ecological disaster is like being in a cinema when suddenly the movie itself melts. Then the screen melts. Then the cinema itself melts. Or you realize your chair is crawling with maggots. You can't just change the movie. Fantasizing at all becomes dubious." -Timothy Morton
Graduate Research Topic
Perceptions of Smart Grid and discussion of energy systems after Superstorm Sandy.
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." (Einstein) "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." (Aristotle)
Sean Vormwald is the director of sustainability at Onondaga Community College (OCC) where he works with campus stakeholders to implement sustainability-related programs throughout OCC. His role includes integrating sustainability into campus operations, encouraging sustainability-related curriculum development, and coordinating educational outreach programs. Prior to his position at OCC, Sean provided sustainability consulting services for municipal, non-profit, and business clients through his company, Sustainable Transitions Inc. He has also worked for several non-profit organizations where he managed environmentally-focused public outreach campaigns. Sean is currently a PhD student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry studying environmental communication. He earned a master's degree in communications and a bachelor's degree in environmental studies at Ithaca College.
Graduate Research Topic
Energy-related behavior change on college campuses