Earth Ethics Institute was conceived and started
in 1989 as a program of the
Environmental Demonstration Center, a
unique project housed on the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus.
Conceived in 1976 by Mac Smith, The Environmental Demonstration
center prospered and housed several programs:
Center; a Landscape Center;
a Tropical Lifestyle Center; and a Nature
1989, Smith and Norma Watkins
established an additional program at the Center,
the Environmental Ethics
Institute (EEI), which offered credit and non-credit courses
in Earth Literacy. In 1992,
after Hurricane Andrew, the Environmental
Demonstration Center continued as the Environmental Center and
independently of the Center, the Earth
Ethics Institute became
a college-wide academic initiative with a mission of infusing Earth
Literacy in all academics of the college.
Since its inception, EEI has been a catalyst for introducing
administrators, faculty, staff and students at Miami Dade College to
the new way of thinking called "Earth Literacy." Grounded in the
profound implications of the story of the evolution of our
14-billion-year-old universe and the developmental process out of
which the Earth and all life emerges, Earth Literacy fosters respect
for Earth and life in all its diversity.
Earth Ethics Institute provides resources, workshops, and programs
for the Miami Dade College community that encourage the integration
of the knowledge, values and skills needed for a sustainable way of
life into all practices and disciplines.
EEI fosters an awareness of global interdependence,
ecological integrity through biological diversity and the natural
processes that sustain life.