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Working Group > Environment

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Member Campuses  |  Resources  |  Organizations  |  Issue Briefs

Foundation Staff:  Miriam Barnes


Member Campuses      link to campus issue profile and lead contact name with email address


Working Group Q/A






Resources     training & educational resources  |  readings  |  websites, blogs, etc.


Regional & National Organizations  current or potential partner organizations

  • National/International Non-Profit
    • 350.org: is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand.
    • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
      • 6/25/09 — AASHE released a 356-page report that compiles campus news on sustainability in 2008. Among AASHE's findings are that, in the last year, more than 66 sustainability-focused academic programs were created, at least 13 sustainability-themed research centers were opened and plans for 33 more were announced, and more than 130 green buildings were planned, started, opened or awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The Digest chronicles progress in the United States and Canada.
    • Campus Climate Change initiative: The Campus Climate Challenge is a project of Energy Action Coalition, a group of over 30 youth organisations throughout the United States (US) and Canada. The Challenge leverages the power of young people, through collective advocacy and action, to organise on college campuses and high schools across Canada and the US to establish 100% Clean Energy policies at their schools. The Challenge is working - through interpersonal communication, community organising, and online interactivity - to grow a generation-wide movement to stop global warming, by reducing the pollution from high schools and colleges down to zero, and to lead North America to a clean energy future.
    • Eco Teach: At EcoTeach, we provide ecology-oriented expeditions to Costa Rica for student groups, individuals, families and learners of all ages.
  • Government
  • Other Categories of Groups
    • Extension Offices: 
    • Farmer's Markets and Community Garden: 
    • Parks and Recreation offices (local, state, federal):
    • Public Works Departments and other relevant city offices
    • Science Departments
    • Watershed groups 


PolicyOptions.org Issue Briefs

  • National Issue Brief
  • Local Issue Brief(s)


From the group (not sure if this should be moved to policyoptions.pbwiki.com) 

  • Policy Options Issue Brief: Local Foods
  • Goal Statement: Fresh Local (and ideally organic) Food for All... (Campus, CP's, Public/Private Schools)
  • Scope of the Problem: On av. food travels 1500 miles to our plate, thus contributing to our fossil fuel use, disconnect with food source, links to farmland preservation, mult-national corp. vs. local economies, preservation of cultural food traditions, etc. accessibility (economic)
  • Past Policy:
  • Current Policy:
  • Policy/Program Models: Working w/ getting food stamp access @local farmer's markets, Local Fod coordinator position within campus food service, utilizing agriculture program to provide food directly to campus,
  • Key Organizations/Individuals: Oberlin New Agrarian Center - City Fresh, Farmers Markets, Progressive G. Store Chains, Local Grocery Stores, Partner w/ local food banks, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (marketing/advocacy group), Second Harvest (does reg. research on hunger issues), culinary Institute,  Kids Count, school garden project, Lynchburg Grows, sustainable seafood initiative, 4-H, Heiffer International,  FFA, Co-op ext.
  • Glossary: Local - w/in 100-150 miles


 Summary of Campus Issue Profiles 

 Types of Service  |  Academic Work  |  Education & Training  |  Capacity Building  |  Deliberative Democracy 


Specific Issue Areas

  • Air Quality
  • Clean Water
  • Deforestation
  • Energy Use
  • Environmental Racism / Justice
  • Greening and Recycling
  • Food Production / Local Foods
  • Health (Environmental Links)
  • Land Preservation and Use 
  • Recreation
  • Resource Protection
  • Species Protection
  • Sustainability


Types of Service   short-term  |  ongoing school year  |  summer

One-time and Short-Term

  • Clean-ups (roads, highway, parks, rivers, waterways)

  • Conservation programs, such as distribution of water bottles and conservation materials to campus/community
  • Construction of eco-friendly transportation (bus stops) or other infrastructure using recycled materials

  • Labeling for conservation purposes (light switches, energy use of buildings)
  • Mountain-top removal site visits 
  • Outdoor trips with service projects
  • Recycling programs
  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Tree planting and gardening 


Ongoing School Year and Site-Based Teams

  • Clubs & Organizations

    • Adopt-a-Highway
    • Eco Teams (work at Farmer’s Markets with community gardens and food production)
    • On-campus Light Bulb Brigade
    • Recycling Programs & Campus Greening


  • Course-based service and research
    • Cost effectiveness study of ‘going green’ or alternative energy sources (solar, wind)
    • Repeated service-learning projects in relevant courses (Environmental Studies, Biology)
    • Transportation Options for a particular community or city transit 



  • School-based programs:
    • Environmental curriculum (students teach about invasive/exotic species or environmental conservation)
    • School-based gardens
    • Eco-trails


  • Site-based Teams include:
    • School-based programs
    • Team taught courses in Environmental Studies with ongoing service component
    • Train-the-trainer programs on campus


Advocacy & Direct Action

  • Community Forums with stakeholders to raise awareness and plan sustainability programs
  • Recycling Club public education activities
  • Presentations to city councils and community bodies 
  • Policy research and advocacy (such as DePauw's Environmental Policy Program)


Summer and Other

  • January Term Projects
  • International environmental internships (sustainable tourism, reforestation, habitat protection, biodigesters)
  • Internships with relevant governmental agencies or groups


Academic Work   courses  |  service-learning  |  CBR and policy research   |  departments and institutes

Courses and Programs of Study 

  • Civic Engagement Certificate incorporating sustainability coursework/service (Oberlin, UAA)
  • Environment & Society Program (University of Alaska Anchorage)
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Science 
  • Environmental Studies
  • Recreational Leadership (incorporates environmental action, Ferrum)


Departments and Institutes

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry
  • Political Science
  • Sociology


CBR and Service-Learning Projects 

  • CBR project with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth; designing and implementing community energy survey (Berea)
  • CBR project with Sustainable Berea to develop an energy transition plan for the city of Berea based on the Transition Town model
  • "Writing Wilderness" course (Davidson)
  • Winter Term in Service course on environmentally sustainable tourism (DePauw)


Education & Training   forums  |  workshops  |  reflection activities

Some sources for workshop materials (in addition to resources on websites linked above) are: 


Other ideas for forums and reflection activities include:


Campus and Organizational Capacity-Building   training  |  fundraising  |  resource development

  • Some campuses (e.g., Warren Wilson and DePauw) have adopted significant initiatives to integrate sustainability and environmental issues into the education and practice across the campus, including "Sustainability Coordinators" whose job is to monitor energy usage, recycling and so on.
  • Campus food services can be actively involved in promoting sustainability, local foods, and other related issues (Oberlin has great examples)
  • Campuses can organize and host community conversations with many individuals, organizations, and other stakeholders. 


Research, Policy Analysis, Deliberative Democracy   evaluations  |  policy research  | issue forums  |  advocacy

  • This area needs to be developed (drawn from Campus Profiles) 


Contacts   staff  |  faculty  |  students  |  community partners (local, regional, national)

  • Add names and emails of relevant individuals/organizations 


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