During the spring 2011 semester, the ENVS 187 Campus Sustainability course focused on effective assessment and communication about campus sustainability. This Service-Learning course was co-taught by Ralph Stuart and Anna Mika with help from Eco-Reps coordinator, Steve Posner, and Transportation Research Center Masters student, Aaron Witham.
The students went on various field trips on and around campus to learn about campus operations and the initiatives surrounding sustainability related to those topics. Field trip topics included: LEEDTM buildings; existing/historic buildings; lab buildings; Davis Center; solid waste and recycling; hazardous waste; grounds; Eco-Reps; Clean Energy Fund; transportation; Dining Services; and Central Heating & Cooling Plant.
Each group of students worked on two Service-Learning projects for their topic. For the first project, the students summarized the sustainability initiatives surrounding their "Aspects" topic including: Buildings, Energy, Transportation; Dining Services; Waste; Eco-Reps; Grounds; and Academics. Their final product included both a Wiki page and an academic-style poster with maps, an organizational chart of people at the university who contribute to and those who "deal" with the aspect, and which STARS credits relate to the aspect. See the posters below.
The second project was a media representation that communicated a message, in an effective and interesting way, to the UVM community as well as the public. These are also posted below.
Energy Group: Poster