University of Vermont

Ecological Design Collaboratory

Ecological Citizenship – NR 16

Ecological Citizenship (NR 16) one-credit course taken by second-year students at GreenHouse Residential Learning Community after successfully completing NR 15 during their first year. The Ecological Citizenship seminars provide students with valuable opportunities to participate in design-build projects using local materials and to work with community partners on real-world projects featuring valuable skills for success in a world of complex problems that require people of diverse backgrounds to work together.

With the mentorship of local craftspeople and community leaders, the NR 16 seminars are an introduction to woodworking, cooking with local foods, engaging in leadership on and off campus, practicing wildcrafting, and other traditional skills. Woven into this skills-based fabric are reflective opportunities to explore our individual identities and roles and what it means to be citizens within our communities - Who do I want to be in this community? How do I cultivate the courage to act on my beliefs and create the world in which I wish to live? What can I contribute?

The tentative line-up of Ecological Citizenship Seminars for 2015-16 includes Food Systems, Yoga, Spoon Carving, Leadership, Bike Repair, Fire, Maple Sugaring, Winter Camping, and Medicinal Plants.

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