Center for Energy & Environmental Education
University of Northern Iowa
Action to Enhance Sustainability part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
This assignment is a 10-hour, out-of-class project where each student designs and carries out an action plan to enhance sustainability. Students select from a large suite of alternative actions, most of which can be quantified for reductions in CO2 and energy consumption, as well as in dollar savings. Students prepare a detailed log of their work, and calculate the benefits accrued from their action using data provided by the EPA and examples from lecture notes. Students realize from this first-hand experience how significant their individual actions can be in favorably impacting the environment, and how their actions are linked to global sustainability problems. This project has proven to be very popular with the students, and they are frequently amazed by their calculated results. One of my students worked with a business in saving 14,930 kWh and almost 15 tons of CO2 per month, with a cost saving of more than $1,000 per month.
Visioning a Sustainable World part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Courses
Students will learn why the present industrial system is unsustainable, and envision key attributes of a sustainable society. The class creates a sustainable vision based on study and conversation about renewable energy systems, low-input and organic agriculture, sustainably designed cities, new sustainable products inspired by nature, emerging strategies for sustainable businesses, and restoring and maintaining ecosystem services.
Teaching Sustainability: Students & Professors part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Bill Stigliani, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa My approach to teaching an introductory course in sustainability is to help students envision a sustainable future they ...