Fredonia's Sustainable University

Outdoor Education: Choosing the right program April 21, 2010

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Brian Dolan

Outdoor education is a relatively new form of education and it has caught on quite rapidly here in the United States. This is important because we are in a world that has us growing further and further away from nature. I think that youth need to be brought back into the reality of our environment. We are very much still a part of the natural environment.

I had my outdoor education experience this past fall when I went on a NOLS course to New Zealand. The experience changed my life. I was relying on myself and others to survive in the wilderness for 75 days. I was challenged beyond what I ever thought I could achieve and the learning environment really put the lessons in perspective. I have so many stories about the good and bad times I had and I would not change anything that happened on that trip.

This is why I feel it is important for students to have access to the different types of programs available. There are so many options for outdoor education you need only explore your resources to find the right one for you.


Oe Web page





Outward Bound


Fredonia College Lodge


Outdoor Education and your students April 20, 2010

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Hattie Childers

I chose this topic because I was involved in an outdoor education program in my senior year of high school. The program I was involved in provided me with opportunities to work with students in a classroom and help me discover my strengths and weaknesses. The trust and responsibility I was given in this program helped many of the other students and I bloom before heading off to college. While doing my research I was not surprised to find that many of the studies and programs the articles were on were not in America. The one I did find was on a program called NOLS and provide some very helpful information. At first I was not sure how to present the information I had found and after some thought and talking to others I decided that a PowerPoint would be the best way because it could have the information I wanted in it and I could be talking to provide more information. I also think that just being outside you become more aware of your surroundings and what it takes to keep them the way you are experiencing them. The more students know about the earth and how to take care of it the better off we will be. When the upcoming generation is motivated than maybe they can continue to motive generations after them and we can learn to green up the world.

PROJECT; powerpoint: Outdoor Education: Why it should be considered

PROJECT; Dialog for earth week PowerPoint


“Learning in the Outdoor Environment: a Missed Opportunity?”

“Preparing Facilitators for Experiential Education: the Role of Intentionality and Intuition.”

“Student Learning in Outdoor Education: A Case Study From the National Outdoor Leadership School.”

“Preparing Facilitators for Experiential Education: the Role of Intentionality and Intuition.”


Sustainability in Early Education – Lesson Plan April 19, 2010

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                            Riley Schwartzott

I decided to create a lesson plan because I was curious to see what other teachers were doing to teach sustainability and I wanted to contribute. Being an education major I think it is crucial to teach children about sustainability early. They’re impressionable, willing to learn, and can find it exciting (if you make it exciting.) That was my goal; to create a lesson plan that was fun and informational. I think sustainability should be something taught by every teacher in elementary education. I decided to gear my lesson towards water bottles and the harmful effects on yourself, and the environment you live in. First students will start off my completing a KWL. A KWL is a group participating method of pre-assessing what student’s know, what student’s want to know, and what they’ve learned. After that students will view a PowerPoint presentation about recycling, the harmful effects about the re-use of plastic water bottles, and the harmful effects of not recycling on the environment. After the lesson is done students will take part in an activity in which they create their own safe to re-use water bottles. I also thought to help afford the materials needed for this activity students could take the week and recycle aluminum, glass, and plastic they have at home to help fund for their new water bottles. I think teachers and schools assume sustainability is just part of a science curriculum but in fact it is a part of The New York State Standards for all curriculums.  I feel that all teachers should be including lesson plans concerning sustainability in their year round curriculum. Therefore I created a lesson plan to show how a little bit of creativity and research can create a fun way to teach the “Green Movement.” This is something that should be being taught to every child in school.


Pedagogy About Sustainability in Education


Sustainability Lesson Plan

Persuasive Section – Sustainability Lesson Plan


Teaching Sustainability to Our Children

Teacher Help

Where to Buy Sports Water Bottles in Bulk

Where to Buy Glass Water Bottles in Bulk

Template – Previous Education Class

All About Water

Dangers in the Re-Use of Water Bottles


Math and Sustainabilty

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Kyle Persons

 I chose to do my research project on education and teaching students and teachers how to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable.  I took the approach of a high school math teacher teaching a lesson on mean, median, and mode.  By creating a lesson plan integrating both the outside world dealings with sustainability and a common math lesson teachers and students should have no excuse when it comes to reducing their footprint.  The way we think and do things as children sticks with us as adults as bad habbits.  If more and more children learned about the dangers of CO2 emissions more of them would work to reduce it.  With out a general knowledge of what it is how can young students attempt to fix it.  I believe as teachers it is our responsibilty to inform and teach students not only the curriculum given to us but use real world examples to further their knowledge and make it more meaningfull.   

Project: What is a carbon footprint?


Fredonia Site

What is carbon footprint

Plastic Bottles

Carbon Footprint Calculator

How to reduce your carbon emission


Going Green; Teaching Green

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Meghan Ras

The idea of sustainability is everywhere and is becoming exceptionally popular especially on college campuses. I chose to look further into how colleges are taking steps toward becoming “green” and also teaching the ideas of being sustainable. I thought that it was important to look at SUNY Fredonia as well and the ways were moving towards greening the campus as well as raising an awareness of sustainability.

I found that there are a lot of schools around making an effort to practice sustainability and are continuing to do so by setting goals and making plans for future efforts. While researching I narrowed down 5 schools thought to be “most sustainable” and compared them to Fredonia. What I found is we are definitely working hard to becoming a more green campus, but Earth Week is one of the only times students are seeing this.  I think that is important for colleges to teach and practice sustainability all year-long for the most effective results. I also found that schools who taught courses and had majors pertaining to environmental studies were more sustainably aware and therefore were taking more efforts to being green and to saving our planet. It is becoming increasingly important to be practicing sustainability and college campuses all around the world can either be a good or bad influence, and Fredonia can be part of the good influence!

Project: Going Green PowerPoint

Sustainabilty slides

Sources: Top 5 Sustainable schools

Berkeley College

St. John’s University

Colleges add green studies, Classes fill

Sustainability field booms on Campus


Sustainable Theatre April 18, 2010

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Joshua S. Jansen

I chose my topic after a considerable amount of traveling through the world of what sustainability meant to me. I started out thinking I was going to write about sustainability solutions that were out of the box ways to deal with problems. However, I found that I could not connect with this as well as I should. So my next step lead me to take the project in to the realm of theatre because I have worked with theatre since an early age and I am going to make it my career.

When it came time to do research I found it a difficult to find professional information on theatre sustainability. In fact it seemed more like the Professional theatre world was more concerned with staying afloat financially than trying to be green. This lack of professional information drove me to question why old Broadway had not yet adopted greener habits. So I went to interview One of my theatre professors here at SUNY Fredonia who not only has a great deal of knowledge about teaching students to be actors but also a great deal of insight into the world of professional theatre having been in the business for many years. My Interview with him answered many questions but also left me hungry for more. I had a hard time believing that no theatres were taking the green challenge head on. So with some more digging I came across the website of a man who had set up a documented plan for making regional and High School theatre more sustainable. This eventually lead to the uncovering of the Broadway goes green and green theatre initiatives. Both of these programs focused on the professional world of theatre and making it more green encompassing not only reusable materials but  sharing the resources and already created goods. Also many theatre buildings themselves are being designed to use less water, power and other resources to support the cause.

This research surprised me because I spend a considerable amount of time following the professional theatre scene and had never heard about these programs and from talking to my peers and a few professors they had not heard about it either. In order to raise awareness I decided to present my project as a guest speaker presentation for high school students because they are the professionals of tomorrow and because I eventually hope to teach theatre to high school students and produce shows that cast off the dark notions of high school theatre.

This project has information that is universal while covering a spectrum of global and local concerns. This wide range of audience applicability gives the project a flexible style which could be portrayed in a magazine article or even as a web page of its own.

Project: community project sustainability


The Green Theater

The Green Theater Initiative

Gideon Banner and the Green Initiative


The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts

Broadway Goes Green

Interview with Thomas Loughlin professor of acting and directing at SUNY Fredonia.