FSU

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.

Projects:

Oe Web page

pamphlet

Links:

NOLS

BUOE

Outward Bound

Wilderdom

Fredonia College Lodge

 

Sustainability of Public land April 19, 2010

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James Parker

I chose the topic of Sustainable public land because one of my favorite things to do is spend time enjoying nature. I often take hikes in the woods and also enjoy taking nature photos. One thing that I often notice while on nature trails is the trash and litter that people leave behind. This lack of consideration really bothers me. It’s one thing about recreational land use that I wish would be changed. I Decided however to make the topic a little more broad than nature trails and made it encompass all forms of public land such as campsites,parks, and beaches. I had wondered what the main issues are with trying to sustain public land and also what part we can play to help as users.  While some issues of sustainability are based on natural things such as weather and conditions of trails and campsites, most of the issues spawn from human use of the land. Some examples are Fire pits, clearing of forests, litter, and improper waste disposal. Luckily however, there are some simple things we can do to reduce our negative impact of nature.  The Bureau of Land Management created some guidelines for public land users to refer to in order to reduce their impact on public land. I mention these in my brochure as well as provide links on the reverse of my brochure. I decided to go with the brochure format because I felt it was the simplest, most straightforward way to present the most important information and try to interest people in my topic. I figured that a brochure would convey enough information to get people interested as well as potentially look into the issue more on their own.

Project:

sustainability brochure

Links:

http://www.imba.com/resources/science/index.html

http://www.angelfire.com/ia3/camping/blm.html

http://www.greystonenaturepreserve.com/iWeb/greystonenaturepreserve.com/%20Welcome.html

http://www.fredonia.edu/gogreen/earthweek/communityevents.asp


 

Everyday Reusable Items

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Purdue Universities Sustainability Pack

Greg Rood

As a student at Fredonia I can understand the difficulties in trying to become more sustainable.  Everyday students are bombarded with the “Go Green Initiative” but most of the information being thrown at us we either already knew, or don’t have the time to commit to be able to pull off the feats they are calling for.  This is how I arrived at my project.  I wanted to research an easy way that we can all be more sustainable without having to change our lifestyle too much.  That is where reusable items comes into play.  When doing research, beyond figuring out how we can get rid of disposable items in our day to day activities, I wanted to see if I could find a campus that has thought this through.  In doing so I found that Purdue University has a sustainability pack (above image) that includes many reusable items that I have in my pamphlet.  I choose to do the pamphlet because students have so much to worry about nowadays with everything they are doing (e.g. grades, friends, extracurricular’s) that sitting down and devoting 30 minutes to reading literature on sustainability doesn’t seem to plausible.  So utilizing brief  facts and shiny colors I put together an informative pamphlet that is an easy read and has many easy to follow instructions.  Also I felt as though mass distributing pieces of paper promoting sustainability seemed a bit self defeating so I plan on attaching this pamphlet in an email and having all the Residency Directors on campus email it out to their residence.  I believe this to be a sufficient step forward to greater sustainability.

Project: Reusable Items Pamphlet

Resources used:

  1. Recycling Guide
  2. Reusable Items vs. Disposable
  3. Landfills
  4. Purdue Universtiy
 

Energy Sustainability April 16, 2010

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By: Emily Urckfitz

The general thoughts of many when hearing the words “Go Green” and “Sustainability” are reducing, reusing and recycling. These concepts can be applied to many areas of consumerism. My interest of conservation is energy use. The question “What powers our technology and our world?” astonished me into this research. Energy is used constantly throughout the world, each and every day. Modern society has taken advantage and depended on this grand energy source that we are now over consuming what we really need. My project is aimed at making people stop and think about all of the technology energy they use, how to reduce this use and to consider living a simpler lifestyle.

Research for energy conservation began with library sources including data base articles, websites and electronic books. When researching on conservation for University Living I found that the Fredonia “Go Green” site has an Energy Subcommittee section which gives many tips on reducing energy use in different settings. This find led my research into finding more tips of conservation and my project objective shifted to making the site more well known (if I am a student and just found the site based on having to do research, other students should become more aware of it too!).

A pamphlet is what I composed my ideas onto. The format allowed for multiple sections of information to be on it including pictures and would be an easy-read and access. The information within the pamphlet is a simplified version of what energy is, different sources of energy and what can be done so that the reader does not become overwhelmed. The audience is people on campus therefore it could be available online on the blog site or even have a laminated version available in the bookstore, in the University Commons pamphlet section, at the William’s Center and in Resident Halls. Res Life could even make the pamphlet part of the website for incoming students.

Project: 4Sustainability Pamphlet1

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