Fredonia's Sustainable University

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.”


Emissions and your Home April 19, 2010

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Philip Miller
I chose Emissions and your household as my topic for the Earth Week presentation because I wanted to show emission levels on smaller scale. Usually emissions are presented when referring to big businesses or corporations destroying the earth with their capitalistic agenda’s and over usage of fuels and chemicals that pollute the earth. We always fail to see how we take blame in any of the current problems with the environment and pollution. My project goes into depth on a number of different types of emissions and their harmful effects on the environment and our bodies. I also talk about the different emissions and energy sources used on a daily basis in different types of homes in the United States. It was the purpose of my presentation to inform the general public of the following consequences of our actions and what we can do at home to lower our carbon footprint.

Going Green: Campus Edition

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Colleen Fabritus

People always wonder, what can I, one individual do to help the environment? The truth is, the simplest, smallest actions have the greatest effect on the future of our planet. Sure you cannot go out and change our environment in one swift motion, but together in our community, even on our campus, simple steps such as recycling or shutting off your power when unused, will greatly benefit the environment as a whole. Simple things like recycling, carpooling, riding a bike or walking, as well as using less electricity or saving water, etc. Together, these steps with greatly impact the Earth for the better. So get involved, do your part. Remember, even the simplest actions can and will help the environment.

Project: Campus_Recycling Powerpoint


SUNY Fredonia Go Green Website

SUNY Fredonia Earth Week 2010

Hansen, Lexine T. “Recycling Attitudes and Behaviors on A College Campus: Use of Qualitative Methodology in A Mixed-Methods Study.” Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research (2008).

Rapparot, Ann. “Campus Greening.” Current (2008).

Le Ber, Jeanne Marie & Gregory, Joan M. “Becoming green and sustainable: a Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library case study.” Journal of the Medical Library Association (2004).


LEED: Building a Green Campus

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Paul Shephard

I chose to do my Earth Week project on LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  I started off with a broader topic, but throughout my research I came across LEED several times.  I decided that I knew nothing about LEED and that I should do my project on it to not only inform everyone else about LEED but learn more about it myself.  It wasn’t until I was done with my project that I realized how important LEED is to creating a sustainable campus.  By setting a standard for Green Building, LEED encourages college campuses to build more sustainable facilities.  I chose to make a PowerPoint presentation for my project because I believe the PowerPoint format is the best way to get information across.  By combining visuals with content, a PowerPoint is a way for the public to learn about LEED and see some examples of LEED-certified buildings.  The most challenging aspect of my project was local research.  Finding information about SUNY Fredonia’s current LEED projects and future aspirations was tough.  Another challenge was finding up to date facts about LEED.  The LEED program is constantly growing and evolving, and I came across a lot of outdated information about LEED in my research.  In the end, I believe my project is a success and that everyone should learn about LEED.

Project: PowerPoint


Go Green with Fredonia

History of LEED

LEED Ranking System

Chicago City Hall

Leith Sharp Article

Green Report Card

University Commons

Child Care Center

Sustainability Comment


Sustainability: A History

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Sean Lawler

As a history major I thought it would be appropriate and interesting to do a project on the history behind our current environmental situation. I wanted to trace back the roots of our current dilemma with the environment and find the historical causes. I wondered what impacts the Industrial Revolution had and it turns out that we can blame most of it on our technological developments. Also I wondered how much of an effect post World War Two consumerism had and that it was, while intertwined with the Industrial Revolution, a very big cause. I was hoping that by going back and looking at the cause of our problems in the past, we might find a solution for the future. I’ve always liked making power point presentations and I like designing them to stand out to the audience. I find it a good challenge to try a meld images with text to create a memorable presentation. Other than Earth Week here on campus I would probably consider presenting at another environmental conference, gala, or symposium.

Project: Presentation







Hybrid Cars: seperating fact from fiction

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Stephanie Gordner

When I was given the assignment of having a stability project for class two things popped into my head. First was how this effected me and other college students and then I thought of how I really didn’t know what was fact from fiction of what I was hearing from the news. The main thing that I looked into was the Green products that are available and how much money was saved if used. The number of green products was more then I could have imagined, so I focused my studies even more. I looked into an area that most college students have or will need in the future: Cars. I had heard of Smart Cars before the project but once I looked into them there was a lot more then I thought. I discovered that there are four different categories in the “smart” car category. You can view my findings on the hybrid cars in the power point linked below. The power point was something that can be viewed fast and easy so you can get the information you want but not waste a ton of time finding it.

Presentationgreen week presentation

Speech: panel speech


Going the extra mile written by: Rick Newman

A great moment for cleaner cars written by: Sharon Slike Carty

Smart Car History

Factory picture

Ferrante Motor Cars

hybrid picture

Diesel Engine

Engine Enchantments

Ethanol Cars


Sustainable Coffee

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Mark Sonner

I chose this topic because coffee is one of my favorite beverages.  Along with many of my peers, I often rely on coffee for late night studying and staying focused in early morning classes.  When I began to research coffee production, my main concern was about the economic welfare of the small-scale farmers.  However, I quickly realized that there are just as many environmental problems too.  Because of this, I broadened my topic to include environmental sustainability.

Being a business administration major here at Fredonia, economics interests me a lot.  It was interesting to learn about a market with such volatility.  I chose to put my project into a PowerPoint because I felt it would be a clear and professional way to engage the audience in ways a written speech could not.  I kept the sentences small and relatively simple.  Along with every slide is a section of notes.  These notes contain the bulk of my research, and are more detailed than the individual slides.

My main concern about coffee production is that it is less recognized of an issue.  Many people, including myself, buy coffee each morning and don’t think about it’s environmental and economic impact.  My main goal was to enlighten the community to hopefully be more conscientious when purchasing coffee in the future.  Whether people take time to read the notes section or not, I feel they can still get a great sense for the issues, both economic and environmental that we face with coffee consumption.  The audience reading this can get a clear understanding on how to contribute in order to make coffee a sustainable product for the future.

Project: Sustainable Coffee PowerPoint


Geographic Journal.   Vol. 174   No. 3 September 2008 pp. 223-234. Context and Contingency: The coffee crisis for conventional small-scale farmers in Brazil.

Globalization.  Vol 5. Issue 2, p. 231-245.  A Niche for Sustainability? Fair Labor and Environmentally Sound Practices in the Specialty Coffee Industry.

Environmental Encyclopedia. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Shade-grown coffee and cacao. Angela Woodward. Ed. Marci Bortman, Peter Brimblecombe and Mary Ann Cunningham.

Globalization. June 2008, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 247–258.  Linking Consumers to Sustainability: Incorporating Science into Eco-friendly Certification.

CoffeeResearch.org (Marketing)



CoffeeResearch.org (Fair Trade Coffee)