Environmental Education 32nd Conference
Dr. Lynn Hanson and Ms. Lisa Pike attended the North American Association of Environmental Education October 4-11, 2004. They presented the results of last year’s Mercury Project (funded by SUI) at a one-hour session in the ‘joining together: partnering in EE’ strand on Friday Oct 10th at 10 am. The presentation, in paper format, will be included in the NAAEE 2003 conference proceedings. The proposed paper and the Powerpoint presentations from the 3 conferences attended this year are included in an enclosed CD.
The conference was a wonderful experience – including environmental field trips to Portage Glacier, Seward, Denali, and Eagle River as well as an Alaskan Native Cultural Center. The talks and presentations and poster sessions were informative and good contacts were made. One fellow presenter told us that our talk was the best he had seen so far at the conference! I think that we got two messages out to the folks in NAAEE – one, a message about the concerns with mercury in freshwater and two, a message about how to involve students in research about real life / current events environmental problems. The students enjoyed the project and learned a lot of both science and communication techniques.
Mr. Fred Kunz, Superintendent of Grounds Maintenance attended the September Greening the Campus V conference in Muncie Indiana (Frank Braddock, physical plant, was at the last minute unable to go). Fred reported that the meeting was great fun and educational. He said that he learned a lot, and was pleased to find that Francis Marion University was already on the aggressive end of landscaping with native plants and that FMU was also doing several things “right” like composting yard trimmings. Fred mentioned that many of the talks were aimed at larger projects that FMU is currently unable to do because of budgetary constraints, like wastewater treatment and green sewage but that a few talks were applicable here, such as talks on recycling. Fred says that the main problem at FMU, which he heard was a problem at many other schools as well, is one of getting the head of the university to be strongly and aggressively pro-environment. He cited our current “clear-cut” where new dorms are being built as one project that, given strong encouragement from the right people, wouldn’t be as environmentally unfriendly as it is now. Basically Fred enjoyed learning about some new things to do at FMU, was able to meet with like-minded individuals who offered a lot of support and commiseration, made some good contacts, and got good feedback from conference providers.
Extra funds – since Frank Braddock was unable to attend – were used, with Trish Jerman’s permission, to hire work- study students to enter data from the mercury surveys (Bio 103 course development grant) into the computer. This is not quite finished yet, but will be soon, and the marketing class in Spring 2004 will analyze the results and make them available to DHEC as well as to the biology and English classes who will again do an interdisciplinary project using mercury contamination as the main topic.
I attended the certification class the
week of August 18-22, 2003. I passed the exam and have just received an
RAB-accredited certificate in the mail. The course was very informative,
especially the interaction with other participants from a variety of industries.
We studied the
Since completing the course, I've been
invited to several area industries to discuss implementation of an ISO
14001 EMS. I hope to be helping some of them with implementation and/or
training over the next 12 months. I have also conducted a 3.5 hour workshop
for 94 Tri-County Technical College students in the Industrial and Engineering
I'm having a great time with this new area of instruction, and hope to continue having a positive impact on our students and organizations in the SC Upstate.
My original plan included travel to Atlanta, Baltimore or Nashville to receive the accredited training. However, through networking (and patience), I was able to register for the course in Greenville, thereby reducing the costs for the training and travel expense.
The environmental reporting course developed over the summer of 2003 is being taught for the first time this semester at Francis Marion University.
The course was offered as Critical Issues in Mass Communication (MCOM 430), and eight students enrolled. Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
Mass Communication Department Chair Don Stewart and I agreed that there is sufficient need for the course and that enough interest exists by our students to permanently add this course to our catalog.
Therefore, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, Professor Stewart and I sought and received permission from the FMU Academic Affairs Committee to include this course in our regular offerings. The course will be listed in the FMU catalog as Environmental Reporting (MCOM 406). Professor Stewart and I believe that enrolment is likely to increase after the course appears in the catalog under its new name.
We expect to again offer Environmental
Reporting during the spring semester of 2005.
Prepared by: Kim Buchanan
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