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Infusing Sustainable Living Education Modules into
the College Curriculum
Julie A. Bixby, Elizabeth Locklear, Sarah VanWye,
LaQuina Fulton, Patricia L. Jerman and Bruce C. Coull
Students developed a thirty minute presentation
entitled Sustainable Living to target undergraduate students at the University
of South Carolina. The presentation was offered in a variety of classes
on campus as well as in residence halls and other informal settings.
Sustainable Living is a dialogue-friendly interactive exercise, given by
students to students, which has been very well received. In the last
year, we reached approximately 250 students on campus.
The presentation begins with an overview of worldwide sustainability
issues. Population growth trends are demonstrated using a world map
with dried beans used to indicate individual population size. The
discussion then focuses on the environmental impact of consumption and
waste across cultures (i.e. the United States has approximately 5% of world’s
population but uses 25% of the world’s resources). Students are asked
to calculate their own ecological footprint
as an introduction to a discussion of how each person affects the earth.
The discussion which follows can focus on local issues, personal choices,
or plans for future action.
This education module has been incorporated into classes covering
most academic disciplines at the University, allowing sustainability education
to reach large numbers of students on campus without making curriculum
changes or adding new courses.
Graduate students teach a U101 Sustainable Living Module.
Prepared by: Kim
Document URL: http://www.sc.edu/sustainableu/SustainLivingPres.htm
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