Introduction to Sustainable Living


As part of its goal to promote a more sustainable future, the Sustainable Universities Initiative (SUI) through the School of the Environment offers U101 instructors the opportunity to have a "Sustainable Living" presentation given in their class.  The presentation, given by graduate students, is an interactive exercise and will include such topics as worldwide sustainability, population growth, and environmental impacts of consumption and waste.  The goal is to stimulate thought and discussion on these issues. 

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. 

For instructors interested in scheduling a presentation for your class please contact:

Hillary Sparks

Graduate Assistant

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