PSU Environmental Literacy Project Featured in NWF Campus Ecology Yearbook

January 27th, 2006 by Adam

Once again, students, faculty, and staff remind the nation of the energy, passion and ingenuity they bring to the tasks of healing our environment and economy.

The nation’s leading conservation education and advocacy group recently released the 16th edition of the Campus Ecology Yearbook for 2005. The current edition includes 56 case studies from more than 40 higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada focusing on conservation and sustainability projects ranging from examining biodiversity on campus, to recycling and waste reduction, to environmental literacy. The campuses featured in the Yearbook are enrolled in the Campus Ecology program at NWF.

Among the 56 projects highlighted in the new edition of the Yearbook, an environmental literacy project implemented by the Plymouth State University (PSU) provides a striking example. The University Environmental Committee (UEC) and the student group, Common Ground, developed a project to raise environmental awareness on campus. They chose “Go Green! Sustainable Campus, Sustainable World” as the title of their project. The “Go Green!” logo was printed on reusable insulated mugs which were distributed to new students and members of the faculty and staff, and were also available for purchase. Those who had the mug received a discount on beverages at the snack bar and coffee shop. The logo was also printed on Frisbees used as plates for campus cookouts. The project also included guest speakers and a panel discussion focused on the topic of “Environmental Justice,” environmental workshops, and collaborative planning for Earth Day activities. This project was conducted with support from the UEC and Common Ground. The project participants would like to give special thanks to Common Ground President, Karen DeWitt, and Bill Crangle, the Vice President of Financial Affairs.

Published each year since 1989, NWF’s Campus Ecology Yearbook is the only publication of its kind in the U.S. The 2005 projects are available online along with previous year’s entries sorted by project topic and state and archived on NWF’s Campus Ecology website. The case studies include information on the campus’ project goals, successes and challenges, funding strategies and contact information for the project leader and the campus. According to PSU, “The Campus Ecology staff, especially Kristy Jones, provided crucial assistance in helping us organize the three successful workshops that we held on campus on March 9 and 10 [of 2005].” Kristy Jones, NWF’s Manager of Campus Climate Action and Education replies, “PSU’s environmental literacy project provides a national example that other campuses in the U.S. and abroad can follow. We are excited to be able to document and help share PSU’s commitment to conservation and stewardship with a broader public.”

NWF’s Campus Ecology program is currently working with more than 200 campuses on projects that address climate change and protect and restore wildlife and wildlife habitat. Campus Ecology provides project support, recognition, resources, speakers, campus-based fellowships, and internships for graduates. The website address is: www.nwf.org/campusecology. Campus teams generally enroll as members and apply for recognition or fellowships early in the school year.

The nation’s largest member-supported conservation education and advocacy group, the National Wildlife Federation, unites people from all walks of life to protect nature, wildlife and the world we all share. The Federation has educated and inspired families to uphold America’s conservation tradition since 1936.

The 2005 Campus Ecology Yearbook was funded in part with the support of the Kendeda Sustainability Fund of the Tides Foundation.

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