Development of an Education Program for Enhanced Learning of Sustainability

TitleDevelopment of an Education Program for Enhanced Learning of Sustainability
Faculty/College/UnitLand & Food Systems
StatusCompleted
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2006
Completion03/31/2009
Funding Details
Year 1: Project TitleProgram Development for Enhanced Experiential Learning of Sustainability
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2006/2007
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorAndrew Riseman
Year 1: Funded Amount47,000
Year 1: Summary

This project will enhance student learning by developing student-centered curricula using modern pedagogical techniques focused on creating a campus-wide sustainable food system. The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) provides agriculture, food, and health-related learning, research, and community service programs at the 24-hectare USC Farm on South Campus. The Centre's range of existing interdisciplinary programs and its varied landscape provide an excellent venue to meet the growing student need for more experiential learning, community service learning, links to research, and connections between theory and practice.

This project will achieve its objectives by hiring student leaders to engage faculty, community members, and their peers to facilitate field activities for existing credit courses, integrate new directed studies, develop internship and research opportunities on the site, and involve students with new and existing community service projects.

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2007/2008
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorAndrew Riseman
Year 2: Funded Amount41,100
Year 2: Summary

This project will achieve its objectives by hiring student leaders to engage faculty, community members, and their peers to facilitate field activities for existing credit courses, support a new practicum course, host a symposium, integrate new directed studies, internship, and research projects on the site, and involve students with new and existing community service projects. The project builds upon the successes of the 2006/07 season with a new focus on providing in-depth experiences for a greater number of students.

Year 3: Project YearYear 3
Year 3: Funding Year2008/2009
Year 3: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 3: Principal InvestigatorAndrew Riseman
Year 3: Funded Amount45,000
Year 3: Summary

This project will achieve its objectives by hiring student leaders to engage faculty, community members, and their peers to facilitate field activities for existing credit courses, support a new practicum course, host a symposium, integrate new directed studies, internship, and research projects on the site, and involve students with new and existing community service projects. The project builds upon the successes of the previous two seasons with two new foci: (i) Food and Climate Change, and {ii) an enhanced Agroecology Practicum.