Sustainability and First years: The Representatives of Tomorrow
||Conference Concurrent Sessions: Engaging Students
||Music City Center
|Floor / Room
||Oct. 7, 2013, 4 p.m. Oct. 7, 2013, 6 p.m.
This poster will outline the steps and initiatives that Luther College’s Sustainability Representatives have implemented to introduce and expose first year students to a campus environment that supports sustainable practices. Each year Luther welcomes a new class of approximately 500. For many of these students, attending the fall Zero Waste Picnic or chatting with their hall’s Sustainability Rep during a local food sampling might be their first exposure to sustainability. The first year of college is a formative time in a student’s life. As one begins to explore the impact his behaviors and actions have on the environment, he begins to ask questions about global issues and personal responsibility. This poster will explore the program’s origin and objectives, the present actions and programming provided by the Representatives, and the projected outcome of educating students outside of the classroom through peer to peer interaction--and if this can effectively teach lasting sustainable behaviors.