Sustainability in Action (IDS 4942) enables students to blend theory and practice by putting their knowledge of sustainability to work. It provides classroom instruction with experiential learning and research opportunities. As individuals or in teams, students create and implement practical means to foster social, ecological, and economic sustainability. Students enrolled in Sustainability in Action have gained hands-on experience in a wide array of projects and organizations, including:
- Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival: A student worked to develop and promote this important community resource.
- Community Weatherization Coalition: Students improved weatherization and energy efficiency for those in need through education and energy auditing
- Civic Media Center: While interning for the CMC, a team of students developed an awareness raising event designed to bring attention to the benefits of locally grown food.
- Edible Plant Project: Volunteers at EPP created a new seed bank of locally growing vegetation and worked on a city-wide project to plant edible vegetation in public spaces.
- Florida Organic Growers: Students have worked on the farms at the farmers market, and on the development of projects for low income families.
- Florida’s Eden: Interns worked at this nonprofit organization that protects Florida’s rivers and springs and promotes a thriving local economy and artistic community.
- Indigo Green Store: Indigo sponsored a team of interns to run life-cycle analysis on green products and compete in a local recycled-goods competition.
The mission of Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) is to protect the
natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around
Alachua County, Florida. ACT protects land through purchase, donation,
conservation easement and bargain sale. Needs purchase, landscapers,
outreach organizers, web designers, and researchers.
- Tacachale: A team of students worked to an organic garden for residents of Florida’s largest home for the developmentally disabled.
- Friends of Paines Prairie:
Connect community with natural spaces and promote the conservation and
sustainble management of our parks and recreation landscapes.
- Swallowtail Farms:
Locally produced organic farming in Alachua county. From farm to table
festivals, and farmers market experience.
- Abundant Edible
The mission of Abundant Edible Landscapes is to help people transform
their yards into paradise gardens that provide food and create
connections with the natural world.
Our mission is to inspire curiosity and help our children connect with
the natural world. We introduce children to the intricate and fragile
natural connections that make up the Tuscawilla Preserve, historic
Micanopy’s own “Mini Paynes Prairie.
Sustainability in Action has also provided opportunities for students to strike out on their own projects. These students developed a Sustainability Pledge for graduating seniors, researched the economic and environmental benefits of home weatherization, and created three non-profit organizations.