Sustainable Seahawks: The Opportunity for St. Mary’s Eco-Reps


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St. Mary's College of Maryland. Environmental Studies Program

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St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a small liberal arts college that is trying to be more sustainable, and although environmental and sustainability focused education is not part of our core curriculum, the St. Mary’s campus has an opportunity for great improvement. By taking advantage of peer education, the core principles of sustainability could be made accessible to every student without the addition of more classes to the Core Curriculum. By recruiting students to teach other students via an Eco-Reps program, students can engage in discourse about sustainability, and could do so via hands on learning. Interactive learning can be more effective than in-class teaching and can help to build habits that will stay with them beyond their time at college. Also, by taking advantage of the Eco-Reps disparate fields of study, such a program could help to integrate multiple disciplines such that students are made aware of the importance of all disciplines to the cause of sustainability. The research laid out within this report helps to lay the ground work for an Eco-Reps program that can then be organized and structured over the course of the next academic year. After the proper arrangements have been made, the St. Mary’s Eco-Reps program should go into effect fall of 2016.