Sustainability in Action

Building momentum and resources for a new service-learning course at Vanier College


This blog is intended as a source of information and inspiration for those participating in the development of a new universal complementary course, entitled Sustainability in Action. The course is interdisciplinary and will cover a wide range of  topics through the lens of sustainability. A core component of this course is a hands-on, service-learning project to engage students in their local community.

The course was offered for the first time in Autumn 2014. Student projects for that semester were oriented towards the Vanier College Environmental Assessment and campus biodiversity. For a sampling of course outings and collaborations refer to the 2014 S-i-A highlights.

Mark Cohen (English) and Richard Klopp (Architectural Technology) received release time in 2013-2014 to jointly develop and deliver this course for the first 3 years.

The blog is a work-in-progress and will be fully update in the summer of 2015. Click the following links for more information on the learning activities, pedagogical influences, course development timeline, and class partnering strategy.

Students interested in taking the course please sign up by June 5 to preregister. Fill in the form here. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Sustainability Major.

Teachers and others interested in partnering on the project theme, please see the request for proposals and project related posts and get back to us with your ideas.

All members of the Vanier community are welcome to contribute. Use the JOIN US or RESOURCES tabs above.


Vanier College disclaimer: This personal website is operated under the The Acceptable Use Policy of Vanier College Information Technology, Computing Resources and Computer Facilities.  The authors are solely responsible for the content. Neither the content nor the links to other web sites, are screened, approved, reviewed or endorsed by Vanier College.

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