Engaging all UGA students in campus sustainability programs
In 2014 the Ray C. Anderson Foundation awarded a grant to the University of Georgia to create a university-wide culture of sustainability around campus streams. This program builds on ongoing work by UGA and Athens-Clarke County to restore Lilly Branch and Tanyard Creek, two degraded tributaries of the Oconee River, by adding related education modules to undergraduate classes and providing research and outreach opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.
The aims of the program are to build excitement, inspiration and momentum around a common vision; encourage innovation in experiential learning in the classroom and research/design labs; foster cross-disciplinary thinking and problem-solving skills as students identify, interpret, critique, assess, and implement solutions to real problems; and thus better equip future leaders to advance sustainability. This is a broad effort led by the UGA Office of Sustainability and the RBC.
Funding: Ray C. Anderson Foundation, $43,000.
RBC Personnel: Laurie Fowler, Elizabeth Gardner, Scott Connelly, Seth Wenger
For more information: www.watershed.uga.edu