Presentation Title

Show and Tell (and Make a Difference): Community Sustainability Space at ERAU

Presenter Information

Carlos SosaFollow

Campus

Daytona Beach

Status

Student

Faculty/Staff Department

College of Arts & Sciences

Student Year and Major

Senior, Human Factors Psychology

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Presentation Description/Abstract

While there have been minimal initiatives at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University regarding increased sustainability; those that have been developed focused on decreasing the direct carbon footprint of the University. The aim of this proposal is to reduce said footprint by acting as an example, both for students at Embry-Riddle as well as around the world. Doing so is to be accomplished through the coordination, production, and continued upkeep of a Community Sustainability Space (CSS). Generally a CSS is an area of campus devoted to facilitating sustainability focused education often utilizing features incorporating community outreach, utility, research projects, and leisure areas. Preliminary data, gathered via a survey released to Embry-Riddle students, showed that the most desired features and uses were gardening, leisure, education, and research. Additional data collected via surveys, interviews, and meetings with university administration/sustainability space planners in other universities is informing decisions on perceived student benefit and guidelines on leadership structure and further planning. Investigation into different technical methodologies is being used to recommend manageable production and maintenance of the CSS. This poster will provide guidelines outlining social and technical approaches to facilitate these efforts at ERAU. The subsequent production of this space will show how sustainable activities can be enjoyable and beneficial, and give students a sustainability-conscious mindset and knowledge. This mindset should influence a cascading positive effect on sustainability worldwide as students take the mindset with them into their future endeavors.

Keywords

Garden, Arboriculture, Community, Sustainability, Mindset

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Show and Tell (and Make a Difference): Community Sustainability Space at ERAU

While there have been minimal initiatives at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University regarding increased sustainability; those that have been developed focused on decreasing the direct carbon footprint of the University. The aim of this proposal is to reduce said footprint by acting as an example, both for students at Embry-Riddle as well as around the world. Doing so is to be accomplished through the coordination, production, and continued upkeep of a Community Sustainability Space (CSS). Generally a CSS is an area of campus devoted to facilitating sustainability focused education often utilizing features incorporating community outreach, utility, research projects, and leisure areas. Preliminary data, gathered via a survey released to Embry-Riddle students, showed that the most desired features and uses were gardening, leisure, education, and research. Additional data collected via surveys, interviews, and meetings with university administration/sustainability space planners in other universities is informing decisions on perceived student benefit and guidelines on leadership structure and further planning. Investigation into different technical methodologies is being used to recommend manageable production and maintenance of the CSS. This poster will provide guidelines outlining social and technical approaches to facilitate these efforts at ERAU. The subsequent production of this space will show how sustainable activities can be enjoyable and beneficial, and give students a sustainability-conscious mindset and knowledge. This mindset should influence a cascading positive effect on sustainability worldwide as students take the mindset with them into their future endeavors.