Presentation Title

Promotion of Student Engagement in Sustainability at ERAU

Campus

Daytona Beach

Status

Student

Faculty/Staff Department

Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology

Student Year and Major

Senior, Human Factors Psychology

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Presentation Description/Abstract

Opinions and perceptions on global warming are widely dependent on an individual’s location, community, and personal experience. While some are greatly aware of the long-term effects of global warming, others do not perceive it as a harmful phenomenon. As more students take the initiative to start environmental and sustainable projects, assessing student awareness is important to evaluate the impact of existing projects and actions taken by the ERAU community. From the preliminary survey data collected, students think that global warming will harm future generations but are somewhat neutral on whether they are worried about global warming. The students were concerned about the lack of effort shown by ERAU to be sustainable. After evaluating ERAU students’ responses to the Six Americas Super Short Survey (SASSY), we propose that the ERAU community participate in the Campus Race to Zero Waste competition. The international competition between over 200 universities provides many opportunities for the ERAU community to actively participate in being sustainable and form sustainable lifestyle habits. The poster will show how the school can compete in the food organics reduction competition which involves promoting a more sustainable campus. This competition promotes more sustainable methods by having schools measure food donated to other people or animals, along with measuring food used for composting and biofuels. Participating in this competition will benefit ERAU by resulting in a higher level of excitement and involvement from the students.

Keywords

Sustainability, Awareness, Higher Education, Food Waste, Engagement, Competition

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Promotion of Student Engagement in Sustainability at ERAU

Opinions and perceptions on global warming are widely dependent on an individual’s location, community, and personal experience. While some are greatly aware of the long-term effects of global warming, others do not perceive it as a harmful phenomenon. As more students take the initiative to start environmental and sustainable projects, assessing student awareness is important to evaluate the impact of existing projects and actions taken by the ERAU community. From the preliminary survey data collected, students think that global warming will harm future generations but are somewhat neutral on whether they are worried about global warming. The students were concerned about the lack of effort shown by ERAU to be sustainable. After evaluating ERAU students’ responses to the Six Americas Super Short Survey (SASSY), we propose that the ERAU community participate in the Campus Race to Zero Waste competition. The international competition between over 200 universities provides many opportunities for the ERAU community to actively participate in being sustainable and form sustainable lifestyle habits. The poster will show how the school can compete in the food organics reduction competition which involves promoting a more sustainable campus. This competition promotes more sustainable methods by having schools measure food donated to other people or animals, along with measuring food used for composting and biofuels. Participating in this competition will benefit ERAU by resulting in a higher level of excitement and involvement from the students.