Forming a community partnership to enhance education in sustainability

Susan Allen‐Gil (Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Liz Walker (EcoVillage of Ithaca, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Garry Thomas (Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Tom Shevory (Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Shapiro Elan (EcoVillage of Ithaca, Ithaca, New York, USA)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To provide an example of how colleges can partner with local EcoVillages to further sustainability curriculum on campus and the educational mission of the EcoVillages, and to strengthen ties with the community.

Design/methodology/approach

Describes four structured courses developed for the Environmental Studies Program, including sustainable communities, sustainable land use, sustainable energy and environmental futures. Additionally, independent research opportunities in wind energy, solar photovoltaics, and GIS/GPS developed as part of the curriculum. Describes numerous ancillary activities that have promoted sustainability across campus and the community.

Findings

Provides information about how to develop educational partnerships with community groups, foster sustainability education on campus, recruit additional faculty involvement, and influence college operations with respect to sustainability.

Practical implications

A very useful source of information for those involved in building sustainability curriculum and linking it to campus operations and community outreach.

Originality/value

This paper describes a unique partnership between a college and an intentional community that serves as a model for other colleges and universities.

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Citation

Allen‐Gil, S., Walker, L., Thomas, G., Shevory, T. and Elan, S. (2005), "Forming a community partnership to enhance education in sustainability", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 392-402. https://doi.org/10.1108/14676370510623874

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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