March 19, 2007
College Eight wins sustainability award
College Eight's Sustainability Project won the Outstanding Project Award
given by the American College Personnel Association at its annual
conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes exemplary cocurricular
initiatives that significantly impact the educational experience of first-year students.
The Sustainability Project complements the core course, Environment and Society,
by engaging each first-year student in a learning experience that directly connects the student
to the environment. Students participated in community learning settings and reflected
on those experiences in the core course.
• Waste Watchers
- focusing on recycling initiatives
• Hidden Connections within Food Waste
- students collected, composted,
and tracked food scraps from the Oakes/College Eight Dining Hall
• Harvest for Health
- students harvested and ate food from the UCSC
Farm prepared by dining hall chefs
• Jump to the Dump
- students visited the local waste-management
transfer station to see and understand where and how waste gets transported.
The project was led by Heidi Lewin and Joy Pehlke, college program coordinators,
in partnership with Tim Galarneau from the Student Environmental Center.