The university provides transportation resources, recycling bins next to most trashcans in popular student locations, and full time staff working for the Office of Sustainability. However, the many resources provided by the university will not facilitate movement towards the campus sustainability goals if students do not participate. According to the most recent survey on campus, 42% of students at the University of Richmond believe that human activity is causing climate change (See Chapter 1). Still, students do not seem to correlate their everyday actions with rising levels of greenhouse gasses. In order to target students on campus, we have structured an informative and engaging sustainability education module to take place during First Year Seminar classes. This module aims to inform students about the impact their actions have in furthering progress of their campus towards the 2050 goal.
Paper prepared for the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar/Geography Capstone.
Sangree, Anna, Ashley Colón, and Bree Coleman. "Promoting Sustainability to First-Year Students." Paper for Environmental Studies Senior Seminar/Geography Capstone, University of Richmond, April, 2014.