Community Knowledge

Loras College Examples

Continuity, Accountability, Outreach, and Education (All departments and divisions of the college)

  1. Outreach to Loras alumni
  2. Eco-literacy component of a general education category
  3. Outreach to primary and secondary schools in the community
  4. Annual or bi-annual on-campus conference/panel discussion on “Catholicism and Sustainability”
  5. Partnership with local and regional schools and organizations (e.g., National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium)

SHORT-TERM RECOMMENDATION:

  • Conduct annually a campus-wide, benchmark-driven sustainability audit
  • Implement a campus-wide awareness building marketing campaign on sustainability in time to affect incoming Fall, 2008 first-year class

LONG-TERM RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Assign student projects in classes, where appropriate, which can evaluate current practices at Loras and compare them to best practices (these projects can then be used as part of the recommendations for decreasing Loras’ ecological footprint).
  • Implement student-led initiatives, including regular and ongoing competitions among residence halls, utilizing monthly themes (e.g., recycling, water conservation, energy conservation) aimed at reducing their ecological footprint.
  • Establish a Campus Sustainability Coordinator position and/or embed responsibilities into current positions in appropriate departments that will oversee education and implementation of Campus Environmental Stewardship practices.
  • Establish and find a grant to fund a community garden and make it possible for members of the Dubuque community to grow their own vegetables and fruits; this project could be a demonstration site for internal and external community

City of Dubuque Examples

http://ia-dubuque.civicplus.com/index.asp?NID=1054

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