What does it mean to live a sustainable lifestyle?
This fall, instructors in West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will help students explore the personal, social and environmental aspects of making sustainable choices in their every day lives.
“Sustainable Living” will feature field trips, in-class demonstrations and hands-on assignments.
To reflect the many perspectives of sustainability, five instructors from different disciplines in the College will teach the course.
- Cheryl Brown, associate professor of agricultural and resource economics, will cover topics related to consumerism and consumer choices, food and recycling.
- Chris Haddox, visiting assistant professor of design studies, will focus on the built environment by examining site, water, energy, material, and indoor air quality issues. He also will discuss local volunteerism.
- Jim Kotcon, associate professor of plant pathology, will cover sustainable agriculture, assessing environmental impacts, and carbon footprint plus sustainability calculators.
- Chad Pierskalla, associate professor of recreation, parks and tourism resources, will examine outdoor recreation and “leave no trace” concepts.
- Alan Collins, professor of agricultural and resource economics, will discuss energy use and choices, long-term perspectives, and financial planning.
The class will meet from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in 1021 South Agricultural Sciences. Students can register for the three-credit-hour course under Design Studies (DSGN) 293A (CRN 86519), Plant Science (PLSC) 293B (CRN 86415), or Resource Management (RESM) 293L (CRN 86371). For more information, contact Alan Collins at 304-293-5486.