Imagination Envirostation: An Applied Environmental Sociology Graduate Course Service Learning Project
For the spring 2010 semester, our class has partnered with some fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from Hammond Eastside Upper Elementary School to implement environmentally sustainability projects at their school as well as to educate and enhance skills in these areas. In the project, we put theory and methods into practice while making sure that the elementary students take the lead in decision making and project implementation. After utilizing focus groups in the early weeks of the semester, we began two projects planting native trees in flood prone areas of their playground and strategically placed rain barrels to gather roof rain water for use in watering school plants, lower the amount of municipal water the school uses and to further mitigate run-off and flooding. Impacts of project on students will be measured and findings will be presented by the graduate students at the 2010 Mid-South Sociological Association annual meetings.
The link to our blog which keeps track of the project’s progress is http://imaginationenvirostation.blogspot.com/