Students engage in service projects in NCLC 210

Students engage in service projects in NCLC 210
A service-learning student works in Mason's native plant garden

The students in NCLC 210: Sustainable World, a course taught by Professor Andrew Wingfield in New Century College, are engaging in a variety of sustainability projects both on and off campus. 

Twenty-six students in the class are connecting their service experiences to the course topics, related to the multiple dimensions of the concept of a sustainable world.  A few examples of their projects include: 

  • Working with the non-profit organization Lands and Waters and local schools to provide natural habitats right on school grounds. These natural areas are known as “living classrooms” and provide elementary and middle school students with the opportunity to see science, nature and conservation first hand.
  • Working with the Office of Sustainability to welcome the Sustainable Living Roadshow, a traveling group of educators and entertainers focused on spreading the word about the importance of a sustainable life.  This will be the largest Mason held sustainability event to date.
  • Growing and harvesting a variety of edibles in Mason’s own organic vegetable garden.
  • Helping the Office of Sustainability to collect important building data to enable Mason to benchmark its buildings’ energy use, compare the buildings to national averages, and reduce energy use in each building.

Jen Beidel, who has enjoyed several service-learning courses and is now the teaching assistant for service-learning related aspects of this course, remarked about the benefits of students sharing their experiences working on these different projects, "the students are able to learn from each other about a variety of ways to contribute to a more sustainable world."