NCLC 210: Sustainable World

NCLC 210: Sustainable World
Photo Taken at Environmental Studies on the Piedmont (Depicts: Right to Left) Rachel Sausville, German Perilla, and Aly Rayner

Andrew Wingfield, an associate professor in New Century College at George Mason University, uses service-learning as a pedagogical tool in his course, NCLC 210: Sustainable World, which focuses on how to make campuses and communities more sustainable.  

Service Options

Students are provided a list of local service opportunities related to sustainability, to which they dedicate a minimum of 25 hours of service. Some past examples have included:

  • Working in one of three on-campus gardens
  • Working with the Office of Sustainability to welcome and facilitate the Sustainable Living Roadshow
  • Helping the Office of Sustainability collect building data to benchmark campus energy use, compare this to national averages, and reduce energy use in each building
  • Working with Lands and Waters at local elementary and middle schools to create natural
                                                                    habitats to be used as “living classrooms”

Learning Connection

Course work involves both the intake and output of new ideas, including:

  • Readings and discussions on the impact of transportation, architecture, and food (including success stories from other college
  • Reflection papers connecting experiences at service sites to the readings
  • A final presentation summarizing and relating service experiences to both course readings and in-class discussions