Final Day: Presentations & Finishing Up

For our final meeting

1. Each group presents project outcomes. You can use your poster as the presentation reference.
  • start with your Theory of Change framework / plan
  • detail challenges, changes, and “scrappy” characteristics of your effort
  • summarize the results
  • reflect on
    • did the theory (theory of change framework) help; positives and negative
    • biggest challenges of the effort
    • proudest moments
    • saddest moments
    • pearls of wisdom for future students in this class with similar projects

2. Input and Thoughts from LLI Group

3. Forward

  • practical details for the near future
    • summer efforts required?
    • documentation organized for Fall ’23 work (Kahlil, Logan)

3. Hugs and tearful goodbyes

Tuesday, May 2 10-1pm: Posters in Atrium (with Remote Sensing Projects)

  • Please attend whatever parts of this you can
  • LLI invited!
  • I think there is lunch
  • I think HS councellors are invited. Maybe some other dignitaries

Tuesday, May 9 at Noon: the final write up: details on Evaluation page

For Monday, April 17

May Move Out and Green Week are happening!

Each ENVS 399 group is working on the following: 

1. Each group completes a week-by-week agenda thru the end of the semester for completing their work. This should be done by the end of class on Wed., April 12. Important to document any details that need to be settled. Judy has orders coming in, and can supply students with a credit card for in-person purchases.

2. Get going on the projects!

3. LLI & Group Excursions on Monday, April 17: The students will prepare for short rambles to some of the sustainability highlights on campus. Several groups will stay on the old campus (bioretention cells, storm drain net, Delaware Run restoration, etc.). The Chimney Swift tower group will walk over there (or drive if need be). One group is going flower shopping (Natives in Harmony). These excursions are completely optional and intended to take up the first hour of the meeting. The second hour is focused on continued work on the projects. Sustainability campus map.

4. Plan to have a small poster (about 19″ x 24″) for your project (draft) by next week Wed., April 19 for Krygier to review. We’ll use this in the Tuesday, May 2 session with Dr. Dr. Rowley’s Remote Sensing course (10am-1pm).

Finishing up ENVS 399: Spring 2020

It was an interesting semester…

To wrap up the semester please create a new posting for this blog and include the material in part 1 below. In addition, write up a brief reflection on the course (part 2). Send part 2 to Krygier (don’t post).

Due: Friday, May 1, 2020 @ 10:11pm (or sooner)

I believe you will be asked to do an online evaluation of the course for this spring (via email, by the University, not me). Please do that evaluation!

  1. Create a new posting on the Blog
    1. Briefly comment on the readings we did prior to starting work on projects early in the semester. Just a sentence or two for each, with your thoughts.
    2. Update (if needed) and link to your summary of the project work you did prior to spring break, and the pandemic break. You should have created and posted this material already.
    3. Summarize your work post-spring break, on the Earth Day Week efforts. Please reflect on the impact of the events, and ideas for making them work better (in hindsight).
  2. Create a reflection document and send to Krygier
    1. One paragraph or so: Review Reading 14 (I don’t believe we got to discuss this) which is about¬†Assessing Your Environmental Values (this is part of the new ENVS 100.1 course). Jot down a paragraph about your own environmental values, using the terms and concepts on that page. How do your efforts in this class relate to these values?
    2. One page or so: your thoughts on the course, its structure, and the way we worked out the goals (projects) both before and after the apocalypse. Document 3 things that worked well, and 3 that could use some work and/or ideas for what the course should focus on. Your suggestions for next year are very much appreciated.
    3. One page or so: Assess what you did and your role in the class. Review the rather broad and impossibly deep course learning objectives (on the class syllabus) and reflect on the role each played in the course, in general, but with attention to your own personal efforts. Describe if you believe you achieved these learning goals in this course. If so, describe specifically how you put these goals into practice in the course. If not, describe why you did not meet the learning goals. How do you think this course could have better prepared you to reach unreached learning objectives? Do this with the entire class in mind, including before and after spring break: I realize that many of the course plans went out the window, so just do your best in this section.
    4. What do you want for a grade in this course? Why?

Sustainability Practicum 2017: Wrap Up

Finishing Up The Spring 2017 Semester

We waded in and made progress this spring. To wrap things up please do the following and get it to me by Tuesday May 9:

1. Project Reports

  • Reusable Food Containers
  • Perennial Gardens Project
  • May Move Out
  • Sustainability Activity Courses
  • Campus Sustainability Plan

For each report (about 3 pages) compile the following:

  • work and research completed
  • key contacts
  • organize the Geog 499 Spring 2017 shared folder for the individual project, make sure the Project Report will help future students take over this project; make sure all materials created (posters, artwork for stickers, etc.) are also in the shared folder
  • your assessment of the project and what was completed this semester, and recommendations for the future

2. Course & Personal Assessment: about 3 pages

One page or so: your thoughts on the course, its structure, and the way we worked out the goals (the revised Sustainability Plan and specific projects). Did the wheels come off? Or not? Too much loosey goosey? Or did the flexible approach work? Do you think our effort will affect sustainability efforts on campus? Or are you more pessimistic? Given that I will offer the course again next spring, document 3 things that worked well, and 3 that could use some work and/or ideas for what the course should focus on. Your suggestions for next year are very much appreciated.

One page or so: assessment of your personal efforts in the course. Describe what you did (specifically) and your role in the class (compared to other students in the class). Given your efforts, and in comparison with your pals in the class, let me know what you think you deserve for a letter grade. And which item you believe to be the essential baby essential (see below).