Leadership Projects in Sustainability course launched

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new Leadership Projects in Sustainability course (EDSGN 497F) is being offered for the first time this fall.

The class is open to all majors and will focus on building skill sets needed to put sustainability concepts into action.

Lisa Brown, associate director of the Penn State Center for Sustainability and co-creator of the course, explained, "There is a growing number of exciting sustainability focused courses available to Penn State students. This course is intended to focus on cultivating leadership skills to make things happen."

A core activity in the class is the completion of a home energy assessment for a member of the local community. Students also will have the chance to build an educational feature on campus, and design a solution for a sustainability challenge on campus.

"This course is an example of how we are striving to create change-agents among our students," said David Riley, executive director of the center. "They will have a chance to get their hands dirty, and learn that sustainability is about more than the environment, it is about working in teams to make good decisions, and then acting on them."

The class will be the first to be conducted at the recently completed Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems Lab and MorningStar Solar home located at the Sustainability Experience Center on the University Park campus. Questions about the course can be directed to Lisa Brown at lisabrown@psu.edu or 814-863-5833.

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Last Updated September 04, 2012