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UMD Sustainability Peer-Educators: How Terps Leave Small Footprints

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Festival Conference Room 4

*This event will be rescheduled due to the closing on February 14. Please check back for further information.

On February 14, peer educators and their advisor from the University of Maryland will be on campus to present an interactive workshop on their efforts to educate students at UMD about the fundamental issues of sustainability. The presentation is open to JMU students, faculty and staff.

Since 2008, exceptional upperclassmen students at the University of Maryland have developed and taught an interactive lesson to first-year students about how sustainability affects their studies and career prospects.

Peer educators, known as the Sustainability Advisors, have presented their lesson to roughly 7,000 students over the past six years in first-year seminar classes.  The Sustainability Advisors and their lesson report they have received incredible reviews from first-year students and their instructors. This program is one effort to help the University’s overall efforts, “terps leave small footprints.”  Come learn more about what UMD has done, and how this might inform JMU student sustainability efforts.

Think Green It's Friday is a monthly series on how to conserve resources and is open to students, faculty and staff. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to the presentation.

Neda Movahed is a senior studying Environmental Science and Policy with a Politics & Policy concentration at the University of Maryland. She is also minoring in both International Development & Conflict Management and Global Poverty. Currently, she is interning for two non-profit organizations, Amazon Watch and Human Rights Connected. She is also a first-year Sustainability Advisor. In her free time she enjoys hiking, baking, and knitting.

Ori Gutin is a sophomore studying Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in wildlife ecology and management. He has a strong love for nature, and from that sprouts his passion for sustainability! On campus he serves as a Sustainability Advisor and the Director of Sustainability for the Student Government Association.

Mark Steward is the Senior Project Manager in the University of Maryland’s Office of Sustainability, which is where he’s worked since 2007. He developed and leads the Chesapeake Project faculty development workshop, Student Sustainability Advisors program, and administers the University Sustainability Fund, among other projects. His work on integrating sustainability education into the student experience was featured in the Journal of Sustainability Education and as a chapter in a book on ecological education. Mark earned his Master's degree in Higher Education Policy & Leadership from the University of Maryland where he studied the role of higher education in creating a sustainable society. Prior to attending graduate school, he taught high school earth and environmental science. Before teaching, he worked in organizational development. He holds a BS in Environmental Science, BA in Psychology, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


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