The following are examples of projects that were completed collaboratively between the OESS and partnering units on campus.

Environmental Stewardship Tour

Campus Environmental Stewardship Tour

tour of campus, with both online and physical components, was created to highlight twenty sites on the JMU campus where facilities, environmental stewardship and learning are interconnected.  Importantly, the tour is the gateway for information about how facilities data and projects can be requested so that campus is used as a living laboratory, how to participate in campus environmental stewardship activities and how to identify and enroll in classes that use the facilities.  Partners: Members of Facilities Management, College of Integrated Science and Engineering, Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Creative Services, Integrated Science and Technology Department Laboratory Operation, Information Technology, Public Safety, The Student Success Center, Office of Sponsored Programs and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

East Campus Hillside
East Campus Hillside

Campuses can leverage their facilities and operations investments to directly support student education by expanding the vision of the role of the grounds. The East Campus Hillside project transformed a typically managed lawn area into a natural educational landscape that diversifies the campus aesthetic, approaches the landscape as an ecosystem, provides educational space outside and demonstrates environmental stewardship. Partners: Scholar-in-Residence Michael Singer, and members of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Integrated Science and Technology and Department of Biology.

Science on a Sphere
Science On a Sphere

Science On a Sphere (SOS) is a visualization system that uses networked projectors to display still and animated datasets onto the outside of a large, suspended, opaque sphere (68 inches in diameter). It was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is primarily utilized by museums and science centers for informal education. With over 125 installations, Science On a Sphere enhances informal educational programs in science centers, museums, and universities internationally. JMU was the first university to install SOS and is one of a few universities to use SOS as a pedagogical tool in university courses. SOS is also frequently used for school visits, which are arranged through JMU’s Middle School Visit Program and the STEM Education & Outreach Center. JMU faculty and staff who would like to use the Sphere Theater should email

Student Assessment
Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment

JMU developed student learning outcomes and a corresponding assessment instrument to measure the change in undergraduate students’ environmental stewardship reasoning and knowledge over time.  Partners: Members of the ISNW Education and Scholarship Committee and the Center for Assessment & Research Studies.

Arboretum Collaborative
Faculty Professional Development

A faculty professional development program sought to present content and effective course redesign for teaching about sustainability through a backward design approach. Three cohorts of participants, from seven colleges and eighteen programs at JMU, completed sustainability-enhanced course design (or redesign) of twenty-two courses in areas that often did not include sustainability content.  The courses included ten major-level undergraduate courses, three graduate-level courses and nine general education courses. Partners: Members of the Center for Faculty Innovation.

Ethical Reasoning Lecture
Ethical Reasoning- A Book for the 'Burg

With the support of a Madison Collaborative Program Innovation Grant, the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability developed and launched a new community program series called “A Book for the ‘Burg” (B4B). The ISNW established a partnership between JMU and four community entities--the City of Harrisonburg, Eastern Mennonite University, Arts Council of the Valley and Massanutten Regional Library. Working with these and many other contributors, A Book for the ‘Burg offered a series of ten events with sustainability and ethical reasoning learning outcomes related to issues raised in a selected book. A Book for the ‘Burg was developed as an innovative approach to engage audiences who may not ordinarily be drawn to programs which address environmental stewardship and sustainability.  Partners: Multiple departments at James Madison University, the City of Harrisonburg, Eastern Mennonite University, Arts Council of the Valley and Massanutten Regional Library.

Choose Flags
Tracking and Reporting

The ISNW coordinates tracking and reporting of progress on environmental stewardship and sustainability, including:

-Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, coordinated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

-Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

-Great Colleges to Work For Program

-Virginia Environmental Excellence Program

hillside planting
Publications and Presentations

The following are publications and presentations authored by ISNW faculty in partnership with faculty from other university departments.

Hurney, C.; Nash, C.; Hartman, C.J.; and Brantmeier, E. “Incorporating Sustainability Content and Pedagogy Through Professional Development,” accepted by the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Hartman, C.J; DeMars, H.; Griscom, H.; and Butner, H. “Assessment of Undergraduate Students’ Environmental Stewardship Reasoning and Knowledge,” accepted by the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Prins, S.; Barrella, E.; Hartman, C.J.; Baller, S.; and Polacek, G. “Factors in University Students’ and Employees Decisions about Bicycling as a Mode of Transportation,” poster presented by Elise Barrella at the Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., January 21, 2015.

Hartman, C.J.; Teel, W.; Nash, C., and Goodall, A. “Developing a Natural Educational Landscape on Campus Grounds,” presentation at the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 30, 2015.

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