GreenWorks! is all about students putting their beliefs about the importance of sustainability to work in the community.
GreenWorks! was established as a campus and community outreach arm of the Center of Sustainability Studies at D&E and has expanded on the success of its first residence hall recycling program to introducing recycling and other sustainability opportunities campus-wide and in the surrounding community. From changing out light bulbs in Halliehurst to planting red spruce in Canaan Valley, GreenWorks! student volunteers are making a difference.
GreenWorks! recently received a national Pearson Sustainable Solutions Award which recognized the group's contribution to the re-establishment and expansion of recycling in Randolph County and on the D&E campus. The group works in partnership with the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority, Tygart Valley Sanitation and the Elkins Recycling Center. It sponsored two electronics recycling events, which have proved very popular with the outside community. Old computers, cell phones, and small electronics - all unacceptable for standard landfills - were collected and shipped to a certified recycling center.
GreenWorks! activities have also included trips to the Mother Earth News Conference, propagation of heritage seedlings in the D&E greenhouse, and the installation of solar lighting at the Lake Tolstead gazebo and the creation of a community garden in downtown Elkins.
Sustainability Studies Academic Program
The Sustainability Studies major focuses on the relationship between human beings (both individually and collectively) and the natural world. In keeping with the liberal arts mission of the College, the Sustainability Studies major is committed to both interdisciplinary and experiential explorations of sustainable development and sustainability—the challenge of meeting needs of the present (such as health, energy, food, shelter, and transportation) while ensuring a viable world for future generations.
The program's mission is to prepare students for positions of leadership in sustainable development and studies, ‘through an informed and dynamic leadership model in sustainability and environmental citizenship. Increasingly, the issues of most pressing national and global need are found within the areas of sustainable development and sustainability—the challenge of meeting the needs of the present (such as health, energy, food, shelter, and transportation) while ensuring a viable world for future generations. Issues of sustainable economic development (e.g. ecotourism, energy independence), maintenance of healthy communities (e.g. water quality, green space design), and environmental conservation (e.g. habitat connectivity) loom large and increasingly offer employment and graduate program opportunities to students.
Sustainable Studies is one of the most talked-about fields in education today. D&E's program is effectively combining education with important community service projects that are benefiting our campus, city, state and the world! Visit the Sustainability Studies Academic Program page to learn more.