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Sustainable living students take field trips
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14 December 2005
Students in the sustainable living/environmental science major enhanced their educational experience by taking a number of field trips this fall, including a day at a conference and visits to an ethanol plant and an ecovillage.
As part of their course titled 'Global Sustainable Environment', taught by David Fisher, 12 students spent a day at Iowa State University at a conference on organic food and agriculture. The purpose of the course is to raise students' awareness about the interaction of man and the environment. By attending this conference, which involved those in the organic industry, the students had the opportunity 'to be in a professional setting and see how the organic industry is working at a nuts-and-bolts level', Dr. Fisher said.
The students played a prominent role, each acting as an assistant moderator at one of the conference sessions. And when a moderator didn't appear, student Donna Schill stepped in to introduce the speakers and lead the session.
The conference lunch entailed a completely organic menu, including salad greens grown in the greenhouse at Maharishi Vedic City. And during the luncheon, the class was recognized.
The students also took a field trip to northeastern Missouri to visit the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, an intentional farming community that emphasizes minimizing their ecological footprint.
They also went to an Iowa ethanol plant where ethanol, an alternative biomass fuel added to gasoline, is made from corn.
The students also took field trips in the courses on field ecology and permaculture design.
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