SCP Project Blog

Dr. Peter Gittins, SCP Engaged Scholar
Engineering Senior Design Students collaborated with the Gymnasium through SCP’s first sustainability and art project: the AirBooth. Envisioned by the Gymnasium, the AirBooth allows participants to experience air quality data through an engaging audio-visual encounter. Engineering students are taking on the challenge of building AirBooth to make sound using air itself.
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ENGL 315 SCP Project works with Metropolitan Council to understand challenges facing local communities trying to address climate change.
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SCP project develops strategic communication campaign to increase UST student use of mass transit.
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MacKenzie Burke, SCP Intern
Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) course projects welcome college students into conversations with city and community partners to address real life challenges facing communities today. Interviews with students and partners from last semester highlight many of the unique benefits of this collaboration. For many students, last semester’s experiences gave them a new sense of voice and autonomy in the classroom and beyond.
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Mackenzie Burke, SCP Intern
Dr. Maria Dahmus, Assistant Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, and Dr. Todd Lawrence, professor of spring semester’s Ethnography Writing class, share their insights on the ethnographic toolkit project now underway.
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Mackenzie Burke, SCP Intern
For last semester’s Aquatic Biology class, collaboration with Elk River offered an invaluable and somewhat unexpected learning experience working in the field.
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Karen Lally, SCP Intern
Some might be surprised that an ethnographic writing course decided to become involved with the Sustainable Communities Partnership, mainly because the class itself is not actually structured around sustainability. The class explores questions about objectivity, the limits of representation, and the ethical responsibilities of writing about others, to name just a few.
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Karen Lally, SCP Intern
Environmental Problem Solving (ESCI 310) students are partnering with Elk River to research the benefits of green roofs and how they affect stormwater runoff.
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Karen Lally, SCP Intern
Environmental Problem Solving (ESCI 310) students are partnering with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to determine the best locations in the MWMO district to protect pollinator populations.
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Karen Lally, SCP Intern
Environmental Problem Solving (ESCI 310) students are partnering with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to examine the possible effects on stormwater runoff rates of converting vacant lots in North Minneapolis to urban agriculture plots and other alternative uses.
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Dean's Office

This spring semester, nine CAS faculty from seven departments are integrating city-identified sustainability projects into their existing courses through the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP).  SCP is a pilot initiative in the Center for Global and Local Engagement's Office of Sustainability Initiatives.  SCP partners with cities to link St. Thomas courses with local projects that engage students in the real-world application of course material and to advance the cities' sustainability goals.

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Karen Lally, SCP Intern
Elk River is home to 1,256 wetlands, which play a key role in the community's flood management, water quality, wildlife habitat, and aesthetics. Through the Sustainable Communities Partnership, St. Thomas graduate student Andrew Erickson is collaborating with Elk River to research public policy options and recommend creative education and communication strategies to increase public awareness and participation in wetland protection.
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Karen Lally, SCP Intern
This semester, Dr. Lisa Lamb's Environmental Science Senior Research Seminar is partnering with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) and the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership (MRP) to assess habitat along the Mississippi River. Students will conduct several field surveys over the course of the semester to record tracks, scat, wildlife, and other features to assess which species are present in the area and how the land is being used by wildlife.
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Karen Lally, SCP Intern
This J-Term, Dr. Angela Senander’s Christian Faith and the Management Professions (THEO 422) partnered with the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) and the City of Elk River to research the effects that plastic bags have on the environment and possible approaches to reducing plastic bag use in the community.
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