Interdisciplinary Environmental Education: Communicating and Applying Energy Efficiency for Sustainability

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Pearce, Joshua M.
Russill, Chris
service learning , interdisciplinary , energy efficiency , sustainability , environmental education , environmental communication
This paper demonstrates that interdisciplinary alliances on environmental education projects can effectively address the gap between complex environmental problems in the real world and disciplinary curricula in a university. We describe an alliance between an advanced communication course and a general science course wherein we addressed interconnections of energy efficiency, economics, and global climate change with respect to their impact on individuals, local businesses, and society. This project established that an interdisciplinary environmental project focused on local solutions to global problems is both a valuable learning tool for students and an effective method of accelerating the application of appropriate technologies.
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