What We Do
CfS oversees sustainability curriculum at Georgia Southern University, including a new Undergraduate Environmental Sustainability Concentration and a Sustainability Practicum course. In May 2012, CfS will host a Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop to encourage faculty to incorporate sustainability into their courses and to increase the course offerings for the concentration. For the general public, CfS offers an 8-week online Sustainability Advisor Certificate Program through Continuing Education. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has recently partnered with CfS to encourage its members to take this course as part of its new sustainability initiative.
CfS hosts a popular tri-annual seminar series with internationally recognized sustainability experts, bringing in as many as 1,000 attendees to each event. The series attracts Georgia Southern student as well as sustainability enthusiasts from the region. Additionally, CfS hosts No Impact Week each spring – an intensive week long campus focus on sustainability with more than 25 events and 1,300 registered participants in 2011. CfS also reaches out to the community with an annual Sustainability Fair each October to provide education and sustainable solutions to the public. CfS curated the exhibit, Sustainable Solutions: Technology and Lifestyle Choice for a Greener World, on display at the Georgia Southern Museum February 2012-May 2012. Additional outreach activities include developing community gardens and accompanying curricula, hosting a regular campus farmers market (now in partnership with the University Wellness Program), providing sustainability presentations on campus and in the community (businesses, churches, schools, garden clubs, Rotary club, etc.), and many more. Annually the CfS reaches thousands of students and community members with its events and activities.
Founded in August 2008, the center originated as an Office of Sustainability in the College of Science and Technology and transitioned into the Center for Sustainability in 2009. Lissa Leege, PhD, Professor of Biology has directed the Center for Sustainability since its inception in August 2008.