2020 One Book

Environmental Stewardship and a Broader Sense of Citizenship

Actions matter. We are a community committed to a sustainable future. JMU incorpo- rates sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach. Envi- ronmental stewardship is part of our culture, and collectively, we can make a positive impact. How will you act to help achieve our vision of an envi- ronmentally literate community whose members act individually and collectively as model stewards of the natural world? Learn more. Select courses that will develop your environmental stewardship knowledge and reasoning skills: ◆ Enroll in a General Education course about the environment. See Cluster 3: The Natural World on Page 8. ◆ Delve deeper by taking other environment and sustainability courses offered by many academic units at JMU. See jmu.edu/ stewardship/curriculum.shtml. ◆ Explore JMU’s environment-related minors and concentrations. See jmu.edu/environment. ◆ Find study abroad opportunities focused on the three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, economic and social. See the Center for Global Engagement on Page 52 for more information about international experiences. Do more. Choose to engage with others in sustainability solutions: ◆ Take part in an environment-focused Alternative Break trip. See Community Service-Learning on Page 52. ◆ Get involved with environmentally-focused student organizations. See beinvolved.jmu.edu/organizations and search using the “environmental” category. ◆ Promote environmental responsibility through participation in civic life. See Civic Engagement on Page 2.

“Community Service-Learning educates students and inspires action about sustainable development. Our Alternative Breaks partner with communities locally, nationally and globally to address issues and seek solutions to challenges like climate change, loss of biodiversity and conserving threatened habitats and species. Students also explore and take on these vexing issues when they enroll in faculty-led service-learning courses.” - Steve Grande, Ph.D., Director, Community Service-Learning

Lead. Contribute to creating a sustainable future by driving progress and innovating: ◆ Pursue sustainability-related undergraduate research opportunities. See jmu.edu/stewardship/research.shtml to locate JMU faculty members from many disciplines who are conducting research that leads toward solutions that simultaneously support social well-being, economic prosperity, and ecological health. ◆ Seek an internship that promotes environmental literacy in the community. ◆ Set an example through everyday choices and talk with others about becoming more effective environmental stewards. The Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World coordinates the collaborative efforts of the university to promote cultural change for environmental stewardship and sustainability and a broader sense of citizenship. If you have questions or would like further information, visit jmu.edu/ stewardship.

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