Environmental CollegeExplore the ecological impact of human activities. Learn about successes in sustainable development. Raise awareness about environmental issues. Celebrate the wonder of the natural world. Study the complex scientific, social, political and ethical dimensions of environmental issues.

RESC 098 08 CRN: 17140
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Prof. Katsuyuki Wakabayashi, Chemical Engineering

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Social Science, Writing Level 1

The world we live in is filled with "stuff" - made of different types of materials such as metals, ceramics, plastics, and rubbers. Some things are naturally occurring, while many are synthetic. Some have a short-use life, some are longer-lasting. As we continuously consume more products as a society, how effective are we at handling these everyday items in an environmentally friendly fashion? We will examine a wide range of case studies involving the principle of "reduce, reuse, recycle" and investigate key factors in each. Even though these eco-conscious efforts often focus on technical issues, we will approach them also from a broader, liberal arts perspective to include the non-technical aspects. Topics will include: What economic factors determine which types of plastics are "recyclable"? What regulations dictate incineration of municipal wastes? What types of social pressures influence people in buying new versus used products? This seminar welcomes students of all levels of eco-friendliness, and does not require scientific or engineering knowledge.

This seminar is for students in the Environmental Residential College, and includes a required fourth "common hour" shared with other Environmental College classes, together with a weekend field trip. The common hours, the weekend trip, and final projects for the Residential College Symposium, will be focused this year on sustainability, with the theme of "Eco-mobility and Community Boundaries."

RESC 098 09 CRN: 17827
Cristianity & Sustainability

Prof. Alfred Siewers, English

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Humanities, Writing Level 1

How do spirituality and imagination help shape our approaches to the environment? We'll examine fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, along with influential reflections on the environment such as Pilgrim on Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard and Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher, and works by the Romantic poet Samuel Coleridge. At the same time we'll consider how biblical ideals of agrarianism are being applied to America's inner cities as well as to Amish-Mennonite communities in the area around Bucknell. The focus will be on environmental writings and expressions in a variety of Christian traditions, but will include other cultural perspectives such as those of Buddhism and Judaism, and those of people without religious affiliation. At the same time we'll learn more about how to write and think critically about our world today. All faith or non-faith backgrounds are welcome, and no previous knowledge is assumed.

This seminar is for students in the Environmental Residential College, and includes a required fourth "common hour" shared with other Environmental College classes, together with a weekend field trip and final projects for the Residential College Symposium.

Environmental College Student Staff


Katie Dwyer, Junior Fellow

Katie Dwyer

Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA
Major: Animal Behavior
Contact: kmd041@bucknell.edu

"The Environmental Res College is awesome because the environment connects to almost every subject." There is a combination of exploring and culture, and of course, hands on experience in natural environments." The Environmental Res College is very active not only in what we do, but what we learn as well and how that connects to pretty much everything."

Jared Feindt, Resident Fellow

Jared Feindt

Hometown: Woodstown, NJ
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Contact: jaf037@bucknell.edu

"Residential Colleges go above and beyond the normal college dormitory experiences. Going on hikes and kayaking on weekends made my freshmen year atypical compared to students that didn't participate in Residential Colleges. By living with other freshmen that had similar views on issues like environmentalism, my views were constantly challenged both inside and outside of the classroom. I would not want to relive my freshman year without my residential college experience."

Jakob Yankauskas, Junior Fellow

Jakob Yankauskas

Hometown: Granby, CT
Major: Biology
Contact: jry002@bucknell.edu

"The transition from high school to college becomes so much easier when you're surrounded by people with similar interests. The Res College system helped build quick friendships as well as provided familiar faces in my classes. Being in the Environmental Res College allowed me to not only study a topic I feel so connected with, but gave me the opportunity to get outside with kayaking and hiking. I could not have imagined my first year without the Enviro Res College experience."

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