This page houses instructional resources associated with upcoming or past service-learning workshops or trainings. If you are involved as a participant or facilitator of a past or upcoming service-learning training, we invite you to store instructional documents associated with the training here so they will be accessible to others on a continuous basis.
Resources: UTK Environmental Service Learning Workshop (registration closed)
Example Service-Learning Syllabi
McKinney: Geology 201: Biodiversity
Workshop Power Point Presentations
Kelly Ellenburg: Service-Learning at UTK
Mike McKinney: Service-Learning Problems (and How to Avoid Them)
Joanne Logan: Environmental Service Learning_Logistics
Examples of Environmental Service-Learning Projects
Contemporary Issues in Appalachia: Buried Sunshine
Students worked with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) to transcribe oral narratives of citizens affected by Mountain Top Removal (MTR). These narratives were recorded as part of the 3rd Writers MTR tour in May 2006. The transcriptions are the only written documents we have of citizens’ responses to this environmental event.
Students worked with Appalachia—Science in the Public Interest (A-SPI) to develop a management plan for a forested site of over 100 acres in Rockcastle County, using agroforestry techniques of forest farming. Projects within this plan included: producing a geographic information system (GIS) map of the site; marking crowded or lower quality, mostly smaller trees to cut for shiitake mushroom production; and recommending native nut and fruit-producing trees to be planted on a narrow strip of fertile, moist land.
Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Studies
Students served as volunteers at the 2006 Bluegrass Energy and Green Living Expo. The students helped set up and operate exhibits at the Expo.
Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS) Project
Students partnered with Madison County Action Team (MCAT) and other regional organizations to begin compiling a guide to procuring locally produced food.
Support for Limited-Resource Agricultural Producers
Students spent a week with the Clearfork community to learn about the Woodland Community Land Trust and to explore the possibility of sustainable livestock production in the community. Students and community members worked together to develop recommendations for land and livestock use.
University of Oregon:
Local Government Law
Students partnered with the city of Springfield to investigate how, within the bounds of Oregon law, the City can structure transportation-related system development charges to encourage and support development while providing incentives to reduce the need for increased automobile capacity.
Economic Analysis of Community Issues
Student teams in this two-term course performed cost-benefit analysis of: 1) Incentives related to increased housing density in new development, 2) Incentives for developers who build to LEED green building standards, 3) Bringing unimproved streets up to modern standards, and 4) Pre-literacy programs that prepare pre-kindergarteners for reading.
Public Relations Campaigns
A team of students wrote a full strategic communication plan for the new Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation, focusing on how to Center can increase awareness about its services among sports organizations, clubs, and tournament organizers. The team will also create and deliver public relations tools to support implementation of this strategic plan.
Urban Ecological Design Practicum
Students in this practicum course expanded on the eco district design concepts developed in prior courses focused on the former Booth-Kelly lumber mill in downtown Springfield, making recommendations about targeted aspects of the eco district plan, including transportation and economic development.