Our 2016 partner organizations
Davidson College Farm
City of Charlotte
Clean Air Carolina
Sustainability Scholars address critical sustainability issues through real-world, immersive summer projects. Working anywhere from the skyscrapers in Charlotte to community gardens in food deserts, students integrate problem-solving skills through a wide range of community-based projects.
Students are placed with community partners across many different sectors: corporate, government, and non-profit. They bring insights on the opportunities and challenges unique to their sector back to the group. Cross-sector sharing illuminates how these different organizations define and act upon sustainability.
Scholars live intentionally with their group in the Sustainability Cooperative on Davidson's campus. Here they practice the skills necessary to build an inclusive community, constructively challenge each others’ worldviews, achieve deep levels of trust, and inspire creativity.
Asheville, NC: Clean Water for NC, Asheville Green Works, Highland Brewing Company, Green Sage Cafe, Western NC Wastewater Treatment, MountainTrue
Red Acres Dairy Farm, Carolina Raptor Center, Discovery Place, Meeting with Mayor Roberts, Meeting with Environmental Lawyers
Bee keeping at the Davidson Farm, volunteering at the Davidson Community Garden, weekly community dinners , teaching environmental lessons at Freedom Schools
Purchasing food at the weekly farmer's market, car pool to work, sustainable living challenges
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Swing by one of our upcoming information sessions! Monday, Dec 5, 2016 @ 4:30 pm Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ Common Hour Both sessions in the Arthus Vining Davis Room (Alvarez 313) Sustainability Scholars address critical sustainability issues through immersive, applied summer experiences. Each student works on-site with a professional mentor to complete and present a Read more about You Could Be a 2017 Sustainability Scholar![…]
My last week at work brought the program full circle. During orientation at the beginning of the summer, Betsy and Joe took us to Asheville for various activities and learning experiences. We learned about coal ash, and the challenges of safely disposing it. The struggle lies in the harmful and even fatal effects of coal Read more about Charlotte Sustainability: A Team Effort[…]
It’s finally here. The end times are upon us…. I’m referring to, of course, the end of summer break. Davidson classes resume this Monday and I can say with confidence that most returning students are feeling either excitement, dread, or a combination of both. So with breakfast at Commons and parties at Read more about Braving the storm ahead[…]
In my penultimate week on the Freindship Gardens Urban Farm, our staff managed volunteers. Now this task by itself is nothing unusual; we love having volunteers give us their time and effort. In fact, eighty percent of the work done at the Friendship Gardens Urban Farm comes from volunteers. But this week, the staff and Read more about Churches and Bankers and Kids – Oh My![…]
By Margo Stockdale On Monday, July 18, the citizen science team headed over to the Beasley Media Group for our shot at prime time (well, if prime time were actually 6 am on Saturdays and Sundays). We were meeting Francene Morris of the Francene Marie Show. We went to chat about our project, including our Read more about ON THE AIR with sustainability[…]
Everyone says they have a great carpool. But do they really? Even though, most mornings someone is running out the door spilling coffee down their leg, another is trying to figure out what exactly they are forgetting, and yet another is worrying about the traffic, the Susty Scholars carpool is the BEST. Now how good can a carpool Read more about The Characters of Carpooling – Friends Edition[…]
Dodi and I are two of the three scholars who are working locally this summer, right here in Davidson. Our commute time pales in comparison to the other scholars… unless we walk. Which is a sight to see as we walk in the grass on the side of Beaty Street in our business casual clothing. Read more about Adventures in Clean Commuting[…]
Last week, I found myself in a familiar situation; let me paint the scene. I, along with several other of my Sustainability Scholar peers, had been invited to the Summer Sustainability “Lunch-Bunch”, an illuminati-esque meeting where sustainability directors from organizations in and around the Charlotte area gather to match wits and discuss current affairs surrounding Read more about Finding My Place in Sustainability[…]
With the summer soon drawing to a close, efforts to tie up loose ends and wrap up remaining projects are hitting overdrive. Over the course of the summer, I have worked on four main projects that address air, waste, water, and energy issues. I have spent the majority of my time the past few weeks Read more about Picnic tables, tumblrs, and so much more![…]
Sustainability is hard. This is a lesson I did not really expect to learn as a Sustainability Scholar. I expected to go to the farmer’s market every Saturday morning, walk to work, and cook all of my meals. I figured I would transform into a sustainability queen, never wasting food, showering once a week, and Read more about Sustainability is hard![…]