Community Connections at the University of Oklahoma: Green Week, Geography and Environmental Sustainability Club, and Geography Day

Authors: Randy Peppler*, University of Oklahoma, Travis Gliedt, University of Oklahoma, Gary Gress, University of Oklahoma, Alexis Miller, University of Oklahoma
Topics: Geography Education, Environment, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: education, outreach, environmental sustainability, community service
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma conducts connective activities with the community in a variety of ways, including hosting OU Green Week each April, performing community service throughout the year via its Geography and Environmental Sustainability (GES) Club for undergraduates, and by hosting Geography Day for high school students each November. Green Week educates OU students and community members though outdoor events and panel discussions that promote environmental sustainability and awareness. It consists of informative and fun activities where students and community members are able to learn about how they can lessen their impact on the environment as well as help green their communities, and invites area environmental organizations to participate. GES Club promotes cooperation, friendship, and networking among students studying environmental sustainability, GIS, and geography in order to promote awareness of the areas of study and to represent these areas to others at the university and in the greater community. The Club performs community service by providing recycling and waste awareness at several Norman community events. Geography Day is a way for the department to interest local high school students in its degree programs. Local schools with AP Geography programs are invited to hear about the activities and interests of our students and faculty, and to participate in a Geography Bowl to end the day. Our poster will illustrate these connective activities and their impacts.

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