Friday, August 8, 2014

Hofstra Sustainability Students Spend Summer Saving the World

I visited Joanne Norris at Sylvester Manor recently.  Joanne
is teaching kids how to farm and doing some farming
herself.  Sylvester Manor is an educational farm that uses
sustainable farming methods on Shelter Island.
One of the great things about working with Sustainability majors at Hofstra University is that I get to work with some of the most interesting students on campus who dedicate their lives to trying to make the world a better place.  Several of our students are doing some amazing things this summer.  Here are a few updates.

Joanne Norris is working at Sylvester Manor as an educational coordinator for their kids farm camp.  She is also working on the Sylvester Manor Farm.  She is Hofstra's Student Garden Manager during the school year so this summer job fits her overall interests.

Joanne Norris and Joe Murphy took a workshop at Growing Power in Milwaukee with Will Allen on urban farming.  Specifically, they learned about composting, growing mushrooms, and building hoop houses.

Jake Sacket spent the summer working for the Edible Schoolyards program in New York City which brings ideas of growing, eating, and cooking healthy food into New York's City's schools.  Jake does his work at PS 6 and 7 in Harlem.

Xu Han is working on sustainability issues in New York Harbor as they relate to tourism.  She is working with a day cruise ship company in finding ways to integrate environmental information with the local cruise line industry.

James Yates spent part of his summer on an Internship with the Department of Energy focused on legal issues associated with nuclear waste.  He just graduated, but took the summer internship as a way to gain greater experience before heading to earn a degree in environmental law.

These are but a few examples of what our students are doing.  If any of our majors are reading this and want to give an update, drop me a note!  I would love to hear from you.


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