The Extension Sustainability Summit was designed by Extension educators, for Extension educators, to assess what major environmental sustainability programs are currently being delivered through Cooperative Extension, and to envision our future direction. Environmental sustainability is envisioned to encompass five thematic areas: Land (conservation, reduce, reuse, recycle), Air (quality, climate change), Food (local food, sustainable food systems), Water (quality, conservation) and Energy (renewable, sustainable).
We were seeking answers to the following questions:
What are the goals and objectives of various Extension sustainability programs?
What do successful Extension sustainability programs look like?
What are the indicators of success?
Are we meeting the current needs when it comes to sustainability outreach? Where are the gaps?
Who are the target audiences for Extension sustainability programs?
Sustainability Camp was launched in Logan, UT and Park City, UT in the summer of 2013. The camps were designed as a five-day experience with 17 campers ages 10-13 attending. This video gives a snapshot of activities that occur at the camps. As a result of the camp, campers in both locations reduced their lunch waste (measured by weight) over the course of the five days by over half. Also, in a follow-up survey with parents, environmental changes ranging from recycling to using alternative forms of transportation transferred to the household level as well as a result of the camp!
There is a sustainability movement blossoming across thee Unites States, and it's community supported agricultural farms are an incredible result of the trend over the past decade. Utah State University Naturalist Roslynn Brain shares Utah's efforts towards a more sustainable future and how you can eat your way to a smaller carbon footprint. Also on Science Questions, Utah Public Radio profiles one of the first Agricultural farms in the U.S. called Live Power. Located in Northern California, they use horse power, and bio-dynamic practices, which means they apply a spiritual, ethical and ecological approach to farming.