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11/26/19

END 488: Making a Campus Forest open to Junior and Senior Undergraduates Spring 2020

Posted by Tim on November 26, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Workshops

Project description

The UB North Campus consists of a massive platform-megastructure surrounded by turf-grass, parking lots, and roads. Could UB do better? The UB Faculty Senate and Professional Staff Senate have established committees to find ways of improving our campus environment.

The committee’s objective this year is afforestation: the establishment of vital forest ecosystems on the campus. We are searching for:

·        precedents

·        investigating practical feasibility

·        considering alternative forestry plans

·        educating the UB community about our effort with articles or artworks

·        seeking funding by which UB can start

·        examining alternatives to surface parking

·        researching other related options

Would you like to join us? Junior and senior undergrads (END 488) and grad students (END 588/URP 588) are eligible with permission of the instructor – https://forms.gle/fSpB5g8hrnPtYpHbA.

END 488/END 588/URP 588 – MAKING A CAMPUS FOREST is a three-credit seminar/practicum, with heavy emphasis on individual or group work.  During some weeks, students will hear from specialist guests, undertake individual research or creative projects, and present results to each other and to members of the Faculty Senate and Professional Staff committees. (This year we will not actually be planting trees, sorry.) Some weeks we will not meet in class but rather have one-on-one of small-group meetings on your projects.  Students may be required to upload their projects onto their UB ePortfolio and to strive to earn digital badges where possible.

Project outcome

Through ongoing consultation with the instructor, you will prepare an intellectual product in service of campus afforestation planning. Generally, you will be expected to submit successive versions of your product, leading to ever higher quality. The product may be:

·        research paper on methods of forest restoration

·        an essay on forest literature and symbolism

·        a study of other college campus policies

·        a review of charitable foundations that support forestry

·        a study of SUNY-wide policies

·        a series of articles meant for newspaper or online publication

·        outcomes in the form of performance or public speaking

·        landscape-related art or  architecture relying heavily on living vegetation

·        curation of an exhibit 

If your proposed project is very much outside the instructor’s area of knowledge, he may accept it upon on the condition that you and he can identify and involve an additional mentor.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Spring 2020
Start time Spring (with start of classes in Spring 2020)
Level of collaboration Individual projects and/or group projects of 2-3 students
Benefits Academic credit 
Who is eligible Juniors and Seniors
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Core partners

·        Faculty Senate Committee on Campus Environment 

·        Professional Staff Senate Sustainability Committee

Project mentor Ernest Sternberg Professor and Associate Dean School of Architecture and Planning 126 Hayes Hall Phone: (716) 829-3671 Email: ezs@buffalo.edu https://forms.gle/fSpB5g8hrnPtYpHbA   Project administrator R.J. Multari Assistant Dean and Adjunct Assistant Professor School of Architecture and Planning 126 Hayes Hall Phone: (716) 829-3671 Email: ap-undergrad@buffalo.edu https://forms.gle/fSpB5g8hrnPtYpHbA    

 Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:

1.      Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,

2.      Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,

3.      Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability – https://forms.gle/fSpB5g8hrnPtYpHbA  – and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.