There are many promising student organizations, activist groups, and college programs that are engaging students on the topics of the environment, the economy and democracy. However, there are barriers to working at the intersections of these issues. Rethinking Prosperity’s new initiative aims to help the UW campus community work collaboratively and make substantial gains in campus sustainability.
UW Sustainability Action Network (UW-SAN) will be a campus-wide sustainability resource center that provides online and in-person support for student driven projects. We aim to bring diverse groups together around a shared vision of learning through community building, research, and action.
The online component of the project will include: 1) a website with resources, events, updates on student projects, and archives of student organizations and projects, and 2) a networking website that connects student groups for coalition building and provides a space for projects to form.
The offline component of the project will be run by student staff, volunteers, and faculty, based at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (CCCE). We will provide in-person guidance, leadership, and support throughout the development and implementation process of student projects.
Based on the positive feedback of the Next System Teach-In that we held last spring, and our experience of communicating with more than 50 campus organizations, we have found a strong consensus for the need of an institutionalized resource center to support student-led initiatives on campus and in the community. This is exactly what UW-SAN aims to be. We have already found many student organizations and university departments in support of our new initiative.
In 2017, our new initiative UW-SAN will help start a new chapter on campus engagement at the intersection of the environment, the economy and democracy. Stay tuned for updates!