Because I came into the class this quarter as an environmental studies student, I felt that I was pretty knowledgeable in the area of sustainability. What I did not expect what that the students I was going to be working with would be so knowledgeable as well. Not only were they the winners of the 2007 Decathalon, but they also are self-motivated and have a humorous group dynamic that allows for creativity to flow, even though they are extremely modest.
There is an aspect now in my mind when I think of sustainability that includes a community working together, as opposed to individual efforts that are combined. I think I underestimated the ability of a group with motivation to not only make big plans, but also to demonstrate the actions needed to accomplish the plans.
I received an e-mail on Tuesday from Brian, a member of the team, giving us an update of what they’ve done since the past meeting, and not only have they accomplished the smaller tasks, but they also created a comprehensive list of what is needed for their large project. All I can say is that I cannot wait to continue working with this group of students next quarter.