Regenerative Studies Students Revive Sustainability Club

Editor's Note: The following article was contributed by graduate student Malik Rivers ('19, regenerative studies). Rivers is one of the founding members of the Lyle Center Sustainability Student Association, re-launched this year with fellow regenerative studies graduate students Cassidy Furnari, Danielle Slabaugh, Stephanie Gebhardt and Angelica Rocha.

The Lyle Center Sustainability Student Association (LCS2A) is the newly revived student club through Regenerative Studies. LCS2A celebrated the beginning of 2018 Earth Week on Monday by introducing the Lyle Center directly to main campus by tabling at University Park.  The theme for the day was to pledge for sustainability. LCS2A had students pledge to be sustainable by getting their fruits and vegetables through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at the Lyle Center.  Additionally, students had the opportunity to sign up to volunteer at the Lyle Center’s CSA so students could have a chance to work within a regenerative system to grow local and nutritious food.  

The Earth Week table also included poster boards that introduced the Lyle Center’s core mission of interdisciplinary approaches to regenerative systems. The posters showed a venn-diagram of the intersections of the three interdependent systems— environmental, economic, and social —  and students left sticky-notes on the aspect of regenerative studies they felt would complement their major as a minor or a master’s degree. The second poster was geared towards one of the most common Earth Day topics by informing students on the negative effects of plastic waste in our oceans and ways to protect the entire environment.

Besides outreach towards main campus through club activities, Director Pablo La Roche is instructing RS499, a direct study course that is designing an interpretive tour for the Lyle Center. 

This course brings together a group of interdisciplinary students from majors such as landscape architecture, graphic design, business, regenerative studies, engineering, and sociology to review the existing systems and processes of the Lyle Center. They aim to develop interpretive signage around the Center to illuminate and activate the invisible, yet interwoven and all-encompassing systems of regeneration at the center. This interpretative and interactive tour will aid in the education and inspiration for tangible regenerative solutions for many visitors in the future.

This direct study course project started in the Spring of 2018 and plans to continue into Fall 2018. Currently, there are many rough designs of the various stations at the Lyle Center that represent potential strategies for interpretive signage and interactive ways to explore the facility.