Student holding panel from beehive


Projects allow Environmental Studies students to apply their education to real world problems. Projects can fulfill academic requirements of the KU Core or learning certifications or simply serve as outlets for personal interest.

Highlighted Projects

Diesel Health Project – The goal of the Diesel Health Project is to protect the health of the community by identifying, documenting, and taking mitigating action on environmental and health problems caused by goods movement in the Kansas City region, particularly diesel exhaust and other pollutants emitted by freight transportation, warehousing, and related activities.

KU Student Farm – The KU Student Farm is a student-run organization committed to offering the community opportunities to learn how to grow food and to connect others to area local food initiatives, gardens, and sustainable farms.

Sustainability Department of Lawrence and Douglas County – The sustainability office coordinates the city and county initiatives in energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction/recycling, and local food.

  • Environmental Policy research
  • Communications
  • Volunteer management

More project opportunities are available via Community Organizations and Student Groups.

Count Projects for Academic Credit

The Plus One Option in Social Responsibility is a service learning experience designed to allow students to pursue individualized, community service work within the framework of a non-service learning course. Students who choose this option have an interest in exploring how various disciplines relate to the common good and are challenged to find the connection from an ethical perspective between the subject matter and the community experience. The Plus One Option in Social Responsibility meets KU Core Goal 5: Practice Social Responsibility and Demonstrate Ethical Behavior.

Certification in Service Learning recognizes students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences in utilizing their classroom skills to meet community-identified needs. Certification in Service Learning involves several components, including taking a service learning course, completing additional volunteer work, and reflecting on your service learning experiences. Any student who has completed a service learning course is eligible for this certificate. Service Learning Certification meets KU Core Goal 5: Practice Social Responsibility and Demonstrate Ethical Behavior.

Internships are wonderful and effective ways to connect your academic experience with the professional work arena. Many community organizations are interested in hosting student interns. Majors in the Environmental Studies Program are eligible to enroll in EVRN 490 and receive academic credit for their internship experience.

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