Chris Schadler, an Environmental Conservation professor at UNH, provides instruction to a student during class.Chris Schadler
, of the Department of Natural Resources, who teachers Environmental Conservation Issues (EC535), is setting an example for her
is practicing what she
preaches by creating a class that is completely sustainable, relying on recycled textbooks and the Internet.
Instead of continuing to rely on textbooks that go into new editions every few years, wasting paper with their small changes, Schadler
has developed her
own book that puts into use the sustainability practices that her
Run you're hands along the edge of the book, called "Understanding Global Environmental Problems: And Our Role as Stewards of a Fragile Planet," and you will feel stiff recycled paper for two-thirds of the way followed by slippery glossy pages for the rest.
The glossy pages are used chapters that were ripped out of textbooks that would have been thrown away otherwise.The publishers agreed to print the rest of the book on recycled paper using soy-based ink.The book's soft cover also uses fewer resources.
"My concern is conserving paper and making EC 535 as sustainable as it can be," Schadler
The publishers of the book, Person Custom Publishing
, approached Schadler last February about putting her
own book together since the book she
was currently using was going into a new edition.
"Because I have so many students, [the publishers] see a dollar sign," said Schadler
."They asked if I wanted to put a book together in the order that I wanted.I came up with a plan."Schadler
does not have time to write now, but instead put together a variety of readings from different books. She
explained the first part of the book as readings from other sources.The second part is made up of eight or nine chapters from a used environmental science textbook that Schadler
had been using for her
classes.These chapters cover the topics that are covered in the class, giving students a background in facts so they can make their own opinions.
[Schadler] book does a significantly better job of tying together the material she
covers in lecture with the material from the readings."
Responding to how the book was put together, Jessica Nightingale, a sophomore, said she
is impressed that Schadler
made the book.
"It plays a big part in the good message she
is trying to get across," she
said."It was good of her
to make sure it was [made sustainable]."
Sophomore Mary Beth Hallworth found that the book and class "compliment each other."
This is the first semester that the book is being used.Schadler's plan is to continue using the book for three or four years, relying on students selling them back.
would like to write her
own book but doesn't think it will happen for another two years at least.
"Once my dissertation is written I would like to write a text just the way I want it," she
began teaching EC 535, nine years ago, there were no discussion labs for the class and about 350 students took the class each semester.She
has enlarged the scope of the class as she
made it her
Now there are 570 students in two lecture sections that meet every Tuesday and Thursday.There are also 39 labs where students complete action projects that promote the classes' mission in the community.
To keep from using too much paper in making 570 copies of each handout, EC 535 is also on Blackboard.This also allows students to e-mail Schadler questions and for her
to post the syllabus and assignments online.Since the beginning of the year, there have been 48,000 hits on the site.
"It's great," Schadler
said."There are no paper exchanges."
According to Schadler
"recycling former students" as lab leaders adds to the sustainability of the class and is a great opportunity overall.
This is how Schadler
own example of the practices that she