Part 4: Application


1. Preparation of Student Presentations

Your community application strategy is your single most important activity in the course. Here is where you prepare the written and oral versions for submission and presentation. You should have approximately two weeks to complete this activity.

Your instructor may choose not to hold formal classes during this period in order to use the time to meet with you individually—or in teams if you are working in groups—to review your projects. In Part 2, you used the Sustainability Strategy Analysis and Application Sheet to outline your project and review it with your instructor. Here you should add detail to that outline and review it again with your instructor prior to finalizing your written and oral presentation materials.

Oral presentations should be designed to facilitate the reviewers’ ability to assess your presentations using the Sustainability Strategy Analysis and Application Sheet. The Sheet therefore serves as an excellent organizing device for planning your oral presentation. The oral presentation should present the project information as if you were presenting at a public community meeting. After hearing your presentation, a reviewer should be able to report on the critical points you made during your presentation and why your project should be seriously considered for implementation.

The written submission should support your oral presentation by repeating the main important points from your presentation as well as details that there may not have been time to cover in the presentation. The written project submission should be clear and brief–probably five to seven pages.

The written submission should include the following:

    1. Description of the problem
    2. Description of the issues and issue interrelationships involved in the problem
    3. Explanation of why the strategy (action) is warranted
    4. An integrated strategy that addresses the problem
    5. A minimum of five strategy components that address the social, economic, and environmental issues present in the problem
    6. An explanation of the strategy components and how they will address the issues
    7. Definition of the social, economic, and environmental costs and benefits of the strategy
    8. An implementation plan (should be long term, with a minimum duration of 5 years) defining how the strategy is to be accomplished—what skills, physical and financial inputs, and stakeholder involvement will be needed to succeed
    9. Proposed timeframe required
    10. Demonstrated understanding of the proposed strategy’s consequences
    11. Discussion of why adoption of the strategy makes sense to the community
    12. Definition of how results should be measured and evaluated

The written submission of the project will probably be due at the same time as you present your project.

2. Student Oral Presentations

Your projects will be evaluated by your classmates and, it is strongly recommended, by community members who have direct interest in your project. You may find yourself proposing a strategy that the community may choose to put into use. If you have worked with your local community as you developed your strategy, invite those community members who have been directly involved to your presentation, as they will be your most knowledgeable reviewers. Who knows, you may find your next job as a result of the strategy you present or the skills you demonstrate during your presentation.

3. Final Examination

By taking the Final Examination, you will demonstrate what you have learned about sustainability issues, strategies to use to tackle them, as well as your understanding of strategy building. This test will count toward your course grade.

Core Reading:

  1. Your notes taken during the course (Use your Issue Notes Template if you have used it during the course)

4. Course Assessment

This is where you have the opportunity to share what you think about the course by providing feedback on course content, design, and usefulness, as well as how you think the course could be improved