College is going green on spring roster of classes |

College is going green on spring roster of classes

Sara Thompson

Green is the new black, and Lake Tahoe Community College wants to be part of the movement.

But this isn’t just a trend.

“It can’t be a trend; our resources are depleting, and we need to do something different,” said Rosie Hackett, LTCC wilderness education director.

For spring quarter, the college will offer a class called “Introduction to Green Building and Green Living.” Scott Terrell, Truckee Donner Public Utility District conservation specialist, will teach the class, which has no prerequisites.

The course introduces students to green lifestyles by teaching them to make choices with environmental consequences in mind.

For example, Hackett said people might consider leaving for work 30 minutes early so they can ride their bike instead of drive their car.

Students will learn to think critically about their choices, Hackett said. When purchasing groceries at the store, they’ll need to decide whether organic produce from New Zealand is better than produce from the East Coast.

Hackett said consumers need to look at where the product came from, its method of production and how it was transported.

Feedback on the course will show if the public is interested in more green classes.

“We wanted to dip our feet in the water,” said Cynthea Preston, LTCC dean of instruction.

Preston said a potential program is in the research and development stages. Hackett’s goal is to finish a research proposal on further green-education options by May.

Few other schools have green programs, so research is difficult, Hackett said. Some schools are advertising for programs two years away, she said.

Hackett said the field is innovative, and she needs to figure how it would fit with the college.

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