By: Emily Linginfelter ~Staff Writer~ With only six students, Xavier’s Land, Farming and Community (LAND) major is one of the university’s smallest degree programs. The LAND major focuses on the food system primarily in relation to agroecology, the tie between agriculture and ecology. Since the inception of the sustainability academic department in 2013, LAND has not grown at the rate of the department’s other newly-minted majors, especially the two business-focused majors. However, it offers the most experiential and interdisciplinary learning model of the program’s four undergraduate degrees. LAND Director Kathleen Smythe, Ph.D., said the committee knew this degree would have … Continue reading LAND MAJOR SMALL BUT GROWING: AN INSIDE LOOK AT SUSTAINABILITY

For and with others: Growing sustainability at Xavier

By: Taylor Fulkerson ~Managing Editor~ Xavier announced three majors in sustainability only two years ago, in the fall of 2013. This May, three students will graduate with sustainability- related degrees. They will be the first students to do so. Joe McGrath, a senior majoring in Sustainability: Economics & Management (a business sustainability major with concentrations in economics and management), is unique. While both Mark Miller and Michael Murray have been able to incorporate a sustainability related major in with the majors they were already pursuing, McGrath was unable to do that. “I switched my junior year from a double major … Continue reading For and with others: Growing sustainability at Xavier

Gallery honors local sustainabily leaders

By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~ Xavier recently hosted “The Sustainability Heroes Gallery” to celebrate influential sustainability leaders in the Cincinnati area. On Feb. 2, Kathleen Smythe, the Senior Administrative Fellow for Sustainability, sponsored The Heroes Gallery in Fenwick Place. The gallery was funded by a small sustainability grant in support of the Xavier University President’s Climate Commitment. It took place from 4 to 5 p.m. and promoted sustainability values and vocation. “The Heroes Gallery tells the stories of Cincinnati’s sustainability heroes through the eyes of Xavier students and faculty,” Smythe said. “I created this exhibit out of twin personal truths. … Continue reading Gallery honors local sustainabily leaders