Catie's Sustainability 501 Reflection

While taking Sustainability 501, I was introduced to methods of research in sustainability. I learned about the importance of interdicsiplinary research in the coproduction of knowledge. Interdisciplinary research is beneficial, because it utilizes the resources from various fields and specialized knowledge backgrounds to compile coproduced, well-rounded knowledge. This is important in the field of sustainability, since the focus is on the balance of environmental, economic, and social resources. Looking back, the most memorable and vauluable aspect of this course was the many opportunities for applied learning along the seacoast of New Hampshire. The learning structure is set up in such away that we learn about a certain topic in sustainability, research a case study of a local issue related to the topic, and then visit that local place to apply our knowledge and get hands on experience. Having the opportunity to learn in a classroom and then use that knowledge in a real-world setting helped me deeply understand the importance of the field of sustainability. We observed real people, real communities, and real places being impacted by the effects of climate change. From sea level rise in Portsouth, New Hampshire, to shoreline erosion at Wagon Hill Farm in Durham, New Hampshire, I was able to see how my knowledge could be put to action ro benefit the communities around me. Below, I have attached a reflection of my experience visiting and researching Wagon Hill Farm.
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