Welcome to the Northwest Sustainability Initiative (NWSI) website. NWSI is a program of Washington Campus Compact (WACC) in partnership with Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) and receives funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Learn & Serve America Program.
What is the Northwest Sustainability Inititative (NWSI)?
The Northwest Sustainability Initiative is a higher-education program whose purpose is to expand participation in community service by supporting innovative service-learning programs in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) to address campus and community needs in the areas of habitat restoration, green energy and campus/community sustainability initiatives.
The goals of NWSI program:
- Increase college student engagement in service-learning within the STEM disciplines
- Institutionalize service-learning within the STEM disciplines
- Improve campus/community sustainability
- Increase green energy practices and restore habitats
- Engage disadvantaged youth in service-learning activities
End Result: By July 2013, NWSI will have accomplished the following:
- At least 1,350 college students and disadvantaged youth volunteer/service learners will participate in STEM-related habitat restoration and service activities
- At least 81 habitat restoration service-learning projects will be completed
- At least 900 college students and disadvantaged youth volunteers/service learners will participate in STEM-related green energy service activities
- At least 54 green energy service-learning projects will be completed
- At least 1,530 disadvataged youth volunteers/service-learners will be mobilized to participate in service-learning activities
- At least 5,760 college student volunteers/service-learners will participate in meaningful STEM-related service activities
- At least 240 STEM faculty members will be receiving training to effectively integrate service-learning into their courses
- At least 96 new service-learning courses and programs will be developed within STEM disciplines
- 15 campus/community Sustainability Action Teams (SATs) will be established and/or further developed