OISA continues to embrace sustainable practise.
Andy Thompson, who works for the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure (OISA) as the Program Manager for the Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management (DOLM) initiated a gardening project for his students earlier ths year. More specifically it involved planting a
variety of vegetables (see adjacent photos) on campus as part of the Otago Polytechnic (OP) Living Campus project. Michelle Ritchie (Manager, OP Living Campus) was very supportive as OP has a limited budget for activities relating to the Living Campus. The result is that the campus saves money and the students increase their gardening skills (a very sustainable approach within itself!).
The planting work completed by the students is
credited towards their Enviromental Science yr1 and 2 courses. DOLM lecturer Julie Grant plays a key role in guiding and supporting the students. Guest lecturers in these courses include people such as Nicola Bould (Coordinator, OP Sustainable Champions) and Michelle Ritchie. Recently they have learnt about and discussed soil quality as well as furtheirng their understanding of how a living campus operates, its benefits and overall importance in the promotion of sustainable practice.