Sustainable Learning Initiative

The Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls is a program of Colby-Sawyer College in partnership with the City of Franklin.

The purpose of this initiative is to develop a model for an innovative, collaborative, transdisciplinary, community-based living laboratory that is replicable in other locales, and which addresses the financial sustainability of higher education as well as the planetary sustainability of our human institutions by pairing Colby-­Sawyer disciplines across campus with the actual deliverables needed in a current and ongoing sustainable community revitalization project. This initiative has received two rounds of funding from the Davis Educational Foundation Innovation Grant in 2014 and 2015.

Via multiple partnerships with stakeholders such as the City of Franklin, the Franklin Business Industrial Development Corporation, Franklin Savings Bank, Choose Franklin, Franklin Industrial Park and more, Colby-Sawyer College has developed the architecture to support unique real ­life learning experiences for their students that also have tangible, positive impacts. The initiative pairs the learning outcomes of an assignment, a whole class or a major course of study in majors across campus with the actual needs and deliverables of org1anizations in Franklin that are shepherding a sustainable community redevelopment process.  In support of this work the college has also launched a unique three-year degree program in Community-Based Sustainability that emphasizes on-site experiential learning, and which allows those students to develop professional skills while in school.

If you have a project or program of any size that can enhance the learning opportunities of students and is beneficial to you, we welcome the opportunity to consider your request for student engagement to assist in the revitalization projects in Franklin.

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