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What Community Partners Say

What our Community Partners say About the Environmental Leadership Program

“I HIGHLY recommend the Environmental Studies Service Learning Program (now called the Environmental Leadership Program) to others in the community. The work that the students performed was high in quality and the duration of the program allowed for a richer and more fully developed product. I was very pleased with the students’ work and anticipate collaborating with them again in the future.”

Trevor Taylor
Natural Resources Operations Coordinator
Eugene Parks and Open Space Division

“The team completed a high priority project for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which involved inventory, monitoring and web-site development on public lands that are used illegally for dumping household garbage. The dumping of garbage on public lands in the rural areas of Lane County is a growing problem and the team’s project has helped BLM to begin to better manage this issue…I would highly recommend the program. Because the students are very motivated I see the program as a win-win for the community as the program is ‘results’ oriented.”

Wayne E. Elliott
District Natural Resource Advisor
Eugene District, Bureau of Land Management

“The quality of [the students’] work was outstanding. They were extremely dedicated to the project, and their concerted effort gave us a much better product than if we had hired individual interns who may or may not have remained for the duration of the project. Having the benefit of the program coordinator was a primary benefit of the project. He was able to direct the students’ energies which ensured a quality product. He was extremely easy to work with. I absolutely recommend this program to other agencies in the community. The combination of having a team with a project manger to direct student efforts made the program an outstanding component of our research project. It was a perfect fit for our agency – for a very affordable price.”

Jessica Chanay
Assistant Director, FOOD for Lane County

What teachers are saying about the EE teams:

“[The ELP students] were confident, knowledgeable, organized and prepared. The entire class appreciated the activity and the facilitation. Thank you!”
“Thank you again for a meaningful and memorable presentation…The activites were highly effective in promoting accurate recall of unit concepts and students appreciated the hands-on learning experiences.”
“My colleagues were envious when I described the presentation to them. There is a demand for positive, hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students.”
“Activities were thought-provoking, interactive and on task. Lessons moved well. Safety issues were addressed appropriately, and they were well prepared with obtainable objectives. They established positive rapport and I wish we could have had another session. This was an excellent opportunity for students, parents and teacher to gain an enhanced perspective of their local environment with skill sets that are universally transferable. Thanks!”
And community partners:
“I find continual value in all the great resource guide materials and information the team provided.”

Sarah Hall, Wells Fargo Wholesale Services Group
Spring 2007

“Your team was wonderful to work with. All very impressive students and nice, easy going people.”

Dr. Kari O’Connell, Forest Director,
HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
Spring 2007