Consumption (Economics); Shopping--Social aspects;
For the Environment, Technology & Society community engagement course, Instructor Susan Salterberg engaged 35 university juniors and seniors from a variety of disciplines from art to information management. These students put science into action through several projects. The course, focused on the impact of consumption on the environment, included several community engagement activities. In one instance, students came up with their own alternatives for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). They were inspired by outdoor gear retailer REI's #OptOutside campaign. In 2015, REI closed its doors, paid its employees, and encouraged both employees and potential customers to go outside--hike, snowshoe, breathe in the fresh air. They did the same in 2016. Students created posts encouraging Iowans to be intentional on Black Friday and this entire winter season.
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