Field Trips & Experiential Learning
The heart of the Economics, Sustainability and Society (ECOS) program is experiential learning through field trips, guest speakers, and class projects. Internships and practicums are also available and students are encouraged to engage in summer jobs and internships in sustainability areas.
Sustainability class projects have partnered with organizations such as Macy’s, Melink Corporation, the Flying Pig Marathon, Williams Creek Consulting, Dovetail Solar, the City of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Parks. Students have interned with Cincinnati’s Green Umbrella Metrics Team, the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment & Sustainability, the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Grailville Farm and more.
A number of projects with Xavier’s Physical Plant provide opportunities for student learning and action: renovation of classroom building Alter Hall, campus wide energy reduction, composting, energy cost of water, and more. Xavier’s award winning composting system consists of ten pieces of equipment and five to ten individuals working together. Xavier’s recent energy initiative involved dozens of students and has had a significant impact on reducing energy usage on campus.