Nine students from Mount St. Joseph University traveled to New York City in August to learn about the role that non-government organizations play in helping the United Nations achieve its Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030.
As part of the course, the Mount students, along with Jim Bodle, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, Ph.D., professor of English, volunteered at a sustainable, educational garden and composting site in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The visit was part of a New York component of an Honors course at the Mount taught by Drs. Barkley and Bodle. The course introduces students to the history and goals of the United Nations. Students were given firsthand experience at Red Hook Community Farm, an urban garden that integrates education and work experience for teens and promotes community supported agriculture. Mount students harvested almost 200 pounds of food, including cucumbers and peppers.
The trip did leave some time for site seeing, including the New York Public Library, Central Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.