What is PICA?
PICA began in Fall 2002 in collaboration with the Colleges and University Housing Services. It is an experiential living/learning program located at the Village in the Lower Quarry (map).
PICA's primary academic mission is to engage students with sustainability through practical experience and the sharing of community based knowledge. Through seminars, practical training in agroecology and organic gardening, student involvement in campus and community gardens, and the development of local composting projects, PICA students are able to integrate classroom instruction with hands-on learning.
PICAns work in the classroom and the field to address such questions as:
Activities and opportunities:
“An effective way to achieve environmental education is through consciously and actively living in a locality within which we focus our studies. Integrating our learning into our lives, giving it context and applicability. Our homes and our lives become the context of our studies.” – Peter Isaksen