Sustainable Land Development Club
The Sustainable Land Development Club consists of civil engineering students and others who are interested in learning more about the land development design profession through field trips, project presentations by practitioners, and career nights and other social events with LDDI sponsoring firms. There are no annual dues as the club is fully funded by LDDI.
- Career Nights:The night before the fall and spring career fairs, SLDC and LDDI host a career night social giving students an opportunity to meet with land development professionals in a relaxed environment. Past events have included presentations on campus projects and other land development work from around the state with snacks provided at Hokie House. Join us this year for the fall Land Development Career Night on Monday, October 22, 2012.
- Service Projects:In an effort to give back to the community, members of SLDC have volunteered their time and expertise in a variety of service projects. Since the fall 2011 semester, the club has worked for Camp Alta Mons, an 840 acre facility located in Shawsville and run by the Roanoke District of the United Methodist Church. This partnership with the camp provided club members with an excellent opportunity to showcase and expand upon their land development design talents. The projects worked on by the club for the camp included the layout of an RV campground, hydrologic study of a creek that flows through the camp, and a slope analysis to identify the best locations to construct hiking and horseback riding trails. Also, for several years, students have donated one December afternoon to help at the Montgomery County Christmas Store in Christiansburg.
- Field Trips: One out of town field overnight trip is typically taken per year. In the past SLDC members visited various site development projects in northern Virginia in one year and in Richmond during the previous spring. The site visits were hosted by representatives from LDDI sponsoring firms and encompassed a variety of project types in various stages of construction. These field trips are intended to help young engineers bridge the gap between land development design and the “built product.” LDDI covered all of the students’ travel, lodging, and meals expenses while on the trip. Similar overnight trips are planned in the future.
For more information or how to get involved with the club, please contact any of the club officers.
President: Meghan Hekl mehekl(at)vt.edu