Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.62
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Auburn University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nanette Chadwick
Director, Academic Sustainability Programs
Biological Sciences
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

(1) Auburn University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-AU)

This student group offers students immersive experiences in designing and implementing sustainable engineering projects. These experiences reflect and support the values and mission of Engineers Without Borders-USA, in that they involve partnerships with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally-sound and economically-sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students.


(2) The Rural Studio program in Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design, and Construction

This program immerses architecture students in a full-time learning and living experience in the impoverished Black Belt of Alabama. On site, they grow their own food, and design buildings and other structures that are socially and environmentally responsible, in addition to being low-cost and thus providing a model for sustainable economic development.


(3) The Alternative Spring Breaks program at Auburn University

This program offers to students immersive experiences in understanding pressing social issues and participating in sustainable solutions to those issues.

Program website:

The current experiences offered are listed online, and include a range of environmentally, economically, and socially-oriented projects:


NOTE: Only the website for the first program, Engineers Without Borders, is listed below for this category, because the STARS reporting tool allows only one website to be listed for immersive programs.

The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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