Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison David Blodgett
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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Babson College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Asheen Phansey
Director of Sustainability
President's Office
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:
Sustainability Synthesis (SUS 3600)
A collaborative course between Wellesley College, Olin College, and Babson College called Sustainability Synthesis (part of the Sustainability Certificate program) helps students learn about sustainability practice through identifying a sustainability issue important to a client (generally a community group/non-profit), collecting relevant data, developing alternative solutions, and making an actionable recommendation for addressing the issue. The course combines students from each of the schools on project teams- bringing together business, engineering, and liberal arts perspectives.

Art and Ecology (ENV4610)
This trans-disciplinary course is co-taught by an artist and an ecologist and will focus on integrating visual art practices and scientific methodologies as a means of observing, understanding, interpreting, and creatively responding to human-driven disturbances and the restoration of nature. We will use art and science and the intersections between these disciplines to investigate the environment through: water, soils and clay, the movement of plants, and landscape ecology. Students will learn a range of contemporary artists whose work is dependent on and responsive to the natural environment. Students will also explore scientific processes for healthy ecological function and human-driven disturbance. Students will be challenged to visualize their scientific observations and creative responses through drawing, graphing, 2 D mixed media, mapping/modeling, and sculpture.

Additional Opportunities Abroad:
- IES Abroad Freiburg, Environmental Studies & Sustainability
- Social Responsibility in Malaysia (HIS4608) led by James Hoopes, Professor of History
- CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Island Nations and Territories (EPS3533)

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