Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.55
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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Clarkson University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Susan Powers
Assoc. Dir. Sustainability
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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:

The Adirondack Semester is a 15-credit, off-campus domestic study program for undergraduates pursuing an experience that is enriching both academically and culturally. Live a semester as a resident explorer, entrepreneur, environmental scientist, poet and policy advocate of the Adirondack Park, one of the largest protected landscapes in North America. Become absorbed and committed, think bigger and work harder than you ever have to create intelligent solutions in a 6-million acre laboratory with wildlife, small town communities and recreation enthusiasts.

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* Devil's Thumb Ranch Sustainability Project Experience - 2nd program
This course prepares students for and includes a two-week intensive work/study experience at a business with a stated sustainability focus. Students will study the nature of the business and their current sustainability practices through structured class time prior to traveling. Students successfully completing this course will gain a better perspective on the technology, business, cultural and regulatory constraints and opportunities that enable the enterprise to operate in a sustainable fashion. Interdisciplinary teams of students will identify additional possible projects to creatively overcome complex, real-world sustainability challenges for the business and complete a preliminary feasibility study that includes interdependent technical, economic and environmental considerations. Project ideas and progress will be communicated through oral presentations and progress reports throughout the semester, culminating in a presentation and report to the business staff.

The focus of the class is a two-week visit and work effort at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado.

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