Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Doug Thompson
Faculty Director of Sustainability
Office of 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:

Several courses at Connecticut College are built around semester long, immersive experiences working with community partners on sustainability related projects. In these courses the immersive experience is central to the course and extends throughout the semester.

ES 290 – Goodwin-Niering Certificate Seminar: In this course, taken by sophomores upon admission to the certificate program, students work with a local land trust (Avalonia Land Conservancy) to develop a project at one of the land trust’s preserves. Students work with the volunteers and leaders from the Land Conservancy to develop projects that will positively impact the environment at the sites but also will allow for community engagement and education. https://www.conncoll.edu/academics/majors-departments-programs/majors-and-minors/goodwin-niering-center-for-the-environment/certificate-program/certificate-seminar/

SUS 293 - Applications in Sustainability: This course offered through the Office of Sustainability partners students with alumni mentors with careers in sustainability. Students are put into 3-4 person groups and tasked with developing sustainability project ideas with the help of one of the alumni mentors. https://conncoll.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Courses/SUS-SUSTAINABILITY/200/SUS-293

SOC 424 – Genocide/Resistance: Native Americans: This sociology course is entirely focused on working with members of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation on projects of interest to the Nation. Students interact regularly with members of the Nation and must learn how to develop the project in collaboration (the class does not start with a set project).

ES 295 – Field Work in Environmental Education: this course is entirely focused on an intensive experience working in environmental education at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. The nature center focuses on helping the public gain an understanding of the natural and cultural landscape and includes a colonial homestead as well as a working sustainable farm.

The Arbo Project is a student led environmental education project in the College Arboretum. Students learn about the ecology of the arboretum and conservation issues and then lead tours of the arboretum for groups of for K-12 aged children from the local community. This provides an important environmental education opportunity for youth in the community that are often not connected with the natural world. Students in the program are involved for at least an academic year.

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