Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.32
Liaison Ken Lindeman
Submission Date April 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Institute of Technology
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ken Lindeman
Professor, Sustainability Studies
Ocean Engineering & Marine Sciences
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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:

The biology department offers a sustainability-focused immersive program in the Amazonian rainforest of Peru during the summer. The class, Archaeo-ecology of the Andes Amazon, is hosted by a leading paleo-climate expert and focuses on impacts of human activities on past and present ecology. Paleo-climatology is integrated with modern ecology to compare sites with and without past human impacts. Students also conduct field techniques that include forest census in megadiverse environments.

Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

There are several other immersive courses that could be included in this credit, including Coral Reef Ecology and Ecology of the Galapagos. Also, Florida Tech's program has had an Alternate Spring Break. Their focus is to facilitate service and education immersion experiences for students to serve with and educate in diverse communities, learn about social issues, and become lifelong active citizens.

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