Overall Rating Reporter - expired
Overall Score
Liaison Jessica Bast
Submission Date April 5, 2012
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North Carolina State University
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Tracy Dixon
Sustainability Director
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The NC State University Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service (CSLEPS) coordinates and hosts over 20 Alternative Service Break (ASB) trips during winter and spring breaks.

The ASB program is a unique service-learning experience in which students engage in direct service to a community, while being immersed in the culture and customs of that community. Teams are led by student team leaders and accompanied by faculty advisors. Throughout the trip, team members participate in a variety of cultural, educational, recreational and reflective activities to enhance their service experience.

CSLEPS, in partnership with the University Sustainability Office, started an annual sustainability themed trip to study environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture in 2011. Each year up to 18 students travel to Costa Rica and join partnering organizations, EARTH University and Tirimbina Biological Preserve to participate in sustainability service learning.

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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

Information specifically about the sustainability-themed ASB service learning experience: http://sustainability.ncsu.edu/alternative-spring-break-costa-rica

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