Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.13
Liaison Bridget Flynn
Submission Date March 9, 2017
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Oberlin College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Bridget Flynn
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

Oberlin offers a number of study abroad experiences through affiliated programs that focus on sustainability. These programs allow students the opportunity to experience new cultures and environments, and learn about unique perspectives on sustainability. Programs include:
Wildlife, Conservation and Political Ecology--Tanzania
Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management--Tanzania
Sustainability and Environmental Action--Australia
Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology--Australia
New Zealand Earth Systems--New Zealand
Language, Society and the Environment--Costa Rica
Sustainability and the Environment--Costa Rica
Tropical Ecology and Conservation--Costa Rica
Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities--Costa Rica
Semester in Environmental Science--Massachusetts
Social Justice and Sustainable Development--Brazil

Many students also pursue summer internships and winter term opportunities at various sustainability-related organizations or projects. For instance, winter term experiences at the Oberlin Project, a full spectrum sustainability project aiming to improve the resilience, vitality, and opportunity in Oberlin, are offered most summers and winter terms. The Oberlin Project's ultimate goal is climate positivity by 2050 and a functional, sustainable, prosperous community. See more at oberlinproject.org.

While summer and winter term opportunities vary each year, here are some examples of projects and internships undertaken over the 2014-15 school year:
Center for Biological Diversity
Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health
Environmental Defense
Farm Forward
GIS for Natural and Social Sciences
Global Green
Great Basin Outdoor School
The Holden Arboretum
The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation


The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:

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