Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.16
Liaison Michael Gulich
Submission Date March 27, 2013
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Purdue University
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Michael Gulich
Director of University Sustainability
University Sustainability
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

Purdue University launched the Common Reading Program three years ago for the purpose of establishing academic expectations and engaging students from the onset of their undergraduate careers.

A committee of students, faculty, and staff select a book for its ability to engage the University community in discussion and inquiry relevant to student, University, and societal values consistent within the scope of the University strategic plan, namely, launching tomorrow's leaders, promoting discovery with delivery, and meeting global challenges. All new incoming students receive a free copy of the book during the summer orientation program and participate in programs related to the book throughout the year including integration into academic courses and programs and events sponsored by co-curricular offices

The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The website URL where information about the theme is available:

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