Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.05
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date March 23, 2023

STARS v2.2

Purdue University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tony Gillund
Director of Sustainability
Campus Planning, Architecture and 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:
SFS-Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies: A semester in Costa Rica where students will design and conduct a rigorous field research project and learn how Costa Ricans are creatively addressing conservation and development issues. Students gain practical skills in the field including GIS use and applications, species identification, habitat and biodiversity assessment, forest soundscape techniques, songbird mist-netting, tourism impact assessment methods, basic Spanish language skills, research design and implementation, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and research presentation. Additionally, the experience will include exploring the cloud forests of Monteverde to study tropical ecology and sustainable land management and a behind the scenes visit to a local coffee farm and sustainable permaculture homestead to learn how Costa Ricans have successfully combined agriculture and conservation. SEA Semester: Environmental Studies at Sea: Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, SEA has equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment. SEA is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Program participants spend 5+ weeks in Woods Hole before setting sail on one of SEA's two research vessels.

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