Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.70
Liaison Raymond Bowdish
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2020
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State University of New York at Potsdam
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Heather Sullivan-Catlin
Professor, Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
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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, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:

1) Short-term travel course SOCI 395: Sustainable Communities: The Ecovillage Experience
Course Description - Students will learn about sustainable communities with an emphasis on the ecovillage model and take part in immersion experiences at two thriving ecovillages – one in New York State and the other in Ireland. Students will experience community life through social and service-learning activities, workshops with community residents and educators, field trips to nearby sustainability projects and exploring the natural surroundings at each location
Student Learning Outcomes - At the end of this course you will be able to:
 Identify and describe the underlying social, economic, and ecological problems sustainable communities are attempting to address.
 Describe the sustainable communities movement and place it in the larger context of the wider environmental and intentional communities movements.
 Explain and give examples of sustainable community design and practice along the following dimensions: ecological, economic, social, and cultural.
 Design a basic model of an ecovillage community.
 Apply sustainable community design concepts to your own home and community.
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