Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.50
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date May 17, 2022

STARS v2.2

University at Buffalo
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Derek Nichols
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
UB 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:

The Sustainability in Latin America: A Case Study in Costa Rica Program is themed around agriculture, energy, and eco-tourism, topics particularly unique to Costa Rica. Students participate in regionally specific tours (e.g., coffee farms, hydroelectric facilities, cloud forest research sites), lectures (e.g., from indigenous community leaders, agriculture representatives, government officials), class discussions, outdoor activities (e.g., hiking, bird watching, beaches), assignments, and reflections intended to highlight sustainability in practice. By getting out of the classroom and engaging with science and engineering practitioners (displaying both good and bad examples of sustainability), the trip fosters a deeper understanding of the oft-discussed but rarely understood concept. Students are challenged to engage with the local culture and economy while considering what it truly means to be sustainable.

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