Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.39
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mikayla Tran
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of 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?:
Yes

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

Put simply, the Global Environment Theme House (GETH) champions a greener way of life. The Global Environment Theme House provides a small community experience within the larger University and attracts students who are committed to protecting the environment. GETH residents, also known as GETHies, will learn about green living and giving back to our environment, grow as leaders, and develop friendships. A theme program assistant provides resources and support for residents’ social and academic needs. In addition, the theme program assistant helps to guide GETHies through the GETH seminar. Discussion topics include sustainability, pollution, advocacy for animals and environment, environmental and social justice, global climate, gentrification, and urban planning and development.
Program requirements

GETH residents are expected to spend 2-4 hours a week engaged in Theme Program activities including:
 Enrollment and active participation in the 2-unit seminar Natural Resources 24/84: Global Environment Theme House (1 unit each semester)
 Attendance at GETH meetings
 Participation in Theme Program events

Seminar and events
The seminar is a 1 unit per semester, pass/no pass Freshman Seminar class that meets once a week and is taught by College of Natural Resources faculty. Topics for the seminar relate to environmental action and research on and around the Berkeley campus. Students can review a sample course syllabus to get an idea about the coursework and expectations. If admitted to the theme house, students will be given more information about how to enroll in the class.

Events include a wide variety of leadership and community-building activities like dinners with faculty, study groups, and field trips.

Even though it's called the Global Environment Theme House, GETH residents actually live together on the Clark Kerr Campus (CKC) which is situated below the beautiful Berkeley hills on the southeast end of campus.


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Information for this field was provided by the Global Environment Theme House website and organizers.

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