Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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University of California, Santa Cruz
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Campus Sustainability Office
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

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

The Program in Community and Agroecology, founded in Fall 2002 in collaboration with the Colleges and University Housing Services, is an experiential living and learning program located at the Village in the Lower Quarry.

PICA's primary academic mission is to engage students with sustainability through practical experience and the sharing of community based knowledge. Through seminars, practical training in agroecology and organic gardening, student involvement in campus and community gardens, and the development of local composting projects, PICA students are able to integrate classroom instruction with hands-on learning.

PICAns work in the classroom and the field to address such questions as:

How do issues of environmental quality and social justice interact in sustainable communities?
How does an understanding of ecology inform decisions about farming/gardening practices?
What impact can consumer choice have on how farmers design and manage their farming systems?
What roles do art and creativity play in shaping social change and in sustaining communities?

Some of their activities include:

Practical training in agroecology, horticulture and organic agriculture
Saturday workdays at the Foundational Roots Garden in the Village
Community Meals with organic food from the garden
Local internships and field studies
International exchanges and studies in agricultural communities
Collaborations with other campus programs working towards sustainability

The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:
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