Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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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:

UC has numerous programs that offer students an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in applied sustainability concepts and issues. A few examples are the following:

A study tour course to the Amazon [EVST 3014, On the River] offers students the opportunity to personally experience one of the largest, intact, tropical ecosystems in the world—the Amazon River Basin—and develop a passion for its sustainability. Students begin the semester preparing across disciplines for an immersion trip to the upper Amazon River. During the actual trip, students, instructors, and crew live on a boat that travels over 600 nautical miles along the river-¬‐stopping to explore the flooded forests by canoe, and the upland, villages, and cities, on foot. On return, students report on individual projects and use their journals for reflection. http://www.uc.edu/honors/students/experiences/travel/amazon.html

The School of Planning offers an immersive faculty-led seminar and study tour entitled Sustainable Urbanism: China "PLAN5199/6099". This seminar course focuses on the concept and practice of urban sustainability from a Chinese perspective. The focus is on how to allow for resilient change in urban communities, while promoting social justice, environmental quality and economic prosperity. Through field study across various disciplines, the course examines the contemporary sustainability issues faced by major cities. Students gain experiential learning in the application of the current theories, models and methods used in engineering, architecture and urban planning to specific, real-world issues of sustainable urbanism as they are currently being addressed in rapidly changing cities in China.

Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
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Links to information about the aforementioned programs can be found above. In addition, UC offers many sustainability-related Study Abroad opportunities, information about which can be found at


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