Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.51
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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University of Florida
ER-12: Sustainability Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Stephanie Sims
Implementation Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer a program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

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

UF offers study abroad opportunities through Living Routes, which offers accredited study programs (January, Summer, Semester and Year Abroad) with integrated Service Learning in Ecovillages in Australia, India, Peru, Scotland, Israel, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. focusing on Sustainability Studies, Community Development, Social Justice, Permaculture, and the Environment. Students receive an academic transcript from UMass Amherst, and academic credit is widely transferable to colleges and universities throughout the U.S, including UF. Additionally, students participate on Living Routes programs for the skills, research opportunities and experience they provide, including excellent Capstone research.

Ecovillages are unique communities where the theory and practical applications of ecological sustainability and social justice meet. In Ecovillages around the world, people are creating and modeling sustainable lifestyles in harmony with their local environments - restoring ecosystems and habitat, developing participatory models of governance, growing healthful organic food, building "green" homes, working for justice and social change, empowering girls and women and youth at risk, and utilizing renewable resources such as wind and solar energy.These communities provide ideal "campuses" to immerse yourself in academic,experiential and service learning about sustainability, and prepare for lives and careers that make a difference.

The website URL where information about the immersive experience is available:
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