Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.67
Liaison Navin Tagore-Erwin
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Hawaii Community College-Hilo
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Drew Kapp
Instructor, Academic Sustainability Committee Co-Chair, Earth Day Fair Coordinator
Social Sciences
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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:

In 2019, Hawaiʻi-CC hosted a sustainability-focused study abroad program in Belize: Environmental Issues in Tropical Ecosystems. The program consisted of a three credit hour course that provides an interdisciplinary study of issues in tropical environments.

Course information: The natural ecology of a terrestrial rainforest ecosystem, a coastal mangrove swamp ecosystem, and an offshore barrier reef ecosystem will be studied. The alterations of these ecosystems by human activities will be examined. Further, the social, political, and economic reasons surrounding both the exploitation and the conservation of these systems will be investigated. Sustainable resource extraction from these ecosystems will be explored and compared to the consequences of biodiversity loss, societal issues, and ecological footprinting. Course participants will be expected to observe aspects of Belizean culture and interact with Belizean guides and Belizean hosts. This course may include both pre-departure and post-trip components, some of which may be web-based.

Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:

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