Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.51
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date July 31, 2013
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
ER-12: Sustainability Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Stephanie Lage
Assistant Director
Ctr for Sustainable Environment
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Does the institution offer a program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

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

Students from the Sustainable Product and Market Development for Susistence Marketplaces class travel for immersion in the context and to conduct market research during part of the winter break. The field trip has been conducted in Chennai and Bangalore, India. Students observe households in urban and rural subsistence contexts, as well as retail and wholesale outlets. Students interview low-literate, low-income individuals in urban and rural settings regarding product ideas for group projects. Students also visit educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations engaged in the development of innovative programs and technologies for subsistence contexts. The field trip geared to visiting the environment of the urban and rural poor requires considerable planning and rehearsal, and has been a transformative learning experience for the students. Spring semester is spent converting concepts to workable prototypes, and developing manufacturing, marketing and business plans.


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

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