Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Lexi Brewer
Submission Date July 25, 2012
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University of Puget Sound
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 John Hickey
Associate Vice President of Business Services/Community Engagment
Business Services
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

First-year students at Puget Sound may elect to take part in residential seminars during their freshman year, typically one of which is sustainability-themed. This year's offerings included a course called "Ecotopia? Landscape and Identity in the Pacific Northwest." The syllabus for this residential seminar includes the following overview: "In his novel Ecotopia, Ernest Callenbach envisioned Northern California, Oregon, and Washington separating from the USA to become a break-away “green” republic. Using this imagined place as a kind of base camp, we will explore the multifaceted relationship between landscape and human identity in the region. We will ask: How have different peoples encountered, experienced, and represented the environment in the Pacific Northwest? How has the environment, or at least their understandings of it, shaped their sense of who they are or want to become?" Last year the sustainability-related offering in our residential seminars was called "Peasants, Commodity Markets, and Starbucks: The Economics of Coffee" which included Fair Trade and sustainable coffee initiatives, as well as covered environmental externalities in coffee production.

The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
For the above Ecotopia course, the book "Ectopia" was chosen (written by Ernest Callenbach).

The website URL where information about the theme is available:

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