Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.40
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

Weber State University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Bonnie Christiansen
Academic Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Practices and Research Center
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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?:
Yes

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

1) The Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) hosts Alternative Breaks throughout the academic year that help to students to engage in direct service trips throughout the world. Two of the Spring 2022 Alternative Breaks were centered around sustainability. The Environmental Conservation trip to O-ahu, Hawaii lasted for nine days. Students learned about ocean plastic pollution and participated in different beach clean ups.
The Environmental Sustainability week-long trip to Fort Worth, Texas. Students learned about environmental sustainability and food insecurity by serving the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens and The Tarrant County Food Bank.
https://www.weber.edu/ccel/alternative-breaks-team.html

2) Weber State University student interns participate with professors and community partners to engage in sustainability-related, community-based projects. For example, from 2020-2021, four student intern research assistants worked with the Sociology 3300 (Environment & Society) class and two community partners (WSU's Energy & Sustainability Office and Facilities Management) to complete a community-based research project concerning attitudes about water, water usage, and conservation at Weber State University titled "Uncovering Attitudes Towards Water at Weber State University." The research findings helped to inform the university's Water Action Plan.


Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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https://www.weber.edu/ccel/alternative-breaks-team.html - website for the Center for Community Engaged Learning alternative breaks

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