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Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
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Western Washington University
ER-12: Sustainability Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Andrew Allison
Sustainability Institute Initiative
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A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive experience(s) offered by the institution:

Summer Abroad Programs and sustainability components:

1. Kenya: Field Studies and Collaborative International Service-Learning. Spend six weeks in Kenya learning from local experts and WWU faculty about the culture, politics and issues facing rural Kenya, while engaging in collaborative relationships with local community partners, developing sustainable income generating projects, high-school level service-learning projects, and energy, health and water projects.

2. Tanzania: Gain an in-depth experience of Tanzania. Spend up to four weeks in East Africa and learn about sustainable development, the geography of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the national parks and protected areas of the area.

3. Huxley College of the Environment’s study abroad in Costa Rica, a six-week “Rainforest Immersion & Conservation Action” program RICA. Costa Rica is internationally known for its leadership in ecological conservation, its commitment to the environment, its beautiful beaches and its rich, high diversity forests.

4. New Orleans: “Nature, Culture and the City” is an immersion in local ecology and culture of New Orleans. Study the consequences of human activities and their impacts on culture, including the use of nature as a resource and attempts to reduce threats to life and property. Find out about New Orleans' newly released 21st Century plan and its' vision for livability, opportunity, sustainability, and becoming a "green" city.

5. Peru: Study environmental and cultural impacts, learn how to help preserve the natural areas, visit sustainable tourism projects, and meet with non-governmental eco-tourism organizations.

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

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