Webinar: Infusing Sustainability Principles and Practices into Study Abroad

January 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
Register at http://www.aashe.org/calendar/sustainability-study-abroad/

As colleges and universities simultaneously promote both sustainability and study abroad, it is vitally important to ensure that these initiatives are working in harmony. Infusing sustainability principles and practices into study abroad programs can enable us to maximize the benefits of study abroad while also generating meaningful responses to the extra carbon emissions generated by international travel. Cross-cultural learning combined with sustainability education can help students to become ecologically-minded citizens prepared to work for sustainability in our world of diverse cultures and worldviews. In this webinar, the three presenters will set out three models for how to combine sustainability education and study abroad. The first centers on a cyclical, exploratory approach to travel that creates a renewable landscape of study that mentors new faculty and attracts a larger pool of travelers. The second involves a program that provides resources and guidance to leaders of abroad programs so that they can infuse sustainability principles and practices into their program regardless of its substantive or disciplinary focus. The third is an integrative, sustainability-focused, “traveling classroom” model that combines extensive on-campus preparation with an extended study trip. Following the presentations, there will be ample time for questions and discussion, with the aim of generating productive movement forward in this important area of sustainability work in higher education.

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