University students in Costa Rica and Athens can learn about sustainability — while learning from the same professors.
Beginning in the spring of 2013, the UGA Costa Rica study abroad campus has a new program option: the Sustainability in Action semester, which offers a new sustainability certificate awaiting approval and collaboration between professors in both Costa Rica and Athens.
The new program is intended to draw from Richard Louv’s book The Nature Principle, which encourages colleges to create programs connecting people to nature, Matt Stevens, assistant director of UGA Costa Rica, wrote in an email to The Red & Black.
“This same inspiration drives each of UGA Costa Rica’s research initiatives or study abroad programs,” he wrote. “But particularly so with this new Sustainability in Action semester.”
The program is an international field experience with coursework intended to directly feed into the University’s Local Food Systems, Environmental Ethics, Organic Agriculture and Sustainability certificate programs.
“We investigated four increasingly popular certificate programs here at UGA and compiled a course package that’d satisfy core requirements in each of them,” Stevens wrote.
Quint Newcomer, director of UGA Costa Rica, wrote in an email that the faculty is working to blend their classes so it won’t be like a typical semester in which students go from one distinct class to another.
“The faculty will all be sharing information and collaborating such that their lectures and field activities will touch on many of the same aspects of sustainability,”…
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