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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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Princeton University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Holly Welles
Manager of Communications and Outreach
Princeton Environmental Institute
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

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

1. Undergraduate students from any discipline may apply for one of more than 90 environmental/sustainability-related Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)/Grand Challenges summer internships comprising research apprenticeships with Princeton faculty or other select mentored positions. Students may also seek funding for self-initiated projects with environmental and sustainability learning outcomes. Nearly 100 summer internships are competitively awarded annually. Internships generally focus on complex global environmental problems related to energy and climate, sustainable development in Africa, infectious disease and global health, and environmental sustainability.

Undergraduates from any discipline may apply for funding to support sustainability and environmentally related field research at PEI. Awarded students receive support for travel, research equipment and supplies, and other expenses necessary to complete field research associated with their environmental/sustainability focused senior thesis. PEI also supports graduate research through their Environmental Policy Fellowship Program, Energy and Climate Scholars Program, Walbridge Fund Graduate Award, and the Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Award.

To learn more about PEI and their immersive programs: http://www.princeton.edu/pei/outreach/sustainability/education/

Additionally, the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) connects students' academic work with their interest in and concern for the communities around the University. Working with local nonprofits, students develop research projects, collect and analyze data, and share their results and conclusions, not just with their professors, but also with organizations and agencies that can make use of the information. Working with CBLI, students can do community-based research in courses, as a summer research internship, and as part of their junior paper or senior thesis. CBLI works with many community nonprofits of various fields, including environmental nonprofits (GreenFaith, Sustainable Princeton), food systems and gardening (New Jersey Farm to School, Princeton School Gardens Cooperative), and urban development (New Jersey Future.)

To learn more about CBLI and their immersive programs: http://www.princeton.edu/cbli/

The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:

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