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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 Bronze
Overall Score 43.94
Liaison Lisa Kawai
Submission Date June 5, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Soka University of America
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 M. Robert Hamersley
PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology
Environmental Studies
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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, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:

Learning Clusters are three-week intensive research seminars typically designed by students to bridge theory and practice. Learning Clusters provide students the opportunity to further explore a topic of their interest through direct experiences locally and abroad. Below are titles of recent sustainability-related Learning Clusters:

Conservation of California Wildlands, Soka University, 2017
Green SUA: Building a Certified Green Campus, Soka University, 2017
Disasters and Emergency Management, Soka University, 2016, 2017
Ishmael and the Fundamental Environmental Problem, Soka University, 2016
Housing and Weatherization in Argentina, Argentina, 2016
From Field to Cup: The Politics, Economies, and Ecologies of Sumatran Coffee, Singapore, and Indonesia, 2015
Biosecurity in Aqua-structure: Parasites in Food, Iquitos, Peru, 2015
Campus Sustainability, Soka University, 2014
Alien Species in the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos, Peru, 2014
Costs and Benefits of High-Speed-Rail: The Acela Corridor, East Coast-USA, 2014
Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation, Costa Rica, 2014


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.