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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Donna Liss
Submission Date March 14, 2012
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Truman State University
ER-12: Sustainability Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Michael Kelrick
Professor and Chair
Biology Department
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Does the institution offer a program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

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

The course of interest is BIZ 306/506G, a study abroad course that visits Belize. An example of one of the study sites that the course visits follows, to provide a sense of what students experience.

The Hill Bank Field Station is situated in the subtropical forests of northwestern Belize. It is operated by Programme for Belize, a Belizean, non-profit organization established in 1988 to promote conservation of the natural heritage of Belize and wise use of its natural resources. It is situated near the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, a 260,000 acre parcel of land representing approximately 4% of Belize's total land area. It supports a rich and exotic assemblage of biodiversity, including 392 species of birds, 200 species of trees, 70 species of mammals and 12 endangered animal species. At Rio Bravo, Programme for Belize seeks to link conservation of tropical forest with the development of sustainable land uses which leave the forest and its environmental values intact. Programs include scientific research, environmental education, professional training and promotion of environmental awareness amongst visitors.


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