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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 Gold
Overall Score 66.35
Liaison Ben Champion
Submission Date May 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Arizona
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Benjamin Champion
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Each year, the School of Geography and Development coordinates a course called Community and School Garden Workshop, which is taught by Professor Marston and examines the social and environmental impacts of school garden programs in our community. This course is cross listed between nine colleges and schools, including the School of Geography and Development, Plant Sciences, Environmental Studies, and the College of Public Health. The class has about 50 students per section, and they meet once a week for a semester to work on different aspects of school garden programs. Based on the student’s major or area of interest, they can work on anything from garden design and maintenance to food handling to grant writing. Each student has different goals that they need to reach by the end of the course, and these can relate to nutrition, teaching, soil sciences, and more.

The schools at which these programs take place are all schools with few resources, specifically schools where at least 50% of the student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch. A few specific schools from our community are Manzo Elementary School, Miles Exploratory Learning Center, and Roskruge Bilingual K-8.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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