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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 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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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:

-UTK Sustainable Energy Engineering in Ireland: The area of sustainable energy engineering is one of the most important subjects of study in the current environment. Many European countries have invested significant resources in energy technology using non-petroleum based resources such as sun, wind, ocean and geothermal. With about 15% of total energy needs being met by wind energy (compared to only 3.3% in the United States), Ireland has become one of the leaders in wind energy technology. Students will receive credit for ME 472 Sustainable Energy Engineering. The course will cover a variety of sustainable energy technologies, but it will focus mostly on Solar and Wind technology.

-UTK CASNR Jamaica Study Tour: The Jamaica study tour offers students an opportunity to see Jamaican agriculture and natural resources through the eyes of Jamaicans. Based at the University of the West Indies, Mona (Kingston) campus, the tour of agricultural and other economic enterprises will expose students to areas of the Jamaican agricultural sector including coffee, bananas, beef cattle, vegetables, poultry, the intricacies of beekeeping, and aquaculture. In each case, they will learn about production and marketing as well as the importance of each enterprise to the economy of Jamaica. So be prepared to wear jeans and boots, as flip-flops are only recommended during the beach portion of the program! Program co-director Dr. Smith in the Dept. of Animal Science was born and grew up in Jamaica, and has a special connection to the island and his former colleagues in Jamaica. Through this program, students will get the chance to understand Jamaican agriculture--and culture--in a way that an ordinary tourist could not.

-UTK Tropical Ecology, Conservation and Field Methods in Belize: This short-term study abroad course will example wildlife ecology, conservation, and field methods in the tropics. Students will have the opportunity to see new wildlife and ecosystems, experience different cultures, and explore wildlife and conservation issues in Belize. Upon completion of the course students will have developed the field skills necessary to conduct terrestrial natural resource ecology and conservation research in the tropics.

-UTK Waters and Civilizations in Dominican Republic: During this program, students learn to think critically about global issues related to fresh water availability, reflect on their own beliefs about water use and justice and learn to understand the relevant factors impacting surface waters and to appreciate the importance of everyday citizens and nonprofit organizations in protection of our precious water resources.


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