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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

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

The University of Washington offers several sustainability immersive and sustainability focused educational study programs within culminating project experiences, studios, field courses, and International Programs and Exchanges.

Selected list of Senior Capstone Experience and Culminating projects:
- Environmental Studies Majors participate in a three-quarter Capstone Experience featuring a project-based internship with a community-based organization. http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/students/capstone/capstone.html

- Environmental Science and Resource Management Majors complete a 10-credit Senior Capstone featuring a senior project, research thesis, and/or a restoration ecology field-based project. http://www.cfr.washington.edu/academicPrograms/undergrad/esrm/esrmcapstone.shtml

- Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Majors complete a three-quarter Capstone Senior Research Project featuring an independent or team research project, internship, and/or fieldwork at research center, government agency, and/or NGO.
https://fish.uw.edu/students/about-undergraduate-program/program-overview-requirements/requirements/capstone-project/

- Earth and Space Sciences Majors complete a summer field camp, a 12-credit, six-week course held in Dillon, Montana featuring geological field work, field trips, and group and individual projects.
http://www.ess.washington.edu/ess/education/undergrad/fieldcamp/index.html

- Oceanography Majors complete a two-quarter Senior Thesis project in which they design their own research projects to be carried out during a week-long cruise aboard a research vessel.

- Community, Environment, and Planning Majors complete a three-quarter capstone series, in which they design their own projects working with community “clients” on environmental and sustainability projects.
http://cep.be.washington.edu/current-students/senior-projects/

- Environmental Management Certificate program graduate students complete a two-quarter, team Keystone Project with community partners to address environmental problems with policy, scientific, and business ramifications.
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/students/gradprograms/envmgt/

- Restoration Ecology Minor students complete a three-quarter, team-based Senior Capstone focused on completing a local restoration project with a community client; student teams plan, design, install, and monitor a restoration project.
http://depts.washington.edu/uwren/capstone/capstone.htm

Selected list of immersive studio and field courses:
- The Program on the Environment offers ENVIR 480, a “Sustainability Studio” course in which student research teams analyze specific sustainability practices on the UW campus, focusing each quarter on a different set of specific sustainability practices related to food, water, energy, and climate, among other topics.
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/students/fyi.html

- The Community, Environment, and Planning program offers the following sustainability-focused immersive course experiences:
CEP 200 - Students explore the importance of looking at communities, the natural environment, and the process of planning to solve critical issues by engaging in service learning.
CEP 446 - Students complete internships that relate to the community, the environment, and planning.
CEP 460 Studio Course - students work with planning departments and neighborhood organizations to support environment/sustainability projects.
http://cep.caup.washington.edu/

- The School of Oceanography offers several sustainability-focused immersive course experiences:
Beam Reach - an intensive 10-week-long "voyage" divided between the Friday Harbor Labs and a sailing research vessel. Students conduct independent research projects that use bioacoustic techniques to explore endangered killer whales, their prey, and their environment.
Ocean Observing Initiative - research cruise onboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson; students use the Canadian remotely operated vehicle (ROV) ROPOS to contribute to the on-going installation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative's (OOI) Regional Scale Nodes (RSN), a high power and high bandwidth cabled observatory.
OCEAN 492: Ocean Acidification Research Apprenticeship - Students participate in an ocean acidification mesocosm experiment by helping to design and conduct the overall sampling and by creating their own specific research study.

The University of Washington International Programs and Exchanges (IPE) provide hundreds of study abroad and internship options to UW students. A variety of study abroad models are available including University Exchanges, UW Programs, Exploration Seminars, and Affiliated Programs. Within these programs, multiple opportunities immerse students in sustainability, including but not limited to the following:

Aeronautics & Astronautics Australia: Autonomous Systems and Robotics for Biological Research & Monitoring (Exploration Seminar)
CIEE Summer Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Monteverde, Costa Rica
CIEE Sustainability and Community Program in Stellenbosch, South Africa
CIEE Sustainability and the Environment in Monteverde, Costa Rica
CIEE Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Monteverde, Costa Rica
CIEE Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation in Bonaire
Environmental & Forest Sciences Costa Rica - Natural & Cultural History of Costa Rica (Exploration Seminar)
Honors Spain - Wild Places and Forest Lands in Spain: International Environmental Law & Land Management (Exploration Seminar)
JSIS India: Explore India’s Himalaya – Culture, Politics, Environment
Program on the Environment Peru - From Andes to Amazon: Biodiversity, Conservation & Sustainability (Exploration Seminar)
SIT Study Abroad Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
SIT Study Abroad Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action
SIT Study Abroad Brazil: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology
SIT Study Abroad Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development
SIT Study Abroad Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
SIT Study Abroad Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages
SIT Study Abroad Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics
SIT Study Abroad India: Social Change and Sustainable Development
SIT Study Abroad Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
SIT Study Abroad Mongolia: Geopolitics and the Environment
SIT Study Abroad Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
The School for Field Studies - Marine Resource Management Studies (Turks and Caicos Islands)
The School for Field Studies - Summer Program in Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems and Applied Research Techniques in Costa Rica
The School for Field Studies - Summer Program in Wildlife Management & Techniques for Wildlife Field Research in Tanzania
The School for Field Studies - Sustainable Development Studies (Costa Rica)
The School for Field Studies - Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies (Panama)
The School for Field Studies - Tropical Rainforest Studies (Australia)
The School for Field Studies - Wildlife Management Studies (Tanzania)
The School for Field Studies-Summer Program in Rainforest Management Studies and Techniques for Rainforest Research in Australia and New Zealand
http://studyabroad.washington.edu/


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