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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 45.51
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Waterloo
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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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:

As part of the Master of Development Practice, hosted within the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development, students are required to complete two full terms working with a local development organization in a developing country. Placements could include Burkina Faso, Botswana, Ghana, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, or Vietnam, and would typically involve work with a development organization or agency that is:
 developing income generation projects for urban or rural poor
 conducting an environmental impact assessment or survey
 creating a marketing or small business development plan
 developing urban services such as microfinance or clean water
 helping communities adapt to climate change
 working with industry on environmental sustainability
 addressing social challenges such as trafficking of women or HIV/AIDS


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.