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July 10–23, 2016

Thinking and Acting Beyond "Green"

Be a part of a small community of students interested in moving beyond "green" toward understanding what will be necessary to achieve a truly sustainable future. Learning and living together with a group of equally concerned and engaged people, you will explore how the spaces where we live, work and play can be designed to improve, rather than damage, the environment.

Dynamic faculty and staff will contribute to this two-week interdisciplinary program. We will approach the issues of ecological design and sustainable food from multiple—and sometimes conflicting—points of view to expose and understand the complexities and potential impacts of tackling (or ignoring) the issues.

The program is divided into two weeks of investigation. Rather than offering distinct classes in a traditional classroom setting, we will head outside as a group, collaborating with and challenging one another as our understanding of sustainable practices grows.

We will visit buildings constructed to the highest environmental standards and discuss their merits and limitations. We will investigate the food we eat, how it impacts the land, and how it is grown, produced, transported and sold. We will prepare some of our own meals and learn to think about cooking in more sustainable ways. We will also engage in dance practices to understand how our bodies and movement participate in both architectural and landscape ecologies.

Your adventure will offer many opportunities to connect with the New England landscape, including hikes at nature preserves, a zip line canopy tour and time to enjoy Smith's Botanic Garden, campus arboretum, the Mill River and Paradise Pond.