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Open to all Simmons and COF students; no prerequisites
Duration: 3 weeks (see dates below)
Program Price includes: Roundtrip airfare between Boston & Iceland, accommodations, most meals, in-country transportation
CHEM 221: 4 credits (undergrad); graduate-level credits by special arrangement; No prerequisites.
We look at innovative strategies currently being implemented (both worldwide and in Iceland) to proactively address issues threatening sustainability. The focus of the introductory part of the course is to examine the choices we make and to look at how to incorporate sustainable practices into our lives. The second part of the course examines the questions “What is it about Iceland’s culture, history, and natural history that has helped to shape its current environment ethic?” This course also surveys the complexities of global warming, explores personal responses to climate chance, identifies our participation in this ecological crisis, and explores our individual and collective power to shape an effective response to climate change. Course material is presented through readings, group discussions, debates, journaling and field trips, including a hiking expedition.
• Volunteering in a tree planting/soil conservation program near Mt. Hekla, Iceland's most active volcano
• Learning about environmental and agricultural issues facing Iceland and about imaginative solutions to global and local problems
• Learning about Iceland's unique geology, its innovative use of geothermal energy, and how this island nation is leading the world toward a path of sustainability
• Developing a leadership action plan to grow what you have learned about sustainability through community once you return home
Students must be in good physical condition as the program will involve hiking in remote areas.
Michael Berger, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Simmons College, has been involved in the environment for several years - politically, artistically, and through scientific study. He was the founder of the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance, a non-profit parks advocacy group. Dr. Berger created and exhibited a series of photographs and paintings inspired by the beauty of Boston's Emerald Necklace. His students evaluate the pollution of the Muddy River and study the transport of harmful metals in plants. As the former Director for the Colleges of the Fenway Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Dr. Berger has made sustainability the focus of a number of initiatives that encourage student participation in sustainable initiatives across the Colleges of the Fenway.
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