Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Sustainability is an important interdisciplinary topic, knowledge in this area hopefully can combat global warming (Gore, 2006). Germany and like some other European countries has been working on sustainable issues in businesses, industries and within their municipalities for decades. The country’s results are impressive in sustainable urban structures and planning, renewable energy usage, sustainable transportation systems, and green policies all at the local, state and federal levels, which in turn has led to economic growth and innovation within the country (Buehler, Jungjohann, Keeley, & Mehing, 2011).
Since 2002, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has offered GO GREEN, a study abroad course, which stands for Green Organizations: Global Responsibility for Environmental and Economic Necessity to all students. This course has been taught specifically to study sustainable practices in business and industry and German culture. This is a one-week study abroad course taught partially in Mannheim, Germany and IUPUI. While in Germany, students visit businesses, industries, and municipalities to see sustainable practices in a country, which leads in this area. In addition, German culture is also a focus, especially practices of sustainability found in within the culture. In the past 15 years, roughly 150 students from all majors have participated in this course. Last year, a survey was conducted to determine what these students had ascertained from their GO GREEN course and to see if any of these students were using the skills taught in this class in their work or daily lives. The results of the survey will be discussed in this paper/presentation. A series of twenty questions were posed to the group.
This presentation on Impact of Sustainable Study Abroad Course on Students is the results of the GO GREEN study abroad survey of students from 2002 through 2016. The survey, a series of roughly twenty questions looks at how students have used the interdisciplinary subject matter of sustainability in their lives and work after taking the course as well as other important questions about key elements of the course.
References Gore, A. (2006). An Inconvenient Truth: The Planet Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It. Rodale, New York, NY.
Buehler, R., Jungjohann, A., Keeley, M. & Mehing, M. (2011). How Germany Became Europe’s Green Leader: A Look at Four Decades of Sustainable Policymaking. Solutions. Vol 2, Issue 5.
Fox, P., & McIntyre, C., & Sorge, B. (2018, June), Impact of Sustainable Study Abroad Course on Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30607
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