Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Alaska
Cultural preservation, economic growth, and environmental choices
Sunday, July 30 - Saturday, August 12, 2017
For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2017, with a minimum age of 15 by the start of the program
Applications for BELL: Alaska are due April 7, 2017
Alaska is a place where multiple stakeholders — corporate, governmental, native and non-native — struggle to balance the consumption of natural resources with long-term sustainability. This summer, Brown University, in affiliation with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Kenai Peninsula College, travels to south-central Alaska to introduce students to the beauty and complexities of present-day Alaska.
Over the course of two weeks, we will explore issues Alaskans face in balancing cultural and environmental preservation with economic growth. Learning will be fast-paced, experiential, and include widely diverse perspectives.
Topics of study:
- Alaska Native history and cultural preservation
- Sustainable harvest of salmon
- Climate change's impact on culture, economics, and the environment
- Oil exploration and extraction
- Arctic marine and terrestrial ecosystems
- Socially-responsible leadership