Brown Environmental Leadership Lab:
Sustainable Development for High School Students
Two-Week Residential Sessions:
June 21 – July 3, 2015
July 5 – 17, 2015
July 19 – 31, 2015
Minimum age of 15 at the time of the program.
Addressing today’s environmental issues requires passionate, well-rounded, and thoughtful leaders. At Brown’s Environmental Leadership Lab in Rhode Island, we help high school students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be socially responsible leaders. The academic content of this course centers on understanding the causes, impacts, and solutions to climate change both globally and locally. In order to appreciate the many manifestations of climate change, our curriculum draws from both environmental science and environmental studies including biology, chemistry, economics, history, sociology, and engineering. Leadership skills are taught through a number of workshops, team-building experiences, and the development of an Action Plan.
BELL students live and study on the 372 acre Haffenreffer Estate in Bristol, RI, 15 miles south of Brown’s campus on the cobble beaches of Narragansett Bay. The Estate contains both forest and coastline habitats and has been an active research site for Brown faculty from biology, environmental science and anthropology departments.Students also spend one day on Brown's campus to learn about current research, eat a meal in a dining hall, and explore the neighborhood. Learning at BELL is experiential and challenging. Together, we will investigate how human demands on the environment often threaten the very ecosystems that keep us alive.
Students will enroll in BELL: Rhode Island
Topics of Study:
- Global climate change impacts and solutions
- Land use, local food, and food justice
- Coastal ecosystems
- Alternative energy technologies and solutions
- Science communication
- Policy options for natural resource management
- Environmental justice
- Socially-responsible leadership