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Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Six Sections Available to Choose From:

Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 22, 2015 - July 03, 20152M,T,W,TH,F,SA 8:30A-9POpenLauren Watka, Jayce G10007
June 22, 2015 - July 03, 20152M,T,W,TH,F,SA 8:30A-9POpenLauren Watka, Jayce G10013
July 06, 2015 - July 17, 20152M,T,W,TH,F,SA 8:30A-9POpenLauren Watka, Jayce G10290
July 06, 2015 - July 17, 20152M,T,W,TH,F,SA 8:30A-9POpenLauren Watka, Jayce G10353
July 20, 2015 - July 31, 20152M,T,W,TH,F,SA 8:30A-9POpenLauren Watka, Jayce G10354
July 20, 2015 - July 31, 20152M,T,W,TH,F,SA 8:30A-9POpenLauren Watka, Jayce G10355

Course Description

BELL Rhode Island is a unique outdoor learning experience. 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. All learning at BELL is experiential and challenging.

This program is based on the 372 acre Haffenreffer Estate in Bristol, Rhode Island, on the shores of Narragansett Bay. The Haffenreffer Estate has acres of woods and open fields as well as volleyball and bocce courts. Students live in large tents on wooden platforms overlooking the water and are in close proximity to a multi-purpose building with indoor showers, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room/indoor classroom.

Students will learn how human demands on the environment often compromise the long-term health of the very ecosystems that keep us alive. They will develop the leadership skills they need to tackle pressing environmental problems in their home communities and develop an Action Plan. Students will also learn about policies, practices and emerging technologies that can help reduce humankind’s ecological impact and adapt to climate change.

*Although the BELL program is co-educational, the program's overnight accommodation (tents) are single gender (tents for boys and tents for girls). Because we have a limited number of tents, it is critical that we track applications/registrations by gender in order to accommodate the single sex nature of our overnight accommodations.

If you are female, please apply/register in CRN 10007 for June 22 - July 3, CRN 10290 for July 06 - July 17, or CRN 10354 for July 20 - July 31.

If you are male, please apply/register in CRN 10013 for June 22 - July 3, CRN 10353 for July 06 - July 17, or CRN 10355 for July 20 - July 31.

*Please note: This course has a Material Fee of $50.00.