Global Studies 2017 Summer Workshop: Sustainable Futures

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Mon, 7/24/2017 - Fri, 7/28/2017
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Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    Current high school students and graduating seniors are eligible to apply.



  • 217-265-5186


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This intensive course for motivated high school students offers a college-level interdisciplinary foundation in environmental sustainability. The course includes discussions with University faculty and expert practitioners, combining an academic assessment of the fundamental challenges of sustainability with case-study investigations of local practice. Students will engage in research, visit field sites and make team presentations on their findings.

The course involves field trips to restored prairie, the universities’ Sustainable Student Farm, net-zero and LEED-gold certified buildings, experimental biofuel plantations and more. Students that successfully complete the course will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate. 

Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

What is Sustainability?

The issue of sustainability – the continued existence of humanity on planet Earth for an indefinite future – has become increasingly obvious and important over the last fifty years, driven by an increasing human population with increasing per capita resource consumption on a planet with finite resources.

Sustaining human existence requires complex interdisciplinary approaches to sustain functioning economic, social, and political systems, and supportive physical and biological environments.

Course Objectives

  • Introduce students to the social and natural systems that underlie our understanding of sustainability.
  • Equip students with a number of key Earth System conceptual models that allow them to apply a theoretical framework to sustainability issues.
  • Expose students to examples of sustainability practice in a critical way so that these practices are understood in a broad sustainability context.
  • Expose students to research skills and pathways for undergraduate study prior to entering college.

Visit Sustainable Futures for full details.

To Apply

Program Fees & Scholarships

  • Non-refundable application fee: $25 due at time of application.
  • Non-refundable program deposit: $250 due at time of registration.
  • Total program cost per student:

    • Domestic Residential Student – $900 (includes all academic programs, residence hall accommodations, and all meals)
    • Domestic Commuter Student – $450 (includes all academic programs, lunches, and 2 group dinners)
    • International Student – $1500 (includes all academic programs, residence hall accommodations, and all meals) CGS Summer Programs are partially supported by a US Department of Education T6 Grant. We are unable to offer the subsidized price to international students due to funding regulations.  
  • International Students should contact the Center for Global Studies to make specific arrangements for your participation. International students that require additional support (such as ESL assistance) may incur additional costs.
  • Academic Program fee waivers are need-based and can range from $250 – $900. In order to be considered for a waiver, please complete a Financial Aid (available February 1, 2017) form and return it to the Center for Global Studies by May 31, 2017. International students are not eligible for program fee waivers.

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