Program Highlights

Dates

June 4 – July 16, 2017

Applications open on December 1. The deadline to apply is February 9, 2017.

Faculty Directors

Dr. Gregory Gangi, Institute for the Environment and the Curriculum in Environment and Ecology

Program Highlights

The world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. More than half of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities, and by 2030 this number will swell to about 5 billion.

Europe has been a global leader when it comes to developing more sustainable living cities. Students will visit large and mid-sized cities that are models of sustainable planning and leaders in the Smart Cities movement. Smart Cities use state-of-the-art technologies to create evolutionary impacts on urban economic development and sustainability.

Students will also focus on the global energy transition. Germany currently gets a 1/3 of its electricity from renewable sources — a remarkable feat considering that Germany is not blessed with good resources for hydroelectric power or solar energy. Despite these obstacles, Germany has emerged as a global leader in the energy transition.

The course will begin in Freiburg, Germany. Students will spend approximately two weeks in Freiburg, two weeks in the Hague/Delft region of the Netherlands, and finish up with visits in the Ruhr Area and several days in Berlin.