During the 2012 NAFSA Conference and Expo, the GoAbroad Team was pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Innovation Awards. As part of a continued effort to recognize the hard work and dedication this year’s nominees, GoAbroad will be sharing individual features of the 2012 GoAbroad Innovation Awards finalists over the coming weeks. This week, we are thrilled to bring you the Innovation in Sustainability finalists!
Please join us in congratulating the following Finalist of the Innovation in Sustainability Award:
University of Oregon
“University of Oregon Sustainability Programs”
Sustainability is second nature at the University of Oregon. Cross-campus collaboration to build sustainable cities and implementation of green product design are two of the university’s five “Big Ideas” – standards that help shape the UO’s future. Our commitment to sustainability is evident in UO programs around the globe – from Ecuador
to Europe, and from Canada to China. The UO curriculum also focuses sharply on sustainability, in the arts and sciences as well as the professional colleges. Likewise, many of UO’s study abroad programs have strong sustainability elements.
Innovation is apparent in the UO’s integration of sustainability research and practice. The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is an interdisciplinary laboratory for nurturing sustainable approaches in urban settings. SCI’s Sustainable City Year Program focuses on a specific project in a specific city, taking an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty through three terms of courses and applied work in the chosen laboratory (Oregon cities that apply to the program).