Middlebury College’s (MC) Global Partnerships for Sustainability (GPS) is creating opportunities for students to leave a sustainability legacy to the countries where they study. GPS is developing long-term partnerships between MC’s schools abroad and in-country organizations working on sustainability-related issues. GPS creates opportunities for successive cohorts of students to advance the work of partner organizations and their sustainability agendas. Through involvement in GPS students gain significantly greater understanding and proficiency in the language and culture and contribute to a more sustainable future for their host country. The GPS is a collaborative effort between MC’s C.V. Starr Schools Abroad, Environmental Affairs and the Office of Sustainability Integration.
In Fall 2015 pilot projects were established at three of MC’s seventeen schools abroad. Students who choose to participate in the projects receive additional instruction and vocabulary to help prepare them for field work later in the semester at sites managed by project partners.
Students at the C.V.Starr School Abroad in Chile are working with partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of the Frontier to support the development of the Karukinka Natural Park in Tierra del Fuego.
In Kunming, China, students and partners at The Nature Conservancy of China, Shelburne Farms, and Yunnan University School of Ecology and Environmental Science collaborate on the development of wetland outreach and education capacity in Heqing, China.
Students in Japan are working with Tottori University of Environmental Studies and the Town of Chizu to support the development of strategies for sustainable economic development and the revitalization of aging, depopulating rural areas.
For more information about participating in the Global Partnerships for Sustainability projects at a Middlebury College C.V. Starr School Abroad contact:
Jack Byrne, Director, Office of Sustainability Integration