Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action

"I have become inspired to take action to help protect the Earth and have acquired the tools to do so. I don't think it is possible to go through this program and not have the desire to take action and make changes."

-- Kerstin Johansson, University of Colorado - Boulder

Acquire methods, tools, and different perspectives on how to make our societies more sustainable.

The Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action program is designed to empower students to make a positive contribution in building more sustainable societies. Students gain critical knowledge necessary to make informed judgments about environmental issues. They learn how to apply the principles of sustainability, not only in their personal lives, but in any career they choose, from accounting to fine arts.

Join students of different majors committed to addressing environmental problems.
The program is based on the philosophy that environmental issues, such as global climate change, are so important in today’s world that all students, irrespective of major, should be ecologically literate. Typically, just over half of the students on the program are environmental studies majors; the program also draws students from diverse fields such as fine arts, business, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science who are inspired to believe they can make a difference and are motivated to act on environmental challenges.

Learn from academics, practitioners, and Aboriginal elders in extraordinary settings.
The program includes numerous field excursions and workshops with leading practitioners. Learning is conducted within remote wilderness areas, national parks, and onsite sustainable housing projects. The program spends a week on the beautiful and sparsely populated island-state of Tasmania. Students also undertake a camping trip with Aboriginal elders.

The emphasis on environmental policy and action is what distinguishes this program from other SIT environmental programs, which place more emphasis on natural ecology.

Assistant Academic Director Eshana Bragg explains the importance of environmental activism in a recent article published in Ecopsychology. Read the article.

During his ISP period, spring 2013 alum Henry Brandes (University of Colorado Boulder) contributed to an article that has recently been published in the peer-reviewed journal Water Research. Read an interview with Henry about his research.

Noah Throop (Skidmore College) studied on the program in spring 2013 and produced a short documentary film entitled Where the Food Grows for his Independent Study Project. Watch the film and read a discussion with Noah about sustainable food production.

Byron Bay Byron Bay: An Extraordinary Place to Study Sustainability
Northern New South Wales — where the program is based — is acknowledged as the leading area in Australia in sustainability. The Byron Bay region, where tropical and temperate Australia meet, is renowned for the following features. Learn more by clicking on any of the links.

Browse this program's Independent Study Projects/Undergraduate Research

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Byron Bay

Prerequisites: None


View Student Evaluations for this program:

About the Evaluations (PDF)

Fall 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Spring 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Fall 2012 Evaluations (PDF)

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