A Necessary Partnership: Study Abroad and Sustainability in Higher Education
Keywords:Sustainable international education, New Zealand, Environment politics, Ecology, Sustainable urban practices, Canada, United States, Cook Islands, Case study, Study abroad, Education abroad
In this article, we will explore two case studies of programs abroad that seriously engaged both the contradictions and opportunities inherent in the idea of sustainable international education. The first examines environmental politics and ecology in New Zealand and the Cook Islands and the second compares sustainable urban practices in Canada and the United States. Based on the lessons learned from these case studies, we will argue that partnership between internationalization and sustainability efforts is necessary to help institutions of higher learning become both global and “green.” To that effect, we discuss specific and concrete ways to “green” study abroad courses throughout this paper, particularly within the two case studies and in our concluding discussion of strategies for international educators, faculty, and higher education administrators.
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