GreenFreiburg in Madison

Course Title: Env Studies 699: Directed Study: GreenSummer Freiburg in Madison
Semester: Summer 2012
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Nancy Mathews, Alfonso Morales, Global Health Institute
Community Partner: GreenLink Projects LLC
Related Activity: GreenSummer Freiburg

Abstract: The course is designed as a community-based learning course. We will learn together about environmental sustainability, its direct and vital relationship to global health issues, and how our efforts in Madison might be enhanced going forward. To put this into context, we will be using Freiburg’s globally-recognized successes as a benchmark. In addition to learning about a variety of sustainability-related programs, projects and initiatives in Freiburg, we will work to identify existing sustainability-related initiatives and programs in Madison, and then envision what enhanced or new concepts might look like based on the Freiburg models.

Student Learning Goals: By setting some of Freiburg’s green efforts in the context of the Madison region, students will be able to reflect on the importance of various ‘green’ concepts and their importance to the global health system. Students will be challenged to discuss positives of health-related aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies (eg: manure-based biogas digesters keep phosphorus out of our regional lake system, which increases water quality for recreation and fishing).

Deliverable Product or Service:

  • MadEco Guide. A campus sustainability guide and will be distributed to students through the Office of Sustainability, Campus’ Residence GreenHouse community, and other locations such as Union South.