Friday, 07 October 2011 11:15
Get a Green Global Education with the Center for International StudiesWritten by Linda Kelly
As the world “shrinks” and global travel and commerce continue to expand, it’s becoming even more important to understand other cultures, learn languages and be prepared to become a global citizen. The Center for International Studies (CIS) helps students experience the world through its wide range of education and internship programs. CISabroad is committed to giving the best value in study abroad, focusing on affordability, support, cultural immersion and academic relevance for each student. The mission of CIS is to provide innovative education programs that broaden academic perspectives, promote global awareness, and encourage personal development while laying the foundation for participants to become engaged world citizens. The organization is built on the values of integrity, commitment, citizenship, innovation, knowledge, responsiveness, and collaboration. Being mindful of human impact on the Earth's natural resources, CIS is also committed to leading by example in integrating environmental awareness and responsibility into their daily operations and overseas programs. As part of these efforts, CIS has developed a “Green Your Study Abroad” program, with country-specific Green Guides that help students learn about the environmental issues, conservation efforts, volunteer opportunities and green living and travel tips in their new location. CIS also emphasizes the availability of environmental studies courses to its students. CIS has also created a Green Scholarship program for students who choose to participate in at least two green volunteer opportunities while overseas. To qualify, students simply need to apply for the scholarship program, blog about their green volunteer experience while overseas, and conduct a presentation about their experience upon returning home. For their part, CIS maintains the following green initiatives: • Offset the CO2 emissions generated from students’ roundtrip flights for all CIS programs with Carbonfund.org. The CO2 generated is neutralized by supporting the positive action taken by the projects that Carbonfund.org supports to reduce emissions, such as reforestation and alternative energy development. Last year, this was the equivalent of 2,000 tons of carbon; that’s like taking 200 Hummers off the road! • Reuse and recycle as much as possible of the office paper and supplies used by the CIS staff • Encourage staff to follow green travel tips – renting hybrid cars, sharing hotel rooms • Purchase office materials from green, local sources using biodegradable and high post-consumer-waste recycled content. CIS offers semester and summer study abroad programs and internships on six continents, with scholarships and financial aid programs, pre-departure counseling and ongoing student support to ensure that students succeed in their study/intern abroad experience. For more information, contact a CISabroad Advisor today.
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