Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Rhode Island
Sustainable Development and Leadership Development for High School Students
2014 Program Dates:
Two-Week Residential Sessions:
June 23 - July 3, 2014
July 7 - 18, 2014
July 21 - August 1, 2014
Note: Move-in is on Sunday
For students completing 9th-12th grade and are 15 years of age or older by June 2014.
The application period for Summer 2015 opens in December.
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BELL students live and study on the 372 acre Haffenreffer Estate in Bristol, RI, 15 miles south of Brown’s campus on the cobble beaches of Narragansett Bay. The Estate contains both forest and coastline habitats and is an active research site for Brown scientists from biology, environmental science and anthropology departments.
The site is a perfect setting for learning about human impacts on the environment. The Bay is a major economic driver in the region, including seafood provision and recreation; its watershed is one of the most densely populated sections in the country. Consequently, it is an excellent place to learn about the challenges of protecting the environment while meeting human needs.
The Study of Sustainable Development
BELL students study sustainable development through the lens of several academic disciplines, including biology, engineering, environmental science and policy. They learn how human demands on the environment often threaten the very ecosystems that keep us alive. They explore the policies, practices and emerging technologies that can reduce our impact. Students have field trips to sustainable organic farms and a boat trip with a local shell fisherman who teaches them about impacts on the shellfishing industry in Rhode Island. Students build solar ovens to learn and put into practice solar energy principles. Students investigate and critique water management across the property.