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Students Engage in Learning about the Environment at Haffenreffer Estate

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Rhode Island: Program Overview

Climate Change and Sustainable Development for High School Students

In a world constantly connected to iPhones, email, Twitter, and Facebook, students at BELL RI intentionally unplug for the better part of two weeks in order to explore the shores and marshes, forests and fields of the Haffenreffer Estate in Brisol, RI and to learn about their individual leadership potentials and that of others.

Each summer, a group of highly motivated students investigate and grapple with major environmental issues, all relating to global climate change. The vast majority of environmental issues today, be it water resources, local food initiatives, ocean management, or energy production, are linked, in some way, to climate change. Our goal is to learn about these global issues by way of local experiences and examples in order to equip and empower students to act on these issues back home.
Learning at BELL is experiential and challenging. Student will:

Students will enroll in Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Sustainable Development

Your Action Plan

We believe that it is not enough to understand complex social issues. Instead, effective leaders ask themselves, "What will we do with what we know? How will we serve others? How might we work for long-term social change?" 

At the Leadership Institute, we help our students define the issues that they are passionate about and construct an Action Plan to address them. We work with you to set realistic goals, identify mentors and resource people, and anticipate challenges.

We encourage you to think about some potential Action Plan topics before you come to BELL, but most students don't actually know what their Action Plan will be until they start working on it at BELL. Your instructors will help you design an Action Plan that fits your interests and skills.

Examples of BELL Student Action Plans:

Review students’ final reports on their plans in our digital Action Plan library.

Your program fee includes:

Your Program fee does not include:

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