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Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Sustainable Development

This course is no longer being offered.

Course Description

BELL is a unique outdoor learning laboratory. The courses draw their curricula from many different disciplines: biology, chemistry, geology, environmental studies, leadership theory and experiential education. As students live and learn together on the shores of Narragansett Bay, they are challenged both physically and intellectually.

This program is based on the 372 acre Haffenreffer Estate in Bristol , Rhode Island , on the rocky coast of Mt. Hope Bay . Mt. Hope Bay is part of Narragansett Bay, a 147 square mile estuary with 256 miles of shoreline. Narragansett Bay is of national significance as a spawning ground, nursery, and habitat for hundreds of species. The Haffenreffer Estate has acres of woods and open fields as well as volleyball and bocce courts. Students live in large tents on wooden platforms overlooking the water and are in close proximity to a multi-purpose building with showers, bathrooms, a kitchen and dining room, a living room area and an indoor classroom.

Students will learn how human demands on the environment often compromise the long-term health of the very ecosystems that keep us alive. They will develop the leadership skills they need to tackle pressing environmental problems in their home communities. Students will also learn about policies, practices and emerging technologies that can help reduce humankind’s ecological impact.

*Although the BELL program is co-educational, the program's overnight accommodation (tents) are single gender (tents for boys and tents for girls). Because we have a limited number of tents, it is critical that we track applications/registrations by gender in order to accommodate the single sex nature of our overnight accommodations.

If you are female, please apply/register in CRN 10007 for June 23 - July 3, CRN 10290 for July 07 - July 18, or CRN 10354 for July 21 - August 1.

If you are male, please apply/register in CRN 10013 for June 23 - July 3, CRN 10353 for July 07 - July 18, or CRN 10355 for July 21 - August 1.

*Please note: This course has a Material Fee of $50.00.