Tuesday, September 29, 2009

IHEC Blog will Participate in Blog Action Day 2009 Focusing on Climate Change

October 15th will be Blog Action Day 2009 and IHEC Blog has registered and will participate. The theme of Blog Action Day 2009 is Climate Change and my plan is to highlight the various efforts and resources in the field of international education that focus on climate change. Examples of what might be included in my Blog Action Day post are:

- Social networks/listservs for international educators that focus on sustainability and greening the field

- study abroad/exchange programs with significant course content focused on the environment

- Standards of Good Practice

- Study Abroad Programs/Providers mission statements and/or efforts in this area

In order to produce a good resource I need your assistance! Please take a moment to leave a comment below with information (preferably links) on what your study abroad program, institution, or organization is doing in this area and I will gladly list and provide a link. Additionally, if you know of any resources I should list please leave a brief description with any links in the comment section. An example of what I'm looking for can be found in the great work of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad in their efforts to go Green which you can read about here.

Thank you in advance and I look forward to reading your suggestions in the comments section!

Additionally, you can follow Blog Action Day on Twitter here.


  1. Things that I'm thinking of adding at the moment include:

    - Forum on Education Abroad Sustainability Standards (http://forumea.org/standards-index.cfm)
    - Efforts by GlobaLinks Abroad mentioned above (http://globalinksnewswire.com/?cat=22)
    - Efforts by IES (http://www.carbonfund.org/site/landing_pages/IES_abroad_
    - The Green Passport Program (http://greenpassport.ning.com/)

  2. http://global.tulane.edu/studyabroad/green.html

  3. @Mark ~ Many thanks for the link to Tulane's carbon offset program.

  4. The CT State University system will be hosting an int'l conference "International Perspectives: What Do We Mean by Green" It is open to all 4 CT state university students/faculty and staff. Here is the link for those of you who may be interested in contacting any of the scheduled speakers directly for more information about their programs - including the green passport program.
    Missy Gluckmann, Western CT State University (and Melibee Global Educational Consulting)

  5. Middlebury's Sustainable Study Abroad initiatives:
    -Sustainable Study Abroad Grant program (www.middlebury.edu/academics/ump/sap/sustainable/grants.htm)
    -carbon offset program (www.middlebury.edu/academics/ump/sap/sustainable/Carbon_Offsets.htm)
    -Green Passport (www.greenpassport.us/)
    -350.org (www.350.org/studyabroad)
    -going green guide for directors abroad (www.middlebury.edu/academics/ump/sap/sustainable/Going_Green_Guide.htm)
    -resources for students on sustainable travel

    More info on all of these programs/initiatives can be found here:
    or by contacting Stacey Thebodo: sthebodo@middlebury.edu

  6. Clemson University offers a summer program in Trier, Germany, teaching "Sustainable Energy & the Environment".

    For more info, contact Jessica Pelfrey (pelfrey@clemson.edu) - Program Coordinator, College of Engineering & Science

  7. @Missy, @Stacey, @Jessica ~ Thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment on what's happening at Western CT State University, Middlebury & Clemson. Very much appreciated!

  8. The Foundation for International Education (FIE) has a Mission for Environmental Responsibly http://www.fie.org.uk/fie/home/mission that informs its decisions and strategy both inside and outside the classroom. FIE has a standing committee that meets regularly to ensure that environmental sustainability is embedded in all aspects of operational delivery and in all departments within the company.

  9. @John ~ Thanks for letting me know about FIE's Mission for Environmental Responsibility and about the standing committee! Excellent!

  10. Hi David,

    Great idea. We actually just launched a new "Brandeis Forum on Environmental Crisis" today with a blogging-type web site.

    It is not specifically study abroad, but attempts to include student overseas experiences and global perspectives.


  11. @Bryan ~ Thanks for taking the time to post about the new Brandeis Forum on Environmental Crisis and it fits with what I'm looking for.

  12. Just learned that GlobaLinks NewsWire will be participating in Blog Action Day next week as well. Learn more here:

  13. I pulled the following from Twitter on Sept. 12th:

    @EducationUSAhk http://bit.ly/gPw1T Environmental Justice Exchange Program for US and Chinese citizens

  14. Thanks everyone for leaving a comment! Very much appreciated!! There are TWO Blog Action Day 2009 posts today on IHEC Blog which you can check out here:



    Please let me know if you see any errors with your information in my second post.

  15. I just learned that NAFSA Region VI Ohio has a Green Coordinator position!!