Engaged Learning Opportunities
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Making connections between ideas about sustaining the places we live and work in and actually changing our behaviors is the heart of engaged learning. The Emory as Place Initiative, like other programs within the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, is committed to living out Emory's commitments to sustainability.

Service Learning
Emory's service learning activities begin with campus-based experiences, hikes and clean-ups, planting programs, and removing invasive species. Often, these are done in conjunction with the Friends of Emory Forest and Volunteer Emory. Volunteer Emory hosts weekly service trips throughout Atlanta. Click here to learn more about current sustainability-related service trips.

Emory University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to receive academic credit for off-campus, unpaid, internships. Through the College Internship Program students with placements at environmental or climate based organizations are encouraged to enroll in a sustainability focused reflection course. For more information, click here.

Community Building and Social Change
Emory University’s Community Building and Social Change Fellowship program is a focused and intensive 12-month program. Students apply to the program and a select group is offered the opportunity to augment their typical college courses with training and field work with one of a number of sustainable Atlanta community building initiatives.For more information, please contact Kate Grace, program director, at kdgrace@emory.edu.

Freiburg Environmental Studies and Sustainability Study-Abroad Program
Emory University, in partnership with Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, offers students a study-abroad opportunity focused on the eco-friendly industry which has developed in Freiburg, Germany. Students can take courses in environmental studies, forest ecology, and sustainable innovation – many of which include outdoor research activities in the Black Forest and Rhine River Valley. For more information, click here.

Undergraduate Program in Global Research and Development (UPGRADE)
UPGRADE is a joint program between The Center for International Programs Abroad and EASL. UPGRADE provides a grant for Emory College students who wish to gain practical hands-on training in sustainable development by undertaking service programs in developing countries during the summer months. For more information, click here.

The Ethics and Servant Leadership program (EASL)
EASL offers students an opportunity to participate in summer internships, alternative Spring Break trips, and the Forum (an academic year program) while teaching students about service and community involvement. Many of these opportunities provide sustainability-focused immersive experiences, including placements at Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Decatur High School Community Garden, The Carter Center, Greening Youth Foundation, Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, Urban League, CARE, and Gaia Gardens.

Environmental Sciences Service-Learning course (ENVS 491)
This program allows students to combine environmental concerns with the planning and implementation of community-based projects. For more information, click here.